2018 Hauling Toboggan Workshop

Winter Camping Symposium 2018

            with Chris Evavold

Hauling Toboggan Workshop (HDPE)

Time: 3+ hours (Sunday Morning 7am - Noon)

Participants: 8 maximum per session (no minimum)

No tools or experience necessary (but, any additional block planes, drills, Phillips #2 drill bits, or countersink bits would be helpful)

Description:

“In this 3+hour workshop participants will be able to construct their own hauling toboggan that will be ready for use upon completion. Participants can choose from 5’, 7’, 9’ or 11’ lengths. Construction materials will include black HDPE pre-shaped blanks, finished white ash crosspieces, stainless steel screws, and 4mm accessory cord for running line, tumpline, and lashing system.  Participants will prepare and finish the plastic blank, fasten crosspieces to blank, and string up toboggan.  The end result will be a low maintenance, durable, and rollable toboggan that will provide years of use trekking into the bush.”

Cost:

5’ SnowWalker Petite - $143 ($125 w/o Lashing System)

7’ SnowWalker -  $171 ($150 w/o Lashing System)

9’ SnowWalker - $200 ($175 w/o Lashing System)

11’ SnowWalker - $230 ($200 w/o Lashing System)

Sign up prior to event by emailing chris63ATblackriversleds.com or calling Chris at 7159190118.  You can pay with check, cash or credit card. Payment preferred ahead of event.

Bio:

Chris Evavold has been making tools and equipment since his start carving cedar canoe paddles back in the mid 80’s. Dogsleds and hand-hauling toboggans are the most widely used of his creations.  His sleds have been used all over North America in events like the Iditarod and UP200 as well as sledding loads on caribou hunts in Alaska or Lake Trout trips into the BWCA. “There is nothing more satisfying than making something that has a practical use and is appreciated.” Chris and his wife Ingrid live with their three kids on the Black River (northwest Wisconsin) within earshot of Big Manitou Falls and the coal and taconite train whistles in the river valley. Check out Black River Sleds on the web at www.blackriversleds.com .

SnowWalker

11' SnowWalker $273.00

9' SnowWalker $237.00

7' SnowWalker $200.00

5' SnowWalker Petite $163.00

*Note: all toboggans come with tump strap and lashing system

SnowWalker FamilySnowWalker Toboggan

Inspired by the Conover’s “A SnowWalker’s Companion, this toboggan is modeled after the early toboggans of Native Americans, trappers, and traders of the north.

It has a no-maintenance HDPE bottom for ease of pulling and durability. Crosspieces are made of Michigan White Ash with a liberal coat of exterior oil. Running line and tumpline are made of black 4mm kernmantle (nylon core with a durable sheath). Toboggan plastic contains black pigment that resists UV better and melts frost off the bottom in the morning sun. All toboggan lengths are made from a solid sheet of HDPE.

SnowWalker Petite

The SnowWalker Petite is a new design that was inspired for use for my kids when we do our annual BWCA Lake Trout trip in February. Instead of the three of them sharing a toboggan I decided to provide each their own. Having one's own toboggan provides a new level of ownership to the responsibilities of travel and taking care of one's own gear and that of the group. I shortened up this toboggan to a 5' useable length. The hood on the Petite forms a partial curve to ride up and over snow, etc. Check out the images to the right to catch a glimpse of this new addition to the SnowWalker line.

Tump strap is a 2" wide x 48" long cotton band attached to toboggan with two 9' lengths of cord. Tump line places you about 9 feet in front of the toboggan. Each crosspiece is fastened using five stainless steel screws.Toboggan comes complete with BRS Lashing System.

A loop at the tail allows for controlled descents or skijoring control when under dog power. This toboggan can be gracefully bent or rolled up to fit into any vehicle or the plane that will land you on Beaverhouse Lake for your winter walk back to Ely!

Specifications:

  • 5', 7', 9’, or 11’ useable length

  • 15” width at shoulders

  • tail tapers gradually from 15" down to 12" for 11-footer

  • tumpline length 9’

  • weight 19#/9’ or 21#/11’

 

Traditional SnowWalker

11.5' Traditional SnowWalker $310.00

9.5' Traditional SnowWalker $273.00

Traditional SnowWalkerTail Loop

NOTE: This toboggan design is going to be revamped for 2015. The primary change will be in the hood design. The tight second curl will be removed and 12" will be added to the useable length to create a full 9.5' and 11.5' toboggan. I will still use copper nails riveting cross pieces in place.

The Traditional SnowWalker is about as traditional as you can get in HDPE!

Hood design is reflective of early toboggan designs with a large radius that ends vertically. Crosspieces are made of Paper Birch with a liberal coat of exterior oil. Fasteners are copper nails run through crosspiece and riveted with a copper burr. Toboggans come in black HDPE.

Like the SnowWalker, it has a no-maintenance HDPE bottom for ease of pulling and durability. Running line and tumpline are made of black 4mm kernmantle (nylon core with a durable sheath). Tumpline is a 2" wide cotton band and places you about 9 feet in front of the toboggan. Toboggan comes complete with BRS Lashing System.

A loop at the tail allows for controlled descents or skijoring when under dog power. This toboggan can be gracefully bent to fit in the back seat of your sedan or rolled up and boxed for shipment to Sweden for your snowy adventure!

Specifications:

  • 9.5’(or 11.5’) usable length
  • 15” width at shoulders

  • tail tapers to 13”(or 12”)

  • tumpline length 9.5’

  • weight 19#/9.5’ or 21#/11.5’

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