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Ash Horn Toboggan

Ash Horn Toboggan
Ash Horn Toboggan
£179.00£135.00all prices incl. VAT., excl. shipping costs
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Product Information

Article Number 26140

Steam-shaped ash. Runner surfaces of stainless steel. Polyester rope. Adjustable, steamed acacia wood toggle. Stretched polypropylene seat. Length 110 cm. Width 44.5 cm. Height 28.5 cm, seat height 18.5 cm. Weight 5.1 kg. To carry max. 120 kg.

General Information

The Classic Horn Toboggan. Safety and Quick Acceleration combined.

A traditional steam process is usd to shape the runners of this classic model made out of 2.5 metre lengths of ash-wood. A great part of this work is done by hand. The lengths, following several days’ drying, acquire a curve at each end, and are then cut in two to give a pair of (almost) ready-to-slide runners. The central body of the toboggan (‘box’ is the nearest translation from the German ‘Bock’) is then attached to the runners, which in turn are equipped with stainless steel outer slides. These ensure good, quick acceleration even on short slopes. The seat is made of damp-proof polypropylene.

A new Design, a traditional Model.

Tobogganing – as a competitive sport – was born in the 19th century on the Davos – Klosters run: on the 12th of March 1883, to be precise. The sledge is perhaps the oldest form of transportation known to man, but in the course of time came to be used more and more for fun, on downhill rides. Fun? Look at what it’s turned into today! Amateur world championships, professional world championships, ice channels on TV, a total of 26 official ‘types’ of toboggan (check it out with wikipedia!), not to mention a newcomer on the market, the nude tobogganing championships! You can well imagine what we at Manufactum make of this. Back to the good old days, when people knew how to enjoy themselves! The new designs were made for us by Sirch & Co, a traditional family firm that have been making quality wood products for over three centuries. The actual constructors – one an architect, the other a sculptor – have been able to free themselves of modern marketing obsessions. Their passions: clean lines and the classic values of ‘form and function’. Both toboggans are made in the old craftsmanship tradition, using local, waxed ash, considered to be the wood for tobogganing by virtue of its high elasticity.

A sporting note:

not suitable for children under 3 years of age!

An etymological note: we’ve already referred to the ‘sledge’ as a predecessor to the ‘toboggan’! The first word comes from Old German ‘slitho/slido’, meaning (guess what?!) ‘slide’. ‘Toboggan’ is the English translation (deriving from Cree, a Native Canadian language) of the German ‘Rodel’, which derives from a variety of German/Swiss words meaning ‘shake ’.

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