But the old-timers, used to finding wooden solutions for almost every problem, found one for snow-covered roads.
"January was usually the season for winter road-work in the northern states when the snow was packed and graded to make the sledding season as long as possible. Snow was shoveled into melted or otherwise bare spots by snow-wardens, fed into covered bridges, and packed down with giant snow rollers by the road commissioner to keep the sleds going. Snow rollers are among the rarest of antique vehicles - perhaps no more than eight exist in America. Snow roads of a century ago were nursed along during the wintertime, just as modern ski-runs are, and when March winds melted the snow of the northern countryside, most of the old-time roads were still snow-packed."
- Eric Sloane, The Seasons of America PastWhat? Snow rollers? Can you imagine what those must have looked like?
Fortunately, Mr. Sloane provided us with one of his famous drawings to help us imagine. And naturally, wood played a part...
|From Eric Sloane, The Seasons of America Past|
And if you think these snow rollers could be a lot of fun under the right conditions, guess what? You're not alone. As usual, the Canadians are way ahead of us in the realm of the unusual.
Now that's what I call Going Wood With Style.