Mountain Boy Sledworks Mountain Boggan 6-Foot Toboggan
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- Mountain Boy Sledworks Mountain Boggan classic six-foot toboggan for children of all ages 5 years old and up
- Made by hand with knot-free steam-bent, flexible basswood, and hand-carved willow crosspieces
- With high-quality stainless-steel screws, genuine leather grommets, and a lead-free, marine-grade finish
- Weight limit of 600 pounds
- Measures 72 x 17.5 x 16 inches (LxWxH) and weighs 10 pounds
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The 6-foot Mountain Toboggan is large enough to carry four adults.
The curl at the front is big enough that an adult can tuck their feet up in there.
- Dimensions: 72 x 17.5 x 16 inches (L x W x H)
- Weight: 15 pounds
- Weight limit: 600 pounds
- Age range: 5 years and up
Care of Your Sled
Wax the bottom of the sled for best performance (though you'll find that it flies down the hill right out of the box). Ski wax is preferred, but in a pinch you can use paraffin or candle wax. After using the sled, bring it inside to dry. Use furniture oil to protect the top surfaces of the sled. The sled is warranted to be free of defects in workmanship or material for one year.
The Mountain Boy Story
Bruce Hoskin's lifelong fascination with wooden sleds became a way of life when he moved to the high mountain town of Silverton, Colorado. He was able to combine his woodworking experience with his love of sledding to create innovative, beautiful sled designs. Mountain Boy sleds give new meaning to the term "functional art"--they are known for their durability, speed and craftsmanship. Hoskin's wooden sleds hearken back to a century ago, when craftsmen made sleds by hand out of fine wood and steel. While Mountain Boy sleds complement any home, they are also made to last. Each sled is an individual work, designed to be passed from one generation to the next.
Mountain Boy works hard to minimize the impact of all of our operations on the environment. Some key elements include:
- Using only recycled cardboard packaging
- Choosing only fast-growing, common, sustainable hardwoods such as birch, willow and maple
- Ensuring that every part of the wood is used. Smaller pieces are turned into kicksled slats or Christmas ornaments, and the smallest bits end up in our woodstove or in the wood-drying kiln.
- Just as important, making products that last! We think it makes sense to buy a sled (or wagon or scooter) that will last for years, rather than buying a cheaper sled that won't last nearly as long.
Lead Free Finishing
All of our sleds are made with non-toxic finishes, and we have them regularly tested so we are sure that they are lead-free. We use wood dyes to bring out the color and figure of the wood, and then a clear lacquer or polyurethane on top. We put on four coats of lacquer or three coats of polyurethane to create a marine-grade finish.
Mountain Boy make limited quantities of specialty sleds in its Silverton, Colorado workshop, including the Elegant and Royal Flyers, Bambino Superior, and Silverton and Double Kicksleds. Other Mountain Boy sleds, wagons, scooters and ornaments are designed in Colorado and made in Huangyan, China, by our good friend Yu Guanglin and his crew.
In his small, family-run workshop, he makes sleds the same way we do - by hand, paying attention to the beauty of the wood, selecting the best materials, getting all the details right. He buys sustainably harvested birch logs, and has planks cut from them to just the right thickness. All the little pieces are used to make ornaments, and the sawdust is used to fire the wood-drying kiln, so there's very little waste. In his shop, he carefully prepares all the materials: each plank is planed by hand, and each willow branch is peeled and sanded by his crew. When he assembles the sleds, he makes sure that all the parts match and have no flaws.
Mountain Boy sledmaker Brice Hoskin is fluent in Mandarin, and travels to China to inspect sleds several times a year. In our long relationship working with Mr. Yu, Brice has been able to closely monitor not just the quality of the product, but also working conditions and the way the workshop is run.
Top Customer Reviews
My initial score of 2 stars indicates a substantial amount of disappointment with the fit & finish of the Mountain Boy 6-ft toboggan. I am sure that the species and treatment of the various wood pieces are as advertised, HOWEVER:
1. The body is more than a little warped/twisted. I understand that this is a hand-made item etc, however there is a large body of established techniques for putting wood together so it doesn't warp. Much. Heavier slats might help, although I understand that would add to the weight. Also, the slats that make up the sled are not well-finished; it's evident from the roughness that they were treated w/ a water-based product and not re-sanded.
2. The "rustic" cross pieces (sticks) don't help; they are thinner in cross-section than I expected, and I foresee that replacement with sturdier members is likely to be necessary. The sticks are not dimensionally square, although they are roughly shaped; the rough flat surface that bears against the bottom slats is also twisted. Therefore the union where the screws come through from the base slats is not nearly optimal. An equally rustic but far stronger approach would have been to rip sticks of at least twice the existing thickness in half, shape the tops, then use them "flat side down". That would provide more surface contact with the slats, more depth for screws to grab, and more room for error.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
We wanted an old school toboggan we could all fit on (2 adults 2 kids and and a puggle) and this was it. Great quality, it should last many,many years. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Chrismiss
We finally decided to actually use the toboggan for more than just something to look at. As I had suspected from looking at the finish and CHINESE construction it is another piece... Read morePublished on February 9, 2014 by Tom Webb
Tobbagon came with some quality issues and still have not been resolved. Having a hard time getting a hold of company, hoping it works out would love to have a tobbagon.Published on January 12, 2014 by lynn schlink
gave to daughter-in-law for christmas. family used it during holiday. couldn't find ski wax so used candle wax on bottom. Read morePublished on January 7, 2014 by carolyn
My niece let me know that her new toboggan is excellent, she's amazed at how fast it goes down the hill, with her friends all piled on !!!Published on January 7, 2014 by Klaus W. Peterson
First of all, the toboggan was delivered promptly. It looks amazing so much so that during the summer we will have it in an area for display. Read morePublished on January 7, 2014 by Karen Luzny
This is the most beautiful Toboggan I have ever seen. One of the boards broke and the customer service was also fantastic! ThanksPublished on March 19, 2013 by Karen