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Project by GuyK posted 1976 days ago 3356 views 2 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pictured is my latest project for the farm, where I volunteer. This was my first try at a Ox Cart and I am being told by those at the farm , those that know about these things, that my rendition is good, I may even try a larger one in the future. I know you are going to ask, so I will say first thing, no I didn’t build the wheels. Those and the axle where bought from a Mennonite woodworker in Central Pennsylvania.

The cart is built with Hemlock that was logged from the farm. Those logs where hauled out of the woods to a portable mill by the draft horses from the farm. The wood has been air drying for over a year now. the floor and the sides of the cart are built from this.

This was a fun and rewarding project. It is also a real eye opener, I never knew how many people are interested in Ox’s and pulling with them.


www.thelandsathillsidefarms.org

-- Guy Kroll www.thelandsathillsidefarms.org





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firecaster

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#1 posted 1976 days ago

This is great. I love historical projects.

When are you going to try wheels?

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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GuyK

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#2 posted 1976 days ago

Thanks firecaster. I hope I live long anough to learn the skill to make those wheels. The man who does these also restores old carts, wagons and sleds. He is a true craftsman.

-- Guy Kroll www.thelandsathillsidefarms.org

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SteveKorz

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#3 posted 1976 days ago

This is just plain ole’ awesome… Great project, I like history too.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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suliman

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#4 posted 1976 days ago

It is my dream to know how to make the wagen wheels
Thank you for sharing

-- Suliman , Syria, jablah ,

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Thos. Angle

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#5 posted 1976 days ago

Great project. Learning to work the oxen will be next.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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SCOTSMAN

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#6 posted 1976 days ago

beautiful work Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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GuyK

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#7 posted 1976 days ago

Thanks to all
SteveKorz, you would love this place, built around the 1890’s. So much history.

Suliman, me too, I wouldn’t even know where to begin making wheels, but would sure love to try.

Thos.Angle, I knew this project would catch your eye. The Oxen are small yet, and in training. They are going to hook them up to the cart this week. It will be their first time pulling anything.

Alistair, thank you

-- Guy Kroll www.thelandsathillsidefarms.org

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#8 posted 1976 days ago

Great work. That was my first question when I saw it: did he do the wheels:-)) That is one thing I would like to do is build wheels, another is do a tooled leather saddle, but I’ll probably never do either. Too many other things of higher priority. Glad to see you posted it. do yiu have an ox to pull it?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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GuyK

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#9 posted 1976 days ago

Yes, TopamaxSurvivor, we have two steers, we are training to pull the cart. Ox are technically called steers until they reach the age for 4, then they can be called OX. I should have posted a picture of them also. As far as the wheels are concerned, that is the reason I made it clear I didn’t do the wheels. I thought if i didn’t everyone would think I did those also. I would like to be able to build them, maybe someday. Thank you for for your interest. If you get the opportunity check out the web site for the farm. It is a great place.

-- Guy Kroll www.thelandsathillsidefarms.org

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daltxguy

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#10 posted 1976 days ago

Most awesome! Some call it history, I call it modern. Once we run out of fuel, we’ll all be driving these again.
Seriously I am looking for a design to haul firewood out of my forest without using machinery. I was thinking of something like this where initially the ox power would be me. Unfortunately there are no mennonites within 10,000km of me, so I might have to learn how to make the wheels too.

Can you post more pictures?

Very cool project you got going at the farm. As the title implies, everything we need for sustainable living has already been invented. We need only to look at how things were done. We don’t need a $9 billion free-for-all money-grab for that! I hope your project gets some of that $9 billion.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#11 posted 1976 days ago

GuyK, I just saw the web address for your farm site. I’ll check it out. I did check out your other project with the team and the double trees. My dad used a team of mules until I was a teenager. Guess he couldn’t find any draft horses when he replaced the old Belgian and Percheron in the early 50s. When he sold the mules, the best one was put on the lead of a 20 mule team hitch in Southeastern Idaho. He was pretty proud of Brownie:-)) The best part about big draft horses is they don’t run away like mules do! :-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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GuyK

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#12 posted 1976 days ago

Hi Steve, well even though we are a non-profit organization, I don’t think we will get any of the ” Stimulus ” monies, but it would be nice.

Well if your are going to use a cart like this to haul wood out of the forest, make sure it is light enough for you to pull. This one is way to heavy, even though I was able to move it with out anyproblem myself. But moving it on flat ground is a lot easier then a forest.

As for the wheels, you wouldn’t want wooden wheels, they would be to heavy. How about bicycle wheels?? They would be light and thin enough to travel well through the forest. You could build it to look like a Chinese Riskshaw (spelling).

Thank you for your interest in our project, it is something I truely believe in. I will try to post some additional pictures as I get them.

-- Guy Kroll www.thelandsathillsidefarms.org

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#13 posted 1976 days ago

daltxguy, the easiest is probably a single horse when the logs are cut small enough.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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GuyK

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#14 posted 1976 days ago

TopamaxSurvivor, would you have a picture of that 20 mule team?? That I would like to see.
I hope you enjoy the website. Someday, I am going to take pictures inside the barns, just to show everyone the joinery that was used, it is amazing to see.

-- Guy Kroll www.thelandsathillsidefarms.org

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#15 posted 1976 days ago

GuyK, seemes to be a problem with “www.thelandsathillsidefarms.com”. The cyber world keeps saying it doesn’t exist. ???? any idea abut the problem? thx

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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