|Project by jbschutz||posted 01-15-2011 01:45 AM||2073 views||6 times favorited||6 comments|
The Flexible Flyer— When I was young, every kid on the block had a Flexible Flyer Sled…or wanted one. This is my tribute to that favorite mode of winter transport. It all started when a neighbor had a bunch of left over scraps of 5/16 oak flooring. I snagged them, and tried to figure out a good use. That fall, I made nine sleds for relatives and friends, including the guy who gave me the wood. Each sled was stenciled with the family name and “Flyer”.
A few people saw them, and ordered for the next season. I suppose I have made nearly a hundred by now. Most of the later ones have walnut runners and cross handle and birds eye maple slats. They are 16 inches long and 8 inches wide. I get the one-time use stencils from an outfit in CA; The Mad Stencilist…..a great guy by the name of Hugh Hoeger. They make a great holiday decoration on a table, mantle, or hanging on the wall.
-- jbschutz www.johnschutz.com