Hand Carved Reproduction of Road Icing Machine (Created by Joe Briere)
- Joseph Briere, Creator
- Media Type:
- Item Type:
- This hand made recreation of a road icing wagon was created by Joseph Briere and shows great details
- Water Tanks:
During logging days, roads were iced to enable the horses to pull loads of logs with greater efficiency.
Icing of roads usually occured at night when it was the coldest so freezing would occur.
The roads ended up with a glassy surface and also two deep ruts for the sleighs runners to be guided in.
The ruts would keep the sleighs from veering off of the road.
The men who operated the water tank sleighs had the coldest and lonliest jobs of all the men at the camp.
They had to work all night long and they also had to work quickly because if they had a leak, the sleigh would freeze to the ground and then they would have to hammer the runners loose.
By spring the ice on the roads were up to 12 inches thick.
- Accession #980.319.1
- Date of Original:
- Circa 1955
- Timber Village Museum
- Geographic Coverage:
Timber Village Museum
Agency street/mail address
180 Leacock St. P.O. Box 628
Blind River, ON P0R 1B0