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Stone boat?
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DeadCarp    Posted 06-12-2003 at 08:13:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Remember "stone boats"? At least that's what we called them - they resembled a real sturdy gate, maybe 4 feet square. The skids were sharpened logs maybe 6 inches diameter and the thing was usually held together by oak planking or notched logs. A length of chain was bolted across the front and the horse-drawn "boat" was used to transport large stones to the edge of a field. Since it was so low to the ground, we often used it like a handy ground-level wheelbarrow, prying one end of a log aboard and chaining it down or supporting the front end of a stuck tractor or whatever. In fact, i might make one and could use it today to move a 700-pound boiler. Anybody else seen them?

Liz    Posted 11-14-2005 at 18:20:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
For more information on stone boats, read Robert Frost's lesser-known poem, "A Star in A Stone-Boat." Leave it to Frost to turn stone-boats into poetry.

Dean Wheaton    Posted 09-09-2003 at 04:57:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We had a stoneboat back in the 1950s on my parents farm in northern Michigan. It was great for picking up stones from the fields. BTW, our Ontario friends call the device a 'jumper'.

Does anyone have a photograph of a stoneboat or a jumper?

Lazy Al    Posted 06-13-2003 at 04:36:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
We had one on the farm back in the forty's and fifty's Just like the one you described .I think
they were an old hold over from the horse and buggy days . One of those things that you thought you had to have around cause you always had one . Don't even remember what we used ours for much . A guy about 10 miles from here still has one and goes out in the winter and gets those big round bales out of the field with his team .


ol Henry    Posted 06-12-2003 at 19:43:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Not really a stone boat but I made a sled out of two landscape timbers for runners and some 2x6 nailed across for a bed,cut the front of the runners at a 45 deg. angle with a chainsaw. pulls great behind my garden tractor, we always had something like it around when I was a kid, worked great at butcherin time to roll a hog on it and move it out to the fire. You can pull one behind a car or anything. oh yeah, we killed the hog before we put him on it:)

Jet9N    Posted 06-12-2003 at 18:51:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Around here (East Central WI) the sawmills would
take a log that had a "crook" in it and saw along
the grain from both ends so that you had a "ski"
shaped plank. They would saw until the knerf met
and then you had to finish with a chain saw.
Worked great!


buck    Posted 06-12-2003 at 18:25:12       [Reply]  [No Email]

Dad's was built from small railroad rail for the runners with steel cross pieces and plank floor and sides if you needed them. Don't know where it originally came from but as far as I can remember it was always around and had a thousand uses. Last thing I used it for was an attempt to move an old smoke house. I ask around if anyone wanted it but finding no takers I cut it up with a torch and took t to the dump. Did keep the large ring and clevis used to hook up the single/double tree.BTW here it was always called a sled.

RayP(MI)    Posted 06-12-2003 at 17:42:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Couple of fence posts for skids and a bunch of planks bolted crosswise across the top. Looks kinda like a crude pontoon boat. Yeah, wish I had a dollar for every ton of rocks and debree I hauled on my dad's when I was a kid. I'd have been rich. Don't know what happened to it - perhaps he burned it when he retired. Son and I used a dump bucket for rock picking this spring. Could back right up to the heavy ones, lift it with the 3pt hitch, and dump on the rock pile with a minimum of work. Yeah, I know about stone boats -too well!

Fawteen    Posted 06-12-2003 at 14:45:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Dad had one much like you describe when I was a kid.

Me, I use old hoods from the local junkyard. Wear one out or tear it up and just take it back, drop it off and pick up another one...

RB/CT    Posted 06-12-2003 at 12:38:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
2nd vote for old car hood, preferably a truck hood that is deeper. Good luck.

DeadCarp - you car hood g    Posted 06-12-2003 at 20:16:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
You car hood people haven't lived til you rode one down a frozen road in winter. You need a frisky horse with cleated shoes, a long rope, an old car hood and enough friends to fill it.. You start things out trotting real nice, then when it gets boring you carefully turn the rig around and yell "Gee Up!" If that thing doesn't "boof" itself in & out of the ditches, you manage to hang onto both reins and you don't scatter a trail of kids on the way home, take some frozen horse dung along next time for boosters and go across corn stubble. :)

Salmoneye    Posted 06-12-2003 at 09:42:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Gram had a fancy one bout 100 years old...

Planks were all hickory...Leading edge and trailing edge were cast iron...Front had hooks for the chain so you did not have to leave the chain attached permanently...Sank into the earth 30 years ago...Still searching the hummocks with a metal detector looking for the cast pieces...Want to remake it with hickory or elm...

John    Posted 10-28-2003 at 09:47:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have the front cast iron part of a stone boat that had been buried for about 50 years, according to the farmer that used it. He is now 92 and told me it belonged to his father. I would like to restore it. What company made them? I'll send pictures if you want.


Dave Smith    Posted 06-12-2003 at 09:01:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Old car hoods work great. Poke a couple of holes for a chain and away you go. And cheap
Dave <*))><

Tom A    Posted 06-12-2003 at 08:19:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Saw one at a farm auction, and have "plans" in an old book on homemade farm implements but never used one (yet). Building one is on my "to do" list though, because I could use one to help pick rocks out of the main garden.


Clod    Posted 06-12-2003 at 14:28:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
No stones in SE Texas.Never heard of such a contraption.

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