12182Re: [MedievalSawdust] Re: New.. Intro~ Hi..Want to Make A 2-Wheel Cart For a Portable Oven
- Mar 2, 2010As reconstructed, the Oseberg cart does NOT steer, there are a number
of pegs that stop any articulation of the front axle or framework.
That said, it certainly looks like there was a steerable 4 wheeled
cart somewhere in its ancestry, just like a 'Glastonbury' chair looks
like there was some sort of folding chair or stool somewhere back in
its ancestry, despite which all the existant examples of any
antiquity do NOT fold.
The interesting part is WHY the Oseberg cart does not have a
steerable front axle. Was it because the cart was 'made over' from an
old or favorite cart and just pegged to keep it together to go into
the grave, or was there some symbolic/religious reason? You also have
to consider that just about everything in the grave was crushed flat
& broken into pieces by the overburden (dirt) and had to be conserved
with limited technology (no freeze drying or P.E.G.) then put
together like a giant jigsaw puzzle
Brusi of Orkney
At 09:20 AM 2/03/2010, you wrote:
>On Mon, March 1, 2010 3:32 am, Sean Powell wrote:
> > My first instinct is the Oseberg Cart but that's a 4-wheel job.
> > http://abe.midco.net/vikingskald/Oseberg_cart/fullcart_files/cart_files/ca
> > rt.jpg ... but you will notice how wide the hubs are for wheel stability.
>The carving might be a little intimidating for her :-)
>Also, IIRC the Oseberg wagon has a pivoting front axle rig with a king
>bolt, doesn't it? The way the tugs run down to the ends of the front axle
>certainly suggest that. (Russian rural wagons still use this harness lead
>today--I wonder who came up with it first?)
>As we've both mentioned, a wagon without steerable front wheels might as
>well be on rails for all the turning it can do. A two-wheel cart can be
>turned in its own length, and bring the load right to the spot you want
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