a “pickaxe” turnout

If you’re a U.S.-based Carriage Journal subscriber / Carriage Association member, you may have already read the “Nuts and Bolts” column in the latest issue. (If you’re a subscriber / member living outside the U.S., your magazine is on its way to you now!)

In that column, CAA member Nancy Lindley-Gauthier discusses the “pickaxe” turnout: two wheelers and three leaders.

To help illustrate a draft-horse method of arranging the harness for this unusual turnout, Dave Rohrback hitched his five Percherons in a pickaxe formation, took them for a drive in the woods, and took several photos. This photo is the one that appeared in the “When Four Is Not Enough” column in the August issue.

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For a few different views, here are three more images of those same five Percherons that didn’t make it into the magazine.

All four photos by Dave Rohrback. Thanks, Dave, for preparing your turnout and taking these photos to give us a better look at this type of turnout!

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Source: The Slower Road

a grand old hotel

Quite a number of carriage drivers have at least heard of Maine’s Mount Desert Island, or they may have even driven there themselves. It is, after all, the location of Acadia National Park, which boasts miles and miles of roads designed and built, by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., specifically for horse-drawn carriages.

Here is a photo (c. 1901) of the Louisburg Hotel at Bar Harbor on Mount Desert Island. This incarnation of the hotel was built in 1874, after the previous hotel on the site (built in 1870) burned down in 1873. The building remained in use as a hotel until 1939, when it was demolished.

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Source: The Slower Road

a lovely restoration

One of the CAA’s members in Belgium wrote to tell us about a carriage restoration that his company finished recently.

He said, “After eighteen months of continuous hard work we can finally add another beautiful vehicle to our long list of restorations: a Traveling Chariot by Laurie & Marner.

“This carriage was in rather sound condition when purchased but needed full restoration. It is fitted with a footman’s platform for town use. The large mud screen in front of the body and the exclusive day and night lamps illustrate its use as a traveling vehicle, in which case it would have been fitted with a seat for the servants.

“We gave it a ‘patina’ finish, and it looks now as if it was stored under the best possible conditions and left untouched for the last 120 years.

“It has been painted a deep burgundy red with orange striping beautifully underlining the delicate wood carvings on the undercarriage.

“The sumptuous interior upholstery, with lavish use of luxurious authentic épinglé lace, demonstrates just well how the wealthy nobility traveled in the nineteenth century.”

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Enjoy these photos of the beautifully restored Traveling Chariot …

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Source: The Slower Road

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