ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

My Little Red Metal Runner Sled | Still USA Amish Made Today

Updated on October 18, 2012
Amish made Rocky Hill Racer Sled
Amish made Rocky Hill Racer Sled

The memories of my little red sled was kept alive years later when Dad brought it out for my kids.

My first introduction to a downhill sledding came totally by surprise one Christmas morning with the most beautiful wooden sled under the Christmas tree. It was just there out in the open with a big red bow.

Where did it come from? It wasn't there when I went to bed, but there it was with shiny metal runners painted in red with a beautiful wooden top.

It must be from Santa Clause declared my parents, with Dad pulling back the curtains to show me the sleigh marks complete with reindeer tracks out in the fresh snow.

Well that pretty much became my focus for the day to get on top of my new red sled and take off down the back hill. In fact my parents had to bundle me up to go outside just for one test run before we could open any more presents.

It wasn't something I really asked for or even dreamed of getting, it was just one of those spontaneous neat things that don’t often come around that you find totally awesome. That is really word which probably never existed back in the 60s, it was probably “cool”, but as I remember that Christmas it is a word that I would still describe it as today as I look through the family album.

That sled held up for years to come and even after I grew out of it dad wisely stored it up in the attic knowing someday his grand kids could enjoy it.

Long forgotten until I returned home to spend one Christmas with my own boys, there it was again all polished up and shinning again for another trip down the back hill. That was probably my second most cherished Christmas with Dad and my family.

Those old wooden sleds are hard to find, most stores only carry plastic sleds or something that is imported that will never last more than a few seasons, and never for another generation.

They are still available all USA made in the Amish communities just like the one I had in the 60s. You can find them at Cottage Craft Works .com along with a lot more of that good old time USA made stuff that you may have totally forgot about.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • suzettenaples profile image

      Suzette Walker 

      5 years ago from Taos, NM

      Beautiful article of your sledding memories and that special Christmas morning. It brought back memories for me also. I, too, received a sled one Christmas - I don't think it was Amish made - but it worked great and I have hours and hours of great times on that sled. It followed me where ever I went until I outgrew it. Then on to the toboggan shoots - I have always loved sledding. I enjoyed reading this. Voted up and shared!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)