We make limited quantities
of specialty sleds in
our Palmer Lake, Colorado workshop, including the following:
Why aren't all of your sleds made in Palmer Lake?
production in 2009, and then again in 2010, but we still can't keep up.
Where are they made?
Our imported Mountain Boy
sleds, wagons, push carts and ornaments are designed in Colorado and made in Taizhou, China, by
our good friend Mr. Yu and his crew (that's Mr. Yu below with
sledmaker Brice Hoskin.)
In his small, family-run workshop, he makes sleds the same way
we do - by hand, paying attention to the beauty of the wood, selecting
the best materials, getting all the details right. He buys sustainably
harvested birch logs, and has planks cut from them to just the right
thickness. All the little pieces are used to make ornaments, and the sawdust is used to fire the wood-drying kiln, so there’s
very little waste. In his shop, he carefully prepares all the materials:
each plank is planed by hand, and each willow branch is peeled and
sanded by his crew. When he assembles the sleds, he makes sure that all
the parts match and have no flaws.
Mountain Boy sledmaker Rick Hitzemann travels
to China to inspect sleds several times a year. Working closely with Mr. Yu,
we are able to monitor the
quality of the product, working conditions and the way the
workshop is run.
The 8 to 10 skilled
craftsmen who work in Mr. Yu's shop have chosen his company because of
its commitment to safe working conditions and dependable year-round
employment. Mr. Yu provides housing for all of his workers and their
families to ensure that both the work and living environments are as
hospitable as possible. One of the most remarkable things we've noticed
is that Mr. Yu's employee retention is incredible -- the craftsmen who
started making sleds years ago are the same ones making them today.
Is there any
lead in that
paint? Definitely not.
All of our sleds are made
with non-toxic finishes, and we have them regularly tested so we are
sure that they are lead-free. We use wood dyes to bring out the color
and figure of the wood, and then a clear lacquer or polyurethane on top.
We put on four coats of lacquer or three coats of polyurethane to create
a marine-grade finish. Please contact us if you'd like a copy of the
test reports. At the same time, we have all of our products tested to
make sure they meet child safety standards, and they do.
When will my
We work very hard to ensure
that all orders ship in 1-2 business days. If the order includes
engraving, it will take
3-4 business days to process and ship your order. Shipping time is 5 business days to the
East Coast, 4 days to the West Coast and
Midwest, 3 days to states adjoining
Colorado, and 2 days within Colorado.
Need express shipping? Please call us at (800)
989-5077 or email