Century-old high wheels restored at by Doug Hansen and crew at South Dakota shop.
Early stages of construction at the Hansen shop.
High wheels were built up to 10 feet tall. Some carried up to 4,000 feet of logs in one load.
The Hansen crew standing in front of the finished high wheel rig (from left): Brian Van Buren, Jerome Evans, Jon Christensen, Leonard Larson, Andy Thuringer and Holly Hansen. On the wheel (from left): Aaron Roth, Tim Hoffman, Dave Thill and Joel Westberg.
A close look at a finished wheel.
An unfinished wheel. Rogan Coombs’ slip-tongue high wheel rig weighs about 3,500 pounds (fully assembled). When new, more than 100 years ago, the rig sold for $350.