THE CARTS OF CAELERETH

DESCRIPTION - TYPES OF CARTS

Carts are light two-wheeled devices used for transporting of goods or people. Each is very similar, with little or no modifications to the actual contruction. The difference is often with decoration. Each person can decorate their own to grab the attention of a potential passenger, if it is a Hand Cart. Or to their own personal likings if it is a Horse Cart. Carts are not likely to travel great distances. Most traveling is very short. From a home to the market or from the market to a passenger's home.

Description. As with the Wain each cart has the same basic design, with modifications. Some of these modifications are: moveable axle, decoration, and size. Each Cart is different in some way so, putting each Cart into a group based on design is difficult. So, instead, they are classified by their purpose. Carts that transport passengers are called Hand Carts, and Carts that transport goods and are pulled by a horse or donkey are called Horse Carts.

As with the Wain moveable axles are becoming popular with Carts also. Turning is easier and smoother. A smoother ride makes a passenger happy, or less chance of smashing things in your
Horse Cart.

Decoration is the biggest difference in carts. Each Cart's decoration is different. Colour can be added and cloth can be attached. Any way the owner wants it they can have it if they wish. All depends on the person and their personal likings.

Size often varies also, depending on how big the owner wants their Hand Cart or Horse Cart. Without counting the polls a Hand Cart is usually about 2 fores wide and around a ped long. The
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Types of Carts. The following Cart types are known (sorted alphabetically):

HAND CART, THE
A Hand Cart is used as a transportation device, which is either pushed or pulled by a human being. Made light, so the person pushing or pulling only has to worry about the size of the person they are transporting, these are easily made and cheap to buy. Many people use the Hand Cart as their way to make enough money to live.

Each Hand Cart is made the same way, usually. Oak made into a seat with to long polls attached to the sides either extending backward behind the seat, or extending in front of the seat. Most are made to pull so the polls usually are made extending forward. Sometimes the seat is enclosed into wood and then draped over the top of the box is a piece of cloth to keep the sun out of the passenger's eyes. Cushions are often added to increase comfort and some people wait for several to find a Hand Cart that has a cushion and a piece of fabric to keep the sun out of their eyes.

Often cheaper, these are an alternative to the Citwain. The ride may be a little bit longer and a bit more crowded, since there is only a certain amount of space to move around in, but you don't have to wait around for these, since there are many that circle around the city.
 

HORSE CART, THE
Usually slightly heavier than a hand cart, a Horse Cart is used to transport goods, usually, from markets to a home or other place. The name can sometimes be a bit misleading, though it is mostly true. Horses do pull this cart, but donkeys are also used the same if not more often than the horse. The reason donkeys are so popular are because they are cheaper and can pull only a little bit less than a horse. The common horse that pulls this kind of Cart is the Hobbithorse. This is similar to a donkey but is called a horse and thus leads to the name.

These are not hard to make and a person could make a fairly good one on their own if they buy all the materials and take the time to make it. The wheels are the hardest part, so they might have to buy those and add them.

The basic structure is similar to the Hand Cart's. A box, not highly built sides, with two pulls extending forward. At the end of each poll about a handspan from the tip two holes are made. These holes are for tying strong rope to a large piece of leather wrapped around the belly of the horse. When the horse moves the rope pulls the Cart along with it.
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 Date of last edit 1st Rising Sun 1668 a.S.

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