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.
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
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
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
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
Cart is usually a little bigger than a Hand Cart, and is around a
ped wide and a little
longer than a ped.
Types of Carts.
The following Cart types are known (sorted alphabetically):
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.
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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