Thursday, 30 June 2016

Wooden Sled Maker – Marc Besnier

Our latest Master of Wood is Marc Besnier a craftsman whose business Au Fil Du Bois is based on a beautiful hill top in Ardecshe, Southern France.  Marc creates high performance dog sleds and wooden luges. Some are bespoke creations, fitted to the user’s size and weight, destined for use in the harshest sub-zero environments as a critical element of a polar expedition. Whilst the smaller luge can be seen in smart resorts across the Alps and beyond. Though many modern composite materials are available, the use of wood primarily Ash coupled with the skilled hands of a craftsman such as Marc still provides the high performance, durability and flexibility that is required when you are operating in the toughest conditions.


  1. This is probably a very old technology that has been preserved and at the same time it looks even much better and stronger than modern versions.

  2. In order to understand the quality of these sleds, it is necessary to see them at least once, because this technology was created many centuries ago and proved its quality.


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