Capstan raft

Timber that was felled along the lakes was placed out on the ice to be transported as soon as the ice melted and there was enough water in the rivers for log driving. The logs were transported across the lake to the river mouth by using capstan rafts. The timber was collected in a boom and fastened behind the capstan raft.The capstan was placed in the middle of the raft. A hawser was attached to the capstan, and rowed out and anchored as far away as the rope permitted. In headwind the hawser was sometimes fastened to a large rock or a tree. The crew would then rotate the capstan to drive the raft toward the anchor. In this manner the timber boom was transported across the lake in stages. The capstan raft at Blokkodden is probably from 1948 and is the last one used on Lake Femund.