Around this time of year, when my sisters and I migrate home for the holidays, we become what my dad calls "fire gloms." We can't help it. My parents' house is never exactly toasty, and the roaring fire in the kitchen fireplace is the perfect spot for gathering. Enter the house during the winter and you'll no doubt see all four of us lined up, bums toward the fire.
Of course someone needs to keep the fire roaring, so a few years ago I generously gave my dad a log carrier to help him with the task.
Here's a roundup of ten firewood log carriers, perfect for toting logs from woodshed to fireplace without snagging sweaters or mussing rugs in the process.
Above: This is the Log Carrier I gave to my parents a few years ago. It's 19.5 inches wide by 43.5 inches long and made from twill and bridle leather; $80 from Filson.
Above: The Steele Canvas Log Carrier is striking in black canvas with contrasting deerskin straps, 22.5 inches wide by 35.5 inches long; $98 from Kaufmann Mercantile.
Above: The Shanty Man Log Carrier is made of waxed canvas and leather straps from dead stock WWII leather gun slings. Brass grommets lend an extra layer of support; 18 inches wide by 38 inches long and $115 from Peg & Awl.
Above: The Firewood Log Carrier is made from canvas and leather with wooden dowel handles. It measures 19.75 inches wide by 45.5 inches long; $105 from Vermont Farm Table.
Above: The leather and canvas Firewood Sling is 21 inches wide and 52 inches wide and is $85 from Frost River. A less expensive alternative, the Log Carrier, is 18 inches wide by 56 inches long and is made from waxed canvas and wooden dowels; $60.
Above: It might be cheating to put up a vintage carrier, but I couldn't help myself. This Vintage Suede Ombré Wood Carrier Tote made from suede with wooden dowels for support is $42 from Ethan Ollie.
Above: I'm a big fan of Beckel Canvas tents and duffels, so no surprise that I love the classic canvas look of this Log Carrier made from 20-ounce canvas duck with 2-inch cotton webbing wrap; $28 from Beckel Canvas.
Above: The Canvas Firewood Tote is made from 18-ounce canvas and polypropylene and cotton webbing that's been triple-stitched for strength; $60 from Patzbag.
Above: The Easy Tote Firewood Carrier made on Vashon Island, Washington, uses a one-strap and handle construction so the sling can be worn over one shoulder while being loaded. Made from canvas, nylon webbing straps, and wooden dowels; $35 from Shangobrand.
Above: The Carrier Company offers an all-jute Log Carrier that measures 52 by 95 centimeters; £29.50.