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Laminated oak frames, rawhide lacing. Oak strips steam-heated & bent around a form, clamped and laminated. Oak cross pieces with tenons fitted into mortises in the frame. All glued with resin glue. Laced with wet rawhide which dries super-tight and ‘tough as rawhide’. 7 coats of spar varnish – the first 2 thinned to penetrate deep. Old style leather bindings. Fun to build, fun to use. Light weight. Classic style. Commercial bindings with metal ice claws would be an improvement since most of our snow is in the mountains.





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Andrek

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#1 posted 02-19-2018 11:58 AM

A lot of work, but you are showing a lot of talent, bravo.

-- andrek

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Tennessee

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#2 posted 02-19-2018 01:28 PM

Very unique and a ton of work! I met a guy in one of my galleries about a year ago that made fly fishing nets. Very similar to your techniques save he was using a waterproof thread instead of rawhide, and he had a handle that he had to wrap.
Could not sell them since he had so many hours, and the market for $195 fishing nets was a bit slim.
But they were beautiful, just like your snow shoes.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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splinterpicker

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#3 posted 02-19-2018 01:59 PM

great job!

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CampD

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#4 posted 02-19-2018 04:04 PM

I like, nice work!

-- Doug...

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Jim1368

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#5 posted 02-19-2018 05:34 PM

Great job. I’ve done some bent laminations but nothing with such an acute curve as yours, must have been tricky. Thanks for sharing.

-- Jim, Vancouver

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ralbuck

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#6 posted 02-19-2018 05:50 PM

Nice work.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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jim65

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#7 posted 02-19-2018 07:47 PM

Nice work, they look great!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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bushmaster

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#8 posted 03-25-2018 02:35 PM

A great set of snow shoes, bought a pair this winter and have had a great time using them, had allot of snow here this winter, up to 4 feet so they have been quite useful. I did make one utube video on a trail across the road from where I live. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TegfQaIgaI&t=3s Just looked out and see it is lightly snowing.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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ElroyD

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#9 posted 03-25-2018 03:55 PM

Very nice. Did you follow a set of plans or instructions? Snowshoes have been on my “to do someday” list, so I’m always on the lookout for information on how they are made.

-- Elroy

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emmybecca

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#10 posted 04-10-2018 09:11 AM

amazing work done. I am quite impressed with you artistic skills. I have seen some shoes for snowy at ShoesPie coupon codes. They have this spikes underneath the soul and comfortable too. Planning to take it as i am off to Canada soon.

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Monte Pittman

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#11 posted 04-10-2018 09:29 AM

Very cool build.

Welcome to Lumberjocks

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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GR8HUNTER

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#12 posted 04-10-2018 02:52 PM

very nice but i think i will keep my Polaris switchback :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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