historians believe the ancestors of North American native peoples brought snowshoes with them when they migrated from Central Asia some 4,000 years ago today the tradition of snowshoe making lives on thanks to skilled artisans who make them much the same way their ancestors did with a few modern improvements every snow shoe frame comes from a single piece of hardwood usually white ash the craftsmen start with a 2 meter strip about 20 millimeters thick using a planer they thin the middle down to about 12 millimeters then it's on to a table saw where they taper each end to a fine point they take the trimmed pieces known as bows and hammer steel braces onto each one these support the wood where its thinnest so it won't break later on during the bending process they put the bows in a steam chamber to soften the wood thirty minutes later they're damp enough to bend without breaking but they start working from the middle the area called the foe where the wood is thinnest and easiest to bend they wrap it around a steel form on a bending jig then lay one tapered end over the other and tack them together now back to the steamer for a second bow to complete the pair a temporary crossbar over the width of the frame holds the shape they use different steel forms to shape different snowshoe models they set the frame on a bending machine called a press break then position a wooden bar on the frame to act as a fulcrum as the press comes down it curves the tip of the frame about seven centimeters upward they insert a crossbar lengthwise to hold the bend in place the frames are still damp from the steam chamber so they need to dry out for several days only then can the temporary crossbars safely come out the craftsman then sound the wood to a smooth finish they drill slots on the inside for the to permanent crossbars while another machine stamps those bars with the company logo it takes just a quick stretch to insert the bars one near the toe the other near the heel now the frames go for a dip in a vat of oil-based varnish to seal and waterproof the wood once the varnish dries the frames are ready for lacing in keeping with tradition the laces are animal hide wetting it makes it easier to cut into long thin strips a skilled Weaver threads her needle then begins by hooking the rawhide lace through a nylon thread that runs along the inside perimeter she nimbly builds up a pattern of webbing that always begins and ends with a series of triangular shapes this intricate weaving technique is a traditional skill passed down through generations of First Nations women she finishes by wrapping up the heel end of the frame with rawhide then pulling it tight now that the toe piece is finished she starts weaving the middle piece using a larger width of rawhide she builds up another web of triangles this time knotting the strip's directly onto the frame finally she weaves an opening to leave room for the bindings that hold the snowshoe to your boot once the rawhide dries the webbing will lie taut across the frame the last step another coat of varnish to seal and protect both the wood and webbing and now these traditional snowshoes are ready to make some tracks

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  • June 3, 2019 at 3:31 pm
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    Does anybody know if woodprix would be a good site to check out, if I want to build my own?

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  • June 3, 2019 at 3:31 pm
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    Did anyone notice that the snowshoes in the end weren’t the type they were making

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  • June 3, 2019 at 3:31 pm
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    Go to woodprix page if you want to learn how to build it yourself

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  • June 3, 2019 at 3:31 pm
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    I made it by myself. I used WoodPrix scripts for that.

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  • June 3, 2019 at 3:31 pm
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    I am pretty sure you may find good solution on WoodPrix website 🙂

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  • June 3, 2019 at 3:31 pm
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    just go into the bush and take a couple long pieces of green wood if you don't have ur own steamer X)

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  • June 3, 2019 at 3:31 pm
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    So all I need is my own snowshoe making factory like they have and I am good to go? Great. Jesus, did you hear my prayer???

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  • June 3, 2019 at 3:31 pm
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    I made it too very easy. just used woodprix plans and instructions.

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  • June 3, 2019 at 3:31 pm
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    Now here’s an interesting strategy I hadn’t thought of. As friend I chatted with recommended I google Hyezmar’s book. I did and found many plans, but none like this, thanks!

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  • June 3, 2019 at 3:31 pm
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    I bought instruction from woodprix and I build it very very cheap.

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  • June 3, 2019 at 3:31 pm
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    I am pretty sure you may find good solution on woodprix website 🙂

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  • June 3, 2019 at 3:31 pm
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    im sure you'll build it yourself. I made it 2 weeks ago thanks to woodprix website.

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  • June 3, 2019 at 3:31 pm
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    I know you have solution for that on woodprix website. just google 'woodprix' :)))

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  • June 3, 2019 at 3:31 pm
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    I think you need to take some time and go to woodprix website to learn how to make it.

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