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Making Alaskan Style Snowshoes

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5 Day Class

Instructor: Maureen Chambrone

Friday through Tuesday, February 17 – 21, Friday: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm; Saturday – Tuesday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

10 X 56 Alaskan style snowshoes have been a very popular and traditional style with both the Athabaskan and white trappers and explorers. They are excellent snowshoes for breaking trail through the deepest snow, a world that would be unreachable otherwise. There is a peaceful beauty in walking through the Alaskan winter on silent wooden snowshoes and all your senses are truly awakened. Now you can explore this world with snowshoes you have finished yourself.

In this class we will start with bare Alaskan birch frames already bent to shape. Using mallets and chisels you will make mortises and cut and carve the cross members that hold the shape of the shoe. Using small drawknives and spokeshaves you’ll round the frames and then smooth them down with scrapers. You may sand them if you wish. You will drill holes around the frame and lace twine for the snowshoe lacing to go through. Tails will be lashed with twine. At least one day will be spent lacing the snowshoes with a nylon lacing.

Making Alaskan Style Snowshoes
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  • The Folk School Fairbanks
  • See website for details