Snowshoe Making

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Date(s) - November 19, 2016
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Prairie Heritage Center

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austria-vintage-snowshoes_129855764We are barely out of the hot weather of summer and already winter is on our mind. For years, the Conservation Board has offered snowshoe making workshops with kits including beautifully crafted wood frames. This year there is a new twist. The supplier has developed an aluminum snowshoe kit which can be obtained at a much more economical price.

Few experiences can compare to stomping across freshly fallen snow on a pair of snowshoes. This activity is an excellent way to relax and get exercise at the same time! Hiking across the snow takes on a new meaning when you construct your own handmade pair of snowshoes! The Conservation Board is holding a snowshoe making class on Saturday, November 19 beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Three “Expedition” style snowshoes will be available to make. These include frames made out of white ash, nylon lacings and bindings. The styles available are Ojibway, Huron and Bearpaw. Each type has an advantage in different conditions, but all produce an exceptional quality product. The material cost for any of these three styles is $150.

The new “Urban” style snowshoe has undergone three years of research and development field testing. The frames are made of aircraft-grade 6061-T6 aluminum. The traditional lacing patterns are completed with nylon “TechDeck” materials and ratchet-style bindings are included. Three sizes are available depending on user body weight. The material cost for the Urban snowshoes is $85.

When completed, you will only need to varnish the snowshoes annually to keep them in shape for a lifetime. The investment of time and money in the process produces a product that is a source of pride as well as a long-time use.

The kits will need to be ordered by November 1.
Please call 712-295-7200 for more information or to reserve your spot in the class.