People have different reasons for learning how to make snowshoes. Some enjoy the creation itself, seeing it as an art form. Others want to preserve the integrity of snowshoeing. Still others simply want to use something that they've made themselves. No matter what your reason for wanting to make your own snowshoes, here's what you need to know.
There are a multitude of snowshoe designs and materials. Snowshoes can be made from a variety of wood, in different shapes and sizes, depending on your size and intention. You can also make PVC piping snowshoes, a more "modern" snowshoe. Keep in mind that PVC piping tends to crack in extremely cold conditions, so this may not be the best option for those who live in very cold climates.
Find a plan online for your size and style snowshoes. This will vary from person to person, but you should be able to find something that suits you for free. Your first step after obtaining the plans for your snowshoes is to cut the pieces of either wood or piping that you'll need. If you're using wood, look for wood that is live; this is easier to mold than dry, dead wood.
For those making traditional wood snowshoes, form your wood into a teardrop shape, tying the ends together with twine. Then you'll criss-cross other branches of the type of wood you've chosen, connecting them to the frame of the snowshoe with twine. Make sure that the snowshoe is sturdy enough to support your foot.
If you're making PVC-piping snowshoes, you'll have to soften the piping and mold it into your desired shape. Then you'll glue the pieces together, according to your plan. You'll need to have a pipe cutter in addition to your materials and glue.
Once you've assembled your snowshoes, you can tie your boots to your snowshoes using either string or twine. Make sure that your feet don't slide around on the snowshoes. If they do, you'll have to tighten the string.
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Make your own snowshoes and participate in an ancient tradition.