Nine citizens participated in the Woodland Indian Snowshoes Workshop this November, crafting their own pairs of snowshoes made from oak wood and rawhide.
Jennifer Edelberg joined the workshop to get outside and make something herself that she could use and enjoy and exercise. Instructors Frank Barker and John Pigeon taught that wearing snowshoes spreads out a person’s weight evenly, which makes walking on ice safer.
Rawhide was used for netting in between the snowshoes, a material that is actually edible, a fact Jennifer learned during the workshop. The wood was prefabricated. Participants sanded it, then stained it or gave it a clear coat to maintain a more natural look.
Those who completed the workshop will be able to wear their snowshoes on our property for recreation and for traditional harvesting this winter.