Over the Christmas holidays I enjoyed the relaxing past-time of lacing up snowshoes. I still do not understand why the traditional wooden snowshoe in their simplicity, exceptional performance in deep snow and depending on its construction its environmental friendliness has been replaced with the modern synthetic metal snowshoe that simply can't compare in function (unless you are on some glaciers or harder packed snow.)
In other news - if you are interested in making your own snowshoes, skis, or most anything traditional check out The Northhouse Folk School in Minnesota. http://www.northhouse.org/
They have tonnes of courses covering every topic from baking to boat building, everything in between and more! (and no I am not getting paid or benefited to right this) The wealth of knowledge at Northhouse is astonishing! This is a resource we truly must take advantage of.