Friday, January 8, 2010

Snowshoes & The Northhouse Folk School

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.

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful work! I've heard the courses at the Northhouse Folkschool are great. I'm glad to have found your site - you're a great winter enthusiast - love the toboggans, snowshoes, skis, etc...
    THANKS!!!

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Skis in the making

Skis in the making

Finished Traditional Cross Country Skis (Click photo below to see the ski making process)

SNOW GOGGLES

SNOW GOGGLES
Hand Made Snow Goggles