Line J. Skov Snowshoes May 24th, 2018 - 16:42:36
Snowshoes as the name implies are footwears for walking over snow. Snowshoes distribute the weight of a person over a larger area so that the persons foot does not sink completely into the snow. Traditional snowshoes are made of heavy hardwood frame with leather lacings. Modern high-tech snowshoes are made of light metal such as aluminum and alloy or even of plastic. These modern snowshoes are raised at the toe for maneuverability and are generally smaller than the traditional snowshoes. Racing snowshoes and gliding snowshoes are just some examples of modern snowshoes used for movement in deep snow. Snowshoes were used some 6000 years ago as an earliest form of transportation.
of bleach. This is to keep bacteria from developing. If you dont the rawhide will stink after a couple of days. Doesnt affect the rawhide much but your friends will avoid you for a few days after working with this stinking rawhide. If the rawhide in not relaxed enough soak longer but add the pinesol/bleach. After relaxing the lace rinse with warm water and begin your project. Rawhide skins: The larger and thicker the skin the longer it will take to relax it. Please note no skin will ever relax to its original state (i.e. When the skin was first removed from the animal and hair was removed) It will be close but once processed into a dried skin the fibers shrink and just cannot fully rejuvenate. OK lets start with deer and elk skins. Find a container large enough to get at least half of the skin submerged.
Snowshoes like many useful human inventions are based on the adaptations seen in nature. Animals that live in cold and snowy climates such as the snowshoe hare and the snow leopard often have oversized feet. It is their feet that allow them to move quickly and efficiently over snow without becoming mired down. The additional distributes the animals weight over a larger area preventing the feet from sinking very far. Snowshoes operate on exactly the same concept and they are just as effective. Humans have used snowshoes for thousands of years to aid in survival; today however they are popular primarily as a form of recreation.
Look for fleshing cuts on the back side of the skin when laying out your pattern. These thin areas can break through when the rawhide is drying. Also brands can be a problem. Darker rawhide is stronger than light lighter spots usually have a higher fat content and can be weaker. A thought for drum makers. I have cut my pattern out while the rawhide is dry then soak just that piece. If you do decide to soak the whole skin and either have scraps left over or find you do not have time to work with the rawhide right away just place it in a plastic bag and freeze. Thaw out in water or room temperature to use again. Do not take out and forget it it will begin to spoil after a couple of days.