Ida O. Johnsen Snowshoes May 25th, 2018 - 16:48:53
As temperatures start to cool thoughts turn to the coming winter and with that winter sports. One winter sport that comes to mind is snowshoeing. Snowshoeing has become a popular pastime in Colorado and other states that embrace winter sports. The wonderful thing about snowshoeing is you dont need any specialized skills or training to do it. Any person that can hike can snowshoe. While snowshoeing has been around for many years only recently since the 1970s has it become a recreational activity for outdoor enthusiasts. Snowshoeing was a necessity for many living in rugged snowy terrain and the only way to travel through deep snow during the winter months.
There are two kinds of snowshoe bindings: limited rotation and free rotation. With limited rotation the toe is not permitted below the level of the decking; with free rotation it is. Both types utilize straps to fasten the foot to the snowshoe. These straps are fastened so that the lose ends are on the outsides of the feet. This prevents the wearer from stepping on them. Snowshoeing is extremely beneficial exercise especially since they allow people to get outdoors when it would otherwise be impossible. Snowshoes also have the added benefit of being quite environmentally friendly. A snowshoer is able to pass through his or her surroundings while making virtually no impact adverse or otherwise. Snowshoes even allow skiers and snowboarders to access hills they would otherwise be unable to get to. As a result many winter sports enthusiasts have adopted snowshoes as a complimentary sport one that allows them to practice their main pastime in new and different surroundings.
Working with rawhide. You just received this hard stiff piece of rawhide and are wondering how in the heck do I get this soft enough to use. I have received many calls from clients asking how to best rehydrate the rawhide. Finally I decided to just write it down and put it on our web site. Rawhide Lace: The best way I have found to relax rawhide lace is to place the entire bundle in lukewarm water let me repeat t hat LUKEWARM WATER! A small child should be able place their hand in it without whining! Hot water will destroy the tissue in rawhide and you will have gelatin. Leave the bundle overnight if you even think you might leave it longer than 12 hours add some pinesol or a bit of bleach to the water usually a cup of pinesol or a couple oz.
Or you can just hang and dry it out again but you will have to go through the soaking process again. Dry rawhide will last for a very long time in humid climates you may have to watch for mold or bugs not in Wyoming though drier than a popcorn fart around here. Which ever project you are making consider what type of rawhide will work best for you. We have made drums lampshades rawhide containers laced furniture and snowshoes and braided rawhide. Each project requires careful thought as to just how much do I relax the skin. Have fun with your rawhide and if you have any questions or need some tips just email me at [email protected] Joe Brandl Absaroka Tannery provides you with the best in custom tanning your skins.