Mie J. Damgaard Snowshoes May 21st, 2018 - 14:56:24
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.
Cleats are the teeth present at the bottom of the shoes that provide traction and allow for more confident stepping. Kids snowshoes are not limited just to kids; they can be used by anyone weighing less than 80 pounds and of shorter height. Kids snowshoes can also be used by children for off trail hiking on golf courses in packed trails etc. A low impact workout with a pair of snowshoes provides many health benefits. Snowshoes can be used by folks of all ages who enjoy a winter snowfall while walking running jumping or climbing. Snowshoes are great fun to use in any type of snow conditions.
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.
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.