BUILDING WOODEN SNOWSHOES & SNOWSHOE FURNITURE, by Gil Gilpatrick, includes several projects for building rustic, snowshoe-inspired furniture, like rocking chairs, foot stools and more with detailed plans and patterns - all perfect for cabins, cottages and other outdoor retreats. A master outdoorsman and woodcrafter, Gilpatrick has written several other books and is a member of the New England Outdoors Writers Association.
How topical could we possibly get? We are well into winter and in most northern (north of Florida anyway) areas there is ample snow for the sport of snowshoeing. Snowshoeing can be invigorating and pleasurable and also satisfying knowing that the snowshoes you are using were made by you. The author is a renowned and legendary state of Maine Guide who should know a lot about the sport (or recreation) of snowshoeing. Gilpatrick literally walks you through the process of making not only a varied sort of snowshoes but some interesting rustic furniture as well. Different styles and sizes of snowshoes are discussed for the type of snowshoeing that the user is planning to do. The bending of ash is described as ash is the wood of choice for this sport and the lacing is discussed and illustrated in depth. The author prefers using nylon lacing over the traditional rawhide as it maintains its tension better. The making of the rustic furniture is fully detailed in the book and it includes a rocker, coffee table, footrest, end table and more. If you want to enjoy the winter out of doors then this is the book for you to become one with nature.
Hello sir, I am writing you today just to thank you for the first book you wrote on Building Snowshoes. I started with that book over 25 years ago and have been building snowshoes ever since. I demonstrate the craft every year. I use both nylon twine and rawhide. I make shoes from 14" down to 8". The 8" shoes were for my daughters when they were three years old. I have also started to make some Acadian Snowshoe Chairs from an example made in the late 1700's. It is a very simple chair with great lines. I have also used your book on building a strip canoe. It is a great pastime in these snowy months and very relaxing. Thanks and take care.
(Review is in german and awaiting translation to english)
From the Back Cover
Making traditional wooden snowshoes is an old craft finding new life thanks to the growing popularity of snowshoeing as a winter sport, and to people like author and Legendary Maine Guide Gil Gilpatrick, who has been making them for years. In Building Wooden Snowshoes & Snowshoe Furniture, you'll learn how to make a variety of snowshoes and furniture in the snowshoe style from Gilpatrick's years of experience. He will teach you how to bend and shape the wood, how to assemble the parts, and how to lace them using updated materials. You will also learn how to select the size and style of shoe that is right for you, whether you want to casually hike trails for pleasure or trek through the backcountry. If you can't stop at making just one pair of snowshoes, Gilpatrick includes detailed plans and patterns for building rustic snowshoe-style furniture such as an end table, rocker, footstool, and more- perfect for any rustic retreat.