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Building Wooden Snowshoes & Snowshoe Furniture: Winner of "Legendary Maine Guide" Award Paperback – Feb 1 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing (Feb. 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565234855
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565234857
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 21 x 27.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #127,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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(Review is in german and awaiting translation to english)

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.

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.

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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.

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Have not had time to get fully into the snow shoe building part yet but have already sent an e-mail to Gil and actually got a reply!!!
Disappointed that the book for some reason has two pages with a rip in them, nothing serious but when u buy a new book u expect it to be flawless.
Have found some diagrams are very hard to follow and expect to be asking more questions.
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By Glen Brown on Nov. 16 2014
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Really enjoy to reading and good details.
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By tremblay c on Jan. 6 2015
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good deal
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Very good! March 24 2013
By Jessie - Published on
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Another book by Gil that is easy to understand and read. If Gil wrote it, it is worth buying. Proven methods that work!
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Clear, enough March 21 2011
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Clear to read.
Images are enough to understand how to build snowshoe.
It would be interesting to learn more about natives who uses each kind of snowshoe.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great book for those who want to learn the lost craft of snowshoe making June 4 2014
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This book describes the process of traditional snowshoe construction that can be very helpful. I have found that making traditional snowshoes is a tedious process and is not for everyone. It is much easier and cheaper to buy a pair of snowshoes. Those that choose to learn this dying craft are to be commended. If you want to construct your own traditional snowshoes this is the book. Proper wood selection is key in bending shoes with a rounded toe, strips split from green ash and shaped, then steamed offers the best result, while sawed ash lumber that has been kiln dried is more difficult to bend without splitting. I found the easiest snowshoe to build out of this book is the Ojibwa which requires two strips of ash per shoe. Good luck, be patient, the end result is worth it!!!!!
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Building Wooden Snowshoes & Snowshoe Furniture March 23 2011
By Richard J. Mason - Published on
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Great book. I do a lot of back country snow camping, skiing and snowboarding in Australia and will modify some of these designs to suite our local conditions.
Very thorough and to the point explanations, pictures and diagrams , well written craft/technical book-- also some really great furniture ideas--can't wait to get started.
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Snowshoe Novice Dec 1 2012
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Good book. Has very detailed instructions on how to fabricate, assemble, and finish handmade snowshoes. It also has information on what materials to buy and detailed illustrative photos.