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Vintage Canadian Bear Paw Snowshoes

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Vintage Canadian Bear Paw Snowshoes
c. 1940's

Wood, Rawhide, Leather, Metal
33.75"l x 18"w
Vintage Winter 

This pair of vintage bear paw style snowshoes are handmade in Canada the same way for many, many years. White Ash is harvested, then steam bent into the oval bear paw snowshoe shape. Rawhide lacing is then woven (while wet) to create the distinctive snowshoe footprint. When the rawhide dries, it becomes taught and can hold the weight of a grown adult on the snow. These have their original leather bindings and are in good condition!

Image credit:  Canadian Archives

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