Classic Canadian Wooden Snowshoes
Wood, Rawhide, Leather, Metal
This pair of vintage Faber snowshoes is ready for mounting above the fireplace. Small size - at 31x10. They are still in good enough condition to strap onto your feet and take you far into the wilderness - if you are a light woman or small child - that is. Handmade in Canada the same way for many, many years. White Ash is harvested, then steam bent into the 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. Leather bindings were a major upgrade from a simple cloth rope tie, which constituted the foot attachments on the earliest snowshoes. Note: near the toe of each snowshoe, there is some newer rawhide - likely installed as re-enforcement as these were well cared for.
Image credit: Canadian Archives