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Snowshoe Construction: Build Your Own

Course Overview

Carve, bend, and lace your own pair of wooden snowshoes in the traditional Ojibwe style. Pointed at both ends, this snowshoe design is efficient for travel through both wooded areas or across frozen lakes and open expanses. During the evening session, students will steam bend and shape ash frames. For the remaining three days of class, students will mortise in crosspieces with simple hand tools and learn traditional techniques for lacing their shoes using lightweight, hollowed nylon cord. Traditional bindings will be provided and their uses will be covered in detail. The end result is a satisfying reflection of craftsmanship and skills handed down through the generations. This course is scheduled for a full three days in order to allow enough time for students to completely finish lacing both snowshoes and to return home with a finished project, to provide for a comfortable pace throughout the class, and to create opportunities to participate in parts of the Winterer’s Gathering and Arctic Film Festival. Students who work quickly or feel confident in completing their work at home could plan to leave earlier than 5 PM on the last day.

In the November 2020 session, students are highly encouraged, though not required to attend a session on Thursday, November 19 from 5pm-8pm to bend their frames. The frames will set-up on Friday and class will re-commence Saturday-Monday to complete the project, allowing students enjoy the Arctic Film Festival and Winterer's Gathering speakers and skill shares on Friday. Students unable to attend the Thursday evening session will have frames prepared for them by the instructor.

  • November 19, 5-8pm: Optional frame bending session
  • November 20: no scheduled activities
  • November 21 - 23: Offical course days


Sat, Nov 21st, 2020  –  Mon, Nov 23rd, 2020

Course Details

Length: 3 Days, plus an optional 5pm-8pm session preceeding
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm, with optional 5-8pm session on the 19th to bend the frames
Intergenerational age: 14+
Registration Cost: $350.00 *
* Early-Bird rate in effect until Thu, Oct 8th, 2020
Includes materials fee of $65.00

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

  • tape measure
  • pencil
  • leather gloves

Optional Tools

  • square
  • block plane

More Information

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.

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* Early-Bird rate in effect until Thu, Oct 8th, 2020
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Cancellation Policy

If North House must cancel a course, students will receive a full refund of any payments made for that course.

Students who cancel their enrollment more than 21 days prior to the course will receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee to cover administrative costs. In recognition of the time and energy instructors invest in preparing for courses, students who cancel their enrollment 21 days or less prior to the course are not eligible for a refund.

Certain classes have different cancellation policies. When this is the case, it will be noted in the Course Overview on this page. Please be sure that you are familiar with your class's cancellation policy, and contact us if you have any questions.