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A couple of winters ago we had an abnormal amount of snow here in Massachusetts. I needed snow shoes in a hurry to get to the back yard of my wife's mother's house to clear the snow from the flat roof on the back of the house that was leaking from ice dams. Couldn't find any snow shoes in stores so I checked the internet for homemade ideas. The quickest and simplest were made from plywood. I found sites that recommended sizes based on body weight. The trickiest part were the bindings but I found plans for making bindings that you could put on and take off without having to take off my gloves to tie them. They did work but were kind of rudimentary. I volunteered to make a pair for my niece who recently bought a cabin up in snow country. From additional reading I know that my design needs improvement, e.g. holes in front of the toes to allow the foot to pivot, maybe cleats on the bottom for better traction, additional holes in the plywood to decrease the weight. I've seen designs that use pvc pipe, etc. But, I would like to stick with the plywood. There are lots or articles on the subject but they each have their own perspective. I'm hoping that there is info that gives the basics such as best size and shape, best position for the foot, etc. Anybody have any thoughts on this?
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go native...
make them out of willow...
proven design...
been in use a bazillion years...
lasts long time..
light weight...
carry weight adjustable...
snow conditions variable...
one day project if you take your time...

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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go native...
make them out of willow...
proven design...
been in use a bazillion years...
lasts long time..
light weight...
carry weight adjustable...
snow conditions variable...
one day project if you take your time...
Where do I get the willow?
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I have Iversons, which a little pricey. No willow. I went with neoprene bindings on traditional wood frame. If she really is is in real snow country, you need to go big. The 30" aluminum are not made for deep snow, more for hard packed and icy. Not for powder. Mine are 40 some inches.

Willow is probably quaint, but I wouldn't bother if you want to use them over and over.
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Where do I get the willow?
most any stream bed...
yellow or golden willow shrub would be a good choice... but not pussy or weeping...
make bows and arrows too...

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HERE...

http://goneoutdoors.com/make-traditi...s-5114831.html
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I think it depends on the part of the country.

Do you want to give something that you will be fixing every year? Indians around here used leather bindings.

Willow ones probably look cool on the wall though, or fine if you got lots of free time.
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These are the ones I used in my younger days when I made a living hiking up and down mountain sides cutting trees down. If you need to turn or turn around they need to be short and wide. The traditional cross country ones were very long and narrow which made them very hard to turn around on. The webbing is virtually indestructible so that might be an option. Any the picture may give you some extra ideas.
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They use ASH wood in this article. Might be easier to locate than willow....not too many streams around here. Not sure about finding rawhide....might have to use some type of cord.
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rawhide.. leather boot laces, Tandy leather, old belts, nylon strapping, hobby shops...

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