Ah, spring. The snow has melted, the birds are chirping, and while you're dusting off your deck chairs, we've dusted off our jigs. That's right! It's snowshoe-making season. Spring and summer are our traditional wooden snowshoe-making seasons, and we can't think of a better way to spend it than making something beautiful with our own hands.
The traditional wooden snowshoe is a classic winter accessory, but it may not be as popular as it once was. That's because modern aluminum snowshoes are factory made and cheaper to produce, making them appealing to consumers. However, there are still many advantages that make traditional wooden snowshoes the better choice for your winter adventures.
This almost goes without saying: wooden snowshoes just look better. When you’re out on the trail, it’s not a fashion contest. But what about when you get back inside? Our snowshoes are made using the highest-quality components available, paying careful attention to every detail. Handcrafted from native northern white ash, each pair is an heirloom-quality product built to last for generations and provide decades of enjoyment, on your feet or on the wall.
Don’t believe the hype. In many respects, a well-constructed pair of wooden snowshoes will outperform aluminum alternatives. The natural fibers in wooden frames make them much more flexible, even in the coldest conditions, and aren't as susceptible to corrosion or rust. On top of that, traditional webbing provides time-tested traction without the need for additional components.
When you are out exploring the wonders of nature in winter, you know it’s important to leave behind nothing but your tracks. But have you considered the noise you bring with you into that pristine wilderness? Traditional wooden snowshoes are much quieter than their metal counterparts. So you can focus on the sounds of wildlife and gently falling snow all around you.
Whether you’re following a well-worn trail or carving your own path across the snowy expanse, maintaining a consistent direction is key. Larger wooden snowshoe styles have a tail that acts as a sort of rudder or ski, providing you with straighter tracking throughout your trek.
The traditional wooden snowshoe design has been perfected over countless generations. And while that hand-crafted tradition might cost a little more up front, if properly cared for, your wooden snowshoes will last for several generations more. So instead of a disposable metal snowshoe whose components can break and need maintenance (and end up in the garbage or at a garage sale someday), you’ll have a family heirloom to pass down.
Ready to join in the joys of the journey that so many outdoor enthusiasts have already discovered? Check out our snowshoe information page to discover all the advantages of traditional wooden snowshoes and find the pair that’s right for you.
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