Do you have any special heirlooms in your family? Perhaps you have a painting made by one of your ancestors or a hand-sewn quilt made by a great-great-great-grandmother. Handcrafted family heirlooms are of particular sentimental value, connecting the current generation to one in the distant past. What’s interesting is that at the time the item was created, the maker probably didn’t have in mind what generations down the years, down the generations, would think about it.
This is especially true of practical items, like a quilt or coat or even sleds or snowshoes. At the time it was made, the object served a specific, practical purpose. Now, generations later, it is wrapped in stories and memories of days gone by.
Making a Statement
We are living in unprecedented times. The entire world has been on hold for weeks now. This is definitely one for the history books. Children who haven’t even been thought of yet will ask their parents and grandparents if they remember the great pandemic of 2020. Parents, grandparents and maybe even great-grandparents will recall the weeks at home with everyone getting one each other’s nerves — or not.
This is a great time to settle down with a family project, one that will be practical as soon as it’s completed, yet may become a family heirloom for generations to come. Northern Toboggan Company invites you to explore our line of kits. We have beautiful wooden toboggan kits and a variety of snowshoe kits. What better way to spend this downtime than creating a gift for yourself or your family?
Imagine, years from now . . . everyone is sitting around the fireplace sipping hot cocoa or cider after a fun day in the snow. You say, “You know, we made that old sled back in 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Yep. Everyone had to stay home for weeks, so we worked on this sled as a family project together. We ordered the kit and even made a couple of pairs of snowshoes. Yep, those were interesting days.” And the story goes on from there.
Make an Heirloom Memory
Whether you have a family and would like a project everyone can help with, or you are just looking for something different to do while you wait out the quarantine, building a sled or making a set of snowshoes can make the time pass pleasantly, with purpose. When the project is completed, you will have a beautiful sled or pair of snowshoes with which to enjoy the next snowfall. Please feel free to reach out to us with questions about our kits or visit our website for more information.
We wish you the best during this time. Stay well.