Link of the Day: The American Grouch Blog. He has a couple of great posts from the last few days. His most recent is a day out in the snowy bush with his kids building a shelter. He has great content and awesome photos. I'm also green with envy over his new pack!
The Wood Worker's Snowshoes
Mrs. Hotel and I love yard sales. As a matter of fact, I doubt I'll be posting five days a week during the summer because my Saturdays are currently spent writing. In the summer, we go "junkin'."
Last summer we came upon a sale at a pretty nice place. The man had a few acres with a pond. The house was huge. You know the drill.
Mrs. Hotel went in for the primary search. She walked into the garage and out of the garage within two minutes. My brother-in-law and I refer to that as "not-Scottish". Why? Because if it's not Scottish, IT's CRAP! My disappointment quickly turned to excitement when she came to my window. She said, "Two pairs of snowshoes. $4.00 for one pair, $5.00 for the other. Go!"
Go I did. I walked into the garage and immediately picked the snowshoes and wandered the rest of the sale. I asked the old guy if he knew anything about the shoes. He replied by telling me that he made them himself. He proceeded to take me through his work shop, which I might add was larger than my house, and showed me his studio and work. It was amazing. Every couple of square feet was a small replica of some kind of boat from history. He picked up each boat and told me about the historical origin of the vessel. He told me that he would read about each boat for a certain amount of time, then he'd build the boat. He had Greek boats, boats from Hawaii.....I can't remember all of them. Anyhow, he was great. I spent about a half hour talking to him, much to Mrs. Hotel's chagrin.
Here are the snowshoes:
The larger set will be for me. I'm not sure what the deal is with the bindings, but they will HAVE to go. They look like they are from cross-country skis.
You can see my dilemma.
Although they look to be well used, you can still see his pencil marks from when he was building them.
Up front on the right snowshoe I found a crack. It doesn't go all the way through. Anybody have suggestions on a fix?
Mrs. Hotel's snowshoes are more of a worry to me. The leather bindings are pretty dried out. I'll have to oil them up and see if I can bring them back to life. If not, I'll make a new pair out of leather. That's how I plan to remedy mine as well.
I'm no expert, but the weave looks way off. That could make these first class wall hangers.
I decided to try mine out, since the forecast called for 3 inches of snow and instead we got 18".
About ten yards into the tryout, my foot fell out of the binding. These bindings are going for a hike.
They're going to be a bit of work, but for under ten bucks, I'm not complaining.
I used to snowshoe a lot in Maine. Since we got married I can only count a handful of times that I've been out. Honestly, here in Colorado I think you'd get more mileage out of a pair of cross country skis. We rarely get enough snow to merit snowshoes (although people wear them in 3 inches of snow and act like they have a purpose). When we do, the snow doesn't stay that long. I'll hang onto these anyhow. Hand made by a local guy. Even if they don't work well, I will swear that they do.
Pax Domini Sit Semper Vobiscum,
Mike, Oscar, Hotel.....out.