How to Make Snowshoes: New England Native American Styles

Learn how to make your own traditional-style snowshoes with these diagrams and instructions for constructing and lacing the frames.

Snowshoe Frame with Crossbars
When the crossbars are snugly in place in the frame, drill holes at the tail and push through a finish nail that extends 1/8" on both sides. Bend both projections with a hammer for a secure closure.Tidy up the shoe by sanding the frame and slightly rounding the edges. Apply several coats of a rugged spar varnish.