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.

With the two forms prepared, search out several straight, knot-free ash or hickory saplings. A length of at least 7' for each frame is needed. Square down to 3/4" with a drawshave or crooked knife, or select a tree of 4" to 5" at the butt end. Split down the center with chisels.