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Snowshoe or Chair Lacing Workshop coming Saturday to Gooseberry Falls

Feb 27, 2020 01:04PM ● By Editor

Photo:  MN State Parks

From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - February 27, 2020

During this workshop you can lace your own snowshoes or snowshoe-laced heirloom wooden chair. 

Be ready for next winter by lacing your own snowshoes in this two-day hands on and rewarding workshop. Learn which knots to use and how to weave the decking onto the frame. Experienced instructors will provide assistance for you to lace your own pair of Ojibwe-style or Urban-style snowshoes or heirloom wooden chair.

The Ojibwe style is designed for the deep woods and open meadows of the Great Lakes Country. Made by hand, these straight grain white ash frames combined with the TechDeck nylon lace are designed to float you in deep snow. A classic look and an heirloom for your family too. Binding sold separately. 

Designed for the ?urban? trails that abound in cities and county park systems, the urban snowshoe is lightweight and includes a binding with cleats for those icy patches. The urban snowshoe frames are aircraft-grade 6061-T6 aluminum. 

Snowshoe inspired laced wooden framed chair will be a beloved part of your indoor or outdoor furniture for many generations. You will be proud to show off this sturdy and beautiful chair. 

All lacing uses the unique tubular nylon lacing is immensely strong (1400# per strand!), light weight and durable (resists abrasion, won't stretch, sag or be gnawed upon!).

This workshop (recommended for adults and for ages 10 accompanied by an adult) will consist of two consecutive day sessions from 9am to 4pm at the Visitor Center. 

***Participants must attend both days.

The Urban Snowshoe cost is a $130 registration fee; Ojibwe Style Snowshoes cost is $140.00 registration fee and heirloom wood chair cost is $250 registration fee. This fee includes the kit and materials, along with refreshments and hardy snacks. Varnish is not included. Lunch will not be provided for the weekend workshop, so attendees should bring a sack lunch. Workshop has a minimum of 6 participants and a maximum of 12 participants.

Class size is limited and pre-registration is required by February 27th to ensure materials arrive in time. Call for sizing. Call Gooseberry Falls 218 595-7108 or visit the Park?s online Events Calendar for more info. Send us an email ([email protected]) or stop in at the Visitor Center to reserve your spot.

event location map

Gooseberry Falls State Park

March 7, 2020 to March 8, 2020 

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

13 miles northeast of Two Harbors on Hwy. 61.

More Information
Contact Park Naturalist at 218-595-7100 or by email at [email protected].

If you need an accommodation, please call or email the event contact listed above by two weeks prior to the event.

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