Ask Us Your Traditional Snowshoe Questions

Traditional wooden snowshoes have been around for thousands of years as Native Americans and explorers originally designed these snowshoes for practical use in everyday life. This tradition continues, and you can still use wooden snowshoes today. In fact, they offer numerous benefits not provided by modern snowshoes. Though, sometimes it can be tough to know the intricacies of these ‘shoes.

Brian Theriault of Theriault’s Snowshoes offers his traditional snowshoe expertise to answer all of your burning questions. He learned from his father Edmond and has been making traditional snowshoes from scratch for over fifty years.

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Brian Theriault has been making snowshoes for over 50 years. Photo: Brian Theriault

Based in Maine, the Theriault Snowshoe method is a refinement of the collaborative methods between First Nations people and early French settlers in the area. Moreover, their craftsmanship was recognized as the recipient of several awards from the Maine Arts Commission, including the Maine Fellowship Award.

Brian and his father are also the authors of two books on the subject – Leaving Tracks: A Maine Tradition and Brown Ash Baskets: A North American Tradition.

So, whether you’ve been using traditional wooden snowshoes for decades or are just starting, we’re here to help! Submit your questions below for a master snowshoe maker’s guidance.

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About the author

Susan Wowk

Susan has owned Snowshoe Magazine with her husband, Paul, since 2015. In 2018, she became more involved in writing and editing content and now is the lead editor of the publication. She enjoys all things winter and snowshoes regularly with Paul and 13-year-old puppy Grizzy.

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