picked up my Dad and Moms old trad snowshoes from Mom's. Both Canadian Made, Dads were made by FABER (Quebec!) almost 50 years ago. FABER has been making handmade wood snowshoes since 1870, then in the latter years they make modern snowshoes. A massive 16" WIDE x 39" long bear paw style. These are the Faber SPORT, and the design has not changed since 1870. Also known as Huron, Michigan, Algonquin, or Maine style snowshoes Moms were made by another company, Canadian Lacrosse MFG and they were aluminum framed, rawhide laced. 10" wide x 22" long. They bought them long before i was born that I know. When i was a kid, Dads snowshoes towered over me....LOl....so i wore Moms and they were HUGE to me. Nowadays I can fit into a 5' long x 12 - 16" wide trad snowshoe (on order) Pics will be updated as I take them) these have not been used since i was a teen. The rawhide is BONE DRY, the varnish has long gone, the frames (ASH wood) are 100% fine, but need spar varnish). Not a single cut rawhide lace. The bindings are rope....tossed those, I have new leather bindings. These are 16" WIDE X 39" long. You want to talk about walking bowlegged after a slog thru the deep powder with these? yea...BOW LEGGED..... frikking 16" WIDE......(but maximum flotation in soft snow! ) Stopped by the paint store and got a gallon tin of oil based marine spar varnish (freaking $100!!!!!) and some brushes and brush cleaner. I'll start with Dad's bearpaws, as they are the ones i'll restore first. Laying them out on the 50+ year old kitchen table that Dad made before I was born. That table has seen hundreds of thousands of meals on it. Then it got relegated to a shop table. I have had a 1500 LB diesel engine (buddies) on that table while he rebuilt it. Tough table. I have carved in that table, put hot metal on that table, cut notches with my knives into it......put hot cast iron pans onto it and of course my old BushCat (Lumpy) managed to remove 3/4's of the legs with his massive claws. One day I'll take a lot of pics of the table and then pics of the Restoration process. Lets just say that when the Big One hits BC , I'm going under that table. Of course a certain PipSqueak Kitty had to investigate....he LOVED the Badger fur brush...Nom Nom nom......LOL! after a half hour of dabbing (no NOT that kind of dabbing ), brushing etc spar varnish, the THIRSTY old dried out rawhide started to absorb it, I find it fascinating that in the 40+ years these snowshoes were not in use, so much in the world has changed.......yet these have not except dried out. Yet after a few coats of spar varnish, these snowshoes will live on, experiencing new snow and new wilderness places to explore. got the topside FIRST varnish done....going to let it dry and then flip them and do the undersides. This will repeat several times with multiple coats of spar varnish, then a final coat of spar varnish followed by a week of curing. Then I will start on Moms snowshoes. what a difference even one soaking of varnish does. (my old neighbor Geoff, in the Kootenays BC Canada, would take his snowshoes (multiple pairs) every fall and SOAK them in a plastic tub filled with spar varnish. After a week of soaking, he would pull them out, brush the excess off and hang to dry in his cabin for several weeks before the hard winters in the Kootenays. ongoing thread. pics updated as they are taken. Thanks for dropping into the Esee Forum and sharing the campfire!