The Theriault Snowshoes method is a refinement of traditional snowshoes methods of the area that were collaborative methods between First Nations people and early French settlers. Theriault family snowshoes are made from scratch with raw materials, using molds and tools that we designed and produced.
Our methods include selecting the right ash tree in the forest, cutting and forming wood pieces to be used for the frame, fleshing, scraping, and cutting rawhide, and finally weaving rawhide on the ash frame with our own three way patterns.
We love building winter transportation from a bit of rawhide and wood, we think of our snowshoes usable art, and we would like to share our art and craft with you!
Master Snowshoe Makers
Fort Kent, Maine– For father and son Brian J. and Edmond Theriault, making snowshoes has been a four-decade passion that has taken them from novices to world-class craftsmen. However, fearing that the art may be dying out among the wider population, the duo have written a book to help anyone create their own traditional snowshoes with relative ease.
Good time to start making tools and getting ready for the upcoming season.