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Links

 

On this page I'd like to present links to a few different websites. Websites that are dear to me, like the one from my daughter Christine, as well as others I consider valuable and to be worth of being known. I myself do not have any financial advantage of this, but I hope that here or there advantages will present themselves to the farmers, artists, businesses etc. concerned. One never knows. Besides, there is great fun expanding my website, and there is always the hope that readers become generally more curious and inquisitive; about the country, about people, about things. And yes: that one may get the absolutely glorious idea to finally download one of my books! "Should have done that a long time ago... was planning on it for a long time..." Well, dear reader: Do it now! you will not regret it!

 
 
 
 

Silver Spring Goats Christine's Website

 

 


 
Ojibwe
   

 

 

The name Ojibwe comes from one of the largest of the Native peoples of Canada that settled along the Great Lakes in Ontario, in western Canada and north-central United States. This highly aesthetic snowshoe is one of the oldest of traditional wooden snowshoes. Curiously, it resembles those used by the ancient peoples of Siberia, Greenland and Scandinavia many centuries ago. Its unique shape provides a great flotation in opened forest and field where there is a lot of snow. Its narrow and lifted nose, combined with its long narrow tail, are providing great gliding properties in downhill on hard snow. It might be the ancestor of the modern alpine ski. Quiet and stable, it is a good all-around snowshoe for long distance adventure. I am also using them in dense forest, together with Faber's "heavy duty work" leather bindings. Those bindings firmly fasten the snowshoes to the boots; they also keep them parallel aligned to the boots so they don't swivel left or right when lifting the snowshoes. That's very important when you have to turn on the spot or move around trees (in heavy timber). It is also advisable, for use in dense forest, to choose the snowshoes in a rather smaller size. Better smaller than larger! Actually, this advise holds true generally. The smaller size is narrower, so you're able to snowshoe ahead without having to spread your legs. This is very important since otherwise it would be very tiresome. You're also much better in charge of them, they are easier to lift, and one can even ski downhill with them; on short slopes and hard packed snow. Finally, I'd like to share some very special experiences only to be experienced with the very special Ojibwes. When you snowshoe with the Ojibwes in the freshly fallen, deep snow, of course you will sink in; maybe 8 inches (20 cm) or so. Inevitably, the snow around them will cave in and fall onto the snowshoes; will bury them under the snow. With other types of snowshoes (other forms) you now have to lift them up and shake off the snow; only then you proceed. That is very tiresome! Not so with the Ojibwes, however. You will sink into the snow with them, too. They also will be buried by it. But now comes the difference: You don't lift up your Ojibwes (with all the snow on top of them), but simply move your feet ahead just like walking normally. Then, because of its pointed, narrow and upwardly bent nose, the snowshoes, all by themselves, come out of the glittering, deep soft snow again. Like a whale coming out of the water... Just, in this case, again and again... It is something special! Here once more:  You just move your legs ahead normally. You sink in. The snow is falling onto the snowshoes. And then, while moving ahead naturally, the snowshoes all by themselves come out of the deep soft snow again. First the tip, then more and more, then the complete snowshoe and then you sink in again, and all starts anew... rhythmical... with an almost unnoticeable, quiet rustle... It's something special! You have to experience it! In the beautiful, quiet, thickly with glittering soft snow covered nature...

 
 
 

Faber, Canada

Snowshoe Bindings
 

Faber

   

 

My snowshoe bindings are from Faber, Canada. They are the ones marked A3 on Faber's website (see also picture above). Composed of three layers of heavy leather riveted together with copper rivets, they are the most durable bindings Faber is making, and that's why they are called "heavy duty work bindings". I prefer the natural leather product over Plastic (oil product). Bindings are very important, almost as important as the snowshoes themselves. Don't underestimate the bindings! They secure your snowshoes to your boots. It's important when you lift your snowshoes that they stay parallel to your boots and don't swivel around, to the left or right. Otherwise you cannot turn on the spot (in dense timber) or move tightly around trees when necessary. With a little care (oil them lightly) those bindings last a lifetime. At the beginning they are the most expensive but long term they are the cheapest. Better to buy the best right at the first time and save. Plus, not to be forgotten: every time you use your snowshoes and bindings you've got the satisfaction of having the best!

 




Grnsfors Bruk, Sweden
Handforged Axes


Axe 429x299

   

 

Those who love to make firewood, and at the same time enjoy the stillness of the forest (and don't want to disturb it), cannot do without a world class axe. And here again: start with the best with an axe from Grnsfors Bruk, Sweden. Axes from Grnsfors Bruk are the best of the best! Once purchased, they are good for a lifetime; you need no other anymore. Besides, it is much more fun to work with such a high quality product and it makes your work easier. Therefore, here too, as with snowshoes and bindings: right from the beginning buy nothing but the best; with the added advantage that in the long run it is also the cheapest.

 
 

 

 

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