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Old 08-30-2019, 04:39 PM   #1
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Question Before Spar Varnish

What was used to prevent stretching/sagging on rawhide web laced snowshoes?
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Old 08-30-2019, 09:15 PM   #2
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What was used to prevent stretching/sagging on rawhide web laced snowshoes?
Shellac would be my guess.
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Old 08-31-2019, 09:41 AM   #3
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Shellac would be my guess.
You might be right but; Not everyone in country would have access to shellac, say like a trapper or Native American and I wonder if shellac would hold up to the moisture.

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I posted same question in another forum and 'Beeswax and Pitch' was answered. Those make sense since everyone has access to one or the other.

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Old 08-31-2019, 11:44 AM   #4
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You might be right but; Not everyone in country would have access to shellac, say like a trapper or Native American and I wonder if shellac would hold up to the moisture.

[a few minutes later]
I posted same question in another forum and 'Beeswax and Pitch' was answered. Those make sense since everyone has access to one or the other.
Interesting....I know my pair from the 40s is shellac. I also remember reading that boiled linseed oil was an option, but like you said, probably not something you could make yourself out in the field.
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Old 08-31-2019, 07:21 PM   #5
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Thanks Johnny...I like asking questions because of the responses. No doubt many things were tried and used.
I've always used spar varnish 'cause that's what I was taught, infact just finished a pair of 14x48 Fabers with their 2nd coat today, but I knew there had to be something more.
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