Step 11: Bending the Front of the Snowshoe
For the next two steps we will return to the snowshoe body now complete with the woven mat-like interior. In this step, we will be bending the portion of the frame in front of the woven center upwards in the typical resemblance to traditional snowshoes. This step is simple yet important as it ensures that come winter, the snowshoe will distribute the weight evenly as well as reduce the number of involuntary catches or stumbles experienced by the user.
Find an open bowl large enough and deep enough to soak the entire front of the snowshoe in. Fill it with hot to near boiling water and place the snowshoe in, front first, and soak the exposed wood for roughly thirty minutes (each shoe). Then, using your hands, bend the front of the shoe up evenly on both sides of the front frame. You can either hold it here for an extended period of time as it sets, or you can place it under something reasonably heavy and bend the shoe up at the right angle to let dry. Let sit for roughly thirty more minutes and then remove. The front should stay permanently bent upwards. This part actually looks really cool, and you should start to see the shape of a nearly finished snowshoe coming into being.