Adirondack Forum

Adirondack Forum (http://www.adkforum.com/index.php)
-   Gear Care & Maintenance (http://www.adkforum.com/forumdisplay.php?f=73)
-   -   Before Spar Varnish (http://www.adkforum.com/showthread.php?t=27256)

Woodly 08-30-2019 03:39 PM

Before Spar Varnish
 
What was used to prevent stretching/sagging on rawhide web laced snowshoes?

JohnnyVirgil 08-30-2019 08:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Woodly (Post 277635)
What was used to prevent stretching/sagging on rawhide web laced snowshoes?

Shellac would be my guess.

Woodly 08-31-2019 08:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JohnnyVirgil (Post 277639)
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.

[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.

JohnnyVirgil 08-31-2019 10:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Woodly (Post 277642)
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.

Woodly 08-31-2019 06:21 PM

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.


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:54 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions Inc.