Snowshoe maker to speak at Jesup



Brian J. Theriault will discuss traditional snowshoe making at the Jesup Memorial Library on Oct. 28. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE JESUP

Brian J. Theriault will discuss traditional snowshoe making at the Jesup Memorial Library on Oct. 28. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE JESUP

BAR HARBOR — The Jesup Memorial Library will host master snowshoe maker Brian J. Theriault on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m.

To keep the art of snowshoe making alive, Theriault and his father have released a guide that anyone can follow. From cutting down the right tree, to weaving the resulting wood, to enjoying the end product, snowshoe making is now within the grasp of the average person.

“It’s amazing to think that by putting a piece of rawhide and two sticks together, you can create an age-old method of transportation. The problem is that most modern snowshoes are factory-formed and lack the detail and craftsmanship of their traditional counterparts. We’re trying tirelessly to keep this craft alive and know that crafting your own pair of perfect snowshoes is not only giving an end product that lasts longer, but one that evokes immense pride. We’re getting older, so we need to pass this information onto others,” said Theriault.

The pair also conducts classes and has produced a DVD on the subject. This book is the next step in their mission to keep the world producing, using and cherishing traditionally handcrafted snowshoes.

This event is cosponsored by Sherman’s Bookstore. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the Jesup that evening with a percentage of sales donated to the library.

Call the library at 288-4245 or email lrooney@jesuplibrary.org.

 

 

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