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PostPosted: December 21st, 2014, 11:26 pm 
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Picked up two pairs 48x14 wood and babiche. One pair just needed varnish... two coats done and is in excellent condition. The other pair is a much heavier duty pair but has some broken rawhide laces. I bought a rawhide dogbone and have been soaking it. It's loosened up nicely. However I don't know quite how to attache it to the existing webbing? I don't think it will knot well as the new pieces are malleable and slippery while the webbing on the shoe is dry and brittle. If I try to knot the old piece I think it will break. Tying the new piece to an old straight piece seems iffy. Putting holes in both pieces and sewing them together with mono fishing line.. I'm not sure that would work?
Anybody have experience or knowhow?
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 Post subject: Re: Rawhide repair
PostPosted: December 22nd, 2014, 10:05 am 
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Putting holes in both pieces and sewing them together with mono fishing line.. I'm not sure that would work?
Anybody have experience or knowhow?


Looping one piece through the other is the usual way... worked for me. Both pieces of rawhide will need to be soaked until they're soft.

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https://canoeguybc.wordpress.com/tag/rawhide-lacing/

A narrow sharp chisel may be easier than a knife to create these openings... press down on the rawhide where the slit needs to be with a piece of hardwood underneath.

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 Post subject: Re: Rawhide repair
PostPosted: December 23rd, 2014, 4:39 pm 
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That method looks great. Do you soak the entire snowshoe, frame and all or try to pinpoint the broken pieces of lace?


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PostPosted: December 24th, 2014, 11:39 am 
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If the lacing doesn't need to be replaced entirely, it might be possible to unlace the old rawhide, soak the ends only, scrape off varnish, soak more, then add in the new rawhide. The wet rawhide will shrink during drying and reapplying varnish will help hold knots in place.

Have a look at the knots that hold the rawhide ends in place on the snowshoes... I used a double overhand knot to keep the ends in place and the shrinkage plus varnish kept the knots tight.

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