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Making a Toboggan Duffel Jon Maruska


DESCRIPTION:  In this workshop you will cut and sew materials into your very own toboggan duffel bag.  Written directions and classroom instruction will guide you through the process from choosing the dimension of your bag to the very last stich in about 4 hours.   These tough bags with clean and efficient design are great for lashing to toboggans, car travel, car camping, and gear storage. 
PROVIDED:  Written directions, classroom instruction, 1000D black Cordura, #10 YKK Coil Zipper, 2 Zipper Pulls, 1” Nylon Webbing, Thread.  I have a few sewing machines which may be borrowed on a first come basis.  
SUPPLY YOUR OWN:  Sewing machine (unless borrowing one, see above), 2 bobbins, scissors, marking pen/pencil, measuring device.  A few extension cords and power strips would be helpful but not necessary for everyone to bring one.
SKILL LEVEL:  This project takes low to moderate sewing skill level, though, total novices have taken the course and left with a functioning duffel.  I encourage all who are interested to sign up.  
Cost:  $30 For the course and materials to complete 1 bag.  $20 Per set of materials to complete additional bags at home.  Pay (preferably cash) to the instructor at the start of the class.
Register:  Contact Jon Maruska directly at to reserve your spot.  Participants must register 10 days prior to the course to allow the instructor time to order materials.  Minimum class size: 4.  Maximum class size: 12.
*this class filled up 2 years ago so register quick!


Anorak Build-Along Kevin Kinney

 Friday October 28th, 2016.

Basement of Mitchell Building. 9 am- 3 PM.

Bring your sewing machine, 3-4 yards of materials, and some good sharp 
scissors- we're building Anoraks!

This full day class will start with a little sketching, a little 
patterning, and end in a flurry of needles, pins, and thread. We'll 
build a simple, yet huge pullover that should get you through some 
serious weather. You'll learn the basics of patterning an oversized 
garment. Then you'll build the hood and body panels one by one, adding 
one by one until you pull a completed garment over your head.

Contact Kevin at to register.

Cost- Free. Participants must register with the WCS.

Limit 10 students- There are only so many outlets and tables.

Sewing experience is required. This can be a fast paced activity with 
many different design options to explore.

Country Ways Snowshoe Workshop Greg Wilcox

Build you own snowshoes! Pick your style and frames and Greg Wilcox will lead and instruct you on how to assemble. This workshop will be held on Friday with continued support of Greg throughout the event.  
"All Country Ways snowshoe kits are made with proper 'snowshoe wood' - straight grain white ash. Snowshoes you make from our kits will truly be every bit as great. People tend to make snowshoes from kits not so much to save money (which you do, but it's a fringe benefit) as to have the satisfaction of making something fine."

Cost: $100 for a kit and the class, bindings can be bought separately for $50.00
Class is limited to 10, please register by sending an email to:

Snowshoe & Canoe Paddle Dip

Bring your traditional wooden snowshoes and canoe paddles to receive a high quality full varnish dip. Save yourself time and money while increasing the quality and durability of your wooden gear. Man of War Spar Varnish (one of the best sealants available) in a large dip pan will fully coat your wooden gear... right down into the small cracks and crevices. This is a value that cannot be passed up. We will assist in dipping your gear and he'll hang it to dry for the weekend, so on Sunday you can take it home looking fresh and new.
$5.00/canoe paddle

Making an Antler Handle Knife Warren Peterson

Making an Antler Handle Knife
Participants will learn to assemble a small blade into an antler handle as well as stitch together a sheath that will hang around the neck and will be provided information on sources for knife blades, leather, and tools required to make knives on their own. All materials are provided by the instructor. Cost is $50.00 per person. Contact Warren prior to Symposium if interested in taking this workshop. Warren M. Peterson, cell # 715-314-0797, email:

Toboggan Workshop Chris Evavold

Time: 3+ hours (Sunday Morning 7am –noon)
Participants: 8 maximum per session (no minimum)

No tools or experience necessary (but, any additional block planes, drills, Philips #2 drill bits, or countersink bits would be helpful)

“In this 3+ hour workshop participants will be able to construct their own hauling toboggan that will be ready for use upon completion. Participants can choose from 5’, 7', 9’ or 11’ lengths.  Construction materials will include black HDPE pre-shaped blanks, finished white ash crosspieces, stainless steel screws, and 4mm accessory cord for running line, tumpline, and lashing system. Participants will prepare and finish the plastic blank, fasten crosspieces to blank, and string up toboggan. The end result will be a low maintenance, durable, and rollable toboggan that will provide years of use trekking into the bush.”

5’ SnowWalker Petite - $138 ($120 w/o Lashing System)
7’ SnowWalker - $166 ($145 w/o Lashing System)
9’ SnowWalker - $195 ($170 w/o Lashing System)
11’ SnowWalker - $225 ($195 w/o Lashing System)

Sign up prior to event by emailing or calling Chris at 715.399.2796. You can pay with check, cash or credit card.  Payment accepted at event but I need to know how many to expect.