Winter Camping Symposium

October 24 — 27, 2019   Sturgeon lake, MN

Build a Toboggan

Chris Evavold from Black River Sleds

Winter Camping Symposium 2019

            with Chris Evavold

Hauling Toboggan Workshop (HDPE)

Time: 3+ hours (Sunday Morning 7am - Noon)

Participants: 6 maximum per session (no minimum)

No tools or experience necessary (but, any additional block planes, drills, Phillips #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 - $143 ($125 w/o Lashing System)

7’ SnowWalker -  $171 ($150 w/o Lashing System)

9’ SnowWalker - $200 ($175 w/o Lashing System)

11’ SnowWalker - $230 ($200 w/o Lashing System)

Sign up prior to event by emailing or calling Chris at 7159190118.  You can pay with checkcash or credit cardPriority given to payments ahead of event.

"Tureenware Carving Tools"

Friday and Saturday in Hanson Lodge *No charge for this class


Roger Pilsner of Primitive Spirit

Last year was treenware 101.  You carved a spoon from a preshaped blank with tools I provided.  This year I would like you to dig into Grandpa’s old tool chest and bring some carving tools of your own.  Don’t worry about sharpness, I will bring my Tormek and a bunch of hand sharpening tools, together we will recondition that old tool into a Mercedes.  If you don’t have any tools that is ok, I will bring some extras.  I will bring wood blanks for Kuksa’s, bowls, ladles, platters, and of course more spoons.  If time permits we will make some Birch shrink pots. 

Please do not bring survival knives, these are not carving tools.  Wrong application and edge geometry.  Timing is similar to last year, come early, stay late and leave whenever you desire.  Don’t blame me for missing another seminar. Ok, you can blame me.  
Any questions about possible tools, please give me a shout:  
Roger Pilsner at

Antler Handle Knife

Friday 1:00-3:00 Mcleod by the Lake

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:

The Annual Snowshoe Lacing Workshop

Friday 10:30-4:00 Mitchell

Snowshoe lacing class will be on Friday Oct 26th and finish up Saturday morning for those wanting to get their frames dipped at camp.  
Cost $130.00 and includes choice of snowshoe kit and instruction.
Snowshoe bindings will be available to purchase separately for anyone wanting them.  You can pay when class begins.
Kit choice:
Ojibwa, Small (10 x 48) Med. (11 x 54) Large (12 x 60)
Youth Ojibwa 9 x 36
Green Mtn Bearpaw (10 x 36)
AK  Large (10 x 56) AL XL (12 x 60)
Huron (12 x 42)  
You can find a better description of the different styles on our web site: 
Class limited to 10 people
Call, Greg at Country Ways, 612-861-2262 or email with your kit selection and to reserve a space.