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May 24 1927. E. W. VOSE
SNOWSHOE AND PROCESS OF MANUFACTURING SAME
Filed Aug. 22. 1922
Patented May 24 1927. ..
UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE.
EDWIN W. VOSE OF BEVERLY MASSACHUSETTS. SNOWSHOE AND PROCESS OF MANUFACTURING SAME: Application filed August . Serial No. .
This invention relates tQ now shoes and has for its chief object to devise a thoroughly practical snow shoe which can be manufactured more economically than the forms
5 of snow shoes heretofore used. The invention also involves an improved method of manufacturing snow shoes.
The only form of snow shoe which has been commercially successful heretofore so
10 far as I have been able to learn is the Indian type consisting of a wooden frame filled with a raw hide lacing. While this form of snow shoe is very satisfactory it is expensive to manufacture and in recent years
15 the manufacturing cost has increased so rapidly that the sale of these devices for pleasure purposes has been greatly reduced. This is particularly true of small sizes such as those used by children.
so The present invention aims to devise a snow shoe construction which will be as serviceable as the present form of snow shoe but which can be manufactured much more economically. To this end the invention
25 contemplates a snow shoe made entirely of metal and it is an important object of the invention to devise an all metal snow shoe which will be substantially as light in weight as the Indian type of snow shoe.
3o The nature of the invention will be readily understood from the following description when read in connection with the accompanyingdrawings and the novel features will be particularly pointed out in the al)
is pended claims.
Referring now to the drawings:
Fig. 1 is a plan view of a snow shoe embodying this invention
Fig. 2 is a side elevation of the snow shoe 4o shover in Fig. 1
Fig. 3 is a cross sectional view on the line 33 of Fig. 1
Fig. 4 is a cross sectional view through one of the braces and a portion of the pad supported thereby
Fig. 5 is a cross sectional view through a portion of the snow shoe the plane of section being taken immediately behind the
59 Fig. 6 is a plan view on a large scale of a portion of the filling
Fig. 7 is a cross sectional view on the line 77 of Fig. 1
Fig. 8 is a plan view of another embodi 55 ment of the invention and
Fig. 9 is a cross sectional view of the frame and a part of the reinforced section of the snow shoe shown in Fig. 8.
The construction shown includes a metal rod 2 which is bent into suitable shape to ee form a snow shoe frame. The rod may be either solid or hollow as desired but it should be stiffenough to give the desired rigidity to the frame. I have found that on small sized snow shoes a IV or 14 inch Bess ss seiner steel solid rod answers the purpose very well a slightly larger size being required on large shoes. The ends of the rod 2 are bound together by a wire 3.
Instead of the usual rawhide acing or: 70 filling I prefer to use a filling 4 consisting of a woven wire fabric. A section Of fabric of suitable size and shape for the filling is cut out and the edges of said section are bent around the frame 2 as best shown in Figs. 3 '75 and 5. I have found that a galvanized wile fabric having four meshes per inch and a twentyone gage wire is entirely suitable for this purpose. After the edge of the filling has been bent or folded about the so frame the entire edge of the shoe is dipped in solder to unite the filling securely to the frame.
The snow shoe is reinforced in the region on which the foot bears by two braces 5 s and 6 consisting of heavy rods extending across the frame and having then ends bent around the frame and soldered brazed or otherwise molecularly secured thereto. These rods support a tread piece or pad 7 of wire fabric the edges of which are folded under its ends being folded about the rods 5 and
6 and soldered thereto. It is contemplated that the ball of the wearer's foot will rest on the pad 7 so that the weight will be distributed to the flame by the rods 5 and 6. In manufacturing the snow. shoe the pad
7 preferably is soldered to the rods 5 and 6 and the ends of the rods are then bent around the opposite sides of the frame 2 "s shown in the drawings. Thereafter the wire filling is secured to the frame in the
manner above described the soldering of the filling to the frame also serving to solder the ends of the wires 5 and 6 in place.
An aperture 8 is cut in the filling just in front of the pad 7 to allow the toe to tip thru the bottom of the shoe in walking and the fabric at the edges of this aperture
is bound by a metal strip 9 which may be 'if()
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crimped into the meshes of the fabric as shown in Fig. 1 or soldered thereto as shown in Fig. 7.
The strap 10 or other binder for the foot is fastened to the front brace 5.
The construction above described is intended more particularly for children's sizes of snow shoes although larger sizes can also be made in this manner if desired. It is particularly suited to service. where footwear having heels is worn. Under many circumstances and particularly for larger sizes and those cases where moccasins are worn. I prefer to place the braces farther apart as shown at 5' and 6' in Fig. S and to run a reinforcing strip 12 of wire fabric across the snow shoe to receive the weight of the foot. The ends of this strip are bent around the sides of the frame and soldered thereto as shown in Fig. O. I consider it preferable to run the strands of wire in the filling 4 diagonally to the median line of the snow shoe since this arrangement presents a better appearance and gives a better distribution of the user's weight to the frame. The reinforcing strip 12 however preferably has its strands lying in a parallel and right angle relationship to the median. line.. A fabric woven of resilient wire preferably is used in large sizes. Two rings or loops secured to the member 12 serve as anchoring means for the foot binder or strap.
It will now be appreciated that this Invention provides a very serviceable snow shoe which can be manufactured much more economically than the usual construction. The use of a woven wire fabric filling is of especial advantage since it saves the labor of putting in a lacing. This snow shoe acts and handles like a snow shoe of the Indian type and it has the advantage over the Indian snow shoe of being vermin proof.
The described embodiment of the invention may be modified in many particulars without departing from the spirit or scope of the invention. For instance some parts of the snow shoe may be made of the usual materials or at least of material other than metal.
Having thus described my invention what I desire to claim as new is :
1. A snow shoe comprising a metal frame and a filling consisting of a woven wirefabric having its edges secured to said frame 55 said fabric being woven prior to its attachment to the frame and the principal wire strands of said fabric extending diagonally with reference to the median line of the snow shoe. ao
2. A snow shoe comprising a metal rod bent to form a. snow shoe frame and a filling consisting of a section of woven wire fabric cut out and positioned in the frame to elastically support and adequately dis 65 tribute the weight of the wearer thereon the marginal edges of said section of fabric being folded around the frame and soldered thereto.
3. A snow shoe comprising a frame. a 70 filling consisting of a section of woven wire fabric cut out and having its edges secured to said frame and a reinforcing metallic member extending across the snow shoe and on which the foot bears. 75
4. A snow shoe comprising a. frame a woven wire fabric filling having its edges secured to said frame said fabric having an aperture cut therein for the entrance of the toe portion of the foot and a sheet metal so binding for the . fabric at the edges of said aperture.
5. A. snow shoe comprising a frame a fillin consisting. of a section of woven wire fabric cut out and having its edges secured 85 to said frame an additional metallic member extending across the snow shoe from one side of said frame to the other to reinforce the snow shoe in the region on which the foot bears and a foot binding secured to 90 said reinforcing member.
6. A snow shoe comprising a frame a woven wire fabric filling having its edges secured to said frame said fabric having an aperture out therein for the entrance of the 95 toe portion. of the foot and a sheet metal binding for the fabric at. the edges of said aperture said binding being crimped in to the fabric..
7. A snow shoe comprising a metal rod bent to form a snow shoe frame and a filling consisting of a section of woven wire fabric cut out and having its edges secured to said frame and a woven wire reinforcement secured to the frame and arranged to receive the weight of the foot:
EDWIN W. VOSE.