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Last Chance!

Does making winter moccasins surrounded by the fall colours while gazing out at the lake sound appealing to you? Then make the last minute choice to come and hang out at the Bark Lake Leadership Centre with us! For more information click here. Fall Colours

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Completely Re-vamped Mitten Instructions

mittencoverimageOur Mitten Making instructions have been completely overhauled for the upcoming year with numerous improvements.  Our mitten kits have also gotten better with a brand-new, very thick wool for the liners.  Our single layer mitts are a great weight for a general purpose mitt in cold conditions, and our double-layer mitts are extremely warm mitts for low-activity in very cold conditions!

Find the instructions in the Info Hub, and find the kits in the store here.

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Moccasin Workshop Coming Up!

Come to the gorgeous Bark Lake Leadership Centre in Irondale, Ontario on October 17th & 18th and handcraft your  winter moccasins for the season!

There are a few spots left so don’t hesitate. Price is $278.50 + HST and you can stay right at the Leadership Centre for only $50/night. There is a full kitchen available for cooking meals and you are right on the lake to enjoy your coffee in the morning.

Click here for more information and to register!

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On the Road!

LOTN PondOur workshop season is about to commence! This means that we will be on the road for much of the fall, so please place orders sooner than later to ensure you get them in time. We bring as many retail items as possible on the road with us, but large items such as ice chisels, toboggans and snowshoes will have to stay at the Pond.

The list is building, so get your order in in time for winter! Sorry for the inconvenience, and thank you for your patience!




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Expedition Schedule is Live (and on Sale)!

Vanessa hauling hard!

Vanessa hauling hard!

After much research, poring over maps, talking to past participants and dreaming of snowy days on the trail we’re very excited to announce our 2016 snowwalking schedule!

You can find all of our offerings in chronological order on our calendar, or head to the expedition page for full details.

Sale: Our early-bird discount is available for the month of September.  Sign up and pay your deposit by September 31st for 5% off the expedition price.

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Make a Game Bag at the Canadian Canoe Museum

Moose Murse2 - LOTNCome to the world famous Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, ON and handcraft your very own traditional game bag. Using a hearty moose or bison buckskin you will hand sew a bag that will last you for decades. In this workshop you will learn a variety of transferable skills such as:

  • Cutting and sewing buckskin;
  • Carving and dying vegetable tanned hide;
  • Setting copper rivets;
  • Installing buckles and straps;
  • Detail work like using a leather burner and other embellishments

This workshop includes everything you need to complete a high quality game bag that is approximately 14″ wide and 2-3″ deep. Size may vary based on preferences. The workshop also includes admission to the museum both days and access to their wonderful gift shop which contains the work of local artisans.

Price: $260

Date: September 12 & 13 from 8:30AM – 5:30PM

Please go to The Canoe Museum’s website for registration.

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The Sun is Shifting South!

As much as we love the long days, loon calls, LOTN Pondshaking leaves and mosquitoes, the days are starting to get shorter. And you know what that means… Winter Is Coming! That’s right folks! We are getting in gear now just like the red squirrel to gather our seeds and nuts.

But that doesn’t mean we aren’t enjoying the summer. Both Dave and Kie are out this week guiding separate groups on the pristine Georgian Bay of Lake Huron. Dave is leading a group of youth down the historic French River and along the coast back to Manitoulin Island. While Kie is heading out of Britt with a bunch of Wild Women who need to take in some deep breathes with a yoga/kayak combo.

If you plan on making orders, that is fantastic, thank you! Just know that we are out and about this week and will not be able to fill your orders until late next week (July 30th). Thank you for your patience and we apologize for any inconvenience this has caused you.

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Workshop Schedule is Live!

We’ve got a fun-packed sewing fall ahead of us. We would be thrilled if you joined us this season for some good ‘ol fashion hand-crafting!!

Check out our schedule here.


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Welcome to the Cubicle!

Our little cubicle is nearing completion!

Our little cubicle is nearing completion!

It’s done!!! Well, the exterior anyway. What a process this has been. From felling the tree, hauling it out of the forest, milling it. To slowing installing it wall by wall as the ground freezes and the white silence hugged the new building. Come spring we installed the live-edge bevel boards in the gable ends. We then wanted to preserve that golden colour that we love as much as the dragonflies so finished it with an eco-friendly stain.

Our little office is ready for interior siding from which we also milled from a spruce that fell over a year ago. It is in cue, drying and just about ready for the planer. Then comes the shelves and new burlap curtains! We are almost all set-up and will be ready to run the business in style out of our perfect off-grid, by the water cube!

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