With my packframe project finished as seen in this photo shot as the sun rises, I was anxious to take it out to see how it performed under conditions that I designed and built it for.
I've always had an interest in bushcraft DIY projects and a number of bushcraft oriented magazines that I subscribe to, have described several different packboards over the years that one could build allowing for heavy irregular sized objects to be carried on your back.
Now I could have faithfully built one of the packboards described, but chose to build one more to my liking, including with the use of willow that I harvested from a stand of willow located in a valley that I travel through on occasion in the Sibbald Flats area west of Calgary.
With the bark peeled from the willow and allowed to dry for the next year, I had time to think on how I would build it. Once dry, and the willow cut to length, I assembled the packframe parts with the use of dowels and wood glue.
I then selected leather for the shoulder straps and to strengthen the upper section of the triangle. With the leather cut to shape and then saddle-stiched in place on the packframe, I next proceeded with cutting and sewing canvas in place, followed by installing brass gourmets and finishing the canvas with Otter wax for waterproofing.
Leather 1/4" laccing material is used for fastening items to the packframe.
All in all it is proving to be an enjoyable carry while out tramping about with my bow on the grasslands of southern Alberta.