DIY Inuit Snow Goggles

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Taking shape. To help with symmetry, I made facets before the rounding.


Tooled finish, and taking in some sun after a coat of oil. The rounding and soothing of the edges and corners came after I reached a satisfying level of symmetry. The visor helps with sun glare, something I saw in a few pieces. I really liked this detail.  

I put on a strap of brain tanned deer. Similar to the pieces I saw, although elk, moose or caribou is more commonly used. Simple knots to allow for easy adjusting.  

Blackening the insides of the goggles to help with focused vision is something encouraged. None of the pieces I observed had this, although it has been done. I made these snug so light leaks from the sides are not an issue. The bone goggles I've seen are a creamy white, yet still work. I think this is in part due to the traditional use of a hooded anorak that wraps around the sides to help blot out light leakage.

I like how I was able to work with the grain lines, the effect made me think of an owl.

Here is yet another example of amazing, timeless technology. Not only do they help visibility, avoiding snow blindness and eye damage, but studies have shown that the narrow eye slits help to focus vision and adjust the various parts of the eye, to the extent that similarly designed eye pieces are used by ophthalmologists to treat mild forms of near-sightedness and far-sightedness.

Trying them on.

Here's a fun vintage picture that shows some of the process. I didn't see this image beforehand, but figured it out as I went. Would've saved on some of the figuring out process, but I remember better that way. When I read this, I get that 1950's advertisement or radio voice in my mind.

I wonder about a crooked or curved branch as another way to achieve the proper crank. Maybe on the next pair.  

via TimoGranzotti

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