“Kitting” is the process of gathering every piece and component the sewer needs to put together a pack. Normally, packs are made in bundles of six, so the kit would hold everything you need to make six of the same pack. The canoe packs are so large and time intensive that we kit them in builds of three.
Once the canvas is added to the kit, the leather pieces are added. Each leather component has a steel die stamp and the leather is ‘clicked’ out by a hydraulic press machine called the ‘clicker’. For the Grand Portage, this consists of the long leather straps, side cinch straps, reinforcement backers for the back straps and stress points, leather for the buckles to be strung, straps to attach the tumpline and most important the oval logo that has been hot stamped in house with the Frost River brand.