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    TR: harvesting skis in Kentucky

    I recently went to KY to visit family and make some skis/ Long story short, I made some skis. They are 150-127-140 with rocker.
    Well the skis came out of the press after 15 hrs. I like pictures so I use them to tell the story.
    Me geared up

    edges bent

    cores layed up

    went for a mt ride while the cores dryed

    Got back and started to mill the core

    edges on skis

    Suck the air

    they're out

    cut apart but not yet finished.

    more finished pictures.





    All in all I learned a great deal about making skis and I can't wait to build my next pair...

    The Powder Kegs -
    Harvest the ride.

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    nice!!!!
    How long?
    Last edited by soul_skier; 05-01-2007 at 06:10 PM.
    Three fundamentals of every extreme skier, total disregard for personal saftey, amphetamines, and lots and lots of malt liquor......-jack handy

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    those look rad.

    I want to build my own skis. how much did the whole process end up costing?

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    VERY WELL DONE!

    Now send them to me and I will test them for you.

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    That's neat.

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    They are 180's - think east coast trees
    They raw material cost in one pair is about 150-200
    however I had to make the press cal and the core profiler.
    I bought base material and glue in bulk. all said and done, I prob. have < $450
    including start up costs and one time hits

    I'm mounting them and skiing them this friday.
    A TR is sure to follow.
    Last edited by L8APX; 05-01-2007 at 09:51 PM.
    Harvest the ride.

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    those are very sick looking, and i don't really get down with the rocker.

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    Why Kentucky? Did your family/friend have a sweet wood shop to use??
    Kentucky is known for known for thoroughbred horses, horse racing, bourbon distilleries, bluegrass music, automobile manufacturing, college basketball, and now ski production.


    Either way, sounds like it was super fun and the skis look SICK!
    ‎"Powder snow skiing is not fun. It's life, fully lived, life lived in a blaze of reality." -Dolores LaChapelle

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    where on the east coast?
    Three fundamentals of every extreme skier, total disregard for personal saftey, amphetamines, and lots and lots of malt liquor......-jack handy

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    dope.............

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    Noice! I like the dimensions. Are they heavy?

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    I'm diggin the name you gave them. Sweet skis man.

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    pretty fuckin cool!

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    Thanks for the comps.
    My dad has a sweet shop in KY. All the tools and space.
    I now have everything I need except a joiner and planer.
    Sherm - they're light - think pocket rockets
    I grew up in KY and now live in upstate NY.

    I always wanted to design and fab a pair of skis and now I'm hooked.
    Harvest the ride.

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    Wow, i'm really impressed! Those look awesome, and the finish seriously looks a lot better than a few of the custom companies skis I've seen out there.

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    nice!
    looking foward to the action pics!

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    Damn, very nice indeed.
    "It is not the result that counts! It is not the result but the spirit! Not what - but how. Not what has been attained - but at what price.
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    nice-I was wondering if we'd get a tr. I suppose you're putting markers on them?

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    Haha, those are sick. Nice job.

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    Wow! Very cool. Not quite the ski that I thought you'd be making when you mentioned it that day at Magic. Siccck. I bet they will be a ton of fun! What's the flex like?

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    f'ing sick!!!
    "... she'll never need a doctor; 'cause I check her out all day"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dromond View Post
    Wow! Very cool. Not quite the ski that I thought you'd be making when you mentioned it that day at Magic. Siccck. I bet they will be a ton of fun! What's the flex like?
    I played with the flex - it's almost pocket rocket soft in the first 12" then kinda sumo/old gotama in the waist and tail. I tried to match the sanouk's flex.

    we'll see how they slay sky peak on Friday.
    Harvest the ride.

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    Holy Shit! Nice S. Where are you skiing those things on Friday?

    edit..oh sky peak.. where the fck is that?
    If it weren't for serendipity, there'd be no dipity at all

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    Quote Originally Posted by L8APX View Post
    we'll see how they slay skye peak on Friday.
    fixed.

    you're kidding train, right?

    so L8APX: if you like 'em friday you'll be back out saturday?
    friday's the only remaining day at K i won't be skiing...i definitely wanna see those boards in person!

    anyone skiing K tomorrow?

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