|Forum topic by OhDear||posted 12-25-2012 10:04 PM||1554 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
12-25-2012 10:04 PM
Hi folks, happy holidays. I hope everyone is having a great day!
I have a suitably seasonal project I would appreciate some help with.
I have just come back from a wonderful skiing trip to Norway, I’ve fallen in love with the sport and the place and plan on returning ASAP (I’d love to work a season over there at some point, and I can already feel something telling me I might even want to live there in not too long…)
Anyway, I was enjoying the alpine skiing and travelling quickly, but I kept noticing all of these people skiing without any bindings on the rear of their boots. It turned out that these were a more traditional type of cross-country ski, and I have been informed there are some really beautiful places that you can only really get to if you go CC. Fast forward to the last day and I see the guy from the ski rental going past with the most beautiful pair of wooden skis I’ve seen: long and slim, well designed; they looked like they were basically one-piece construction with some veneering used for highlights and decoration -very nice. Before I could ask the guy where he got them though, he was gone!
I’ve since managed to find a picture of what I believe to be as close to what I saw as possible (albeit, less decorated and much older) here we go:
I have found information for some of the dimensions for me to build a cross country ski to my size and weight (does this sound about right for a 5’9 and about 145lb?):
(Dimension of length reached by using the formula I found: height in inches multiplied by 2.6, plus 15. This gives me 194.4cm)
Middle width: 51.5mm
Tip width: 57mm
Tail width: 55.5mm
I don’t know about the height of the taper though, I don’t know about the height of the camber and I don’t know about tapering the sides so I was hoping that someone would either be able to give me a bit of help or point me at thread where I could find out.
As far as materials go, I was hoping to track down some hickory (as this seems to be a good choice for a thinner ski) but it’s a bit harder to track down in larger lengths in the UK. I had also thought of Birch or Ash but am willing to be dissuaded by people with more know-how than myself. I’d also like to use some veneers to add a bit of aesthetic value to the skis.
I plan on finding a nice, straight-grained piece of un-knotted pine to make an un-functional practice set from first.
I’ve found a few good pictures of molds which don’t look too difficult to construct and I know I’ll be able to workout a method for steaming or soaking the boards. Actually building a mould though seems like a real challenge so if anyone can give me some ideas I’d really appreciate it!
Here is a picture I found that looks close to what I’d like to (or, be able to) build as far as the mold goes:
Like I said, any help would be appreciated, if there is anyone out there who has done this before I’d love to hear from you. Thanks in advance for your time,