Thursday, March 6, 2008

Making Skis Part II

More photos from Nils Larsen in this week, as he continues making progress on his own Altai skis (see the previous entry here).

It's been a while since I split the log, and I am now ready to do the axe work needed to shape the log halves into the blanks for skis. You can see the Altai ski in the foreground which is the template that I am working off of. There will be many hours of chopping and shaping to get the chunks whittled down to a ski. I also found my source for the horsehair skins, with the passing of a local horse. Will be ready to bend the skis and work on the bindings soon.

For more on what inspired Nils to make his own Altai skis, and some history on the project, get to Mad River Glen, VT on Friday, March 7th at 6pm for an evening presentation of his new movie, “Skiing in the Shadow of Genghis Khan.” It’s a great start to Mad River Glen’s annual NATO Telemark Festival, which begins Saturday morning.

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