What does a ski builder do in the off season? Well, as soon as the skis have been cleaned and stored, it’s time to think about next season.
Maintenance and improvements to the ski press were necessary. The hoses used for compression needed replacing. They started leaking and had numerous pin holes that required the air compressor to kick on every 20-30 minutes to maintain pressure. I installed 2 new high pressure hoses and they hold extremely well. I made a new bottom mold that is heavy duty and should make for a flatter base requiring less grinding in the finishing process.
The GS-Comp ski is getting a makeover for 2017-2018. The dimensions and radius will remain the same. However the laminates and camber will be changing. This will give the ski better edge hold and reduce chatter. I’ll be conducting R + D of the laminates over the summer.
Attaching edges is a time consuming process and requires about 40-50 spring clamps. I’m developing a new jig that should cut this time in half, or more. My initial prototype jig looks promising and requires about a dozen spring clamps and a few pistol clamps. I’m also looking into installing a heater for the press. This will allow me to press a pair of skis in less than an hour.
So, there is plenty to keep me busy in the off season and no doubt more things will surface. It’s not all work and no play. I’ll be biking, hiking, kayaking and hitting the gym when I’m not in the shop.
Check back soon!