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  • Most people don't

  • really even think about the physics of skis.

  • What's important is having the right geometry,

  • that's things like the right length and width.

  • And then, creating a ski that is forgiving

  • when you need it to be,

  • but is still smooth and stable

  • if you're skiing fast or in challenging snow.

  • We're making skiing more enjoyable and easier for people

  • by putting them on their perfect equipment.

  • My name is Pete Wager and I'm the CEO and founder

  • of Wagner custom skis.

  • We're a custom ski manufacturer

  • based in Telluride, Colorado.

  • We can start with the top sheet of the ski,

  • that's the graphics that goes on the top of the ski.

  • That's printed out on just a very large-scale printer

  • onto a piece of paper that's the full length of the ski.

  • That piece of paper goes into a press

  • where the ink goes into the nylon top sheet material.

  • We do that through a bunch of heat and pressure.

  • We have stock top sheet designs.

  • Those are basically graphics that artists have created.

  • And then we do custom graphics.

  • Everything from illustrations to cool photographs.

  • Another step would be the cores.

  • The cores are vertically laminated hardwoods.

  • The core of the ski keeps the main structural layers,

  • which are either fiberglass or metal,

  • it keeps those two separated.

  • The further the structural layers are apart,

  • the stiffer the ski is,

  • and the closer they are together,

  • the more flexible the ski is.

  • If we're building like a race ski or a carving ski,

  • we'll use a maple and ash core.

  • That creates a really heavy core

  • that really likes to hold an edge

  • and sort of plow through things when you're skiing.

  • Next, the cores will go to the CNC machine,

  • where a router moves in three dimensions to shape that core.

  • So it's thicker in the middle

  • and it's thinner on the ends.

  • The CNC moves a very small knife

  • and cuts the perimeter of the ski.

  • It also cuts the base material.

  • The base material is a very hard plastic.

  • Next, we have to clean off the flashing from the core.

  • The CNC machine can't completely cut through the core

  • so it gets finished up by hand.

  • And then the steel edges are flame treated.

  • That's done with a small torch.

  • Next, the steel edges of the ski are attached by hand

  • to the base material

  • using some super glue and some special tools

  • that we've developed to further bend the edge

  • really precisely to fit the base shape of the ski.

  • Our building is located in a recycled gas station.

  • This was the gas station during the mining days here.

  • And it's got a big red Alamo star out front,

  • and it reminds me of old Colorado.

  • It's very unpretentious.

  • It definitely keeps things real for us.

  • We're just skiers who are

  • happy to be sharing our craft with people.

  • Next, we call it the dry layout process

  • where we stack all the individual parts in reverse order

  • so that we can begin the wet layout process

  • where wet out a layer, add another layer,

  • wet it out, add another layer, wet it out.

  • All the individual parts of the ski

  • are essentially glued together

  • until the sandwich is constructed.

  • And then the skis are pressed.

  • It's a machine that we've essentially built ourselves

  • here in house.

  • It's a pneumatic press.

  • Different tip block

  • because it's a different rise in the tip.

  • There's no company that builds ski-making tools, really.

  • You know, a lot of these machines

  • are things that we've dreamt up and made ourselves.

  • End block spacers dictates the length of the press

  • for the skis.

  • I really like that better than actually making the skis

  • is building the machines that make the ski.

  • The press is the main process

  • where everything really comes together

  • and the ski becomes a ski.

  • As the ski is pressed, all the excess resin

  • is squeezed out of the ski.

  • It's my favorite part of the build process, for sure.

  • Our DNA as a company is to be very fast and nimble.

  • So we can go from a concept to creating the product

  • in just a matter of a couple of days.

  • It's easy for us to do different prototypes,

  • see how they work,

  • adopt them or discard them really quickly.

  • I love being in the southwestern corner of the state.

  • Just the light, dry snow that we get here.

  • And we can be working on a ski one day

  • and be out skiing it the next day to test it out.

  • The Telluride Valley has a very aesthetic feel to it.

  • It's a real nice flat valley floor

  • with steep vertical faces rising right from town.

  • Beautiful trees.

  • Aspen forests and large old growth pine forests.

  • Winter starts earlier here and it ends later.

  • As a skier, it's one of the best places you can be

  • because it's winter most months out of the year.

  • It snows here in July.

  • After the press, the two skis are in a big block.

  • It's almost like a diamond in the rough kinda thing.

  • There's a perfect pair of skis in this block

  • but they aren't fully realized yet

  • because they have to be cut out of that block.

  • It first involves cutting the skis out

  • that's done with a band saw.

  • The band saw blade follows the steel edge,

  • which keeps it from cutting the inner part of the ski.

  • So the ski from there goes to the edger.

  • The edger is a small, wet belt sander

  • that bevels the edge of the ski

  • to the customer's preference.

  • Next, ski leaves the finishing room

  • and comes back to the other side of the shop

  • where we've got a waxing bench.

  • The ski gets waxed at this point

  • where we iron on a really soft wax,

  • but it helps clean out any impurities left over

  • from the finishing process.

  • And then polish and buff the base at that point.

  • The final, and one of the most satisfying parts

  • of building the ski is pulling the top tape off

  • and see the sparkly top sheet underneath that.

  • It's great that we're able to build skis

  • so close to where we can test them.

  • One of the few places in the lower 48

  • that offers heli-skiing and just allows easy access

  • to really wild and untouched snow.

  • Heli-skiing allows you to

  • only ski perfect, untracked snow every run.

  • It really spoils people.

  • You don't have to cross anybody's tracks.

  • It's always bottomless or deep snow.

  • When we fit someone with the right equipment,

  • it makes skiing more comfortable,

  • it improves your balance, improves your control,

  • gives you better power,

  • allows you to ski with better efficiency

  • so your legs don't get as tired.

  • And what we're doing is really

  • making skiing more fun for people,

  • and ski at a higher level.

  • How was it?

  • That was good skiing.

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手作りのカスタムスキーはどのようにして作られるのか (How Hand-Built Custom Skis Are Made)

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    林宜悉 に公開 2021 年 01 月 14 日
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