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Making your own Wooden Cross Country Skis

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I am just getting back into cross country skiing and am researching making my own from wood.  I know they are slower, more maintenance, etc., however, there is something to be said about making them myself.  With that said, after 'googling' the topic, I have learned there is not one book on the topic?  Several "vague" articles that don't have a lot of details ,but no books to my knowledge.  Anyone out there that might be able to give me some direction or information on this topic.  Greatly appreciated.

post #2 of 6

http://www.woodenskis.com/birchskimaking.htm

http://skibuilders.com/howto/

 

Here's a couple to get you in the right direction. There is also a reference to a book @ woodenskis.com

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Thank you for such a quick response, however, one of the articles I already found.  The are very "vague" as to the exact dimensions, tools, wood, etc. to use.  I am shocked, considering skis have been around for several hundred years?  I just built my first wooden kayak and their are several dozen books/ videos, websites on the topic.  Very confusing.  Anyone else out there?  Just trying to keep a dying art alive.

post #4 of 6
Why wood? Build your own out of composites. More variables to deal with but more potential as well. Make sure you build because you enjoy the process. It can be fun.

Eric
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Make sure you can still buy pine tar for the bases.:D 

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There was an article on the subject in Fine Woodworking in 1981--Issue 31. "Cross Country skis the easy way". The trick is to find it. I doubt any copies of that issue are still available, but it's possible--you could contact FW.  Or it may be in this book, which is a collection of old articles. The catalogue page doesn't give a table of contents but perhaps if you called FW they could tell you if the article is there.

 

http://www.tauntonstore.com/on-bending-wood-070035.html

 

Or for $99 you can get a DVD with all the issues from 1975 on. Given that you've already built a kayak, and who knows what's next, that might be a useful investment. 

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