Originally Posted by spud6414
Where does one learn to do his own tuning? Not that I am looking to start a new job, just that it would be expiedient for me living a couple hundred miles from a ski shop. Being a millwright by trade I cannot imagine that I couldnt learn.
You can learn a lot hanging around here. I watched a Warren Miller "learn to ski better" video many years ago with college roommates; they focused on the ski tips, but I got a lot out of the section on basic tuning, and that got me started. Your background will definitely help -- I found that my background growing up around a carpentry and machine shop certainly helped when I began working on skis and using/maintaining ski tools.
If you start with skis that have a good tune -- and that means flat bases and the proper side and base edge angles, you can maintain that tune for a long time quite easily. New skis generally fit into this category, but not always. I normally tune my skis every 3-4 days of skiing, and this consists of using diamond stones and guides to sharpen the edges to the right angles, and then waxing the bases (preceded by p-tex repair if needed, which is rare around here). That level of tuning is quite simple and wouldn't take much investment. You could actually go with a starter kit like this for about $100:http://www.slidewright.com/proddetail.php?prod=T4BTK004
Or contact Terry at slidewright (Alpinord here on Epic) for recommendations on what to buy if you assemble a piecemeal kit. I am sure he would be glad to help you out with recommendations.