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The strangest question yet: tastefully displaying antique skis

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
I have an odd question that I'd be willing to bet has never been asked here.

Anyone have any suggestions for an attactive way to mount a pair of antique skis on the wall of relatively formal home office?

Here's the deal. We recently bought a new house that has a nice office near the front door. We've furnished the office with an executive desk in the center, in front of a computer credenza and matching hutch. Here's a picture of the setup if you can't picture it in your head:



Facing the desk is a leather chair, end table, lamp, etc.

Anyway, I've got a few nice, framed large photographs of some of my favorite mountains on the walls with frames that match the furniture. However, one wall of the office is completely bare. I would LOVE to put my antique skis on the wall there but can't think of a way to do it so it doesn't look too rustic or cluttered. I'm trying to avoid the Applebee's look of simply bolting a bunch of old junk to your wall.

The skis themselves are an old pair of 8' Telemark's that are solid wood, have no edges, and have a leather strap in a slot to serve as a binding. I don't have the poles.

I don't think the typical skis-crossed look would work for this room because it's only got 9' ceilings and that look usually only works over a fireplace. One idea my wife had was mounting them parallel at an angle (kina like this: \\) with a framed, antique ski poster mounted to one side.

Anyone have any suggestions or, better yet, anyone have a picture of a nicely done wall display of antique skis? Thanks in advance!
post #2 of 21
It might work if you put it next to a picture of dogs playing poker.
post #3 of 21
You might be better off doing what the wife "suggested". DUH
post #4 of 21
Make sure to do as I did and include the framed poster of the Lange lady.
post #5 of 21
I called Martha Steward and she said:

mount them on a piece of wood that matches the furniture or the wood trim and then mount that to the wall.
post #6 of 21
Pin Head provided the suggestion I was going to make. You might even find some trim stained to match the furniture and "frame" the skis on the wall. If you want to preserve the skis without screws from behind or something, use mechanic's wire fore and aft of the binding slot and wind it around panhead screws on either side. The wire almost disappears, especially if you darken the heads of the screws.
post #7 of 21
Mount them above one of the fireplaces in your "cabin" at Aspen.
post #8 of 21
Stand them against the bookcase/computer desk as a pair.
post #9 of 21
Sounds like a job for ...... "Queer eye for the straight guy" [img]graemlins/evilgrin.gif[/img]
post #10 of 21
Kevin-
I ran into a similar dilemma with an old pair of skis I acquired (circa 1912, Northland, mint condition). So I ended up doing what you are suggesting (//), but made sure NOT to drill through them or damage them in any way.
So I got a couple of L screws, and the skis just rest in the bracket formed by the L screw.

Good luck!

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post #11 of 21
Thread Starter 
Thanks, folks, good advice.

After seeing the skis cleaned up and placed against the wall, my wife's now considering them for the family room
post #12 of 21
A good idea would be to realise that everyone (that matters) who ski's uses modern skis ie composites etc. Remember that they are wood, probably heavily waxed and will burn a treat! [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
post #13 of 21
Just an idea...

How about mounting them vertically on a narrow wall or horizontally on a wide wall.

Make a frame that matches the decor of the room (rustic, mahogany, oak, chery, whatever that may be). inside the frame, fill with antique looking black and white photos, trail maps, ski resort pics, old ski ads, etc. These can be scanned and printed from your computer in b&w. Over this background, mount the skis inside the frame.
post #14 of 21
Wow, what's with the dissing of the true old school????

I have been looking into getting a pair myself to put in my house. My house is super modern...glass, steel etc but I would luuuv to have a pair of original skis on the wall.

Guys, who do you think got us here? Those people on wooden planks treked out way harder than the best of us. Should he upgrade his wall every time K2 puts out a new graphic. I think it's great to look at the stuff that people used to be able to get down the hill on. Don't reckon I could ski on something like that, I'd be continually trying to chuck in an edge.

I've thought about this a bit, have the spot marked out (just need the cash to get the skis) and know exactly how I would display them. As if some new schooler is doing a safety on the left so you need one glove near the binding, right pole flying up and a beanie somewhere near where the head should be. Tell a story. Put it in motion.
post #15 of 21
BTW barbarian, the best skis still have wood cores.
post #16 of 21
Please pardon Ug. He is boarder. To compound the problem, he is a knuckledragger from the UK.

It never snows there, it just rains and rains and rains.

He is probably confused and depressed because there are no B_O_A_R_D sites in the UK.

I could never figure the Beatles out. Then, I spent a week in the UK and I wanted to take drugs too!
post #17 of 21
Yuki ... sounds like you're already on drugs.
post #18 of 21
yUKi,
Don't even go there.

S
post #19 of 21
Mount them to the front of your desk or turn them into a small stool to one side of the room
post #20 of 21
Cross them in front of the door, screw 'em down nice and tight, then escape through the window with the NEW pair. You might want to make sure and leave one of those "office clutter" CD loops running in the process
post #21 of 21
Quote:
Originally posted by yuki:
Please pardon Ug. He is boarder. To compound the problem, he is a knuckledragger from the UK.

It never snows there, it just rains and rains and rains.

He is probably confused and depressed because there are no B_O_A_R_D sites in the UK.

I could never figure the Beatles out. Then, I spent a week in the UK and I wanted to take drugs too!
The last thing I need is Yucky giving apologies on my behalf.
It is true, in England it does rain and rain and rain, and then for some unapparent reason we get some imported moron called Blaine suspending himself in a box for our amusement.
As for your research, it is very poor and and is nothing more than I have come to expect of a buck-toothed freeloading bunny-boiler like yourself.
There ARE snowboard sites in the UK and a simple search with any search engine (apart from the ones where you advertise your pictures) will easily point you in their directions.
As for the 60's drug scenes, I notice you avoided mention of San Francisco or Woodstock or Hendrix or ...

I dont EXPECT him to burn the skis, I never did and Im reasonably sure he wouldnt anyway. I just think there are better things to mount on a wall than what are in all truth, 2 planks and a bit of leather. If he wants a 'proper' suggestion why not mount them on the wooden frame of the glass panelled door in his home office (see picture)

[ September 17, 2003, 07:07 AM: Message edited by: Ug the Barbarian ]
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