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Just picked up a Really old pair of skis, but I do not want to do anything to them in case I screw them up!

They have no edges, just single piece of wood, ridge design. The bindings are inscribed, "chalet, Harvey Dodds limited"
The only marking on the skis themselves are the letter M and then the numbers 6 3/4.

I have been researching Harvey Dodds skis, and they all seem to have the name printed on the underside of the tip, but the ones I have have no marking whatsoever.

I want to clean them up a bit, but do not want to screw them up either. Any experts on older equipment?
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Murphy's Oil soap, check real carefully for grain splits.
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When I was in high school I worked at a furniture refinishing shop. Try to find one in your area. Whether you just want them cleaned up or refinished, they should be able to help you out. Even if you're going to do the work and not them.

The key thing to remember here is that the skis are wood and that's the refinishing shops specialty. They know what removes what finish on what wood and what will clean what finish etc.

Maybe post this in the tunning and maintenance section to see if any of the techs and tinkerers there have done something similar.
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Dear HudsonHacker,


 I realize my reply may be too late, but I though I would write anyway.  My personal favorite way to fix up old wooden skis is to start with 0000 steel wool and lightly sanding the ski surface to remove old debris.  This actually helps to remove old dirt and grime, take a layer of the old varnish off (if present) and scour the wood surface a bit so our new finish will have teeth to grab onto.  Some skis will not need more than a hand rubbed wax after the 0000 steel wool treatment, others will have darker finishes with scratches so deep that the lighter wood shows up.  In this case to blend the lighter scratches with the darker finish I use a mix of boiled linseed oil with tung oil and natural beeswax.  You can either experiment or use equal parts of each to start.  You will need to melt the beeswax in an old pan.  The down and dirty way is to buy a medium - dark color danish oil at your local hardware store to save the hassle of mixing your own.  Clean the skis with a damp cloth free of lint and let dry.  Once dry apply the oil with a brush and/or cloth.  Make sure to wipe the oil smooth with a cloth before you set them out to dry.  I have done this technique on over a thousand sets of old wooden skis and have never had anything bad happen.  Some antiquers and museum curators may argue with me, but this technique and/or straight varnish is what was originally done over the last 150 years.  It also will not harm any delicate logos that may be present on the skis; simply brush or wipe over them more gently.  If you go with a store bought wax I prefer Classic Wax by Flag.  Its a paste wax similar to Minwax paste wax but it doesn't contain Toulene so its a bit more eco friendly, safer and easier on your body.  If you have any further questions of the care of antique and vintage skis please let me know.  I co-own <a target="_blank" href="http://www.vintagewinter.com/">VintageWinter.com</a> and can be reached at <a href="mailto:info@vintagewinter.com">Email Me at info@vintagewinter.com</a>  I hope this helps.  



Nick Thomas

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I "inherited" an old pair of wooden skiis recently.It wasn't until I actually removed the bindings and had them cleaned up that I found out the manufacturer.  Turned out to be Chalet by Harvey E. Dodds.  I am wondering if anyone out there knows anything about them.

The skiis are bare of markings save for a faint M and perhaps the number 36 stamped on each ski just ahead of the binding.

The bindings are clearly marked with the Chalet brand, Harvey E. Dodds Limited - Made in Canada and a patent number that looks like 367562 (though it's hard to make out).  The skiis have been formed into a high ridge that begins at the binding and extends forward about 2 feet and back about 14 - 16 inches.

I dropped them off at a local shop that employs higher functioning mentally challenged individuals who manufacture and restore furniture.

They sanded the skiis and sprayed a laquer on them to make them look better and I have them standing in a corner of my living room.

They look great.

I would love to know how old these might be and maybe a little more about the company.



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