tipspacer: white ABS plastic
inserts: stainless steel M6, 7mm for
G3 Targa binding pattern
The base graphics (not shown) of the
Ahmos included a crude attempt at creating a die-cut graphic of a rose. The rose was cut
out of the base material with a sharp utility knife. During layup I poured red epoxy into the rose cut
out and let it cure to hopefully appear as a die-cut graphic. It didn't work.
The epoxy wasn't red enough and there were some bubbles in the epoxy which made the rose look
mediocre. However, the topsheet graphics turned out a little better. They were
created by using a layer of black flannel (laminated above the fiberglass composite layer) with white
watercolor cutouts of the letters "ahmo" and of a rose arranged on the top.
Kam S. Leang
October 1, 2004
DRAWING FILE: download
the *.dxf file for the Ahmos
The Ahmos were the second pair of skis to come
out of my garage ski factory. With the Ahmos I wanted to test the durability and
functionality of a ski using only the minimum of materials required for construction. For
this reason, the skis do not include damping elements or a topsheet. The black flannel
served as the topsheet layer with several coats of polyurethane varnish as added protection.
On the Ahmos I also wanted to test out a new method for creating sidewalls - that is to
use epoxy as the sidewall material. I did this by creating a sort of trough in the wood core and
simply poured white epoxy into the trough. The skis turned out quite well.
The polyurethane varnish added a nice sparkle to the ski but it also captured a lot of dust which
gave the topsheet a slight sandpaper texture.
November 28, 2004: Mt. High Resort, CA by Kam
Nothing but smiles during my first run on these skis! They have a similar feel to my 02-03 Karhu Jaks
(Line Mothership) except for being a lot softer and much easier to turn because of the Ahmo's tighter turning radius. However, the softness is complimented by the ski's high
torsional rigidity which enables them to hold a nice edge. Just from this first day I can
tell that the varnish coatings are not going to protect the topsheet very well. I think
using a topsheet is necessary for ultimate protection in the future but perhaps a better varnish will
do. Also the sidewalls already show signs of damage. The epoxy is starting to crack on
the inside sidewalls because of ski-to-ski collisions. Despite the ski's
durability issues, the Ahmos are a really fun ski to ride and seem to handle a wide range of conditions well.