BREMALLOW by Greg Simmons
For reference, I am 6’6” (200cm) tall
epoxy: TAP Plastics brand Surfboard Polyester Resin (MEKP)
tip spacers: Black ABS plastic
damping elements: rubber strips placed above metal edges
SKI BUILDER: Greg Simmons (forum member: Greg)
DATE MANUFACTURED: October 19, 2005
For Graphics, I cut bubble letters out of paper and laid them
out on the ski. Then I used a brown wood stain to dap around the letters and
give the ski a sponge painting look. This method didn’t seem to affect the
bonding of the resin.
The Bremallows were my first attempt at making skis. The name
comes from a name given to the women of Bremerton, Washington whose body shape
resembles the skis (huge in the middle and really ugly). Needless to say, they
turned out surprisingly well considering everything. The first time I tried to
press one of them, my MDF mold fell apart and the core shifted on the base.
Fortunately, I was able to get it all ripped apart before the epoxy fully cured,
and I then built a new mold using a 1x8 board with tip and tail attached to
it. I wouldn’t recommend the epoxy as it is very toxic smelling (three weeks
later, the skis still smell toxic). For my second pair of skis I used QCM and
it was a great improvement. Also, I don’t think I got the tip-spacers sanded
well enough because they immediately started to delaminate. Several rivets in
each ski solved this problem.
The Mold I used, the surface is wood colored vinyl flooring.
November 11, 2005, Mt Baker, WA.
From the first run, they were absolutely wonderful to ski. Part of this
might be me being biased because they actually worked. But compared to the AK
Rockets I was skiing last year, the Bremallows are way better in the soft snow.
Even though they are 200cm long and extremely wide, the reverse side-cut made
them ski like a much shorter ski. The snow was powder over crust, and they
seemed to dig into the crust just right, while floating tremendously well in the
powder. The only place where they started having trouble was the really steeps
and the groomers. On the really steep runs, they dug in really well, but were
noticeably long, heavy, and awkward. On the groomers, it was like skiing a pair
of snowblades, they were all over the place and challenging to control,
especially with the extreme width in the middle of the ski.