weight: 2185 grams
tipspacer: white ABS plastic
inserts: 9mm stainless steel with 1/4-20 threads for G3 binding
width of wood core strips: 3/4 inch
epoxy: Duratec 80LM-2A resin, 80LM-2B hardener
bladder pressure: 40 psi
duration of pressing: 12 hours
The graphics of the bird were inspired by the Snowbird ski resort in Utah. No
surprise there. I'm a big fan of the Wasatch resorts. Also, having spent
most of my childhood in Utah, I enjoy the surrounding
Utah landscape. So for this ski I decided
to dedicate the graphic to one of my favorite resorts. I thought the "The finger"
swallow-tail would go nicely with the "The Bird" theme. But it's not a
finger pointed at Snowbird or anyone else. So don't get offended. It's
Like the previous skis, the color of the Bird was created by
laminating blue and green colored cloth into the ski. In this case the
cloth was pretty thin so I laminated one layer of cloth directly above the wood
core (underneath the fiberglass layer) and then another layer of cloth beneath
the topsheet (above fiberglass layer). The result was a darker tint that
allowed only a hint of wood to peek through. "The Bird" lettering
was screen printed onto the green cloth with fabric paint.
Kam S. Leang (Little Kam)
June 28, 2005
DRAWING FILE: download the *.dxf file
for the Bird
I made the Birds simply because I wanted to try riding a pair of a swallow-tail
skis. Telemark swallow-tail skis are rare, so I decided to build my own. As for the design,
I think the Birds are pretty traditional. However, I did put a very
small amount of inverse sidecut on the ski to get the freedom of movement.
The slight inverse sidecut retains a lot of the versatility and control that a straight (or
parabolic) ski has. Hopefully it works out as planned. Since the
Birds are concepts skis, I didn't incorporate sidewalls -- just wood.
When the snow flies, so will the Birds..