Skimaking

Like Sondre Norheim made his skis.
Skis for use or decoration, souvenir skis and old style ski-sticks (lurk).

The design

It was on old custom in Telemark that skis should have a high upturned tip with a long curve, making a remarkable difference in loose snow. The long curve puts the loose snow underneath – “brings up” the ski – while a more sharply curved ski pushes the snow in front of it. In addition, in wooded country it is easier to pass over roots, branches etc. with gently curved skis.
The lines – decoration – on the top, was again a Telemark tradition.
After finding one single ski – it had a long curved tip, a large spoon shaped front, a big inswing 10-7-8 cm – I just had to try such a pair. This is more than 25 years ago and we are still producing this model.
Taking this ski to Holmekollen ski museum, it was dated at around 1860. A ski from the northern Telemark area. From talking with old ski makers, gaining their knowledge, I was able to produce this beautiful shaped ski.
At the time the tip of the ski was the trademark from the skimaker. My tip is a copy of the original ski from 1860.

Products

Maxi skis – for use or decoration

Which wood
In olden days each ski maker used the wood found in his area, in Telemark ash, birch and pine was most frequently used. Next to elm skis, ash skis have always been considered the fastest. Good elm is very hard to find and the wood tends to move, twist or warp. Ash is much more stable and a lovely wood to work with.

Intended use
These skis are ideal in cold deep snow and breakable crust. They are not fast in temperatures around zero or above. Also, because of their width and no metal edges, they are not suitable on ice and hard packed downhill slopes. And please note that they are not jumping skis.
The skis are 235 cm for men and 225 cm for ladies and made of ash.

Skis for decoration.

We can make the traditional “vidje”-binding (Sondre-bindings),
ideal for decoration for the wall in your cabin.

Souvenir skis

Souvenir skis, models of the original (miniatures) are also available in different sizes. Ideal gifts and/or for the wall.
Rose painting also available. Name and date can be included for birthday, a anniversary and companies etc.

Old style ski stick – “lurk”

We make different types of old style ski sticks

The traditional Telemark stick (no. 3 from left in picture). Also more individual sticks with either a dragon head, cup or head at the top of the stick.

The traditional Telemark stick is crafted in ash, shaped on a lathe, 150 cm, 160 cm and 170 cm long. Ideal for use on piste and touring where lifts are used to gain height.