Skiing!! …well, it’s all relative…..

Was talking in the car the other day with my wife’s mom, and we were talking skiing. And Grandma told us about skiing when she was little, and that they had skis made of bamboo. I envisioned someone skiing on slices of thick, green bamboo, maybe the slices splayed out a bit to make them flatter…..I wasn’t  sure, but imagined that skiing on bamboo skis must have been slick and fast!

Then, about a week later, while I was putting something up into one of our storage areas, I made an amusing discovery. I have such a pair of skis!!

I love old wooden tools and devices, and I have picked up numerous things over the years here. Often there are interesting and intriguing pieces which I am not even sure what they are! Well, sitting in an old rice hamper with lots of other long, thin tools was this pair of old skis! I had until now suspected that they were some type of snowshoe……but now I know!!

Skis! These are skis!!…….everything is relative!DSCF3860 DSCF3862 old Jap skis

….a wooden board with thin strips of bamboo nailed on underneath, leather straps to hold them in place……..!!!

These originally came from the house we are living in b4 it was moved here, over in Fukui Prefecture, a snowy area.

I have another pair of skis, also. Don’t even exactly remember wherer these ones came from, thy’ve been in my storage for aeons it seems…..

Again, proof that everything is relative……..

; )DSCF3831 DSCF3834 DSCF3846The handiwork involved in those stocks, though, is outta this world!! Leatherwork, precision leatherwork!


Happy skiing , y’all!!