We broke a board... one heavy landing in some lovely powder after two days of loving the board... general consensus from other boarders and ESF instructors as we were sliding down the mountain afterwards was "wicked"... it's a lesson learned and will help us beef up the construction without messing with the ride.
Apologies for Mombee keeping such a low profile over the past year, but we’re starting to mix things up again and challenging our ideas about the perfect board. 2017 turned out to be a little ‘odd’ with a number of unexpected distractions, some good, others not so... But now we have three new boards fresh out of the moulds and good to go… they’re cambers now, with more flex and magic lay-up, so should be ‘proper fun’ (as they say down here). We’ve allowed ourselves to cut corners on the printing and core edges, but those are easily remedied with some investment… watch this space?
Four boards out the moulds this week... plenty learned... one was shocking, too much resin and destined to become a shelf... one is passable, but has the best design (top AND bottom)... the other two are genius. Three boards being ground and finished today.
First board is out of the mould and nearly good to go... in terms of how the manufacturing process works, it's proven that we're on the right track. Being picky, there are some air pockets around the nose, the board's too thick and the sidecuts aren't ideal... roll on boards two, three, four, etc...
It's a wrap as they say... everything's in the bag, printed top sheet, shaped base, wood strip core, nuts, fibreglass, edges and lots of resin. Apart from a minor panic, after I'd got the parts all assembled, then dropped the pump, which I then had to jerry-rig back together with super glue & an old bicycle inner tube, it's all going to plan... let's see how it looks in the morning...
Those T-nuts coming from Seattle have arrived, but currently held by ParcelForce subject to payment of £61of import duty... on twenty Dollars of nuts! I've paid up to get the nuts delivered, but suffice to say it's going to appeal. Maybe this is how Brexit will be funded, by 300% tariffs on all imports!!
It's all getting a bit manic here at Mombee just now and not a little bit international... we've got CNC & printing work being done on a base and mould by Flying Monk Graphics, topsheets and new bases have just arrived today from Sweden (mine's the pink one!), a vacuum system arrived a week ago, we've got bolts en route from Seattle and a heat mat from China... not to mention the edges that came from Austria during the summer, and the resin and fibreglass from Ireland yesterday... we'll need some more wood from 'Bassett later this week, but I think we almost good to go on the second board.
Brexit is a real issue for exporters and is impacting UK manufacturing!! We try to avoid public politics at Mombee, but as a UK start-up we feel it’s important to communicate how Brexit and its effect on exchange rates will impact us... this is a runaway train and can't be left purely in the hands of the Leave-leaning government... there are real impacts at stake here that need to be acknowledged by the British public.
Let’s start with the simplistic view of exchange rates as...
I'm not 'doing' Facebook on a personal basis, but… Mombee Snowboards is gathering pace… two garages being cleared, tools arriving, accounts set-up for suppliers in Germany and Austria… and a very radical change to the way we will be constructing the boards on a semi-industrial basis. If you'd like to keep pace with one of Malmesbury's maddest business ventures and be part of the experience, then please feel free to Like and Follow Mombee (Snowboards).
Back in November 2015 we collected a plank of raw seasoned British Ash. Two months later we had the first Mombee snowboard and we were getting asked where it came from, who stocked it, when we were making more… it set a plan in motion and here we are... From raw Ash... To a snowboard and a life change... We're now committed to making a collection of demo boards for the 2016/2017 season to understand the realities and practicalities of making boards for real people.
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