The Life and Times of a Ski


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The Life and Times of a Ski

  1. 1. The life and times of a SkiBy Dominique<br />
  2. 2. My family history<br />(Above, my dear grandmother and grandfather)<br />My grandparents were originally from Norway. The nomads there used them for travel- however, I am not a lowly stick used for travel! See for yourself! I am a highly sophisticated piece of equipment made for the speed of hurtling down a cold mountain.<br />
  3. 3. My beginnings…<br />(Above left, home sweet home .Above right, cutting me out )<br />First some people took wood(pine for me) from the pine forest in Texas- they chopped down the whole tree. They then cut out the perfect shape that is me out of the center .<br />
  4. 4. The Glass and titanium<br />Then they lay the new me into a mold- It was filled with fiberglass. While we were waiting for the titanium to line my edge, the glass told me about its life. I t had originally just been a few grains of sand, but then it had been melted down, turned into a few tread-like strands, and had then been woven. This made it into a sort of cloth. Then, they had coated fiberglass with plastic so he wouldn’t splinter. The glass was still bewildered! All of this had happened so fast.<br />
  5. 5. The life of titanium<br />Then the titanium joined us, bragging about how expensive it was. “first they had to churn up the perfect sand, me” he said. “and put me through a wet mill, sort of a mining technique. Then they put me through a dry mill, where they used electricity. They then compressed me into a gas, and then I was squashed into a solid again. I really am the coolest material of them all. My cousin is even built into a super fast airplane!”<br />
  6. 6. In which I am squashed together woth my friends<br />They took us in our mold, and brought it to a machine that squished us and baked us at the same time. OW! I can’t believe that they were that cruel, but there you go. Simple. We are worth less than their mutated evil joy.<br />
  7. 7. In which titanium is shaved<br />After they nearly killed us, they took us out and cleaned our edges and smoothed my friend fiberglass. It was quite the experience. It felt like I was going to die! What is it with these people?<br />
  8. 8. Testing of me<br />I was almost done- only a few more tests…. Finally, I was finished!<br />
  9. 9. The way I affected the enviorment<br />Now, don’t think that I am completely friendly to the enviorment. I did produce quite a bit of pollution. The machines required to create titanium and fiberglass were quite full of pollution. And then, I am made from pine, which is slowly being taken from forests. It would be great if they didn’t use titanium in their skis, of forgot to use pine, but still, I CAN be recycled. I have seen people turn us into benches, swings….even houses!<br />
  10. 10. Ski, live laugh<br />Now go ski!!!!!<br />