Shaun Guyton likes both the historical and craftsmanship
side of vintage skis. Photo by David Williams.
When Shaun Guyton hits the slopes on his vintage skis, he
makes something of a statement.
''I'm the guy that's taking a long time to go around any
corner,'' laughed the Queenstown man, who has a penchant for
both the historical aspect of skiing and craftsmanship.
Two years ago, Mr Guyton established Vintage Ski, a small
business which supplies vintage ski equipment, mostly for
home or lodge decor.
Vintage skis were ''quite hard to find'' and he sourced them
internationally, from both Europe and Japan. He also made
skis, selling them as far afield as Greece and Noumea.
While the ski industry was high fashion, it was nice to get
into what was ''not just a little bit retro but truly
retro'', he said.
''It's good fun. I really enjoy it. People seem to get into
it as well. I enjoy history with a bit of craftsmanship,'' he
While selling skis for interior decor was the biggest part of
his business, he also sold old anorak-style jackets, canvas
backpacks, ski goggles, posters and prints, and coat racks
made from skis.
He has a display at ski and snowboard rental business Snow
Rental in Camp St in Queenstown and a workshop and display
room at his home.
The skis were more like art than a piece of sporting
equipment and it was nice to make beautiful things for people
to enhance their homes, he said.
Mr Guyton preferred to use native hardwood to make his skis,
which were bent in a steam chamber.
Pine tar was used on the bottom of the skis, which was then
heated with a blow-torch, to provide water proofing. Each
piece of wood was different so no two pairs of skis were the
same, he said.
Mr Guyton, who has been skiing since he was a young child,
said doing so with vintage skis was ''an art''.
At about 2.1m, the skis were much longer than their modern
counterparts and it took a long time to go around corners.
The wood made a different noise on the snow, compared with
that of modern, synthetic skis, and it was ''very cool''.
''Get the right conditions and it's a great way to spend the
afternoon. But if it's icy, look out,'' he said.