Fins in the Oven, Baking the Ceramic Coatings

Ceramic baking WhisperFins

Mar 28, 2019 Here is a batch of ceramic coated fins baking in the oven last week. All that’s left is laser etching and getting them shipped to Florida for distribution. All the waiting has been torture. Sometimes I think it would have been faster to make them all by hand. Sigh ….

The First Batch of New Fins is Here!

first WhisperFins arrive

April 6, 2019 — The first batch of new fins has finally arrived in Florida. Within two days, we’ll have them packaged into ski-tuning “kits” (that include simple installation and tuning instructions) and dropped off at the post office for priority shipping. The first batch was completely sold out a couple of months ago, but the second batch is only three weeks away.

1st WhisperFin Deliveries Getting Closer

WhisperFins hardening fabrication

Mar 20, 2019 Fin fabrication is still progressing at full speed, but the machine shop underestimated how much time each fin would take. The first batch has been milled, hardened (shown in this picture), and is now in for ceramic coating. This leaves laser etching next week, shipping to Florida, then customer deliveries. It’s been fun puting the few fins I have on people’s skis and watching their smiles turn into more preorders. The first batch is nearly sold out, so a second batch is well under way.

Precision Manufacturing

milling WhisperFins from billet

Feb 22, 2019 Fin production is progressing quickly now. This interesting picture shows WhisperFins being precision-milled out of billet aluminium bars. They’re not stamped out of rolled aluminium sheets where thicknesses can vary up to .006″. Milling billet not only produces the most consistent product possible, it also maximizes the fins’ strength and durability. There are a lot of variables in play when skiers share setups, WhisperFin thickness and stiffness will not be among them.

Presenting WhisperFin # 0001

Laser etched WhisperFin

Feb 15, 2019 Up until now, every WhisperFin in existence has been hand made by yours truly. This is a photo of the first fully manufactured fin to pass our long list of quality controls. Full production will start on Monday. It will take approximately two weeks for the first run to be complete, followed by shipping to Florida for packaging and at long last, distribution.

WhisperFins Production Begins

Jan 20, 2019 — The first test run of the final fabrication process starts tomorrow. If all goes well, production of a limited number of fins will begin a few days later, and fins will be ready to ship in early February.