|Image 1. Two different types of bindings for a flat "päläs".|
|Image 2. A fresh juniper branch is driven through the holes in the ski-board||.|
In order for the stick/twig loop to hold two things have to be taken in to account: 1. The holes have to be drilled in an angle away from each other so that the loop will hinge correctly. 2. The stick/twig has to be inserted when it is fresh or when it has been heated and left to dry for a day or two before it is jammed in and trimmed.
|Image 3. The finished skis.|
As the loops had dried and been fitted I added the bindings, two strips of brain-tanned moose hide. I also rubbed the skis with seal oil. The finished skis weighted 1,5kg a piece. Their measurements; max. thickness 1.8 cm., lenght 160 cm and max. width 16.3cm.
|Image 4. The Hanti skis to the left.|
Photo / Image Credits
Image 1 Istoriko-etnograficeski atlas Sibiri 1966.
Image 2-4 Marcus Lepola