Making ski wax

Making ski wax

Post by chris amrhe » Thu, 13 Nov 1997 04:00:00

I have about a pound of genuine ***aceti (wax from the head of a *** whale)
that was used to make the original ski waxes.  I also have a couple recipes
from the 1800s  for making ski wax.  These waxes (called  "dope" back in the
old days) used ***aceti as the main ingredient in the recipe.  If anyone is
interested in cooking up a batch of "dope" for their old wooden skis, I can
sell you some ***aceti for $12/oz (30 grams).  This is the real stuff and was
found in a chemical store room at a university.  ***aceti is no longer
available because of the moratorium on whaling.  It is legal.  The following
recipes are for ski wax:

#1.  Frank Stewards Old Black Dope.  This was used in the gold country of
California in 1869.
        2 oz ***aceti, 0.25 oz pine pitch, 0.125 oz camphor,
        1 tablespoon balsam fir, 1 tablespoon oil of spruce.
        Heat until melted together and cast in a tin.
(I made this wax and found it to be a nice "blue" wax consistency.)

#2.  Johnie Williams No. 21 - a cold snow dope. This recipe "won five purses
on cold snow on Feb. 1, 1895".
        1 oz ***aceti, 0.125 oz camphor, 0.5 teaspoon balsam,
        21 drops of oil of tar.
        Cook for 45 minutes, then add 0.5 teaspoon oil of tar and cool.