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article imageVideo: Fragile Italian glass snowboard shreds mountain

By JohnThomas Didymus     Feb 24, 2013 in Sports
The video shows the making of Signal Snowboard's glass Park Board from design stage to production and finally a demonstration of performance at the Abetone ski resort in Tuscany. The company spent a year making the snowboard with the help of a glassmaker.
According to Makezine, Signal Snowboard owner Dave Lee had the glass snowboard made in Brescia using the best quality Italian glass.
The video shows two slabs of glass being die-cut into shape and heated to 585 degrees Celsius. It shows the tip and tail curves baked into the board, given a tempering salt bath and laminated with the company's signature logo. The two slabs were joined together, vacuum sealed and baked in an autoclave.
The video then shows Signal Snowboards' founder David Lee and Signal Italian team rider Giorgio "Iannino" Morell demonstrating the board on a Tuscany mountain.
Dave asks Iannino, "How does it feel?"
He answers: “Fast, man. So fast!”
Wired.com reports that the shape of the glass snowboard was based on Signal's Park series board.
The board performed better than expected on the slopes although it was unpredictable.. Makezine reports. At a point, it stops suddenly down the slope, but at other times it goes faster than any other normal board.
Wired.com explains that a typicial snowboard has a metal edge that grips the snow and ice as a rider turns, preventing the rider from skidding down the mountain.
This glass park, however, has no metal edge, a fact which makes the rider vulnerable to accidents.
Makezine observes that the glass cracked at the first run, but because it was tempered the board was still intact and could bear further use.
But after a day of rough use it finally cracked and broke.
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