The idea behind our Get Local! series was to shine the spotlight on some independent snowboard manufacturers. Homewood Snowboards out of Pennsylvnia was first in line with 2 snowboards sent our way. We’ve already ridden one of them and will be riding another one later this week with reviews to follow. In the meantime, here is a little Q&A with Homewood Snowboards.
If you want to try them out, Homewood will have a booth up at Holiday Valley next Saturday, December 17. Currently Homewood snowboards are only available factory-direct. You can contact them via the internet or all of their email info & mailing address is available here.
Name & job/responsibilities?
My name, Clint Kline, my job is making snowboards with my friends, Ryan Williamson and Johnny Mancu, they’re okay.
We’re currently located in Bradford, PA, home of the Zippo lighter!
When and why’d you decide to start another snowboard company? Aren’t there enough of them already?
We decided to start a company right around the 2011 New Year’s. We were all pretty lost in the sauce, banging pots and pans and whatnot, and Steve DiFazio (The Investor/The Don), decides to buy Steve Hayes’(Owner Hayes Brothers Snowboards, Burton rider in the 80’s!) old snowboard making equipment, which was for sale, of course. So, why did we start the company? Because it’s something to do, we’re just a pack of strays from different places in PA who love to snowboard. Why start anything? There’s too much of everything, but hopefully we can contribute something positive to the industry and more importantly, to riders.
Is your goal to be the next big thing, or are you focused on carving out your own niche of loyal riders & fans, or do you have something completely different in mind?
We would like to have a steady and loyal following, but to do that we realize that we have to make good boards. So, our focus is to make good boards, hopefully some other good things will fall into place for us as a result.
Who are you building snowboards for – weekend warriors, 100-day riders, park rats, pow princesses? All of the above?
We hope to offer snowboards for everyone and all riding styles and abilities…
What’s your approach to social media & what’s your take on the snowboard social media community, in particular? Does it influence your marketing strategies? Do you think it influences your customers?
Our approach to social media is a bad approach to social media. None of us really touch computers that much, except for Ryan, so we need to get ourselves into a rhythm of facebooking and tweeting and I can’t even think of what else…e-mails! Yeah, we need to brush up on our computering for sure. However, all the snowboard, internet media is super damn important! It influences most everybody these daze. If utilized correctly, you could take over the world with your computer, or whatever you’re into.
Give me the basics of your board construction: where & how are they made?
We make our boards here at the factory in Bradford. Making a board is like making a sandwich, the bread would be the sublimated topsheet and the sintered base (with edges attached), your meat would be fiberglass, woodcore with ABS sidewalls attached, and one final layer of fiberglass/carbon fiber atop the woodcore, in that order! The mayo is the glue, which is a 2-part epoxy that goes between each layer. You press all that together at about 60psi and 180f for about 45 minutes, then cut it out, clean it up, and BAM! Your sandwich is ready to ride!
Without divulging any trade secrets, is there anything unique about your boards you want to mention (green manufacturing, etc.)?
Something unique about our boards is that they’re made in the U.S. of products from the U.S. by dudes who care…And are from the U.S. too! We stand pretty heavily against slave labor and garbage like that, so we choose to not support it as much as possible. Our most technical design right now is our blend shape, which puts rocker between the bindings and camber from where the inside binding insert starts to about a quarter of the way into the tip and tail for added poppage and stability off the jumps. We do rockers, cambers and are getting into flat boards. We’re looking into greener manufacturing via basalt fiber and trying to fix the perpetually running toilet in the bathroom.
What’s your favorite aspect of your boards?
My favorite aspect of our boards is that we’ve made them, and that someday someone will ride them and forget about some negative crap in their life and have pure, genuine fun. These boards are our children; their lives depend on us…
Best thing about working for an independent? Worst thing about working for an indpendent?
The best thing about working for an Independent is that it’s sweet; the worst part is sometimes it’s not as sweet, like anything else.
Trip-corks or backside 180s?
It doesn’t matter so much what trick you can do, it comes down to style.
What is your favorite mythological beast?
Boxers or briefs? Applies to females too.
Both smell the same after a few days.
Aside from self appreciation, what other snowboard brands do you like? Any riders or companies that have had positive influence on your brand?
Blast, Steel Reserve, Holiday Valley, Seven Springs, Peek n’ Peak, Humanity Snowboards, Peterbilt, Garth Brooks, Suburban Blend, Capitl Clothing, Conglomerate, Monson Manufacturing.