Toby Winkler and Jacob Bracy are more than ski buddies. They are engineers, craftsmen, entrepreneurs, oh, and they share the same bloodline; they are cousins.
These guys are gaining rapid recognition across New England for their wooden skis. Their product is a handmade, locally crafted ski that uses the highest quality materials available and is engineered from start to finish by these two men.
Their prototype skis are the result of 6 years-worth of trial and revisions and YOPP now offers a collection of three unmatched products: an all mountain ski, a big mountain ski and a twin tip park ski. In addition to the variety of models that they offer, YOPP Skis has the ability to produce a wooden ski with custom graphic work as seen here. Clients are able to custom order skis with logos, artwork or their own creations. If you are curious about the custom graphic pricing, just ask them (see website below)
What’s in a name?
YOPP is actually an acronym for Ye Old Perkins Place, a workshop owned by the cousin’s great-grandfather in Southern Maine which was established in 1771. The production of their handcrafted skis really brought the old shop back to life.
In early 2016 the guys moved the company to Bethel. “It’s the only town we know of where you can get that ski town feel without the pompous atmosphere. The entire community has been super supportive of us and our business, it’s really great to be at Sunday River” Winkler said of their recent move.
What keeps them YOPPING?
This is not a full time job. Both Jake and Toby are employed ski-bums (is that an oxymoron?); they are highly educated engineers with successful careers. Their passion for ski-craft evolved into a habit which has snowballed into a business and seems to be gaining unstoppable momentum. Jake and Toby aren’t sure if, or when they will replace their careers with strictly ski production but for now they are thrilled with the business they run and the satisfaction they get from building skis.
“There is no better feeling in the world than get off the chairlift onto skis that you made. It’s just the coolest thing, and to share that with others is a bonus” said Winkler.
For more information or to contact Toby and Jake, visit: www.yoppskis.com
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