We have had a whirlwind of a year here in the nightmare warehouse. Slowly and surely joe and myself are realizing how much of our time we have poured into our process, boards, team, softgoods, and labor. With all this time into the physical process we have neglected the site and blog. Our site went up almost one year ago today, and while we had been building boards for a couple years before that it was a huge moment to have an online presence. On the eve of our “one year anniversary” I can tell you that there is a lot more in store for nightmare. Just as we talked about in our ethos, the process has changed, our technologies have changed and we are doing new and evermore exciting stuff.
So I will begin to let everyone else in on the new shit.
There are many pieces to a snowboard, some come to us in rolls, some come to us in boxes, some things come in hazmat containers. Our goal at nightmare has been to attempt to do everything from scratch. So that means purchasing raw materials and then chugging out snowboards. While we source materials from all over the world, we do all of the construction work ourselves.
Much of the prep work goes into the CORE of the snowboard.
The core of the board is similar to your bones. Light and strong, it provides the majority of the rigidity that you feel underneath your feet. It provides a platform that lets you bolt your bindings into our decks, and it is the central component in laying up our snowboards. Over the last couple of years we have been sourcing cores from wherever we can get them, however this year everything changed.
Our core process now starts with purchasing raw lumber and ends with a snowboard. For now we are using full poplar cores, industry standard
and proven to be awesome. I hand select each and every piece of lumber in order to get
the highest grade. we have the opportunity to research the validity of a ton of different core materials right now and will spend the rest of this season and this summer working with new materials.
We then glue up the individual pieces of lumber into a core-block
That core block is taken to a secret location in the mountains of Colorado where we mill the individual core blanks off of the core-block.
The blanks then come back into the nightmare shop in order to receive the final snowboard shape and profile courtesy of our ShopBot CNC router.
Throw all the materials in the press, and out comes a beautiful snowboard. Made 100% by snowboarders for snowboarders.