In the spring of 2006, while a sophomore in college, I decided that I could build the skis I wanted better myself. I spent the next 2 years teaching myself how to build skis in a single car garage in Tacoma, WA.
At the time, I was studying to go to med school and figured ON3P would just be a hobby. Through the use an NS cult and what was essentially crowdsourcing, I developed a number of models and ended up building over 50 pairs of skis. I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to see if I could make it a career.
I moved down to Portland, OR and spent the next year getting ON3P funded in the middle of the recession, and we opened our first factory in August of 2009.
Today we are still small, but have our own factory in NE portland where we build a product that is complete ours, are staffed by 9 of the hardest working people I know, have a killer team, and are growing fast. Most importantly, we build a damn good pair of skis. There is still a lot of work to go, but of focused hasn't change - which is to build a better ski.
And to just get this out of the way....
You say ON3P "Oh-Ehn-Three-Pea". It was the name of the cross streets of the house I lived at in N. Tacoma - N. 13th and Proctor. It is one(3)p with the (e) removed, and was named when ON3P was just a hobby.
So, if you have questions for myself or anyone else at ON3P, ask away!
I'll be here at 3pm PST / 6pm EST on Thursday, 11/20 to answer your questions. Thanks!