Real Wood :: The Arbor Powerply

"Well, there is many ways of judging the value of life. Money is one of them, making things you love is definitely another..."  

For over 25 years, Arbor Snowboards have been built using real wood topsheets. We call our tops Powerplys, because they don’t just provide a beautiful, hand-crafted finish; they significantly improve both the performance and durability of our snowboards. The Powerply works like a third composite layer; additional natural, biodegradable fibers that allow us to reduce the weight of our boards, and our reliance on petroleum based resins, man-made fibers, and solvents.

Since day one, Arbor’s partner in the development and production of our Powerply Tops has been Ohio based M.Bohlke Veneer Corp. This family owned business has been supplying veneer to the wood products world for 55 years. Bohlke works tirelessly alongside our development team to identify the right species of sustainably sourced wood veneer for each design. Working with Bohlke allows us continually improve the process of adapting wood veneer into the Arbor Powerply. Their knowledge of the unique, intrinsic value of each species, and their direct connection to the environmentally friendly harvesting practices of the landowners they work with is essential to our overall mission, and our ability to confidently endorse the sustainability of our Powerplys.

Since we were founded, our mission has remain unchanged – deliver responsible progression by blending forward thinking design and craftsmanship with sustainable material and production methods. Working alongside three generations of the Bohlke family has underpinned our ability to deliver on that mission. Wood ties together the craftsmanship and sustainability cornerstones of the Arbor brand. Bohlke stands at that intersection proving year-in and year-out that people make the difference.

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Filmed / Edited by - Sean Lucey

Photography - Joshua Poehlein

Director - Dave Marx

Bob Carlson - Arbor Collective, Founder

Nick Bohlke - M.Bohlke Veneer Corp, President

M. Bohlke Veneer - Location: Fairfield, Ohio USA