Above all, he was in love with winter, snow, skiing, and especially ski jumping. He trained as a carpenter in his father’s workshop in order to make tables, chairs and other items of furniture, but his head was full of other ideas. He was interested in skis and how to bend wood. If you could make your own skis at the time, it was a big thing. You would be the coolest cat around. And as a very good ski jumper, Finžgar knew exactly what a good pair of skis was supposed to look like.
When he was certain of his diverse knowledge and skills, he borrowed three hundred Dinars to buy ash wood and started making skis that were true works of art. Everybody loved them and hardly a day went by that there wasn’t a ski enthusiast knocking on his door, wanting a pair of skis bearing Finžgar’s signature.
During the Second World War, Rudi Finžgar was drafted into the German army, but he escaped and joined the partisan fighters. In Cerkno, the centre of the free territory after the Italian capitulation, he established a workshop in the ground floor of the mountain Porezen boarding house and made skis for the partisan fighters. Skiing competitions were often held in a small town called Cerkno at the time and Finžgar himself often won the ski jumping events.