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  1. #41
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    Quote Originally Posted by MATT JOHNSON View Post
    It dont matter if I buy a Bing, Legend , Wynn, or Cooperfish , I know what I am getting for my money and a know I will be happy cause the shaper know my style of surfing and under stands what I wanna get the board to do or what kinda of performance I want from it. Plus with these shapers you are not just a number on list of board orders. Every boards is made to strict requirment for Quality. Not to meantion that they are taking board design and construction to new levels and out of the normal views of surfing.

    I guess I am set in my ways . They style of boards I ride and my style of surfing is just what I grew up around. I guess I just know what I like and who to go to when I want a certain type of board.
    i wouldnt say set in your ways, i would say you dont feel like lowering your standards. and you shouldnt.

  2. #42
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    Quote Originally Posted by rDJ View Post
    They have finish shapers cleaning up the boards after CNC who could all easily pick up a planer and shape that same board as good as the CNC.
    Exactly! But they really dont need to. Anyone whos dragged a three pound power planer back and forth 50, 60 70+ times over a blank to skin the deck and thin the blank from 2 7/8" to 2 3/8" knows that this is one part of the shaping process that a machine can handle just fine. Same with cutting the rail bands which is easily another 30-50 passes. Your custom 6'0" starts out with pretty much EXACTLY the same rough cutting process as the 6'0" on the rack. If my local shaper told me he bought a shaping machine (HA!) and that my next custom was going to be easier on his back, ears, and lungs, i'd say good for him...use the machine to handle the brutal parts and focus on the details.
    Last edited by mitchell; Feb 16, 2011 at 12:36 AM.

  3. #43
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    Quote Originally Posted by rDJ View Post
    Name one who you know personally.
    Not sure how my statement indicated that I know so many shapers personally.

    To be honest, none. That's why I shop on craigslist and buy popouts on whiskey.

    And the other poster is right, anyone who works hard deserves any money they make and then some. I guess when you mentioned "shapers" I thought of anyone who constructs boards. From firewires to your backyard shapers, I'm still sure that the majority of shapers are thinking of money. Maybe I'm wrong. Just my opinion.

  4. #44
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    i think 'my shaper' loves surfboards and loves shaping. and i know him personally.

  5. #45
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    Quote Originally Posted by wallysurfr View Post
    Not sure how my statement indicated that I know so many shapers personally.

    To be honest, none. That's why I shop on craigslist and buy popouts on whiskey.

    And the other poster is right, anyone who works hard deserves any money they make and then some. I guess when you mentioned "shapers" I thought of anyone who constructs boards. From firewires to your backyard shapers, I'm still sure that the majority of shapers are thinking of money. Maybe I'm wrong. Just my opinion.

    My point was that you are making an assumption.

    Out of the fifteen or so shapers, laminators, sanders, polishers, fin setters, I am personally friends with, not a single one makes surfboards for the money. Pretty much all of them know they could take the same power tools and go make more money in another trade. But they wont, because they love making surfboards.

    Now take Mark Price for example (the CEO of Firewire). He started his company because of his passion for surfing and surfboards. However, he got caught up in the money and forgot why he got into it in the first place when he moved his production from San Diego to Indo to increase his profit margin.

    That's the difference between a shaper who does it for the love and a shaper who does it for the money (although Mark is actually a business man and not a shaper). Most craft surfboards because they love what they do.