There are some valid points made here. Price is a tricky thing to place on an object. I am an licensed mechanic by trade and in college I have studied advanced composites. I have studied woodworking the last several years and I have made several wood boards. I've made alaias, hollow wooden stringer, and torsion box surfboards. If I would sell a surfboard it would be most likely online were they regularly fetch 3000 to 6000 on any given day. 1200 is a fair price for a foam longboard. Custom wood surfboards fetch more. I wouldn't set my labor rate at what a foam shaper at the local surf shop charges unless I was making foam boards.
Dude, you're talking hourly labor rates like that has anything to do with the price of a surfboard! How many hours it took you to make has 0 to do with its value. Let's say the new guy at MickieD's takes twice as long too make a hamburger, because they're not a master burger craftsman. Mickie D's doesn't pass on the additional labor cost to the guy buyin the burger, right? That's how it works with surfboards. It takes me a whole day to shape a board. My father in law can shape a blank in an hour or two. Mine's not worth more because it took me longer. In fact, it's worth considerably less because I made it instead of him.
That's a world famous, head shaper for what are arguably the most popular longboards out there being sold in online retail situation.
Here's a car world analogy for you, if I go to Chip Foose or Carrol Shelby (rip) or Jack Roush, I'm gonna pay more than if I get the same work done at Steve's Auto, right? The work could be just as good, but because those guys are who they are, it's worth more. You pay more for service at the dealership right? Why, because you're paying for the label.
"Price is a tricky thing to place on an object."
It really ain't, you base the price of an object on what else is out there for sale and what has sold. Anybody can say that their 1989 CRX SI is worth 10 grand just cause they threw a B18C5 in it. That doesn’t make it true though. The market for cars is well established. So is the market for surfboards. The numbers you're using are too high. Those are for top of the line boards made by notable shapers. Danny Hess's top boards go for $3-6K. But Danny Hess is the Shelby of the wood board world right now.
It's a nice board Steve. My father in law was over for dinner last night, I showed it to him. He liked it, but he thought my appraisal was a little high (I was actually being generous) and he's sold a wooden board or two.
You asked for an appraisal. Sorry you don't like the numbers, but that's what they are. I'm not knocking your board or the craftsmanship; it's a real nice board, but a board's value has a lot more to do with who made it than how long it took to make.
Last edited by zaGaffer; Apr 22, 2013 at 10:36 PM.