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Discussion in 'Longboard Surf Buy/Sell/Trade' started by longhairhippie, Jan 31, 2017.
and why is the ding or spider or damage always on the logo?
"entirely hand shaped and finished by Donald"... really now? Maybe Sakoda ha. Never been able to find anything solid to tell if a board made after the 90's was actually shaped Donald or a ghost shaper with his signature.
Have you been able to find anything that says he has signed boards he didn't shape? I have it in my head that I want to get a Donald shaped Model T, but if he signed ghost shaped boards I'll just forget about that. Nice double ender, ridiculous price. Someone had told me there was a collector near where this board is that had access to a lot of original Donald boards that he had shaped and had not been ridden. This might be that collector.
i've got the same idea, would love to find an original model t... even tho the floaty RC version might be more appropriate for my beach break. the heart wants what it wants
Read it and weep, he signed a thousand boards that were ghosted. But he did "look them over" as he signed.
For sure there are a bunch of different threads online about, and many in the industry will confirm (Tudor, Sakoda who ghost shaped for him for 20 years, etc). Nothing against the boards, I have a mini howard special signed by Donald I love, but just consider them designed and 'looked over' by Takayama, don't be fooled into thinking he actually shaped it based on the presence of his signature. I don't doubt there are boards out there Donald did hand shape, just haven't seen anyone able to confirm based on a signature. I do remember reading if there was a personal inscription + sig it was much more likely to have been shaped by him, as he was mainly doing friends/family and leaving production to the 'ghosts'. Who knows!
This has been up for sometime now.
Thanks for the Takayama knowledge. My Model T purchase suddenly became cheaper I don't know why the signature was important other than I never had the chance to meet him and I connect with his boards so I'd like to own one that he shaped.
This thought is a recurring one here. Well known label shaped or not by the originator of that label. If it works and I shaped it, it still works. (I have 0 shaping chops BTW)
Enjoy what you have and be thankful you are able to enjoy it.
I can only imagine because Josh and/or Anderson probably aren’t as well-known on the EC. That board is a steal—especially back east—at that price.