- Apr 15, 2005
#post_excerptThe conversation's always been 'Oh, this is better than that, because this is more core than that.' That's not the conversation.
CNC killed the Ghost shaper. Lots of top shapers would not have a career without learning their art as a Ghosting for a big name brand.#post_excerptThe conversation's always been 'Oh, this is better than that, because this is more core than that.' That's not the conversation.www.theinertia.com
I get what you’re trying to say. Yes there are guys out there sanding cnc boards who have no templates in their rooms. Thats a different process or even a different job. The good finishers don’t get handed a cnc’d blank and say finish it off...there’s tutelage. They are taught looking at the finished shape and learn what it needs to go from the machined board to the final target. Even when there were no machines in the 60’s, but heavy output there was a production line...template, skin blank, turn rails and finish shape. Not all but there are the cnc board sanders who want to be a shaper and are getting their foot in the door who are doing their own thing at night or whatever. Though there are the bs designers sanding and posting pics who aren’t interested in the end to end process. A shaper does hand shapes and can can also turn a cnc cut into what it’s supposed to be. A craftsman surfs, designs, shapes, refines, doesn’t shape by numbers, knows why and where an additional 1/8” of tail rocker needs to be for the desired outcome, can (do it as well as someone who does the specific part of the build as their job) layup fins, glass, sand, polish, pin line, gloss color and puts his name on the board and stands behind it.CNC killed the Ghost shaper. Lots of top shapers would not have a career without learning their art as a Ghosting for a big name brand.
skip Frye, Phil Becker, Al Merrick, Mike Eaton, and yes Jim Phillips. That is just a short list of the people that got their start as a Production shaper.