In this particular case, I know what those boards are because I rode a bunch of them over the years. For me personally, I have trusted the shapers I used and they would not have taken on the job if they didn't know what they were doing. I had that much faith in them and I was rarely let down. I know at least a half dozen shapers right off the top of my head that know those boards inside and out. As far a using someone I have not had experience with? That could be a different story. That is a situation where you have to do your homework first and get feedback on their reputations.Sax....how would the shaper you are approaching know that you have any clue what you are asking for? Will you have a way to evaluate whether the results in any way come close to an original Performer or Spoon? I doubt many surfers could. Do you even own a rocker stick to compare one essential aspect. The whole assumption seems very odd to me.
If you are taking an original and saying “scan this and make me one”. Maybe I understand.
I don't know why vacuum bagging isn't used more. It's pretty simple and affordable, I would think. Results in stronger, more consistent laminations (and flex?) possibly reduced waste. Anyone familiar with the plus and minus of this glassing approach?I used to be dead set against popouts....Like nope not for me.
At this point in time, I don't care enough anymore.
There are really no popouts anyway that I even prefer the dimensions (or I should say just a couple).
I'm all for the craftsman / artisan...I hope to see more vacuum sealed boards that can take a beating in the future by shapers like the Core Vac by Cannibal.
Before moving back to San Diego an east coaster bought a used machine, he promptly scanned Lost, Rusty, CI popular short board models. That’s wrong, I’ve had to give potential customers the walk sign, especially when asking for a DT in the Pink or a neck beard, “ I’m not Donald or Al”, get one of theirs.Whoever you take a Weber (or somebody else's board for that matter) and they will scan it is uh, pretty unethical.
But I'm sure there are people out there that won't bat an eye at that, whether it's a Performer, a C.I., DHD, or one of mine....... which I was told someone in Australia already did.
Thank you for sharing that.Before moving back to San Diego an east coaster bought a used machine, he promptly scanned Lost, Rusty, CI popular short board models. That’s wrong, I’ve had to give potential customers the walk sign, especially when asking for a DT in the Pink or a neck beard, “ I’m not Donald or Al”, get one of theirs.
I finished thousands of machine cuts while Channin was still active, Greg Nolls, Hansen’s, Surfboards Hawaii, Channin, never enough shaping rooms or shapers to fill the bays like in the hey days.
Matt Calvani with the machine accurately reproduces each model at their shop, same with the other companies.
In the 60’s each shaper did the models, but each had a personal tweak they added.
The machine is just a tool, scanning someone else’s work is just plain wrong, I don’t know what Bruce went through during the learning phase, but I was browbeat by experienced shapers until I became good at my craft, Gene went through the same gauntlet.
We learned to be competent craftsmen, hand built or finishers