There's your deceased shapers, some of whom left a legacy of boards that transcended their era. Then there's your shapers whose signature appears on the stringer long after they've shed their mortal coil. Passed, died, kicked the can... whatever you want to call it. Not sure if that's a dead shaper, a ghost shaper, or just a plain bad idea. Someday it might be helpful to know if the board was actually shaped by the person it's credited to.A long time ago I adopted my moniker Deadshaper.
People on Sways thought it might be that I was a "deadhead" ...... loved the Grateful Dead & Jerry Gracia.
I explained the avatar/moniker came in the wake fo my horrific car accident in August of 1990. A less than 1% survival rate, then two years of grueling self designed therapy, a crash course in neurology, and intense studying of both orthodox & alternative medicine. No stone unturned to reclaim what had once been considered a charmed life.
I had to learn how to walk before I could shape again........ it was a long, difficult scary climb back.
At that point I started signing the first group of boards "deadshaper". And in a sense, it became an homage to ALL the dead shapers that have aspired, created, shared, then passed on beyond us....... Kahanamoku, Blake, Simmons, Bradbury, Brewer, Diff, Croteau, Jones, Krause...... the list is long & distinguished.
Inevitably Donald has now joined the ever growing ranks of deadshapers, and someday, perhaps, thanks to the advent of reverse engineering, I too, will be a bonafide dead shaper competing with the shapers of the future. View attachment 46683