Sorry I had to bail out early on my thread. It was getting crazy and it seemed very few actually read what I said or asked. Rather there was a lot of knee jerk reaction with little attention to the original intention of the thread.
I won’t be able to spend much time on this thread anymore as things have stacked up on me and I have way too much to do. But here are some thoughts.
To be clear… This was never about me or MY compensation…why would anyone go there. I don’t think I even had any current blanks in the Clark Catalog.
Think Noble now, look for the high road.
Clark created only the foam. What we have all come to like about particular blanks is the “DESIGN” of the blank and that is the result of the DESIGNERS expertise. Sure there are varied rockers but they work because the designer accommodated for some varied rockers in the quality design of the plug.
I don’t see why everyone couldn’t grasp this and how they all spun off into a bunch of muck about Legalities, Clark, Patents, Copyrights, etc. None of which is relevant to my question. The design came from the Designer and like even Clark did, he should be acknowledged in someway more. Shouldn’t he?
If I licensed one of my old plugs to Walker, would some other new blank producer be able to copy one of My old Clark blanks, made from that same plug and make a mold and then compete with the same blanks from Walker off my plug? I think not.
These blank designs aren’t some lost dogs with no tag on them that anyone can take home for profit or abuse. We know exactly who the puppy is, who made them and in most cases, who still has the original plugs and of course they still have a loving owner! Ha!
Is there any difference in stealing the design from me via copying my old Clark Blank, or copying my new Walker Blank? Both from the same plug. I think not! Even though the quality of the copy of the copy may be poor it is still clearly an attempt to rip off the original design for profit.
Legalities aside it is clear that someone who doesn’t have a design is scamming one from someone else who does.
They are taking someone’s good design, with a good name and reputation, just so that they won’t have to create their own or pay someone to create what they can’t do themselves… All so that they can exploit it for commercial reasons as though it were theirs.
I should comment here that the reason there were never any Al Merrick blanks is because he didn’t want to give out his designs without proper compensation and he didn’t feel Clarks offer was worth it.
How many shapers would have scrambled to work from a Merrick blank?!? Plenty of course.
I on the other hand did shape a few blanks but I also never thought the compensation was appropriate. Still the blanks in my era were horrible, thick, twisted beasts that needed upgrading so I could make decent boards. That is the only reason I did blanks. It wasn’t to get my name in the catalog or be a cooler dude for having done so.
Those older will remember how there was little connection between one blank or another and it was always a crap shoot to get a blank similar to what you wanted to shape. We had a whole plan for matched quivers of blanks that Clark was interested in.
I had also shared those “quiver” concepts with other shapers I knew, who soon used them to create their own versions of matched quivers of blanks. These are what you guys have been blessed with shaping all along and probably don’t realize how nightmarish is was previously. Once others were shaping blanks that were close enough for me, I didn’t need to make anymore plugs as the need was met.
One last request…NO LEGAL DISCUSSION… keep it to the high road of fairness, morality and how you would like to be treated if you were the blank designer of note and everyone began capitalizing and profiting on your blank designs.