This has come to mind recently since I have been following the latest debate over “hand shape vs. cnc”… I have read through a great many posts (maybe all) and couldnt help but notice that there is a lop sided pool of consideration within the different facets of the board building biz. This is actually something I noticed quite sometime ago trying to make a living working in various factories.
Most shapers that are exclusive to shaping only seem to have a great deal of respect and even admiration for their chosen “glasser”. But this does not seem to be the case when turned around. The glassers typically (not all) have some choice things to converse about when it comes to the shapers. I remember standing in the doorway of the lam room when I was a kid and the laminator flinging resin at me as he grumbled through his respirator. Probably cause I kept bugging him for a job. Later on I found that he was one of the coolest dudes ever just a little rough around the edges when working.
The hot coater was the exact same way. I learned alot from those guys, I wish I had taken notes. For me personally I like the process of shaping a blank into something that I had invisioned. But the glassing is something that I have also seemed to enjoy. Although a space to be able to glass in now a days has seemed to escape me. I never had a chance to laminate much but always wanted to and would still love to sharpen that skill. I’m pretty sure one would have to have boards of their own to lam as opposed to a laminator teaching you on one of his customers shapes.
Then there are the fin systems that require jigs and experience to avoid disaster with your newly shaped sled. This is also something that for me I have not had nearly enough experience doing. Would definately like to change that as well.
I have had the opportunity to hot coat some sand a bunch and polished a shit ton. I really dont like polishing but at the time it seemed to not be so bad. With the skills that I have picked up along the way I am able to do a complete but not on a productive level and I’m sure with plenty of flaws.
Oh well I guess its good that I am drawn more toward the shaping end of things. Although I am very respectful and blown away by the quality of some of the glass work that I have seen. So thanks laminator,thanks hot coater/gloss expert,thanks fin box guy and thank you sander for the skill that you all seem to leave like a signature on every board you touch!
Every bit of building surfboards is a craft involving multiple skills no matter how you do it.
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