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£3.90 Shaping: Screen Gauze - 180 gt Fine
£64.00 US Blanks 608 XEPS 2 pcf 3 1/4" THICK
We keep a shaping room in our new smaller factory. Like most its painted blue. Its got a 12′ high ceiling, unlike most. Lit from the sides and above to cast shadows on white foam, its warm, its organised, its clean and full of shaping toys, tools, and templates; a cave of shaping delight.
Its inhabited daily. Shapers’ slowly go mad there; all that blue, all that foam, the lights, the lights! We encourage them out to eat and re-balance. They stumble out, blink, stretch, they refuel, hang out a bit, but always go back; a committed, fussy, particularly unique breed of craftsmen that live for the love of surfboards.
We’ve seen scores of shapers pass through. Two of them, somehow, lodged are still in-house; One inhabitant is a professor of shaping technology – a doctor of foam dust. He works and fettles our cad-cam shaping machine. He design files, correcting and nitpicking the input so that every shape, because one in a hundred goes wrong, comes out of the machine to an accuracy of 1 mm in a metre.
The other shaper is fresh in – he’s paid his dues over the past thirty years with new, progressive designs and sharp, accurate designs and shapes. He walked in here with a chromed & highly polished Skill planer and that was it – respect at first sight. Phil Hodge, professor Hodge, and Steve Darch are our two designers and shapers – they work from cad-cam to machine to hand with nothing in between. They live in our blue room by choice, while we ready their care for later.
The shaping process after the machine is pure finessing. Hand finishing is the subtler part of the process, finickling in the edges, the rails, the bottom shapes and concaves and vees. The honed techniques from decades of blue-room bathing result in a product so innately beautiful – those white porcelain curves – its going to be a shame to clothe it. This shaper will want to keep those curves for a long as possible with exercise, with care, with food from the barrels of blue and white manna.
Shaping is a skill and a pleasure – never a chore – and we cherish those who do it for the love of the art. And we respect and remember them, as we eventually intern them in their rest homes – painted blue naturally.