Bearded Gimp wrote:Leven wrote:I'll tell you what really gets me though (a little off topic!), is Channel Islands (amongst others that do this too) and how they shape boards. I can buy an Al Merrick and it'll cost me the best part of £600. As I'm in Europe, that's been shaped by machine and finished/glassed under license in France. To me, that defeats the point of buying an Al Merrick! What do I get for my money? A French guy running a machine and an Al Merrick template. I may as well go to someone local, and pay half that for the same template, just with a different sticker on. I do try and apply this philosophy to most things in life....I buy bread from the local bakers etc. Unfortunately, it's not always practical or convenient to it though!
It's not just the template though is it, it's the whole board. So rocker profile, bottom contours, rail sharpness etc etc. As you found (I think it was you) with your local dumpster diver copy that was a piece of shit, just copying the template gets you about a tenth of the way there.
Not me! I had one made locally, just not quite enough volume (length actually, I went too short), so sold it on. Board absolutely flew though! My fault for cocking up on the dimensions. Piece of shit?! Where on earth did you get that from?! I think not. Quality piece of local craftsmanship? Absolutely.
Totally agree about bringing in boards by world renowned shapers, and it's a good chance for local shapers to up their game, but does an Al Merrick made and glassed in France, in the same factory as Lost, Bradley etc come into that bracket? I don't think so.