i appreciate people that work well with their hands and the work they do even more. both my grandpa Ed and father Jim were/are amazingly talented with their hands. unfortunately, most of the people that work so well with their hands, artists included, aren't rewarded financially. on the flip side, most of these artists find their work gratifying enough, the $ isn't important; just as long as they can support themselves and their family. if you are doing what you love, the money probably doesn't seem as important.
we took a 5 minute drive down the road in the landcruiser to kai shapes, where my friend Mark, a gifted craftsman, has begun shaping surfboards. starting with a block of foam that has a wooden stringer down the middle, it takes an artist to finish a well shaped surfboard. each surfer likes their boards a different length, width, thickness, and shape. also, understanding the physics of how water moves under/around a surfboard, a persons body type, their athletic ability, and surf style are all important when shaping a board.
i clicked the shutter on my camera a few times of Mark working on a board for Abdel (photos attached). Kai shapes are hoping to get a great surfer like Abdel (mentioned in previous blog) to ride their boards. this is smart marketing. kids see the best surfer in morocco on a Kai shapes surfboard and want one. being meticulous is important in shaping if you want to keep the best surfers happy. establishing a relationship with them, conversing with them, knowing what they like in a board and what they don't like and then being able to produce that specific board. but, ultimately it comes down to doing something enough times and learning from your mistakes. crafting. creating. mastering.