Rick Hamon Hand Shaping
Ray Hamon (Rick's Son) Machine Shaping
This is the burning question that seems to be firing up board builders world wide; here is what Rusty and a few of our other shapers had to say...
"As the body wears out the romance with the planer cools off. It's really the concept that matters; master your tools and bring good ideas to life. Computers definitely bring consistency to the equation."
"The Computer is just another tool, but, I think something is lost if someone has no hand shaping experience."
"One completes the other- you can't design a board on the computer if you can't hand shape one."
"Consistency is a plus. Great for keeping track of subtle design changes."
- Hoy Runnels
"At first I was down on computer shaping. I know that it is just another tool, but, it just isn't shaping. But, I guess maybe it has redefined what shaping is, for better or for worse? I don't know. I do know that shapers should be able to hand shape anything and do a good job on it, or you are not a shaper."