Gomes had a wood shop in Kakaako in Honolulu. The photo might be from that shop. I read somewhere that he made the first boards that Tom Blake designed, and that he moved to California to keep Alan away from bad influences.
The Green Badge Mystery. Earlier in this thread some lime green badges were shown. My theory was they were UV faded black over red badges. I have two sanders from the same era with black over red badges so I took the scientific approach and placed one in a windowsill for the summer. The red turned the lime green color. So there were no badges that were produced black over green, they were just made after they got the lead out.
Very clever sleuthing Inspector Chan. I wouldn't have thought of that in a million years. Onya Mista Coop.
Is there a serial number list for Skil 100's to help narrow down the year on a planer?
Be safe, have fun. -J
I don't really have the serial numbers/dates dialed in yet but at some point I'll connect the dots. Right now the date can be estimated using and the type on the badge and the letter code in front of the serial #. For example "type2" on the badge with an "A" is approx. 1959-1960. Type2 on the badge with a "C" about 61 to 65. These are rough estimates. Like I said at some point I'll map it out.
I couldn' t really give the family much. Most of what I know was 2nd hand. I did run into a guy on the North Side of the Pismo pier once who had a Gomes foam board. Early sixties. He knew what he had and wasn't interested in getting rid of it. They also did a lot of the early glassing for a few shapers. There was some kind of connection to Hap Jacobs. Miki supposedly knew them and had some connection to them. Wonder if that # is still good?