I didn't, I bought that board at auction, it was Danny Brawner's board and he restored it.
I have a rice paper lam of that stamp, but without any number.
That which can be assorted without evidence was read in an illegal magazine.
McDing, that is cool! I might have to get one made for this beast....
The sad thing with that original logo is that had the glass over it been sanded down and then coated with thinned resin before glassing it would have looked pretty good.
Mako-The sadder thing is that it has been lost since the picture was taken...
The board is restorable. It's just too bad the owner didn't have since enough to get a recommendation from someone who knew what they were doing, before he stripped the glasss. When you strip a board like that it goes from being something historically significant to just a piece of balsa. At this point it is a "has been". It's one thing do to something like that when you are young and ignorant, but another to destroy something of historical significance when you should know better. An aside; There is at least one fake Hobie Balsa floating around out there that fooled the experts. Might even be on display in a museum in The OC.
From a woodworking standpoint, the board is very restorable. Reproduce the logo using either a custom-cut stamp or a rice paper laminate printed from an image, glass to somewhat original specs and bring her back so that the next several generations can get a kick out of it.
Not my board, so not my choice, but it would be a bummer to see that reshaped into something else. Plenty of balsa out there for the purpose of making a more user-friendly surfboard...
Well said, Jeffrey
I finished stripping the glass and cleaned it up to level out the ripped up spots
The fin is just a tiny little guy. It was tacked on with some metal pins!