An honest question prompts bitter $&!# heads to crawl out of their holes.
On swaylocks, no less....
I am of the opinion That Hand shaping is not a dieing. In fact hand shaped Boards are moving into the realm of Fineart. Like other utilitarian crafts such as Ceramics, weaving. Print Making. The Hand made board in the hands of an Artist Master Shaper is moving from a craft into something special.
There are some younger shapers out there, that are paying their dues and learning the Craft some will have the talent and the drive to see their work be regarded as Art.
According to Mikki Dora Malibu went to the Dogs in 1964. The Chumash Indians will tell you it was 1664.
Shame that DT's name should come up down here!
1. DT #1 surfer.
2. DT "Master" shaper.
3.DT ONO cook, remember "Surfers Choice - Takayama Teriyaki Sauce"
All around Great man!
His operation was initially based under the Manhattan Beach Pier, but by 1949 he had outgrown it. And from his belly we sprang forth.