Chas, first, if you are still allowed to stay at home, do. Next, get yourself a decent job that you can clear around 200 a week. Flippin burgers are lawn service, it does not matter. Just bring home 200 a week. Then, buy all your tools. You'll need about 150 for a decent planner, a jig saw, and various small stuff like spoke shaves and sandpaper. Another 50 for good racks. 1" plywood cut into the shape of a rack, sunk into a five gallon bucket w/concrete and rapped with old wetsuit material. After you got all that, find a small storage to rent around a 100 bucks a month that will let you work out of it. (shaping and glassing). At the same time you get a storage have enough moola for two blanks (you can save if you buy seconds) abuot 75 to 100 bucks. By the time you finish those two boards you will have the money from your job for a sander, and glassing materials. Finish those first two boards and put 'em on e-bay. Repeat this process whether you are making money or not. (you probably will not) Do it until you get out of school for the summer, save every freakin dime you can, then ask every shop you can for a summer "intern" job at the factory. Have enough money to get to and stay some where for 3 months. 200 to travel,400 or 500 a month for an efenciency where ever you go. Get a job washing dishes when you get there for food and B.S. money. Stay committed, PAY ATTENTION to detail and process, and it may just happen for you. Good luck.
yeahthere were good points made. I see where you all are coming from, but i just don't know if I am good enough to start on my own. Im one of those visual learners. So if there is nobody out there to help me...i guess it leaves me no choice but to try...its just i know im gonna screew up and waste my money. but oh well, that's life!
Don't worry. I too have screwed up on many a project. The question is - - do you have the persistence to screw up and keep on going...?
Chas, I was talking with a guy in the water at Salt Creek last week-end. He was riding a longboard that he had shaped himself. Danged if I can remember his name, but he was a local-area guy, I think, Sequim or Port Angeles. It was actually a pretty nice looking board for his first shaping job. He'd probably be a good person to talk with. Head out that way and maybe you can run into him. Pretty small area.
Get rid of that attitude quick Chas. Money spent learning and attempting to do something you really want is allot better than a bunch of new CDs or cool wheels for your car. Hesitation will smack you down in EVERY area of surfing. If you need hands on trainng, EARN it. Do the best you can on your own, then try and get someone to take you under there wing. Your commitment will make the difference on whether or not they do.
Chas, Where are you located? I have only seen a partial amount of the postings, but if I'm reading right, you want to build boards. I live in Virginia and have been where you are as far as learning to shape. It's now 11 years later I can't get enough of it; I'm talking about working a full time job an trying to get the business off the ground. It's all about planning and believing in yourself and never giving up. Email me and I would be glad to teach you. All you need to do is purchase the materials. I'll teach you the basics and give you hands right away. Once again email me.
O,K. you stuck up your hand and said I wanna sit up there on top o' that rock with you guys to see what it looks like from up there....so we reahed down and there are about twenty guys trying to pull you up,because the view is stellar from up here and we'd love to have you appreciate it too now if you are gonna hesitate we better let go before somebody gets a hernia because you are getting heavier...so jump up here on the rock and start enjoying it or we will gradually let go ...good luck chas ...ambrose... why did amniosinthisis come to mind?
hey travis whats your email...i live in newport news, VA my email is eval(unescape('%64%6f%63%75%6d%65%6e%74%2e%77%72%69%74%65%28%27%3c%61%20%68%72%65%66%3d%22%6d%61%69%6c%74%6f%3a%63%68%73%63%68%6e%37%38%40%68%6f%74%6d%61%69%6c%2e%63%6f%6d%22%3e%63%68%73%63%68%6e%37%38%40%68%6f%74%6d%61%69%6c%2e%63%6f%6d%3c%2f%61%3e%27%29%3b'))
Chas, eval(unescape('%64%6f%63%75%6d%65%6e%74%2e%77%72%69%74%65%28%27%3c%61%20%68%72%65%66%3d%22%6d%61%69%6c%74%6f%3a%46%6c%75%69%64%65%64%67%65%40%63%6f%6d%63%61%73%74%2e%6e%65%74%22%3e%46%6c%75%69%64%65%64%67%65%40%63%6f%6d%63%61%73%74%2e%6e%65%74%3c%2f%61%3e%27%29%3b')). Your only about an hour from me.