By 1972 August and James were gone and I hired Del Miller who has a great “under ground” reputation. He lasted about a year and I decided to teach Kurt Augsburger to shape, and he soon became very good at it. Kurt was the main man while I delved into making skateboard decks - the Harbour Skateboard era is a whole other story for another Sunday...
By the middle ‘70’s Kurt was married and his wife informed him that it was not possible to buy a house and raise a family on a shaper’s wages. So Kurt left and I decided to do all of the shaping myself. This lasted about 10 years, me doing all of the shaping, spray painting the blanks, glassing and polishing every board.
By the middle of the 1990’s my osteoarthritis was becoming more serious. There was a time where my back got so bad that I brought in Jack Sykes who really helped me while I was down. This was somewhere around 1996. I got back into it but by 1998 Chas Wickwire, who was on my glassing staff, wanted me to teach him to shape. My shoulders were now hurting from shaping so I taught him. He soon decided to go out on his own so I decided to teach another young glassing talent by the name of Tim Stamps. This was in the late ‘90’s and Tim Stayed on board until 2013 when his own brand of boards became so big that he just could not find enough time to do his and mine. Tim however, has never completely left the Harbour shape team. He is still instrumental in our design development taking us seamlessly into the era of digital surfboard design. We still bounce design ideas back and forth constantly. I consider myself a very fortunate guy to have craftsman of his caliber still on board our shape team.
So in 2013 Kurt Augsburger heard that I needed some help in the shaping booth. Since he was now retired (from a real job with the phone company), a part time shaping job was a perfect fit. It was welcome home Kurt, but he didn’t want to be held down to the responsibility of all of the orders. Steve Farwell, another craftsman, long time Harbour ambassador and Newport local, who had had some instruction from Mike Marshall, came aboard as well. He turned out to be the multi stringer and nose and tail block specialist!
So that’s where we stand as we go forward in the 20-teens. We have a stable of supreme craftsmen adding their talents to the legacy that is so engraved in Harbour’s history of master shaping talent.