I'm pretty sure it's milled from a solid block and tumble finished, as far as the prototype pictures now show. Hopefully the production ones are the same. Even if I had a c&c mill, the cad/design and labor costs to just mill the shell far exceeds the $100 they're asking. But I digress. Too bad if it is, but I see what you mean about them. Now if they designed it such that one could just drop in an original board, I'd still buy one.