Educated as an architect, and a craftsman, I have always been making things, and continually in the pursuit of dedicating my life to a craft that could give me the right outlet. I have found the bicycle is perfect for combining the designed object, the act of making, with a unique emotional connection to the world around us like nothing else. There is something elegant about the simplicity of the machine that is a bicycle, yet there seems to be a lifetime of work in it, which is what really excites me.
I am not interested in sitting behind a desk. Instead, my fulfillment comes from holding a torch or a file in hand and running a one-person shop. I plan to keep it that way for some time, as I feel it allows me to have a greater connection to what I’m doing. Things take more time that way, but for me its about doing things with intent, quality, and pride. I am not concerned with how many frames comes out of my shop, rather its about intensely focusing on everything I do, my job is never finished. Each frame is built one at a time with a unique combination of material, process, and experience in each build.
My inspiration comes from both cycling and non cycling professions. I draw upon the work of many artists, architects, and musicians that inspire my design process. The bike is so much more than a simple machine, for me its also an expression of oneself, that enables us to experience and find the world around us in a unique way.
Framebuilding is anything but easy, but the rewards I get from this craft are unlike anything else. From designing each build with the client, laying out the frame drawing, machining the tubes, to laying a precise braze, and polishing a frame before paint, gives me a personal satisfaction at the end of each day where I can turn off the lights and say to myself I am proud of what I do. One of the things I enjoy most is the day that each client picks up their ride and takes it for a spin, it is a great experience for both of us.