Bicycles are tools, but why can’t they be beautiful too? I’m inspired by the ornament, flourishes, and design of the past. From the elaborate asymmetric embellishments of Rococo decorative arts to the streamlined geometry of Art Deco and the Machine Age. A custom bicycle frame is the perfect canvas to explore these themes, but what makes frame building especially interesting to me is the need
to balance aesthetics with engineering. After all, the magic can’t truly manifest until a bicycle is put into motion by a rider.
While I gravitate toward antique forms of design, I am very thankful to live in the contemporary world, where it’s possible to take advantage of machine technology and software in order to make my vision of a bicycle come true. Hand work is the foundation of my skill set to be sure, but leveraging a CAD/CAM/CNC workflow has enabled me to push my designs so much farther than would have been possible with simple hand tools.
If fabrication and design are the bones of my custom frame building business, working with clients is the animating principal - the driving force that keeps me coming back to the bench. I love getting to know my clients: learning what inspires them, what their cycling goals are, what’s working and what’s not, and pulling it all together in a bike that not only fits their body and is purpose built for their style of cycling, but expresses something personally meaningful to them as well. It is extremely gratifying when everything comes together!