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10 years as a frame builder

Wow. I looked at the calendar this morning, and realized that I started in the frame building world 10 years ago today.

I was in college at CSU in Fort Collins, CO, studying metalsmithing and jewelry. I met the guys at Black Sheep Bikes a couple of months before, and had been to their shop a couple of times before to visit with my friend Jon (also the GTA in my metals class). On May 22nd, 2003 I was in again, and this time asked for a job. James said yes, and had me get on the lathe to make a part right then.

It’s been a crazy decade since then. I started my own company in 2005 when I built my first frame independently. It’s now been two years since I’ve been building frames as a full time job.

I’m incredibly fortunate to have this as my job. Frame building combines two of my favorite things - bikes and making things. I love coming in to work, and it’s truly the only job I’ve ever been able to say that about. It’s been rewarding, stressful, happy, sad, and so many other things. Riding my bicycle has taken me to so many wonderful places, introduced me to wonderful people, and has helped keep me happy in hard times.

I’ll keep doing this until I simply can’t. Bring on 10 more years!

Coolest hood ornament ever. (Taken with Instagram at Generic Cycles)

Coolest hood ornament ever. (Taken with Instagram at Generic Cycles)

Top secret.

Shooting the host intro for DIY Network’s show Cool Tools, along with a pair of skis from Ski Grace!  We shot the interviews last month, and I’ll be shooting some riding  footage here as soon as the trails dry out a bit… Watch for the  episode to air in November!http://www.diynetwork.com/cool-tools/show/index.html

Shooting the host intro for DIY Network’s show Cool Tools, along with a pair of skis from Ski Grace! We shot the interviews last month, and I’ll be shooting some riding footage here as soon as the trails dry out a bit… Watch for the episode to air in November!

http://www.diynetwork.com/
cool-tools/show/index.html

Just let the beauty soak in.

Just let the beauty soak in.

Final frame count for 2011: 101! Wanna check my math?
Final frame count for 2011: 101! Wanna check my math?
All sorts of good toys abound in this box…

All sorts of good toys abound in this box…

Snow bike = tire clearance

Snow bike = tire clearance

FAIL.

FAIL.

You  know what? I love manufacturing, here at home. I know the logo is from a  British initiative, but I feel the same way. We need more things made  by local labor! How do you feel?
You know what? I love manufacturing, here at home. I know the logo is from a British initiative, but I feel the same way. We need more things made by local labor! How do you feel?