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comments (7) January 5th, 2012 in blogs, videos

kenstonge Ken St. Onge, Associate Editor
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Urban Tree to Bicycle from Spots Unknown on Vimeo.

Video Length: 4:23
Produced by: Spots Unknown


I just came across this video about Masterworks Wood and Design, a small Northern California woodworking shop that builds beach cruiser bikes made from reclaimed wood. The video has lots of woodworking eye candy, such as bandsawing parts and slopping finish on the bikes. And although there's not much hand tool use shown in the video, company founder Bill Holloway says they are "trying to keep old world woodworking alive... we use some machinery, but we really like to finish our projects and do as much as we can by hand."

For bicycling enthusiasts like myself, it looks like something that would be a lot of fun to build. But I wonder how it compares with the splinter bike.



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Comments (7)

acherman acherman writes: Very cool. Not as complex, but they look far more comfortable than this http://www.leevalley.com/newsletters/woodworking/2/3/article1.htm
Posted: 11:36 pm on January 13th

masterwood masterwood writes: wow very nice bike its unique i wish i can build one for my son.
Posted: 6:27 am on January 10th

caub caub writes: Very cool, and +1 on the renovobikes.com. I stumbled up that shop in Sausolito a couple weeks ago, and got to see them up close and talk w/ the owner/designer. THOSE are wooden bikes that compete at the highest levels of both road and mountain races - impressive!
Posted: 5:58 pm on January 9th

Livermore Livermore writes: As a Green (recycled) folk art furniture artist I was very impressed with these bikes.
Posted: 1:18 pm on January 7th

mlem mlem writes: That's cool, so are these. http://www.renovobikes.com/
Posted: 10:29 am on January 7th

dluce dluce writes: Audi has a beautiful wooden bike, elegant and light; the Audi Duo (not the QUattro, get it?) is shown here: http://www.gizmag.com/audi-duo-wodden-bicycles/18293/
Posted: 8:31 am on January 7th

sdbranam sdbranam writes: Very cool! I've done a little urban wood reclamation. It's a great feeling to know that a tree that would otherwise go to the fire or the landfill gets made into something unique. And this is particularly unique!
Posted: 7:59 am on January 7th

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