Final Post from Yamaguchi School of Framebuilding

Frame Coming together

Framebuilder CyclingWMD adds his final post to conclude his Yamaguchi Framebuilding school. His style is a little more “creative” then I typically like, but I love the idea of a few weeks of focused learning with a real master! Koichi Yamaguchi learnt to build frames with framebuilding legend 3Rensho.

welding!

See the rest of the pics here

Thompson Custom Bicycles

Thomson Custom Cycles

My wife and I are always talking about what the hell we ultimately want to do with our lives. We’ve recently been talking about and lamenting the increasing obsolescence of the apprenticeship; coming under a master’s wing, learning their craft, and eventually, skills absorbed, launching out on your own.

I’ve been looking for a master and a trade for a while now and with my ongoing interest and growing obsession into the object of the bicycle (more so then the physical act of cycling) I’ve been paying a lot more attention to bicycle builders. I don’t know yet if this is where I want to focus my life-energy, but I’d like to find out. I did a bit of web-research and found a frame-builder in Olympia, WA, about 40mins from where I live. We’ve emailed back and forth and he’s invited my to come and sit in one day and watch him work and talk. His name is Corey Thompson and he has a small (from his own admission) workshop where he builds just a couple of frames a year.

I’m hoping to get a chance to visit him in the next couple of weeks. I’ll be sure to take some pictures to share with you.

p.s. I just googled Thompson, hoping to find an example of his work and was very surprised to find the beauty above which frankly took my breath away.

Soulcraft

While this isn’t my preferred genre of bike, watching this is entirely enthralling. He’s a craftsman creating a masterpiece. It’s videos like this that inspire me to get building things with my hands.

Sean Walling has been making bikes for over 20 years, learning his trade at Salsa and then starting Soulcraft in 1999. He still makes frames in the same workshop he started out in.