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.