I am basically self-taught in my methods, which is predicated simply on trial and error. Each bike is a progression of intuitive process. The bikes seem to want to be built and the specific building methods seem to unfold as the development evolves. Like watching a film of an explosion run backwards, ideas, shapes and building techniques seem to come from total chaos and settle in one place.
They start as rough shapes in my mind and eventually evolve into fully developed concepts, much of the time without ever making it to the sketching stage. I envision the design of the bikes in their entirety and then go about deciphering building techniques that will bring the specific details to life. In essence, it’s creative problem solving and when a new technical solution works while enhancing the look of the piece, an overwhelming sensation of aesthetic balance and adrenaline is the result.
Tubes are anchored and bent by hand around columns or signposts, even trash cans. Literally any object that will produce the desired result. The process of building each bike individually using different and completely original building methods is what separates the art of bike building from the repetitive business of bike manufacturing. Each bike is truly a handmade one off. Each simple angle-iron jig is built and dismantled after each bike is completed, insuring that no two bikes will ever be completely alike.
The possibilities and variations are endless when it comes to bike building. Much like a painter is only bound by the size and shape of his canvas, my sculpture is only limited to a few simple laws of physics. For me, the art lies in creative solutions to technical problems. As I try to introduce more nontraditional materials such as the hand blown glass gas tanks into my pieces, a whole new set of issues requiring creative solutions arise. This is my inspiration.
I’m often asked if I ever see myself evolving off from the bicycle form. To me, its not so much bike design as it is the process of design and construction where the result just happens to be the bike form. My art lies in the routes and practices, as well as the design. So, of course I see myself evolving away eventually, You can’t control the creative process. However, I feel I’ve barely scratched the surface of the possibilities surrounding the bicycle form.