Monday, July 30, 2012

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Aluminum offering

There were way too many fasteners visible on the back of the fairing, so I started making a cover panel.    Along with working on the switch area, it still needs some other details.

foam time

Brian's seat shaping up.

Monday, July 23, 2012

I love the smell...

... of body filler dust in the morning.  It smells like... victory.

I was never really good at doing bodywork, but I dedicated the morning to getting some body filler and primer laid down on the tail section.  I may even try my hand at shooting some paint at this thing.

Friday, July 20, 2012

What is work worth?

A couple years ago I made a set of handlebars for a customer.  During our conversations on the phone about the bar design, it came up that he ran a business selling parts in the "chopper" world.  After having about 4 hours of labor and material in his bars, I contacted him with the final price... the rest of the conversation went like this.  "I'd really like to have you make multiple bars for me to sell in my business, I'd sell a ton of these bars for you.  You need to bring the price of your bars way down though for me to be able to sell them (aka make money on your hard work) for you".

I believe myself to be a pretty humble guy, but shit... I've worked pretty hard to have the ability you see on this blahg today.  I think anyone with time and effort can learn to do just about anything they set their mind to, but you have to make the decision to put that work in.  Jump in with both feet and have heart in what you're doing.  Putting yourself out there, putting your work out there is a scary thing.  That work is an extension of who you are and for every person that digs what you do, you better believe there's someone that doesn't.  Was my work worth the $$ I charged the customer?  You betcha.  Was I interested in him selling a "shit ton" of my handlebars?  Not really.  My bars are too expensive?  Well, have someone else make them for you then.

Thanks to everyone who frequents this blog and values the idea of things being handmade.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Brian's '69

It's a really nice change of pace to build a bike for a customer that I would be exited to call my own. Brian has had this '69 ironhead since 1981, and he decided to dump the motor in a aftermarket frame and add just the right amount of fab work. Finishing up the seat pan today.  Tank to be determined.

Dual purpose

Probably not what you'd expect I'd be posting with such a title.

Push button starter shroud and oil line guide.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Saturday, July 14, 2012

This is the time...

... when it starts to get exiting. Just have to pressure check the gas tank and I can take her for a spin.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Got mine...

... got your's? Show your support and order your copy here. Order one, sit back, crack a beer, and give it a view.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th to all

Celebrate your independence, have fun, and try not to blow off any of your fingers.