Framebuilding

Back in 2009-2010, I took a framebuilding course with Paul Wyganowski and got myself good and hooked on building steel frames. I briefly made a go of having my own little framebuilding biz, but a few things got in the way, like my ADD and the stresses of starting a new family and not having a heated garage which killed 6 months of every year1. In the end, I sold off some of my equipment, kept some just in case, and set things aside.

Current Project(s)

dan_fireI’m still cutting and brazing steel a little bit. Though it’s been about a year since I last picked up a torch, I’ve got a personal cyclocross frame underway. I’d like to get that done in the near future.

I’ve also been playing around in a variety of 3D CAD programs, creating a frame design. Because in early 2017, I want to start playing around with carbon fiber a bit. I’m going to start building and stress-testing tubes to test durability, and then move on to joining tubes and testing those joins to the point of destruction. It’ll probably take over a year to get to the point of being ready to make my first crack at a frame, and I don’t know if I’ll ever do it in a business format, but I’d like to give it a try anyway. For personal gratification.

Miscellany

I keep a running list of the local Minneapolis framebuilders, and I’ve been trying to compile lists of places to get a framebuilding education (individual teachers and actual schools).

Image Credits: Alex Cook.