Friday Framebuilding Post

As you read this, I’m headed up to Princeton for my framebuilding class.1 It’s awesome — I have a day in which I get to do some heavy thinking (the job does that sometimes), and then I get leave early to go get my hands dirty, working on a frame. Whether that’s the 29’er, or the start of the lugged commuter frame, I don’t yet know. The BB lug I’ve been working on isn’t ready yet, and I’m not entirely happy with the way it’s turning out. I may talk to Paul about getting a fresh one from him and working on that tonight. He’s got stuff to prep for for NAHBS, and if I’m out of his way concentrating on that and mitering the seat tube, we’ll both be productive as hell.

So I’ve been contemplating how to pay for getting my own framebuilding infrastructure and space set up. The thing is, I don’t know how the hell I’m going to raise the money, or find the space to work in. I’ve considered trying the P2P financing route and taking pre-orders from select people to help pay for the stuff I need to get moving on this.

The future of this is fairly hazy. Ideally, I’d like to spend the rest of 2010 getting good at this — build a half-dozen frames or so — and finding a space/infrastructure to work in. After that, who knows?

Things I’d like to do after this year: start showing at NAHBS. Start building titanium frames.

1. One of my favorite features on WordPress is to schedule publication of an entry for the future.