Thanks for the great question!
This might be similar to Richard's question, but with a different spin. I often think about the timing and circumstances of some of my a-ha moments. I bake my noodle wondering if it would have happened on that day if I had simply decided to go into the shop an hour earlier or later. Can you think of a specific moment or discovery where it seemed like the planets aligned and you came away with something that day that you feared may not have happened otherwise under different conditions?
Thanks for sharing!
my wife, aka the lovely deb, went to beloit circa 75 or so.
hey craig, i was wondering - what single task or measurement nags at you the
most? a brazing process? an alignment tolerance? something to do with the a
file and metal and hand-eye coordination atmo? and, if you spent an hour in a
career builder's midst, what would you ask him to show you?
I know I'd want to watch you the WHOLE way through. ;-) But seriously, I'd like to watch you torch up a headtube from start to stop. The big flame so to speak. It seems to me bb's are easy in comparison. Another process to watch would be the lug fitup. Getting them bent and shaped to rest easy with the tubes. I think many of us beginners tend to start by cramming everything in the jig under pressure. Hoping it all stays put and not realizing things need to be worked more so they are at peace. After a few times it dawns on you the tubes are stressed and it's not going to work that way. Filing is filing, but the little touches each builder does that makes them different would be really cool to watch. And then anyone just starting out would want to watch a pro get the rear end set right. What's rote to you becomes an a-ha moment to another. I think you could go all around the bike and find something to hone in on. And that's all about lugs. I want to see Carl tig a frame into alignment as he goes. Knowing exactly what's going to happen beforehand. I know he does it, Aaron told me so!
One area which has become a pet peeve of mine is the rear brake bridge. I'd love to watch Dave do one in 5 min. like he says. I have trouble getting the little thin support pieces to lay flat and perfect, which it must. Then the miter needs to be seamless, which is hard. If it's not, you never get the crisp edges. Takes me a lot of time to get right.
I'm off now to spend the night in Chicago, not sure I'll have a connection.
Craig, ROCK ON dude! It has been a real plesure to watch you learn and grow through the blog. Your unabashed willingness to share the good and bad is tatamount to the teaching process and I'm pleased to see it benefit so many others.
I don't surf a whole lot, so it was nice to stumble across this new section. Good job all.
I was wondering how you might see your frames/designs evolving given your extensive art background.
Is there a certain aesthetic you're trying to "get to" or is it more on a frame by frame basis?
I guess what I mean is that as you evolve as a builder how do you see tying it all together? Or do you? Is there a need from an design point-of-view to coalesce everything?
I'm probably not making any sense. Sorry.