I've been following your craft for a while now, with mixed feelings.
From what I can tell your craftsmanship is impeccable, but I have a comment and a question.
First the comment; I don't get your off-center seat post clamps. Looks to me like trying to hard to differentiate yourself from the crowd when your quality brazing has already taken care of that.
Next the question; where did you learn design? and I mean design as in putting the wheels in the right place, not as in mixing the right colors. What's the story behind the angles and dimensions for a custom frame?
Fortunate I'm very mechanically inclined and good with my hands. With that I'm self taught. I did consider taking a class but decided to buy a jig instead feeling pretty confident from my previous projects and years of wrenching on bikes that I could build a frame. I commuted today on it and it still puts a smile on my face knowing its the first one I ever built. Hopefully I'm answering the last one correctly but I tend to lean towards a sloping TT design. I personally like the look of the design and use it a lot but only when It can be used to accommodate the customers contact points. I like seeing 100-110mm length stems, 10mm or less (none is better) of headset spacers, slight offset seat posts and I'm a huge fan of slightly lower BB heights. Aesthetics of a complete bike is an important aspect of my designs and love it when the completed bike fits the rider and can meet my standards mentioned above. So far I have been able to combine aesthetics with ride quality. To me that's custom!
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Free styling with the lathe, making a pump peg.
IMG_2923 by Nate Zukas, on Flickr
IMG_2925 by Nate Zukas, on FlickrIMG_2926 by Nate Zukas, on FlickrIMG_2928 by Nate Zukas, on Flickr
And mitered to match the top tube's angle.
IMG_2929 by Nate Zukas, on FlickrIMG_2931 by Nate Zukas, on FlickrIMG_2933 by Nate Zukas, on FlickrIMG_2934 by Nate Zukas, on Flickr
When it comes to paint and color schemes do you have any input or is it completly your customers ideas?
Either way, the point I want to make is that all of your bikes have such great color combinations that are laid out really well. Every new bike you finish is my favorite! Keep up the great work and I wish you were going to NAHBS.