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BikeCraft opens at Velo Cult next weekend (11/30)

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
BikeCraft 2012-2
It’s coming!
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

The ninth annual BikeCraft holiday gift fair is set for next weekend, November 30th – December 1st, and we’re excited to announce Velo Cult (1969 NE 42nd Ave) as the new venue! Event organizers Aaron Kaffen and Amos Hunter have once again brought together a stellar line-up of local gift-makers that will entice you (and your pocketbook) with their bike-inspired wares.

To make room for all the great vendors (34 of them so far, see list below) and general holiday merriment, Sky Boyer and the Velo Cult crew will transform their entire, 5,000 square foot bar and bike shop into BikeCraft central. A relative newcomer to Portland, Velo Cult has established itself as the cultural hub of Portland’s diverse and vibrant bicycle scene. Their open floor-plan, the renown bike collection that hangs from the ceiling and rafters, and their welcoming bar and seating areas should make for one of the best BikeCraft venues ever. (more…)

More photos and notes from BikeCraft

Monday, December 3rd, 2012
BikeCraft 2012 Day two-19
The “Ninja Lock” from Rejuiced Bikes
is made from recycle fork
legs and inner tubes.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Another BikeCraft is in the books! I hope everyone found something worth buying and enjoyed meeting the talented artisans and makers who shared their work.

I felt like I needed several more hours to really take it all in, but I managed to see almost everything. If you missed it again this year, scroll down to see more of my photos and notes from the weekend. To track these items down, you can follow links to vendors’ websites (see full vendor list here), buy the items at BikeCraft’s online home, or stop by local retail shops like Bikeasaurus and Pedal Bike Tours that stock BikeCrafty-type stuff.

Here we go…

Velo Cult Bike Shop was at BikeCraft more just to support the community than anything else, but they also brought a few nifty art pieces. Check out this image of the front of a touring bike screened onto wood… (more…)

Take a tour of opening day at BikeCraft

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012
BikeCraft 2012-2
Happy BikeCraft everyone!
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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What to expect at BikeCraft: Check the full vendor list

Friday, November 30th, 2012
BikeCraft 2011-60-2
Happy BikeCraft customers…
This could be you!

BikeCraft is this weekend and we’re getting very excited. As I always like to do before the big show, I thought I’d share the complete list of vendors. I count just over 50 of them! It’s going to be a fantastic event.

From bike bags and wooden front racks, printed matter, art, and fine leather bike accessories — if you love bikes (or need to shop for someone who does) you will find something wonderful and handmade and awesome.

Doors open at 11:00 am Saturday and Sunday. Check the vendor info below (taken directly from BikeCraft website) and start thinking about your plan of attack…

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A few more reasons to attend BikeCraft this weekend

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012
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This weekend!

The eighth annual BikeCraft is this weekend! If you’re not already planning to be there, what I’m about to share should seal the deal. In a nutshell, it’s an event you do not want to miss.

Here are just a few reasons…

North St. Bags will be in the house doing on-site sewing and production. Curtis Williams debuted his bags at BikeCraft 2009 and he’s built a thriving business in the years since. At BikeCraft this weekend you can get one of his Hip Pouches ($55), Wallets ($25), or Salmon Rolls ($38, top tube bad and tool roll) made by Curtis in whatever color you’d like — made right before your eyes! To make sure you get a spot in line, fill out the form on the North St. website.
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8th annual BikeCraft set for December 1-2

Friday, November 9th, 2012
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You never know what you’ll
find at BikeCraft.

Mark your calendars and save prep your budget, because the eighth annual BikeCraft holiday gift fair is right around the corner. This year’s event is set for December 1st and 2nd at the fantastic Sandbox Studios in northeast Portland (420 NE 9th).

BikeCraft has come a long way since that snowy night in December 2005 when we all packed into a coffee shop to share our love of bicycles and our appreciation of handmade, local goods. This event has now become a Portland tradition, and each year I’m even more impressed with the quality of items and the size of the crowds that show up. (more…)

Walnut’s Frame Handle: “Carry your bike as easy as a briefcase”

Monday, June 11th, 2012
Walnut’s new Frame Handle.
(Photo: Erin Berzel Photography)

We love local bike-inspired artisans. One of them that has been a favorite since he burst onto the scene at the 2009 BikeCraft show is Geoff Franklin of Walnut Studiolo.

Geoff’s leather works are very solid. He’s nailed that sometimes elusive mix of quality, function, and execution. This morning he shared his latest product, the Frame Handle.
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BikeCraft: Coming soon to an online storefront

Friday, February 3rd, 2012
Screenshot

I’ve got some exciting news about the continued evolution of the annual BikeCraft event.

You’ll recall this year I formally handed over the event to Aaron Kaffen and Amos Hunter after running it for six years (sniff, sniff). Amos and Aaron took it to a whole new level and the event was really solid. Now they’re moving forward on the next evolution of BikeCraft — turning it into a curated online marketplace.
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BikeCraft: Photos and highlights from day one

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011
BikeCraft saw healthy crowds at its opening day. The event continues tomorrow with doors opening at 11:00 am.

Day One of BikeCraft 2011 is in the books. There was a great turnout today and many many fine things to browse and buy.

Below are some of the things that caught my eye. Remember, if you’re just waking up on Sunday morning, you’ve got plenty of time to get down to 420 NE 9th and do some shopping. BikeCraft is open from 11 – 6pm and there’s lots of good stuff left!

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BikeCraft: Come for the handmade gifts; stay for the other stuff

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011
Dezy Walls - the Pianobike kid-14
Come meet Dezy and hear him
play his amazing Piano Bike at
BikeCraft on Saturday.
(Photos © J. Maus)

If you haven’t figured it out by now, BikeCraft isn’t just a holiday gift bazaar: It’s a place where folks come out of the winter cold, catch up with friends, and enjoy that special, bike-infused flavor of Portland holiday cheer.

And to make it even better this year, the folks putting on the event have lined up some splendid diversions that will make for a perfect break from all the shopping.

Here’s a full rundown of the live music and other attractions coming to BikeCraft this weekend: (more…)

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