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BikeCraft V: Full wrap-up and photos — What a show!

Posted by on December 5th, 2009 at 10:28 am

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Mayor Adams has a laugh with Ian Stude.
-Slideshow below/Gallery
(Photo © J. Maus)

Adams Carroll: BikeCraft V has come and gone. More than 50 talented crafters and artisans rolled their wares into Sandbox Studio. They shared handmade jewelry, prints, bike accessories, apparel, and much much more. A huge turnout kept the vendors busy and the large, light-filled warehouse bustled with action all day long.

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In the midst of it all, a cleverly-named holiday choir, “The Bike Chorale”, (comprised of BTA staffers and enthusiastic bystanders) came caroling, singing classic seasonal tunes with lyrics altered to address climate change and the joys of winter cycling. (No word yet on whether caroling is part of the BTA’s aggressive new advocacy strategy.)

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The Bike Chorale singers were
a highlight of the day.
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Jonathan Maus: Other musical interludes included the strumming magic of Halley The Harper (who arrived by bike of course) and the electronica creations of the Rejuiced Bike Concepts’ mini-mobile-sound-bike.

With all those great sounds, the real music to my ears was the chatter of many happy people. Most of our vendors (and many attendees) said this was the best BikeCraft yet — and I’d wholeheartedly agree. The space offered plenty of breathing room to wander and enjoy each table’s offerings. Even Portland Mayor Sam Adams seemed to have a great time, chatting up visitors and vendors alike.

Families were everywhere this year. I noticed a lot of little ones running around and plenty of babes in arms (not sure if making this event non-alcoholic had anything to do with it). Next year, we’ll have a supervised, activity-filled play place for the kids.

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And how about those vendors! I have never been so impressed with the creativity, diversity of offerings, and the quality of what people brought to sell. One vendor that sticks out in my mind is Geoff Franklin from Walnut Studio. Geoff brought a selection of gorgeously hand made leather bike accessories that kept his table buzzing all day long.

His leather u-lock holster is simply marvelous; and how about his ingenious leather shoulder pad/frame gripper? I think we’ll be hearing a lot more from Walnut Studio in the future. Nice work Geoff!

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Natalie Ramsland’s Smittens gloves were a big hit once again. She almost sold out of them (watch for Mayor Adams to soon be styling in a pair in a bike lane near you). Another surprise hit was Curtis Williams from 3bags. Curtis is new to Portland but I’m glad he’s here! He makes some very solid pannier/backpack combo bags. Lots of pockets, waterproof, great colors and fabric. Can’t wait to see more from him.

I could go on and on about the excellent goods people shared (stay tuned for more profiles of locals making bike-themed goods — I just can’t get enough of this stuff!). For reference, remember we’ve got a full list of all vendors from BikeCraft V (including web links) here.

Major thanks for making this possible go to our Intern Extraordinaire Jonathan “J.R.” Reed. J.R. took the reins of this event, and, working with Elly Blue and volunteer coordinator Becky Morton, set a new standard for BikePortland events. We also relied on the generosity and partnership of the following companies:

If you missed out on Saturday, stay tuned for more BikeCrafts. We’ll be organizing several vendors for Pedal Nation’s Bicycle Show coming to the Oregon Convention Center April 11-12.

Check more photos in the Photo Gallery or sit back and watch the slideshow below (some photos taken by Adams Carroll):

Photos – Adams Carroll and Jonathan Maus

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    Nathan December 5, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    went there, it was awesome, the smittens are rad, check ’em out.

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    hanmade December 5, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    Couldn’t make it today. maybe next year it might be 2 days?

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    Joe December 5, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    well worth the ride there, always interesting coming from Wilsonville to Portland. bummed a deer was hit by a car
    on my way back.. boonesferry nightmare.

    Thanks to all vendors!

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    Nick December 5, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Stopped in for a bit and saw a lot of cool stuff! I took some pics too.

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    Anonymous December 5, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    BikeCraft was awesome, it’s a dam shame that I’m a sucker for handmade local stuff! I’m now broke, have a bunch of cool new stuff, and my dog has a new collar (thanks cycle dog)!!!!

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    Nick V December 6, 2009 at 6:36 am

    New clock, dog collar, DVD, and my Christmas shopping is done! Great event!

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    Barbara Kilts December 6, 2009 at 10:07 am

    What a nice location and a great bunch of creative folks! Feels good to support so many local craftspeople to get holiday shopping done for family, friends, coworkers and dogs. Well done, Jonathan and crew. And the soup was delicious!

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    Belshazzar December 6, 2009 at 10:54 am

    “No word yet on whether caroling is part of the BTA’s aggressive new advocacy strategy.”

    Interesting conspiracy theory, Adams Carroll! Too bad it was actually the idea of a bikeportland staffer, arrived at during an impromptu singing/drinking session a few weeks back. Try not to Faux News in the interest of titillating the readership, ok?

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    Pinky December 6, 2009 at 11:37 am

    BikeCraft was AWESOME and WOW! I love it

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    J.R. December 6, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    Thanks everyone for coming to BikeCraft V!
    The display of skill, talent, enthusiasm, cooperation and good humor was a joy.

    If you need to track down any of the crafters in attendance, here is the list:

    Lost and found items include a light blue fleece hat and a green mitten. Please email me so they can find their way home for the holidays. intern at bikeportland dot org.

    The carolers did not represent the BTA. They were called Bike Chorale. (get it?) Like everyone else, they were contributing their time and energy to a uniquely excellent event. I liked the new lyrics and I’m sorry the Mayor just missed them.

    Special thanks to all the following for their contributions large and small. BikeCraft would not happen without you.
    Sandbox Studio and our gracious hostess, Lucinda.
    BikeRacker’s Jeff Castro
    Twenty Four Seven
    The Clackamas County Democrats
    Voodoo Doughnuts
    Ken’s Artisan Bakery
    Noah’s Bagels
    New Deal Distillery
    All the Volunteers:
    Becky Morton
    Halley the Harper
    Bike Chorale
    Sorry if I missed anyone.

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    Jonathan Maus (Editor-in-Chief) December 6, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    This was the best BikeCraft we’ve eve had. Hands down. Major thanks are due to Jonathan “J.R.” Reed, our Intern Extraordinaire, for leading the effort and setting a new standard for BikePortland events.

    Lots more to share, and I’ve got some photos to add to Adams’ excellent shots above.

    Oh, and Belshazzar, a tad sensitive?! It’s just a bit of commentary.

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    dsaxena December 6, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Was great, picked up some gear for self and for gifts! Specially excited about my new TCB rack!

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    Jon December 6, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    Had a great time and got some great local art. This was a wonderful bit of Portland bike culture. I know that some of the worlds biggest bike cities don’t really express their bike love they way we do here, I guess the idea is it is to much a way of life, but it really makes for a great bike community.
    Viva Bicicleta

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    h December 7, 2009 at 9:33 am

    I bought a gift for my bike.

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    Natalie Ramsland December 7, 2009 at 11:15 am

    This event seems to get better each year. As a vendor I am so appreciative of all the volunteers and hard work that make it possible.

    And I may have sold a pair of snazzy red s’mittens to Sam Adams! I love this town.

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    Kronda December 7, 2009 at 11:16 am

    I concur, this was the best Bikecraft on record. The venue was a VAST improvement over last year, you could actually breathe, walk around, talk to folks. Great space and light to show off amazing work. We did some birthday shopping for a friend and I picked up a summer weight Little Package wool cap to compliment the winter one I picked up last year.

    Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to put this together.

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    Joe December 7, 2009 at 11:27 am

    #14 same here 🙂

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    Ed December 7, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    I wish it was two days long.
    I wanted to buy this hat but didn’t have cash at the moment. It closed early on 5pm too. Poo.

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    Todd December 7, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Now you can access all these great vendors year round. Pedal Bike Tours is bring all these great vendors’ products to our shop at 2249 N. Williams. So far we have 12 of them and we’re bringing in more every day!

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