BikeCraft vendor profile: Geoff Franklin of Walnut Design Studio

Posted by on November 17th, 2010 at 11:05 am

Geoff Franklin in his shop.
(Photos © Russ Roca)

Walnut’s new bike luggage, featuring handcrafted leather and cedar panels.

[Publisher’s Note: The audio slideshow below was created by new BikePortland contributor Russ Roca. This is the second of our new Pedal People series (the first few just happen to focus on BikeCraft vendors). Russ is amazing at telling people’s story and we’re excited to be working with him to share more profiles of interesting and inspiring Portlanders. If you or your company are interested in sponsoring the Pedal People series, please contact our sales manager Jonathan Reed.]

And now, our feature presentation: A behind the scenes (and in his own words) look at Geoff Franklin of Walnut Architecture and Design Studio. Geoff was a huge hit at last year’s BikeCraft with his hand-made leather bike accessories, and based on what you’ll see below, I think he’ll attract a lot of attention again this year.

BikeCraft 2010 is December 4-5th. Learn more and sign-up to be a vendor (some space still available!), sponsor, or volunteer via our online sign-up form on the BikeCraft Page.

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shannon

The luggage is beautiful. (And this is a great profile series.)

Geoffrey
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What an honor it is to get recognition and support from BikePortland.org.
Russ is a wonderful guy and will be another great reporter for this publication. I was a pleasure talking with him.
Geoffrey Franklin
*Walnut*

Apertome
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Brilliant video! Love the bags, the interview, and the products. The leather/cedar bags are quite stunning.

Lee
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Geoffrey’s Portage Strap, worthy of fame on its own, caused BikesnobNYC to coin the term “Dandycross.” That’s crazy credibility of some sort. Add to that Russ Roca of the Path Less Pedaled, and it’s almost TOO much crazy credibility.

middle of the road guy
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middle of the road guy

I know what I am getting for my vegan cyclist friends 🙂

jim
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jim

Good luck Geoff. It looks like you are on the right track, nice looking gear

ramin
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ramin

Wow, amazing Geoff! Your work is beautiful. I want all of it.

ecohuman
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ecohuman

Extractive metals and aluminum mining, plastics, rubber and chemically toxic manufacturing, offshore factories–and now, animal skins and trees. Could bicycling *be* any more green?

jim
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jim

In the picture I see wood and leather. Can’t get any more organic than that

Perry Hunter
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Perry Hunter

Someday, I may find the energy to figure out what your agenda is. But, not today.