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BikeCraft: Photos and highlights from day one

Posted by on December 3rd, 2011 at 9:42 pm

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!

Lots of people were buzzing about this new “Crate” bicycle basket made by bike designer Michael Downes and boat maker Jeff Sayler under their Art & Industry label. At just $80, they’d sold several in the first few hours of the show. They’re designed to fit two grocery bags, made with bamboo plywood and come with no mounting hardware. “Fire up your DIY muscle and figure it out or, failing that, take it to a bike shop,” reads the instructions…

This is Sarah Shackleford from OffBeat Seat. She crochets bike seat covers out of thick repurposed yarn. These covers are durable, yet comfy on your behind. She also takes custom orders…

Johnnie Olivan of Rejuiced Bikes debuted his “Ninja Locks” ($25). In true Rejuiced form, Johnnie has taken old steel fork legs and crank arms, welded them to heavy-duty chain links, and then covered them in inner-tubes. “It’s a cross between a U-lock and a chain lock,” he says…

Sara Collins brought back more of her beautiful chainring stained-glass pieces this year (the one below is $40)…

And she also showed up with a new item; terrariums ($30-40) that have tiny bicycling figures riding inside. Sara has taken old glass jars, filled them with soils, rocks and plants and added bike trails and miniature figures on bikes that she got from model railroad sets…

Luke Mathers continues to refine and improve his Truce Designs bags. Here he is with his workhorse, super-waterproof and full-featured backpack ($230):

And new this year are waterproof and reflective seat bags:

The most pleasant surprise for me so far is Tomas Quinones and his new endeavor, Flying Snail Creations. I’ve known Tomas for a couple of years and I knew he had artistic yearnings; but like many people, his desk job stressed him out and kept him from doing his art. Now, free from his past job, he was at BikeCraft with a big smile on his face. His illustrations — and especially the collection of them he has put together into a kids coloring book — are fantastic!

Maus kid approved!

Nice work Tomas; I hope we see a lot more of it in the future.

Amy Erickson of Firefly Gear had several things that caught my eye…

Her Madonna del Ghisallo (patroness of those who ride) patches ($6) are very pleasing to the eye…

And she’s done some great work with reflective fabric. Her vibrant flowers make great broaches and bands ($10) that you can wear for fashion…

and safety (this is what they look like in the dark)…

And here are a few more shots from the day and items you won’t want to miss on Sunday!

Author, activist, and more, Elly Blue, is selling her latest zines…

Nyan Nyan Factory has these great locks with very tightly-woven fabric and heat-shrinked rubber at the ends ($25 for small, $45 for large)…

These warm and fuzzy helmet strap-mounted ear covers from Gigi’s Handy Work were selling well…

It’s always good to see Dave Stoops from Black Star Bags. He’s been to nearly all the BikeCrafts and his business is going strong…

And last but not least, it was great to show my mom, who’s visiting from California, some of Portland’s bounty. Here she is modeling her new bag from Philosophy Bags…

Don’t miss these and many other vendors at BikeCraft on Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm at 420 NE 9th Ave.

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Smitty
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Smitty

We dragged the whole family there today. The sun never materialized so the kids were a bit cold on the back of the Big Dummy but we picked up some great Xmas gifts. There were a few saw-it-need-to-get-it purchases, but the main reason we went was for the stained glass chainrings. They seemed the perfect balance of classy + handmade + bikey so that our non-bikey family could appreciate them but the pieces would still bring something of our bikey branch of the family to their far away non-pedaling homes. It was way better than spending our Xmas dollars at a big box store.

Adam
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Adam

I was wanting to go this year, but looked through the list of vendors, was bummed to see I just wasn’t all that stoked.

I was wanting to purchase a pair of hand-crafted cycling arm-warmers for a gift. I thought BikeCraft would be THE PERFECT PLACE to track a pair down. I mean – isn’t Portland all about bikes, and knitting?

But looking at this year’s vendor list, it seems the only thing being sold clothing-wise is endless, endless, endless amounts of cycling caps. I don’t want a cycling cap.

Don’t get me wrong. I think BikeCraft sounds awesome! It would have just made me happier to see a greater variety of handmade bike clothing, not just hats.

I definitely am not meaning to sound like a grouch. It is a fantastic event. It just didn’t have what I was looking for. Back to the internets, eh?

Marc Charbonneau
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It was my first time attending BikeCraft and I had a great time. A lot of great items, and the prices on things like shirts and art prints were very reasonable.

I posted a write-up with some photos on my blog this afternoon here: http://www.thatbluebike.com/2011/12/portland-bikecraft-2011/

RyNO Dan
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RyNO Dan

Loved that bike lounge !

Sonia Connolly
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I emailed this comment to Jonathan, and he suggested I post it here, with the clarification that he transferred ownership of the event to new people and is not directly involved this year.

I had a stellar time at BikeCraft 2010. The venue was spacious, full of light, and there was ample bike parking. I ended up buying several things from different vendors and running into lots of people I knew.

This year, I was greeted at the door by being carded (I’m 42, and moreover, don’t drink), had an wristband required (again, I don’t drink), and the vendor selection seemed smaller and more crowded. Oh yeah, and the bike racks were crowded and awkward to use. I bought a couple of things and left quickly, with none of the warm feelings I had last year.

If you’re running a drinking event that happens to include crafts, please do notify us in advance so I can stay away. I didn’t realize this year’s event would be so drastically different. I’m clearly not part of the new, improved target market.

Grandpa
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Grandpa

I went and bought several items from different vendors. I am 56 and far removed from the demographic of the stereotypical biking hipster. I found EVERYBODY to be very nice, outgoing and friendly. I had beer and it tasted good. There was some loud laughing with one clique of pierced and tattoo’d vendors and their friends, but at no time did I feel uncomfortable, quite the contrary. I was glad to be in a sale where a different segment of society was represented because their different thinking, manifest in clever products, provided me the opportunity to buy useful and unique items for gifts and for myself to use.

The presence of beer, and drinking was very low key. It is a pity that Sonia could not see past it and enjoy the crowd of happy shoppers and vendors.

9watts
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9watts

Notwithstanding the carding and alcohol, I assume I can bring my 6-yr old daughter? I see a little Maus in the last photo.

RyNO Dan
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RyNO Dan

Hi, my experience Saturday was that they only carded and banded if you indicated you might want a beer, like normal. The cute beer cart was only a small component of the show, and the coffee stand was 10x busier. This event is definitely family friendly.

Jocelyn
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Jocelyn

Many thanks to the organizers and all the amazing crafters who put a ton of their time and effort into BikeCraft. Love the terrariums!

Constance
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Constance

Fantastic event! Great vendors and a wonderfully creative things. Amazing craftsmanship and inventiveness. I am going to try to get over there again today!

scoot
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scoot

We got a couple of the coloring books and had Tomas Quinones sign them to/for the kids who will receive them. The kids will think that’s really cool and Tomas seemed pretty happy/nervous about autographing them. Sweet.

Also agree the carding at the door was weird. PITA to have to take off my backpack, dig out my ID, remove my gloves and hike up my sleeve so some kid half my age could approve my entry into the building…shrug.

Matt M
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Matt M

We went on Sunday and had a great time. We managed to not get carded at the door, but instead were asked for a “donation” as we headed up the ramp into the event. I did see other folks being carded as we left. Not sure what the donation was for, but I kindly declined the request since it was not made clear what it was for. We saw some great stuff, and every year my creative juices are always flowing after going to bikecraft… if only I could find some more time to execute my ideas 🙂 All in all, a great time. Thanks.

Andrew K
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Andrew K

I went on Saturday and had a great time. Getting carded at the door WAS NOT a big deal. Come on folks…really!? You are going to bitch about that? They were just following OLCC rules and can you imagine the negative press if someone under 21 somehow got a beer at BikeCraft? Is it really that big of a deal taking ten seconds to show your ID?

Beer was not a prominate feature of the event and I found the whole thing to be very family friendly. Sheeesh..

I bought a couple of items at the event. A new messanger bag for me and some hand made journals I’m going to give as Christmas gifts to a few people.

I’ll be looking forward to it next year!

Cyclelogical
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Looked like a great time! Way to go Portland!

Scott
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Scott

Beer and events seem hand in hand in Portland. Just like a vegan complaining about the lack of vegan food in Pierre, ND, people complaining about the integration of beer into events in such a brew capital is just useless complaining. You are in the minority. Outside of the widespread norm. I wish that there was a nob on my Kitchen sink faucet for root beer, but there isn’t and complaining about it would do no one any good. If you want events to cater to you then you need to create them because YOU are the one who has a problem with the things that the vast majority does not have a problem with. If it is such a problem, why not contact the event organizers before hand, assess the situation, and then not go and spare us the whine.

NOTE!! In my use of the word “minority” I am referring only to a esoteric quantifiable mass. I am NOT using “minority” in any way to select, refer to, or connotate a race, religious group, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, or anything else.

Jonathan Gordon
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Jonathan Gordon

I just want to say to Aaron Kaffen and Amos Hunter: THANKS! YOU GUYS TOTALLY ROCKED IT! BikeCraft was the best ever this year. Parking was plentiful, people were friendly, vending was varied. You guys got a ton of money into the local economy. You’re total heroes. Congratulations.

michael downes
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Yes indeed….. BikeCraft is in capable hands. Although this was my first time I thought it went great and I cannot say enough about how well Aaron & Amos organized and ran the show. They were unfailingly enthusiastic, helpful and more importantly, available when you needed them. Everyone, vendors and customers alike, had a great time and I can’t wait for the next one.

michael downes
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Oh….. and a big shout out to all the volunteers.

Peter W
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Peter W

Nice coverage.

Jonathan, FYI, the link to offbeat seat is missing the .com. Here is the link as it should be: http://offbeatseat.com/

J.M. Jones
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J.M. Jones

First time to this event. Along with what everyone else saw, what I really took home was the vision that there were a host of folks able to figure out different ways to recycle materials that are useful to us. Some were quite expensive, true, and not everything was needed for those of us that are into “basics”. But it was people making an effort at doing things a better way. I am encouraged by all of these folks and thank you for trying to make my planet a better place.
I will be there next year. And I hope there is a lighter beer! Hahahahahaha