After a year on hiatus, Portland’s only bike-specific craft fair will ride again this December.
The simple idea, as phrased by co-producer Elly Blue of Microcosm Publishing: “Anyone who makes something bike-centric can pay a small tabling fee and come sell their stuff to a crowd of happy cyclists. It’s informal, fun, and all about building community and supporting the kitchen table and small business economy.”
This year’s event happens the weekend of Dec. 15-17 at the Bike Farm, 1810 NE 1st Ave. just north of Broadway. It’s free to attend Saturday and Sunday; this year there’ll also be a paid preview party on Friday night to benefit the Bike Farm’s mission (a cheap place to crank on your bike and/or learn how) and to let people “shop early in a festive but less busy setting,” Blue says.
The 11th annual BikeCraft holiday gift fair is this weekend. For just two days you’ll get the opportunity to meet local artists and craftmakers who are just as inspired by cycling as you are. And the best part? Everything is for sale. If you are looking to treat yourself or get some holiday shopping done, you should not miss this event.
BikeCraft, the holiday gift fair for bike lovers, is back.
This will be the 10th time we’ve gotten together to highlight the best local, bike-inspired makers and artisans. Time flies when you’re having fun doesn’t it? I can still remember that icy-cold December night in 2005 when I invited a handful of creative folks to a coffee shop to share their wares. When we ended up with 20 vendors and a huge, happy, crowd I knew we’d struck a nerve.
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.[Read more…]
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…[Read more…]