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

by on June 11th, 2012 at 12:03 pm

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 online store now open!

by on March 3rd, 2012 at 2:22 pm


Seven years after a few hundred friends and fellow bike lovers packed into a coffee shop in northeast Portland to celebrate and share locally handmade, bike-inspired goods — I’m very excited to announce that BikeCraft is now available 24/7 on the web.
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BikeCraft: Coming soon to an online storefront

by on February 3rd, 2012 at 11:58 am


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

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!

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

by on November 30th, 2011 at 2:20 pm

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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.

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BikeCraft not just for Portland makers anymore

by on November 29th, 2011 at 2:38 pm

This weekend!
(Photo: Adams Carroll)

When I first held BikeCraft on that snowy evening way back in December 2005, besides an excuse to bring people together and hang out with friends, my main goal was prove the following point: “Look at all this amazing bike stuff that’s made by hand right here in Portland!”

In subsequent years I stayed mostly true to that, only allowing Portland-based vendors to participate (although last year we welcomed several from out-of-town). In the six years that have followed, I think we’ve proved the point quite well.

This year, my friends Aaron and Amos (who have taken the reins of the BikeCraft event) have lined up an impressive list of vendors from out of town. Here’s a closer look at them…[Read more…]

Who’s coming to BikeCraft?

by on November 11th, 2011 at 4:51 pm

There will be lots to see and do at BikeCraft. Start doing your homework now by perusing the current vendor list below.
(All photos © J. Maus unless otherwise noted)

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BikeCraft 2011: Dates, venue set and a big announcement

by on October 10th, 2011 at 4:24 pm

Check out the new BikeCraft website.

BikeCraft is getting bigger and better this year in more ways than one.

But before I announce the dates and venue (scroll down if you can’t wait), I want to let you all know that I’ve officially handed over the event to someone else.

Since that magical snow night in January 2005, BikeCraft has had a special place in my heart. It still does; but this year, with some recent staffing changes (as in, I’m working solo at the moment), there was no way I could pull it all together.
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Full wrap-up from BikeCraft: Thanks for another great show!

by on December 6th, 2010 at 2:12 pm

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BikeCraft is over (sniff, sniff).
(Photos © J. Maus)

I realize I’m slightly biased, but I think our sixth annual BikeCraft went extremely well. We had a steady flow of pleasant crowds all weekend, new vendors that raised eyebrows, lots of sales, and most importantly everyone seemed to have a great time (even if it they did so while wearing gloves, scarves, jackets and hats — it was cold!).

Before I get into some vendor and product highlights, I want to thank everyone that helped us make it possible:

  • BikePortland sales and business manager Jonathan “JR” Reed (once again) did a stellar job putting it all together. (Seriously, I wasn’t really much help at all.)
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More photos from Day One of BikeCraft

by on December 4th, 2010 at 9:48 pm

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Jess and Kronda scored new
belts from Cycle Dog.
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Day one of BikeCraft is in the books. Below are the rest of the photos from the show floor. If you missed the action today — or if you didn’t get to see everything and need to come back — we’ll be open tomorrow (Sunday, 12/5) from 10:00 to 6:00 at 15 NE Hancock. You can see the second batch of photos in the gallery or in the slideshow below…[Read more…]