Meet Your Maker

Welcome to our series on local, bike-inspired artisans, crafters, and builders. Browse the stories below and click on a headline for the full story. Know a great local maker we should profile? Drop us a note.

Meet Your Maker: Illustrator Tomas Quinones

by on December 13th, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Tomas Quinones at BikeCraft.
(Photo courtesy Tomas)

Every year at BikeCraft there’s one vendor that really raises my eyebrows and makes me think, “Wow, we’re seeing the launch of someone’s career! This is exciting!” This year I felt like that person was Tomas Quinones.

Out of nowhere (at least to me), Tomas launched Flying Snail Creations, a new company to publish his original illustrations. The product he brought to BikeCraft was “Bike Parade” — a kids coloring book full of animals pedaling whimsical bicycles. After buying one myself and seeing my girls devour it with crayons (which he very smartly sold too), I knew this book would be a hit. Turns out it was.

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Meet Your Maker: Jake Ryder and his latest tall bike project

by on October 21st, 2011 at 3:07 pm

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Jake Ryder and his latest project.
(Photos © J. Maus)

With Freak Bike Fall kicking off tonight I thought it’d be fun to take a look at a creation from one of Portland’s most talented freak bike builders.

30-year-old Jake Ryder (a.k.a. “J-Ryde”) has only lived in Portland for two years, but he used to visit so often while living in Seattle that it seems like he’s lived here longer. He’s also tends to make quite an impression.

Ryder is a talented maker of many things. He designs and builds everything from event posters to furniture (which is how he pays the bills) — and of course freak bikes.[Read more…]

Meet Your Maker: Johnnie Olivan of Rejuiced Bikes

by on September 28th, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Using recycled bike frames and parts, Johnnie Olivan of Rejuiced Bikes in North Portland melds artistry and utility into his creations.
(Photos © J. Maus unless otherwise noted)

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Meet Your Maker: Gigi Lascurettes, maker of Helmuffs

by on January 18th, 2011 at 9:42 am

Gigi Lascurettes
(Photos/video by Russ Roca)

In this episode of Pedal People, we profile Gigi Lascurettes the maker of another Portland original – Helmuffs.

Helmuffs are wool ear muffs made from recycled sweaters that attach directly to your helmet straps. Gigi’s Helmuffs have been on display at BikeCraft and can also be purchased at Bikeasaurus (1337 SE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd) and Pedal Bike Tours (133 SW Second Ave).

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Pedal People: Jude Kirstein of Epic Wheel Works

by on November 29th, 2010 at 11:33 am

Jude Kirstein in her shop.
(Photo © Russ Roca)

The latest episode of our ongoing Pedal People series features Jude Kirstein of Epic Wheel Works. Jude launched her custom wheel building business back in March of 2009. Since then, her business — which she runs out of a small shop in Southeast Portland — has flourished. Jude now makes wheels for several local custom bike builders and bike shops as well as maintaining a client list that includes adventurers, racers, and other high quality wheel enthusiasts all over the world.[Read more…]

BikeCraft vendor profile: Geoff Franklin of Walnut Design Studio

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.

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Meet Your Maker: Headbadge crafter Laura Crawford

by on November 15th, 2010 at 1:37 pm

[Note: We announced vendor sign-ups for BikeCraft just last week, and we’ve already got over 30 amazing artisans ready to share their creations with you. This is the first in our Meet Your Maker series of BikeCraft vendors that will give you a closer look at the makers behind the products. The audio slideshow below was created by new BikePortland contributor Russ Roca.]

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