In the past, my cast parts were cast by an outside contractor. We would carve the wax positives and send them out. Now we are moving into the actual casting process here at the shop. In these pics I am doing “sand casting”, where a Styrofoam positive is buried in sand and the molten metal is poured into it. I am using a pottery kiln to heat the aluminum to 1400 degrees. Then it is carefully removed from the kiln and poured. It is a dangerous process lifting the red hot crucible out of the kiln and pouring it. I have to wear my leather riding outfit to protect me from the heat! check the pics…
Monthly Archives: September 2011
A good one by Dale Yamada…
My friend Rich filmed this. He has a great style. Icarus is in there….
My friend Kully is apprenticing with me for the next month. He is an ex flat track racer from South Dakota, who is switching from racing to building. I have a feeling you will be seeing a lot more of him in the future. Here is his first bike, second one is in the works at my shop now….
These are new risers carved from billet blanks I had manufactured. They are available in aluminum or bronze, and I can carve them into any shape and/or engrave them with text. Price will vary depending on complexity of the carving process.
This weekend was a busy one for me. First I headed down to the Jersey shore to spend a few days with my friend Mitch from Magoo’s Cycles in Bel Mar. There was a pro surfing contest down there and we set up out bikes and trailers right on the beach. On Sat morning I headed into Brooklyn to meet up with my friend Keino and his crew the “White Knights”, and set up my bikes for his show. If you have not been to the Brooklyn Invitational, it’s a great event. Honestly it is the best event on the east coast right now for real choppers. It is set up like an art gallery with the chosen bikes indoors. Outside on the street there are tons of other bikes lined up down the curb, 95% of them being hand made chops. A big thank you goes out to Keino, Paul, and the rest of the knights for putting on such a great event. I displayed the new knuckle “Knucklegame”, “Icarus” and “Daddy go Hard”.