Residency Update: Post, a New Bicycle Rack

In every apartment I’ve lived in, my mountain bike / commuter has been stored in the living room. I always wanted a rack to keep my bike from crashing down unexpectedly, and to keep grip and tire scuffs off of the walls. As a furniture maker, I realized my opportunity to create the finest bicycle rack available. I wanted to craft the rack from high quality hardwoods, allowing it to be cherished for generations. It had to be collapsible so it could fit easily in a closet or a trunk, yet assemble with ease. I desired something with a versatile elegance that would look beautiful in any interior, with or without a bike on it. After many prototypes and tests, Post was born.

Post supporting my personal bike!

Post supporting my personal bike!

I have been developing this project since the beginning of my residency at San Diego State University last fall. It was a great challenge distilling and refining this design to an essence. I feel grateful to have had ample time in San Diego to make multiple prototypes before reaching a final design. All of the hard work seems to be finally paying off. For the first time in memorable history I have reached a point where I feel completely satisfied with all elements of a project. I am so excited to share these fresh studio images of Post with you.

For those of you who have been following for a while, you may remember an earlier bicycle rack that I made in 2013. Much has changed over two years...

Although the stand above served its intended function (and looked sweet), it was heavy and cumbersome. The newly designed Post represents my updated design mentality of function, convenience and durability. Here is the official information about the new design:

"Post is a collapsible handmade bicycle rack suited for the home or the shop. Influenced by classic tools and machines, the unique design was made to be elegant, convenient and long lasting. Post’s arms and legs are locked in place with sailing twine threaded through a removable brass pipe. No glue or tools are required, just the simple tying of a knot. Post can cradle bikes with a variety of frame sizes; more complex full suspension frames may not be compatible. It is important to note that Post is a freestanding display rack, not a work stand. It serves as a great solution for the bike enthusiast living in tight quarters, a retailer looking for the perfect rack, or anyone who wants to proudly display their coveted steed."

For additional images and more please make sure to check out Post on my "Work" Page. 

Cross Country Reflection

Hello from San Diego! I am all moved in and working as a resident artist in the graduate studio at San Diego State University through the fall semester. As I begin to design new projects, I am constantly thinking back to my cross country drive. It has been such a journey!

In ten days I travelled from Massachusetts to San Diego. That is pretty much the longest straight line drive one can make while remaining in the US. Over the journey there were so many sights that struck me as beautiful and foreign. I never could imagine how diverse landscapes are! The pictures below show a smattering of what I saw as I travelled.

It's so easy to be inspired by the breathtaking views from some of the national parks I visited. I was lucky enough to camp inside a few of the parks. Sleeping on the rim of a canyon only hundreds of feet from the ridge is an experience I will not soon forget. 

After seeing some of the wildest places this country has to offer, San Diego came as a shock. The city seemed like an alien environment when I first arrived. Cars are king here and the infrastructure of San Diego is built around them. I am slowly becoming acquainted with six lane highways and navigating the seemingly endless on and off ramps here. 

For now I am surviving and excited to begin work on a new body of furniture objects. I will be a resident artist at San Diego State until January, and I hope to have an exhibition of my work created during the residency sometime early 2015. Check back for details on the progress of my work and the exhibition.