My old red Schwinn, I call her Ruby, started riding like one of those clown bikes you see with wheels of unequal sizes. Not pleasant.
A friend suggested I visit Scott Jaster’s bike repair shop. It’s more than a bike repair shop, folks. Scott creates sculptures using wood and old bikes/bike parts.
Peruse photos of his sculptures, hand-crafted furniture and other wood pieces and read more about Scott at his website, Williwaw. Looks like he does commissioned work as well.
Ruby’s back. Much more fun to ride, she is freshly tuned-up and sports new tires. I over-inflated the rear tire the other day. Nearly jumped out of my skin when it exploded. Bang! Prompted the neighbor to step out and check on me. I survived changing the rear tire out. Lesson learned.
Stepping into Scott’s shop, I was drawn to the hand-crafted pieces of furniture. I remember some are from oak from the Midwest. He’s from Illinois. A fellow Midwesterner, this oak reminds me of oak antiques and their distinctive warm, red color.
These certainly aren’t antique bureaus and wardrobes!
I sat in all the chairs. A tactile person, I couldn’t stop touching them – the smoothness, the way the pieces are fluidly shaped, and the way the chairs fit the way the body is shaped. Fascinating. Woodworking is something I’ve associated with symmetry and pre-determined dimension.
That thought’s been challenged.
Sculptures. Check ’em out.
Enter the driveway here:
A group ride meets you outside the front door:
The group leader is having bike fit issues. This one I find humorous:
Grand in scale:
Off to the side yard this caught my eye:
I nearly didn’t post this photo because the beauty of the suspended forms, hinged, moving, and organic is just not fully realized in this photo. I could stare at this installment for ages – kind of like the kelp bed tank and jellyfish tanks at the Monterey Aquarium. Mesmerizing.
Consider a stop in at Scott’s place if you’re in or visiting Port Townsend. Just off the Larry Scott trail, I’d like to pop in to see his pieces some more. That will make a fun errand out of getting a kick stand for my other bike.