Bamboo Bicycle Workshop
October 24 - 29, 2021
Mason Cooley · bamboo-bike-build.blogspot.com
Workshop at a glance
Experience a timely exercise in “nature inspired design,” revealing that human powered mobility is still a radical and elegant idea.
- Components of building a bicycle frame
- Working with bamboo to build utilitarian objects
- Woodworking tools and equipment
- A bamboo bicycle frame
- Experience working with bamboo
- Gain knowledge of how to construct a bicycle
Mason Cooley operates a woodworking studio in Western North Carolina where he designs and builds custom furniture. He received his BFA and MFA from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Aside from his professional career, he is an avid cyclist who also explores philosophy, science, and design. Cooley’s interdisciplinary curiosities piqued his interest in building bamboo bicycle frames.
Students will build a custom bamboo bicycle frame that they can equip to ride once all the components are built. The frame is built during class. Participants will need to complete the wheels, etc. at home. You will learn the basics of frame geometry, frame size, proper placement of bamboo poles on the jig, and techniques for constructing the frame and final finish. The class includes hands-on examples of components needed to complete building the bicycle. Open to all skill levels.
COURSE FEE: $675 · materials list
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