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A WOOD BIKE? YEP! AN AWESOME RIDE? YEP!

A WOOD BIKE?? OKAY, so I splurged a little.

Renovo "John O'Day" wood bike

Renovo “John Day” wood bike

I have a wood cowboy hat, wood necktie and  wood canoe. Why not a wood bike? I began looking into Renovo http://renovobikes.com wood bikes on a whim … and that whim turned into some serious investigating … and that investigating turned up some great information …

A place where ash, bubinga and walnut meet

A place where ash, bubinga and walnut meet

Seat stays made of laminated walnut and bubinga

Seat stays made of laminated walnut and bubinga

Wood has 4 times the shock absorbing qualities of most other common bike frame materials. The hollow, laminated frame makes it both strong and light (23 pounds). And of course it’s the most gorgeous bike I’ve ever owned and/or ridden.

Divine finger joint joinery

Divine finger joint joinery

And the folks at Renovo were kind enough to customize the bike by integrating some ancient Kauri wood http://ancientwood.com into the seat and handlebar rings (so I can tell people I own a 50,000 year old bike!)

50,000 year old ancient Kauri Wood incorporate into a trim ring

50,000 year old ancient Kauri Wood incorporate into a trim ring

More updates after my next ride!!

 

 

March 25, 2018

Check out this Emmy-nominated video Spike posted on YouTube yesterday. Thrilling plot AND the end contains hints about his book coming out this fall BUILDING USEFUL AND UNIQUE KIDS’ FURNITURE by Linden Publishing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViBELAy8Yuk!

5 books by Spike Carlsen; another one coming out fall of 2018

5 books by Spike Carlsen; another one coming out fall of 2018

BUILD A BAD ASS TABLE

Why is Spike smiling so broadly (and dressed so sharply?)

VIKING SPIKE copy

He’s  proud of the “Viking Long Table” he built and designed for The Family Handyman magazine. You can find all the step-by-step directions on how to build it in the April 2018 issue of the magazine.

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It’s based on the table he built his own backyard several years ago; upon which he and Kat have hosted many a fine feast (mostly revolving around pizza!) Info on how to build the benches and other great stuff can be found on the magazine’s website at http://familyhandyman.com

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