Kumo Cycles – behind the scenes

It was a chilly late-April morning in Canberra when we visited Keith at the Kumo Cycles workshop. Keith is one of Australia’s ‘new breed’ of framebuilders. The Kumo Cycles method of handcrafting frames is inspired by Japanese traditions and techniques using a series of steele tubes, lugs and a few other components. We visited his workshop to learn more about the process.

Getting set up at Kumo's workshop, Queenbeyan, ACT © 2013 Artisan Magazine

Getting set up at Kumo’s workshop, Queenbeyan, ACT © 2013 Artisan Magazine

Vice grip and Keith's solid work bench © 2013 Artisan Magazine

Vice grip and Keith’s solid work bench © 2013 Artisan Magazine

Conceptual drawing and measurements © 2013 Artisan Magazine

Conceptual drawing and measurements © 2013 Artisan Magazine

© 2013 Artisan Magazine

Nat and Bhavani © 2013 Artisan Magazine

The lathe © 2013 Artisan Magazine

The lathe © 2013 Artisan Magazine

Metal shavings from the lathe  © 2013 Artisan Magazine

Metal shavings from the lathe © 2013 Artisan Magazine

Smoothing and polishing © 2013 Artisan Magazine

Smoothing and polishing © 2013 Artisan Magazine

Frame and jig © 2013 Artisan Magazine

Frame and jig © 2013 Artisan Magazine

Finished frame © 2013 Artisan Magazine

Finished frame © 2013 Artisan Magazine

The Kumo cloud © 2013 Artisan Magazine

Cloud logo © 2013 Artisan Magazine

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