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California filmmaker Michael Evans likes to capture the beauty of workflow, what a craftsperson looks like when he or she is deep “in the zone” of their process. This video features the smooth moves of Sean Walling, owner of Soulcraft, a custom steel bicycle frame shop in Petaluma, CA. It documents Sean in the workshop as he fabricates a frame, from steel stock to finished bike.

FROM STEEL: The Making of a Soulcraft

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Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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  1. Brian says:

    Wow, you get the feeling of how a bicycle is built.

  2. Tom Lynham says:

    This is really inspiring. I’m tired of the dozens of TV shows that have become so much about problems, personal conflict and contrived drama in a shop (and very very little about how things are actually built), it’s wonderful to see someone like Sean at work.

    It would be great to have one of myself building something, so when I’m bummed out and frustrated I could watch to remind me how things look when they are going well (and well edited!)

    Great work.

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  4. Tim Nolan says:

    awesome. sadly now i want one just because of the workmanship that goes int it. well done