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Etsy’s got a gorgeous profile video out in their Handmade Portraits series about Adam Cramer of Liberty Vintage Motorcycles:

I met Adam Cramer five or six years ago, when I was living in South Philadelphia. My film career was just getting started and I was spending a lot of time in a local coffee shop called Gleaner’s Café. It was the neighborhood hangout, and while the coffee was good, it was really the local color that drew me to the place. Adam was a regular with an iced-coffee always in hand, and from our very first meeting, he made an unforgettable impression.

It wasn’t until I started rebuilding vintage bikes myself that I learned that Adam, coincidentally, did it for a living. With our shared interest — his much further honed than my own — it wasn’t long before I started imagining a short film about him. I feel incredibly honored to have had this chance.

8 thoughts on “Liberty Vintage Motorcycles Video Portrait

  1. A nice video, but I think it’s a bit too negative. He does redeem himself by pointing out that every generation says of the next that they’re lazy or uninspired or unfocused…

    I agree that I would have JUMPED at the chance to work in a machine shop while in high school, but it never presented itself.

  2. cheers, the problem is the vintage stuff is really the only thing you can work on like this, and it was too rare when “this” generation came along. my first car was a 67 Opel Kadett L basket case. I took a 66 BSA A65 basket case and made it run when I was 19. Back then all you needed to work on a chevy engine was a screwdriver and 1/2 inch 9/16 inch combination box wrench. we’ve engineered the simplicity out our everyday machines

    1. When i was a kid it took me a very long time to get the hang of modifying carbies, now all you need is a laptop. A lot more kids have laptops than spanner sets. Its different, and I like that, even if my current bike still runs carbies. :)

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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