We had a great build off again this year and as always there was quite a variety of bikes entered into the final voting. Everything from choppers, stretches, muscle bikes and even an electric powered cruiser that made everyone take a second look. None stood out as strong as Chris Steiner’s incredible hand built Art-Deco inspired “L’Angelo di Ferro.”
Chris is from Maine and is a woodworker for a custom boat manufacturer. It’s easy to see how his woodworking skills kept him from being afraid of getting his hands dirty. After reading through his build journal there was a lot of learning going on throughout the project and being able to design and pull off the fork on the bike was no small feat. His fellow forum members were always excited to see the next milestone being posted.
What started off as a simple sketch on paper eventually turned into a rolling masterpiece, sculpted from metal, looking like something straight out of the 1930’s. If you’ve ever worked with these materials, then you know that Chris made this look a lot easier than it really is. Most of us couldn’t even bend tubing correctly, let alone hand fabricate a functional suspension east post like no other we’ve ever seen.
Well, that’s enough jabbering from us….we’ll let the photos do the talking…
By the way…Chris built this bike in his home shop!
And one last shot….we couldn’t resist posting a photo of last year’s build off winner Jim Henderson’s custom trophy that he built for Chris. We love the level of creativity and camaraderie that takes place in the forum each year during these build offs!