A Visit to the Brodie Framebuilding School

Tim, Stephen and I went out to visit the Brodie framebuilding school at the UFV aerospace facility at the Abbotsford airport last night. It was an informal open house, but it was great to see the facilities and just how set up Paul is out there. It’d be one thing to learn framebuilding skills from a local legend like Paul, but it’s another thing to have the potential to learn in such a well outfitted facility. Paul has a serious collection of jigs, milling machines and a good collection of “tricks-of-the-trade” to create a top-notch environment for learning. He even got the interest high by letting those who wanted to get a free first lesson.

I’ve got to admit, I’m pretty tempted to make the investment before Paul takes his handbuilt 18th-century full suspension “Whippet” to NAHBS and the program enrollment explodes. I met Paul years back when I was doing my thesis bicycle project at Emily Carr. He’s a chill guy and he knows his stuff, and he’s completely open to doing new things… or in his case, really old things, from 1888.

For more info about the course: www.ufv.ca/bicycleframe

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