Sunday, March 29, 2015


This is somewhat of an ongoing project, as many things are.  Playing with the physics and appearance of a swing bike, this is my next level variation.  Absolutely unable to be ridden, this outcome is certainly intended as a sculptural art object, to be encountered and considered in a gallery context.  In this case I have pursued a high level of finish, including a clear powder coat, over sandblasted steel.   I will include the work in an upcoming solo exhibition alongside another bike project and a number of paintings.  Here are a selection of glamour shots.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015


I have just completed a fleet of ‘Kaki Limas’ for the Adelaide based group, Tutti Arts.  Tutti is an inclusive multi arts organisation creating opportunities for artists with disabilities to make extraordinary art. The collaborative relationship between participants, professional artists and the wider community supports the development of talent across a range of creative disciplines including film and new media.

These are based on food carts that are a common sight on the streets of Indonesia and form the central part of a collaboration with a number of artists from Jogjakarta.  Over the coming months these Kaki Limas will be variously decorated and developed as sites for performance and action by groups of artists working collaboratively.  They will be presented in September of 2015 as a component of the Oz Asia Festival.  There will be quite a range of approaches to the decoration and alteration of the carts - so stay tuned for updates and shots of the final outcomes.

A big thanks goes out to  Standish Cycles Mile End and Bikecorp for their generous support in assisting with the supply of some of the bike specific bits and pieces.


The final designs are somewhat of an interpretation of the traditional Kaki Lima as a number of the commonly used parts such as the particular wheels are not as readily available in Australia.  They also need to be component based to assist in their transportation and allow as much potential in embellishment process. All of the panels are currently held in place by screws, making it simple to add doors or hatches of any kind. Pragmatically, they need to be able fit through a domestic door frame and also be more mobile than a conventional Kaki Lima.  A brake was another component.  These have been fitted with a single V-brake, as seen on many bicycles, and have the potential to be fitted with a second.

Henry Jock Walker is a local artist who will be working together with Scott Pyle on one of the Kaki Limas.  Jock has also been assisting in the construction phase. 

Friday, March 6, 2015


A fairly straight forward  lathe job producing a set of rollers that fit an electric motor.  These particular ones will be fitted to a set of stationary cycle trainers and run in reverse, generating electricity, rather than using it.  Look out for Jack Ladd's Leg powered cinema coming to a site near you soon.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015


 I recently completed a bunch of wacky bike furniture and bar dressing things for a component of the Adelaide Fringe Festival venue, the Royal Croquet Club.  Here's a few piccies.

Friday, February 6, 2015


I've had this idea brewing for a little while and recently had the opportunity to get it into a more realised form.  The combination of bicycle rims and frame tubes seemed to make a good set of materials from which to make a stool.  I was especially keen to try and develop a design that revolved around 3 legs so that a complete stool could be built from one frame.  This would be pragmatic but also offer the chance to really retain the identity of a bike.

These stools use a 20" rim and are about 330mm high.  I also made a couple of more table like versions that use a 27" and a 26" rim, respectively.


Making a good jig to hold things in place whilst they are tacked together or generally worked on is always a satisfying thing.  Here are a few process shots of some of the steps for making the recycled bicycle frame stools that needed jig action.

 Step 1 involves holding the rim in a centred position with a suitable frame that can have other bits clamped to and around it.

Step 2 requires holding tabs in place, butted against the rim whilst being able to rotate the whole assembly and make some discreet tack welds.

A couple of steps on and it needed a bunch more clamping, positioning and manouvring potential.
A couple of other jigs for this project included a kind of resting jig that holds the finally assembled parts in place an allows access for welding inside.  I also finally got around to making a simple circle cutting jig for my router - pretty much shed techniques 101 - but I haven't done it before.

Monday, November 17, 2014


Rat glamour darling


I've been itching to birth one of these beasts for a while and the planets have finally aligned.  There are quite a few variations out there of how to go about it.  I chose to float a steerer tube forward of the seat tube and create a square frame that more or less maintains the seat tube angle.  Here's a bunch of build shots of the usual ratty jig - also made to pump out a few of the square frames for future experimentation.  It's made from all recycled tubing, repurposed from otherwise forgotten and discarded bicycles.  I made a kind of double ended joiner for multiple swing appendages which may appear in other variations.

Friday, September 12, 2014


I recently worked on a project with a fella who is a bit of a fabrication and toolmaker guru.  I picked up a huge range of tips and experience along the way and it has helped to guide my skills growth immeasurably.  I have mostly been keen to improve my TIG welding and I have definitely come away with a whole new approach.  All welding and fabrication requires hours of practice and honing to realize the best results and so I am excited to pursue a bunch of things that will yield practical outcomes and improve my skills.  This exercise combined a number a of skills focus elements as well as little problem solving.

The goal was to produce a guide that assists in holding a tube so that the end can approach an upright linishing belt so that it can be held square to the belt with nominal deviation.  Now that I’m staring to get a handle on treating TIG with the precision it is designed for, rather then swinging it like an axe, it’s nice to attempt some finer fusion.  

Wingnut modification for bolt head for clamping bolts – easy to hold turn with gloves on.  These actually work upside down to the photograph, as in, they tighten underneath the bed of the linisher.

Oh, and I may have got a little excited…  and made a box…  everyone loves a tool that comes in a box, right?...

Monday, August 11, 2014


After such a massive amount of energy being injected into the realisation of this fantasy it has been a pleasure to include it in an exhibition.  The overall show included a number of bikes, paintings and sculptures that explore various ways in which bicycles might be shifted to be considered in a more creative way and ways in which these things might help us to think about the world around us. 

Here are a few glamour shots of the bike, courtesy of Sam Roberts Photography. Of course it is important to note at this stage that the bike is most exciting when it is outside, doing its natural thing, rather than being motionless in a gallery. Those shots will come in due time.

The surface finish of this bike is a simple clear lacquer, allowing the viewer to see all of the metals' nuances and processes involved.  In terms of shifting the object into a sculptural consideration the emphasis here is on an honesty and directness in relation to materials. It will be great to build this up one day with a suite of juicy high end parts but that will have to wait for future versions and presentations.  The current build is courtesy of a generic urban single speed donor bike -pragmatic and cost effective with room for added indulgence.  

                     The bike becomes free standing courtesy of its easel attachment.

The easel component fits to the frame via a pair of bidon mounts.

    The easel extensions are fixed in place via grub screws.

                                                 Did I mention attention to detail?

                                      Upper BB floating around all on its lonesome.

Lower BB junction

Seat stays.  If you look really closely (assume a squinting stance in front of your screen) you can see the tiny ring of bronze where the stays have been extended.