A short film that we made that gives just a little flavour of the incredible Moulton Bicycle Company. A company that still hand makes every part of the frame for each and every bike that leaves the beautiful and romantic little shop of curios that is their home in Bradford-Upon-Avon.
Whilst the Moulton bicycles of today are of different appearance and construction to the original models, the ethos of improved ride comfort, high performance, convenience and practicality in use is still the same. It is incredible to note that the space-frame Moulton, some twenty-five years after initial launch, is still regarded as a highly advanced and superior bicycle design.
Still to this day the performance compares quite favourably with even the most modern diamond frame bicycles, even those of carbon fibre construction. A brilliantly conceived piece of 1970's future tech, that has been subtly tweaked and improved on throughout its life, without ever losing its original historical soul. The perfect combination of effective artistry, creative technology and delicious performance.
Strong parallels can indeed be drawn between the evolution of the Moulton bicycle and research undertaken by Moulton Developments Ltd. (coolest olde-Englande black ops style company name ever) in other fields. The rubber suspension systems used on the bicycle owe much to the Moulton automotive suspension systems used on the Mini (hellloooooo rally wins), the MGF and over fifteen million British motor cars built between 1959 and 2000.
There's a difference though between simply manufacturing things, and actually crafting something. The basic premiss of this film was to show exactly that difference, and celebrate the very nature of passion in ones craft.
When you invest in buying a Moulton, you're not just buying a bicycle, you're buying into 50 years of hand crafted history, you're buying into the 70 hours of handmade braising on the frame alone, that was probably completed by someone with up to 50 years experience AT THE SAME LOCATION!
In this day and age of computer controlled Ikea vs Robotron mass production for almost everything, we definitely felt that the loving and dedicated level of craftsmanship bestowed upon every Moulton bike was something worth celebrating.
Classic things just feel right in your hand. Equally, making timeless pieces for others is satisfying in a similar way. Bermuda cedar is unique to our island located in the middle of the Atlantic ocean. Historically this hard, rot-resistant wood has shaped our homes and the schooners that ventured out in search of fortune and commerce. After Nelson's victory at Trafalgar a Bermuda schooner, the "Pickle", was dispatched with the news to England. My daughter often asked why I did not make something different from the beer openers shown here but each piece is a one of a kind due to the twists and turns of the knarled wood we love.
Alister Colley a fine art painter from Pateley Bridge, England provides us with a first hand look at his award winning illustrations, talking specifically about his technique and some of his inspirations. Working alone Alister also describes some of the difficulties in working alone.
The life of a mariner is one given over to wanderlust—the quest for adventure, crossing unseen horizons to secure precious goods—only to bring them back to their home port. This same love of adventure and curiosity defines the brotherhood of Rick and Michael Mast. They share a fiercely independent spirit, leaping into the unknown and trusting that they’ll find the answer through endurance and dedication to their craft.
They began their voyage in their apartment, using a homemade machine to process cacao beans. Over time they cultivated their creation, sourcing beans from family farms in Madagascar, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, and Ecuador. Each bar is handmade with incredible reverence for the process and history of chocolate. They are bound in ornamental papers and golden foil like a collection of rare books. Each bar offers its own story of flavors, and no two are exactly alike.
The Mast Brothers are now planning to navigate the mighty Atlantic, sailing to the Dominican Republic in search of beans and a deeper connection with the folks who grow them. Before they begin the next chapter, The Scout spent time with Rick and Michael documenting their story.