The subjective points of interpretation: angles and tubing choices, method and joinery, fork and wheels are the space where we love the work, the decisions, and the careful collaborative thought.
Putting in 10,000 hours performing a task is said to be the threshold where one ascends into a master or professional at a given task. For most, in an effort to achieve mastery and in order to hone the necessary skills to do so, he/she needs to put the completed work out into the general public in order to make a living from it. In this day and age, the first thing - and often easiest first step - is to create a website and start drawing in viewers through their computer screens. This was not the case for Hubert d'Autremont. Diligently crafting the skills and building a "portfolio" came before tapping into the interweb world.
Hubert d'Autremont is the craftsman behind Cycles d'Autremont of Burlington, Vermont. Gathered from a journal post, Hubert has been building custom steel bicycle frames for three years or so. He is not new to the industry. However, it has taken him that long to feel comfortable and confident enough to share his work with the world. Local Vermont residents have always had the pleasure to see what comes out of his shop but now the eyes of countless enthusiasts can stay up to date.
The restraint to wait to make a presence on the internet is very commendable. Hubert seems to be a very deliberate and diligent craftsperson that holds himself and his work to high standards. After launching the website, Hubert wrote a short but concise journal entry that explained his reason for waiting. Hubert expressed: "For me, whatever I produce, it is critical I make it the best I can. So what would be the point in launching a website until I really felt it was worth it, until I really felt like I had something to offer? I am happy to say that I really feel that what is coming out of the shop now is in fabrication, fit, finish, and style is something I believe is worth sharing." These are the words of an artist within his craft.
Head on over to CyclesdAutremont.com to get a glimpse of what Hubert has worked so hard to produce.