Making bicycle frames has captivated a part of me: I am drawn to how many skills it requires, to the hours of demanding and careful labor that allow a tube to be welded to another, with no gap in the miter, at exactly 73 degrees, or 56.5 centimeters, if that is what will make the bike ride best.

I am motivated by these separate, inanimate steel tubes as they change and become something greater, something both beautiful and rideable. There’s nothing like looking down and seeing that something you’ve welded is also motoring at 23 miles an hour. Here are some bits of the process.