Imagine my surprise when I received an email, out of the blue, from Mr. Peter Weigle wondering if he might drop by for a visit and see my work studio, which in fact is a corner of our bedroom. Having never met him I was pretty taken aback that he even knows who I am or that I make bags
If you are reading this, you probably know who Peter Weigle is, but if not I'll try to explain: In the smallish world of fine handmade bicycles, Peter is clearly acknowledged as one the preeminent builders of our time. He's been at it for 45 years and is going as strong as ever. He, and his bikes, are nearly legendary. So, imagine me, wondering how he even knew about what I'm up to, baffled, nervous, excited, a little bewildered...
I write him back and the short of it is we spent a few hours standing around "my studio" talking about all things bicycle, craftsmanship, and bags. It was great-- Peter is a sweet man and it was a treat to hear about his work, his approach, challenges, etc... He's also potentially interested in some bags (!) so we'll see where that leads.
He brought some interesting items along and one in particular that I was delighted to see: one of his gorgeous front racks, which I believe are the most beautiful of any out there. I've stared at photos of this little rack and daydreamed of a making a bag that might somehow pick up the lovely curved elements and compliment its elegant design and somehow play off its lyrical quality. It was fun to see it in person... Sometimes you get the most unexpected visitors. What fun!
(Top and rack images courtesy of JP Weigle/Flickr)