Thanks to everyone who took the survey, and if you haven't then please do. It takes just a couple of seconds and you might win $100 off in the November store and obviously we will share what we learn and have grist for another month's worth of blog posts. The response so far has been quite good, and the results are interesting (you still like those forums, huh?).
On to the video.
I've now watched this sucker straight the way through twice - first after editing and before posting, and then after posting to see it how you will. Tarantino I am not. Nothing about the film making is what you would call groundbreaking, epic, competent, smooth, whatever. The costume and make up departments get special shout outs - I'm sporting a weeks worth of corona fuzz face and the "I haven't been to a barber since January" bouffant, while dolled up in my best ratty old t-shirt. This will be the first time most of you have seen me, or heard me. I'd never in my life come fully face to face with my strange verbal pacing, so you get to enjoy that.
Despite all of the shortcomings, I'm proud of the final product. If you were going to lace a front wheel, watching this would give you a huge head start on getting there. The next part is where some of the trickier work comes in, and that will be next week's art project. I already screwed up by taking a still photo when I thought I was taking video of this wheel getting tensioned and trued, so the truing video will have a stunt double (the wheel in this video will probably be ridden by the customer who owns it today or tomorrow already.
Anyhow, filming takes a long time and it slows wheel production to a crawl, and then editing is a whole other kettle of time sucking fish, but the result is pretty cool and improving from here will... not be all that hard. So I'm psyched to see where this goes.
If you're of a mind to give wheel building a try, remember that coupon code "rollyourown" at checkout knocks $180 off of any build we do, and you get all the parts and correct spoke lengths to build yourself a sweet set of wheels.
Enjoy, post questions if you have them, and we'll be working on the thrilling sequel.