Max Hoffman is/was a woodworking student at Evergreen State College in Washington State, USA. A keen cyclist, he worked at the campus bike shop. This was a community run venture that was just the sort of place to which you might donate a broken Campagnolo Super Record derailleur missing its hanger bolt - and amazingly that was just what happened.
Max then, for reasons known only to his psychotherapist (and every single person who visits this site), decided to fashion a wooden sculpture of this elegant Italian beauty.
Bikerumor.com comments that he did this “without the assistance of a computer, mill, or CNC machine, ...”. I have a distant memory of gazing in awe at the incredible accuracy and vibrancy of Grinling Gibbons’ carvings in the Wren Library in Trinity College, Cambridge, England - which were also, coincidentally, made (in about 1695) without the assistance of a computer, mill or CNC machine. I don’t want to be churlish, but now that I come to think of it, most of the greatest sculptures that I can name were created without the sculptor availing themselves of the undoubted benefits of Computer Numerically Controlled technology. Max was following in a fine tradition. I hope that he enjoyed the 50 hours spent sculpting it as much as we enjoy the result.
These images were supplied by, and are shown here with the kind permission of, Max himself.
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