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Showing posts from February 8, 2009

Chinese Trikes

I've been fascinated with hauling stuff by bike my entire life, and I'm always amazed (and inspired) to see what can be--and is--hauled by bike (or trike).

My cousin, Joe, sent me a link to the Tinguely Museum, in Basil, Switzerland. They currently have an exhibit on the (vanishing) Chinese trike. Here's a couple photos from their website.

(Click on any of the following photos for a much larger image).

Tricycle, Beijing 2008 © Foto: Nils Fisch, Basel

Tricycle mit Tischen, Tricycle avec tables / Tricycle with tables, Beijing 2008 © Foto: Nils Fisch, Basel

They truly are works of art; it's a shame they're a vanishing mode of transport and work...seems to me that our world would be a much better place if more people used their own human power to propel themselves...but here I go again, hopping up on my little soapbox again.

At any rate, last spring I saw this trike on craigslist. It was about 20 miles away, I called the guy, he still had it, so I drove out and purchase…

Alan Scott 1936 - 2009

(Photo credit : Art Rogers, the New York Times)

I learned today of the death of Alan Scott, co-author of the seminal book, The Bread Builders. He was also owner of the company, Ovencrafters, which specialized in hand-built brick ovens. His book undoubtedly touched millions of professional and novice bakers, including the one typing these words. When I came across his book I devoured it; the pages are so full of information but at the same time written in an easy to understand way. It's mostly because of his book that I have learned to truly understand sourdough bread making. It is also because of his book the I built an outdoor wood-fired oven at my previous residence. And his book is without doubt the reason I am able to bake naturally-leavened loaves of bread like this one:

On a separate but inadvertently related note: The church of which I am a member is Pilgrim-St. Luke's UCC on the corner of Richmond and Utica in Buffalo, NY. I am also a member of the Board of Deacons. Whe…