I'm a Professor of Metal Arts and 3D Design, and Director of the School of Art & Art History, were I've taught since 1988.
In 2010 I created a handmade bicycle curriculum, teaching Fabrication and Design: Hand Built Bicycle I, II and III. Purposeful exploration is the essential condition for teaching, and for learning, skills, concepts and tools – for building a bicycle, welding, modeling, design, fabrication knowledge and tools, aesthetics and materials. And, what can be more purposeful than building a bicycle you can have for the rest of your life?! The University of Iowa Handmade Bicycle Program is comprised of art and engineering majors, and has annually exhibited at the North American Handmade Bike Show, and Bespoked International.
My creative work weds my background in the philosophy of metaphor and interpretation with the creation of bicycles I design, build and then ride in 24-hour to multi-day endurance events and exhibit. Colorado Trail, Single Speed, is my current project, and it builds on bicycles made for the Arrowhead Ultra, Trans and the Iditarod Trail and includes drawings of the bike and CO Trail.