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An Inside Look at Building Bicycles

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The Instagram community is rich with artists and craftspeople documenting their trades. By sharing everything from restoring furniture to building guitars to printing stationary, these Instagrammers leave their followers with a better understanding and deeper appreciation for their craft.

Cycling enthusiasts are a particularly lucky group, as many bicycle builders from across the United States and around the world have taken to Instagram to show off their fabrication skills.

Interested in learning more about how bikes are built? Check out these Instagram accounts:

  • StanRidge Cycles, frame and cycle builder in Columbus, Ohio — @stanridgecycles
  • Stinner Frameworks, bicycle builder from Santa Barbara, California — @stinnerframeworks
  • Majaco Bikes, frame builder from Austin, Texas — @majacobikes
  • Horse Cycles, bicycle builder from Brooklyn, New York — @horsecycles
  • Geekhouse Bikes, mountain bike fabricators in Boston, Massachusetts — @geekhousebikes
  • Bishop Bikes, frame builder in Baltimore, Maryland — @bishopbikes
  • The Bicycle Academy, a master class on bicycle frame-building in Bristol, UK — @thebicycleacademy

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Making Of: Durable, Handmade Notebooks

Marilyn Glinka is the one-woman show behind notebook company Emgie Libris (@emgielibris). From her small studio in Philadelphia, Marilyn makes every single Emgie Libris notebook by hand, binding each one in unused denim or canvas. Through Instagram, Marilyn invites us into her studio for an inside look into her process.

"Generally speaking, I usually share completed book orders and the location they are heading to," Marilyn says. "I like to give a shout out to the awesome shop owners that I work with."

In addition to giving customers a peek inside her workshop, Instagram has also allowed Marilyn to form relationships with likeminded craftspeople. “I’ve been connected to several talented artists and designers all over the world because of Instagram,” she says.

Take a peek inside Marilyn’s studio by following @emgielibris and order a handmade notebook on her website, emgielibris.com.

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Making Leashes for Rescues with @foundmyanimal

Inspired by a fisherman in her family, Bethany Obrecht, along with co-founder Anna Conway, started making rope leashes for their rescue dogs in 2006. “So many people stopped us in the street to admire our unique nautical leads that we decided to share them with others,” Bethany says. With that spark of inspiration to fuel them, their company, Found My Animal (@foundmyanimal), was born.

Bethany and Anna now spend their days in their New York headquarters making rope leashes and collars that promote animal welfare. They aim to spark discussion about animal adoption with their distinctive leashes— they even make a “rescue leash” in bright orange, the color of animal protection awareness. Through Instagram, they highlight the process of making their leashes, give folks a sneak peek at new styles on the horizon and feature the stories of the many happy rescue dogs who sport their goods. “A funny or cute picture of an animal can make your day, and sometimes all it takes is a picture of an animal in need to generate the energy and enthusiasm for change,” Bethany says.

For more photos of @foundmyanimal’s leashes and collars and stories from the rescue dogs who wear them, follow @foundmyanimal.

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Making Ice Cream from Scratch with @OddFellowsNYC

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OddFellows Ice Cream Co. (@oddfellowsnyc) makes small-batch ice cream from scratch in Brooklyn, New York. Before the shop itself opened a couple months ago, the folks at OddFellows were sharing photos on Instagram to entice New Yorkers eager to beat the summer heat. Now that they’ve opened their doors, OddFellows uses their Instagram account to let customers know what flavors they’re serving and where you can find their ice cream carts each day. They also give you a sneak peek into their kitchen, sharing their process of mixing up delicious batches of ice cream in offbeat flavors like root beer remix, burnt marshmallow and buttermilk honey blueberry.

If you’re looking for a way to beat the summer heat, follow along at @oddfellowsnyc.

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The Making Of: @PhloemStudio’s Hand-Built Furniture

Phloem Studio (@phloemstudio)—named after the vascular structure of plants—is the Portland, Oregon-based creation of furniture designer and craftsman Benjamin Klebba.

From its North Portland workshop, Phloem produces beautiful, hand-crafted furniture and documents the process through Instagram. Says Ben, “I post pictures of designs coming together, furniture parts in process, the finished pieces, as well as things that catch my eye in everyday life.” Instagram is also a source of daily inspiration. “I’ve found many creative types out there who I admire,” Ben says.

To add a regular dose of furniture envy to your feed, follow @phloemstudio on Instagram.

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The Making Of: @strght Skateboards

For more photos from Strght Skateboards, be sure to follow @strght and check out their Photos of You section on your mobile device.

Gabe Willis is a surfer—or at least he was until he moved from sunny San Diego to landlocked Oklahoma for college. Facing a sudden lack of waves, Gabe bought a skateboard and took to the streets, only to be left with a broken board after a few weeks. Rather than dip into his student budget for a new one, Gabe decided to try his hand at making one himself. Drawing inspiration from old-fashioned wooden boards and his family’s engraving company, he set to work and documented his process on Instagram as he went.

As people saw the unique board he was creating, they wanted to figure out how to get one as well. Supported by the interest on Instagram, Gabe created the @strght account and began filling orders directly through Instagram. Now, seven months later, Strght has expanded to four full-time employees and has begun to sell in stores and through web retailers.

With the addition of Photos of You, Strght put out a call to action asking their followers to add the @strght Instagram account to their photos of the boards. As a result, they and their followers are now able to see photos from happy customers across Instagram brought into one neat place.

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The Making Of: @arielealasko’s Repurposed Wood Furniture

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In the heart of Brooklyn, Ariele Alasko (@arielealasko) builds custom furniture out of repurposed materials and shares the process on Instagram. Originally from Monterey, California, Ariele moved to New York City to study sculpture and was soon drawn to woodworking. “I have always had a propensity for making sculptures that fit into houses…It felt great to start making things that people needed, wanted, and could use in their daily lives.”

Sharing photos of her woodwork on Instagram and documenting her processes on her blog allows Ariele to quickly share her work with audiences far from her studio in Brooklyn. “I love being able to share my building process in a quick moment without having to really stop what I’m doing,” she says. “Instagram has been a great way to feel connected to the outside world while I’m holed up in my shop, and it gives me a reason to document and share things that I may not have otherwise.”

Want to see more? Be sure to follow Ariele on Instagram: @arielealasko

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In the Kitchen with @SidecarDoughnuts

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Who says it takes a brick-and-mortar store to get your treats into the hands of a hungry public?

Through their Instagram account, @SidecarDoughnuts, a yet-to-be-opened doughnut shop in Costa Mesa, California, has been keeping their fans up to date on the progress of their new store, sharing the location of their Sidecar doughnut-selling truck, and snapping candid photos of what’s happening in the kitchen.

If your Instagram feed could use a little sweetening, follow along at instagram.com/sidecardoughnuts.

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The Making Of: @DannyHess Surfboards

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At the very west end of San Francisco, where the city meets the Pacific Ocean, Danny Hess (@dannyhess) makes custom surfboards, skateboards, and handplanes. Like the ancient Polynesians who invented surfing, Danny’s boards are made out of wood, which is uncommon for surfboards made today.

"Salvaged and responsibly harvested wood is by far the best material for engineering a light, responsive, and durable board," Danny says. "I build these to last. My goal has always been to build a beautiful, functional board that you never have to replace."

You can get a peek at the process of hand-shaping a wooden surfboard on Danny’s Instagram account, @dannyhess, and be sure to check out more of Danny’s work on his website: hesssurfboards.com.

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The Making Of: @Mastersons Selvedge Denim Shirts

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Michael Masterson, who has spent the past 3 years making clothes by hand, is embarking on his latest venture—Masterson’s, a limited-run batch of US and Japanese selvedge denim and chambray shirts—and bringing his Instagram followers along for the ride at @mastersons.

"I have a collection of over 25 machines, most more than 50 to 70 years old. It takes a lot of finesse and dexterity to keep the machine and stitch working properly," he says. "Instagram is a quick and easy way to share the production process with people during a busy day. And I think it also helps give people an idea of the time that goes in to producing these shirts."

To get a peek at the process, visit @mastersons. Because of Masterson’s limited production capacity, they will only be available through Trove General Store.