NAHBS 2013 isn’t just limited to US builders. This year, Ogre (warning – geocities link) from Japan was displaying two handcrafted titanium (and carbon) bikes featuring a lot of welding. The road frame seems to be a cross between a Trek Y-Foil, a Softride, and a stealth bomber.
Click through for detail shots, an MTB with a welded curve, and a carbon fiber hand bag made with gold.
The gold here is not paint. Rather, it is gold powder and gold fibers laid onto the carbon.
This Ti mountain bike has a lovely curved downtube. However, rather than bend the tube, master builder Eiji Konishi of Ogre cut small sections of tubes and welded them in to create the bends.
Also on display in their booth was this fancy handbag. It uses the same gold powder and gold fiber as seen in the top tube of their road bike.