I owed a saddle to Marty Krogh of Art & Sole from way back. When I first moved to Portland I burned up a lot of his time discussing ideas with him. He also did some of his cool multicolor spraypaint work on a giant multi-spring Brooks saddle frame that I’ve been playing with.
When I received an e-vite the other day, I realized it was high time to finish the saddle I promised him. I’m not done with frame development so I got out my only other vertical spring Brooks frame and set it up for him. I never reply to e-vites, but sometimes go anyway. When I showed up unexpectedly at his party carrying a little red gift bag, the first words out of his mouth were “Is that my saddle?” Ok, so he clearly hadn’t forgotten. So much for the surprise.
It was a great party, with music by Trashcan Joe. Featured in the band was none other than shoemaker Bill Crary’s brother Mike Danner! And he was not the only shoemaker there beside me. It was like a shoemaker extravaganza.
Marty’s seat will go on his Lucky Bike, which is also red. Happy birthday Marty!