Another in the line of not very practical but very sweet comes this…wooden Vespa, a vintage sailboat-like creation on wheels that’s turned this conscious consumer (meaning I buy only what I need, and only when it’s eco, or try to) into a slathering, drooling idiot.
This thing is beeeyutiful:
While probably not ideal for rainy climes, Portuguese carpenter/designer Carlos Alberto built a Vespa that could be reason enough for some people to move to a desert (one without sandstorms, naturally). The beautifully crafted vehicle is a DIY update on a decrepit model Alberto needed to fix up.
… A photographic chronicle of the design and building process can be found at Alberto’s site.
According to the car blog, Jalopnik, the body of the new bike is made with steam-molded, laminated wooden veneer, laid side by side with incredibly precise detail, right down to the wheel hubs. It looks like it belongs in a wood-paneled library with wall-to-wall bookcases, leather chairs, and the lingering scent of scotch, but the craftsman demonstrates in his slideshow…
And click on the below photo for a nice lil’blog with video and photos of…bamboo bikes. Yup, bam-boo-bikes.