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Following his graduation from University of Northern Iowa’s Art program, Bock began working in a local bike shop, where his interest in bicycle making began. “I wanted to know more and more,” he says.
After doing a few top of the line production bikes, Bock realized the next step up was custom built frames. In 1975, he built his first frame, and he claims, “That is where it all started.”
Over more than forty years of practice, which was done alongside teaching in the Des Moines public schools, Bock has done a variety of different designs for his clients. In his most recent restoration projects he is looking back at the work of the Wright brothers.
“I have always worked with very smooth lines, but now I am working on more ornate pieces,” he said as he showed off some unique new lugs.
For anyone wondering about his approach to his work, Bock simply quoted a line from the film Zoba the Greek: "It takes a little madness." He then went on to add, "...and a lot of intensity, passion, and work.”
In participating in the upcoming Studio Tours, Bock is looking forward to gaining more exposure, to sharing his work, and to having fun with the public.
Learn more about Jeff, his work, and the Ames Area Studio Tour by visiting our website, here.