2017 Participating Builders
My names Johnny branch I'm 32 years old and I have a little shop called Branch Engineering in Southern California, I build a lot of high end off road vehicles and high end exhaust systems, I'm pretty new to the bike world, I've only built one other bike so far and was lucky enough to win an invite to this year’s event, me and my wife recently had our first child and everything I do is for them, I'm building a pretty rad bike this year with a couple of wild features including a pretty rare John Harmon motor 120" shovelhead motor.
Hope you guys enjoy the bike and couldn't be happier to be a part of this show, truly means a lot to me!
Jordan Dickinson hails from the great state of Minnesota, land of 10,000 lakes and saber tooth mosquito's. With his brother Jesse, they own and operate Union Speed and Style, a metal fabrication and upholstery shop specializing in complete ground up builds of hot rods and custom motorcycles. Jordan prides himself on making every part by hand in house and designing those parts to flow together from end to end so that no single component becomes the focal point of a build. In doing so, their aim is to create machines that will stand the test of time and not get lost with the passing trends. The more time you spend studying their bikes, the more you will start to notice the attention to detail, even down to every last nut and bolt face having been machined in house. To see their latest builds and what they're building for Artistry in Iron, follow along on Instagram: @Pineapple_Jay or look them up on Facebook: Union Speed and Style
Growing up as a child with a love for motorcycles, Chris Eder knew one day he would follow his dreams and have one of the coolest motorcycles ever. Little did he know he would build custom bikes and manufacture OEM replacement parts for Harley Davidson motorcycles.
Prior to discovering his career in the motorcycle industry, Eder had a very different job. He owned a glass company for 15 years and built bomb-resistant windows for many government entities. Motorcycles at that time was only a hobby he could hope to once again have if his hectic life traveling with his glass company ever slowed down. Finally, he decided it was time to enjoy life and Eder started building motorcycles in his garage for just that… a hobby. He loved everything about it and decided it was time to change careers and do what he loved. Eder explains it as, “It was my hobby and my passion. One day in 2007, I opened a shop and went for it. I was taking a huge risk because I was starting to build bikes as everybody was going out of business. But I made it. I lead the industry in custom bikes and OEM parts and grew Misfit Industries into the company it is today.”
Eder left Misfit Industries of Dallas, Texas in January of 2017. He says, “Things were not going in the direction of leading the industry. I have always wanted to stay ahead of the game. If you aren’t in front of the game and a leader in trend setting in this industry then you will not survive. A change was needed.”
Not sure what direction his life was going to take next Eder took a break. For two months, he soul searched and spend many hours pondering his next career direction. Eder’s girl-friend, Kelly Hedgepeth, who shares the same love and passion for motorcycles encouraged him to follow his dreams and be the leader he has always been in the industry. Kelly says, “I believe in Chris. So, what better way for us to live out our passion and love for motorcycles as to put Chris back in the game!” So, in March 2017, Kelly and her adopted dad, Earl Warrick opened EPIC Moto Co. They put Eder in the driving seat and he did what he does best.
EPIC Moto Co will officially launch in September with the Geico Motorcycle Hot Bike Tour in Johnson City, Tennessee. Eder has put his amazing talent to work and built 4 new concept bikes and an entire line of OEM replacement parts for Harley Davidson. “I will continue doing what I do best. It’s time for a change in the industry… I did it once and it is time to do it again. With the support of EPIC Moto Co, I can continue to live out my dreams with my fans and my family to keep the industry evolving.”
Gilby, owner of “Gilby’s Street Dept”, is from River Falls WI (just outside of St. Paul
MN). He began lettering and pin-striping for local businesses when he was just 14 years old and has been in the motorcycle business for over 30 years. His talent for designing radical bikes, fabricating/welding parts, and painting/pin-striping has put him in a unique spot to be able to serve his customers with whatever they might want. Our customers are from all over the country—and even Canada!
Gilby is very old school with his process and believes in the value of hard work and the commitment of a handshake. His personal bikes (the Blue Bagger, Kiddi Wampus, and Green Onion) turn heads wherever he goes and he enjoys letting people sit on them for pictures and answering their questions. He only builds bikes that can be ridden and his creations are truly one-of-a-kind “art on wheels”. The bike built for Artistry in Iron 2017 is called “Gilbzilla” (and be on the lookout for the bikes in his head waiting to be built inthe coming years).
Max was born in New York where he began riding at the age of 4. Max started building motorcycles many years ago but it wasn't until an off road riding injury left him unable to walk for 5 months and that is when Max made his first bike completely from scratch. After recovering and (briefly) returning to his former profession, he sold the bikes that he built in his father's wood shop and was encouraged by him to pursue bike building full time. Max currently resides in Los Angeles where he is building bikes professionally.
Dana Wolfe Hood started the industrial design company, DWH Designs, in 2009. Based in Fort Collins, CO, the company was founded in order to explore abstract and unique approaches to engineering, metallurgy, paint and form. Whether it be motorcycle concept design, fabrication, fine art, airbrush, or engraving, the works are sure to demand attention.
The motorcycles that are created under DWH Designs strive to push the boundaries of motorcycle composition, while improving a mechanics perspective of engineering; All, simultaneously, being rooted in classical motorcycle references. The works are oxymorons ... juxtapositions in mechanics and form. Form and function both equally important.
Hood does all paint, welding, design, motor building and engraving in the evenings and weekends when he has time away from running a bicycle company. He is also in the process of opening a brewery and tap house in Fort Collins, CO. After 8 years building motorcycles, this is his first motorcycle competition. You can follow his work on Instagram: @danawolfehood or visit his website at www.dwhdesigns.com.
Within the past decade, Iacona Custom Cycles has pioneered the custom motorcycle industry by fabricating award-winning motorcycles, becoming an extension of freedom by creating unique experiences for riders around the world.
Steve was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York; his passion for taking things apart and putting them together started when he was a kid with bicycles. His curiosity eventually led into dirt bikes, cars and finally motorcycles – where he got his nickname “Ducati Steve”.
After his sport bike days, Steve decided to get his first Harley to ride around with his wife. His bikes began gaining local attention, which inspired Steve to begin building modified Harleys from his garage and challenging his creativity by taking his builds to the next level.
Iacona Custom Cycles’ mission is to build the highest quality motorcycles and parts. Every single notch and groove is thought out and perfected before we consider it ready. Today, we are focused on building bikes and expanding our product line through partnerships and collaborations with fellow builders. If you’re ever in Brooklyn, come by and check us out!
Satya Kraus owner and creative behind Kraus Motor Co. believes a motorcycle is an extension of ones attitude, an ultimate accessory of ones culture. Through his definitiveinterest for mechanical things and a passion for design he has found a balance betweenfunction and form. His work extends behold still life into engineering and movement. The fine construction of these hand made motorcycles and aftermarket performance inspired parts is a result of his attention to detail and fine craftsmanship. Above all other influences is the passion for the ride.
Since its very beginning, Kraus Motor Co. has made an impact in the custom industry. Recognized as an innovator Kraus Motor Co. has made a name for themselves creating some of the best engineered custom motorcycles that cross boundaries and express outside of the box designs. The bikes that have emerged from this small shop have won many awards and accolades as well as the respect of many other top builders. Kraus Motor Co. is a full fabrication and machine shop that can produce anything from a one-off part to a full one-of-a-kind custom. Everything is done with the rider in mind, creating progressive designs that capture a feeling of handmade craftsmanship.
Kraus’ commitment to performance has grow into an American brand dedicated to
designing and manufacturing high quality, performance products for popular American motorcycle models. Kraus products improve performance, comfort, and safety through the use of modern suspension, user control and braking technologies. Kraus products unite the visceral and exciting feel of an American v-twin with the capabilities of a technologically advanced road handling motorcycle.
Jon MacDowell is a custom bike builder from Boise, ID who spends his days as an Electrical Engineer, and his nights and weekends with his wife and two kids. Bonneville Customs, based in Idaho Falls, ID, is a small group of guys who build custom motorcycles after hours. The guys work well together, each coming up with their own custom concepts based off their preferences, and everybody pitches in to help with each bike. This allows them to create builds from any style and genre.
Jon's desire is to bring new ideas and different looks to each motorcycle build. He is inspired by the art and creativity behind the evolution of motorcycles, and he hopes his designs lend a sense of beauty to the motorcycle and give inspiration to others viewing it. His desire to create something different leads him to build all of his parts by hand, and he thrives on an idea after being told that it can't be done.
Growing up in Whitefish, MT, Jon spent a lot of time with his brothers rebuilding engines and tinkering on trucks and dirt bikes. A visit to Artistry in Iron in the early 2000s sparked Jon's passion to build custom motorcycles. In his own words, "Being a part of Artistry in Iron has brought this journey full circle." These builders have inspired him and he hopes that his builds will inspire others.
Arnaud Mary, French Custom Builder, from a family with mechanical atavism, is since a young age rocked by motors, scrap, the smell of oil and gasoline. After a first career combining trade and competitions auto / motorcycle, here over 15 years now he presides over the destiny of Motorsports Garage, place of resurrection of beautiful mechanics of two and four wheels.
Among the most awarded of Bike Builder showbike of French territory since five years, it now refocusing its business exclusively on its buildings. Ambitious entrepreneur, many projects still busy and are sure to electrify news of middle of the Kustom Kulture.
Fascinated by the American Way of Life, Arnaud dream has always been to make its contribution, having nurtured the ambition to introduce them to one of his creations.
The famous showbike "Queen Of California" was measured to US and global tenors of the specialty, winning no less than 8 first prizes at the last Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in the USA, the oldest and largest global event of its kind in August 2016!
Nash Motorcycle Company is a family-owned company established in the summer of 2002. We are dedicated to building bikes and parts the way it should be done. NMC builds one of a kind ground up custom Choppers, Bobbers and Hot Rod bikes - mixing the old with the new. Most of our time is dedicated to manufacturing our unique and popular line of custom parts as well as coming up with new and innovative parts every day.
Taber, who grew up with a love of motorcycles, fabrication and the desire to live the American dream, owns and operates Nash Motorcycle Company .
If you haven’t met Mike Rabideau yet, you will soon realize you have met one solid ass dude. He isn’t new to the custom motorcycle world either. He builds what he likes and his style and designs are a tasteful blend of old and new with a touch that is unmistakably his own. You might have seen some of his work grace the covers of Cyclesoure and The Horse with several publications in Hotbike and Showclass Magazine. He’s soft spoken and hard charging, Mike Rabideau, of Majik Mike Designs is one to watch out for.
Mike started building bikes about 12 years ago in a two car garage in Racine, WI. He recently decided to make a move to Las Vegas to start a new chapter in life and be closer to family, strippers, and all that sin city has to offer. Mike will be working out of a custom fab shop in the city. The shop is located on the North side of town and this is where you’ll find Mike. It’ll be a place to kick back talk shit and watch this man follow no rules but his own. In the shop you will find his creations and some pretty cool hot rods as well.
The bike he’s bringing to the show is a 1981 Shovelhead swing-arm frame he modified for more of a streamline look. He replaced the backbone, down tubes and lowered the seat post rails an inch and a half. Custom shocks were made for the bike as well as lowering the front end to set the stance off proper, while keeping that signature style that “Majik” Mike does best. Mike chose a new painter who I think will complement the bike perfect. His name is Shawn Long and he owns Imperial House Paint out of central IL. The build will be clean and well-polished, but not overdone. Sometimes less is more, Mike proves his steadfast attention to detail by blending this concept tastefully.
Anthony Robinson is a Kustom bike/car builder out of Northern LA County, California. Anthony’s daily grind primarily consists of being the CEO of AC Garage Doors and Painting Co,Inc. Anthony's passion for motorbikes and the love of coffee he formed "Gasoline and Coffee" in which he grinds out his projects in the evenings and weekends with the help of friends. Having the advantage of being inside almost every garage, whether it be some guys home, shop, or government facility, he's able to strike up conversations with clients about their projects and passions. Anthony is always making new friends, and sometimes picks up projects along the way. Anthony strives to create a unique and distinctive style that is outside of the box. In between providing every day for his beautiful wife Mariah, of 20 years, and three amazing boys, he somehow manages to squeeze in his projects, and successfully utilize his artistic and unique views to create amazing pieces of art for all to view. You can follow Anthony Robinson's work on Instagram@anthony73robinson @gasolineandcoffee
Daniel Sanchez is a Texas born Fabricator with more than 20 years experience in his field. Inspiration for his work comes from a family history of metal workers, including his Great Grandfather who was an Apache Metal Artisan. The style and originality showcased in CTC motorcycles is indicative of his diverse heritage as a Mexican/Native American. More widely known as a motorcycle builder, he does much more than that, offering a wide variety of fabrication services through his two companies including custom parts, auto air suspension, commercial and residential fabrication. Daniel has won many awards for both his motorcycle and auto projects, including First Place Freestyle at the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show and 3rd Place Freestyle at the AMD Invitational Bike Show at the Harley Davidson 110th Anniversary event in Milwaukee. Daniel spends his time around communities in ways such as speaking at schools to inspire young men and ladies to learn to work with their hands, keynote speaking at museum exhibits where his bikes are featured and training interns in the art of hand-built motorcycles. CTC will enter into the 4th quarter of 2017 by expanding their production parts line and motorcycle production frame series. You can find out more at www.ctcfab.com and www.ctcmetalspecialties.com
Christian Sosa is the Owner and Operator of Sosa Metalworks. He builds one-off bikes made entirely by hand. He would like to think that his style of building is like a sculpture that goes fast. Each piece on every one of his bikes is designed and sculpted with an organic feel, each one growing out from the one before it, from the center of the bike (the motor) and out. you can follow his work on Instagram at @Sosametalworks or see our past builds on http://www.sosametalworks.com/ thank you.
Kirk Taylor of Custom Design Studios has been around Motorcycles his whole life. He grew up in his father’s Machine shop and started working around them in the 70’s helping his dad. He became inspired by the artistic side of custom motorcycles and attended college to study the Arts. This led him to Custom Painting and then to building beautiful works of rolling art.
Kirk had done projects for many legendary musicians and has had his work featured in many magazines as well as a rock documentary and coffee table books. His bikes have received many awards and he is well respected in the custom bike community.
Some of the Bikes he has been known for are; Widowmaker, Blood on Blood, Dirty Boot, Sacred, Veritas, and Project Popo. Although each of Kirks creations are very different, there is an attention to detail that makes his bikes stand out in a crowd.
Custom Works Zon is an award winning Harley-Davidson Custom Shop established by Yuichi Yoshizawa in 2003.
Yoshizawa - San is proud of the recognition that Custom Works Zon has received in Japan as well as internationally, having won many prestigious awards all over the world.
His Custom designs reflect our vision and passion, from emphasizing the organic and natural lines of the framework, to the beautifully finished fine details and embellishments.
His aim is to create exceptional custom motorcycles using a combination of metal working skill and technology that is uniquely Japanese.
He works closely with his clients to design and build the best custom motorcycles that should not only meet their expectations, but also exceed them.
Artistry in Iron Master Builders Championship invites builders from around the world who are shaping the industry and establishing the trend for engineering custom motorcycles to compete against one another for the grand prize. The competition is an invitation-only, peer-judged custom bike display that draws the world’s premier builders to unveil their newest designs. There are no rules or guidelines on the builds, the builders have full reign to express maximum creativity in their build. The bikes are judged solely by the master builders themselves, the first competition of this kind. The winner will be presented with a check for $10,000 from Las Vegas BikeFest as well as a custom designed championship bracelet created by renowned designer and master artisan Steve Soffa. The public is invited to visit the bikes during Rally Central hours and to meet the participating builders during autograph sessions throughout the weekend