NOEL'S HONDA PROJECT
This was the first project I have done with my son. He and his friend Ryan came for the weekend, and put in a few very long days to build the seat on this bike. Noel's mama took real good care of them and fed them well while they were here. The nicest part of this project is that once it was done, it didn't hang around any longer. It left for its new home immediately. The bike had been lingering for several months before that as they had done all the other work to it before we got to building the seat.
Noel and I pretty much did the seat in a couple days, then sent it to my friend to get some rawhide stitched onto it. Ryan was doing the rest of the work to the bike, tuning, installing new parts, etc.
I did the basic layout and all the welding, but Noel did all the work on the english wheel. I had to coach him along, but he really outdid himself on the first try. The hardest part is getting both sides the same.
I am a disciple of Wray Schelin, and have taken a couple classes at his shop in Massachusetts. Wray is prone to tell beginners that to make one side of a motorcycle tank,for instance, is art, but to make the other side exactly the same only in reverse, is metalshaping. Noel learned some metalshaping that weekend.
The seat is made from 19 gauge cold rolled sheet, but he is going to redo it some time in the future in aluminum.