In my experience in almost all fields there are superbly talented people who have little interest in or flair for puffery or self promotion. They often pass unnoticed among the others, often less talented, who will be loudly telling anyone who'll listen about how their product is vastly superior. In an arena like artisan framebuilding where agents and promoters are seldom seen, these talented but shy types can fly completely beneath the collective radar of the niche they occupy. In our hype drenched society, the very best are often practically unknown even within their fields.
Kurt Sperry Bellingham WA
On Mon, 20 Dec 2004 23:15:16 -0500, Doug Fattic <email@example.com> wrote:
> I'm glad to see Rich Gangle get a positive mention on this list. He is a
> close personal friend so my observations are not without bias.
> Nevertheless, he is the guy I would have make me a frame if I didn't make
> them myself. He hasn't slacked off any lately, what he has been doing is
> making more titanium frames. His shop is one of the 7 wonders of the
> framebuilding world. One of his characteristics that sets him apart is his
> ability with machine tools to make whatever is necessary to do a job. I
> have never understood why he doesn't have a cult following. It's probably
> because he is kind of shy. If it was based on the quality of his frames, he
> certainly would deserve it. If he lived in Japan, he would get one of those
> - what do they call it? - living national treasures designations they award
> the top craftsmen in their country. He is a racer and always has been so
> his frames reflect that interest. Anyway, list members should consider him
> (his shop is in Golden, CO) for their framebuilding needs.
> Doug Fattic,
> Niles Michigan
> <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > Good Afternoon All,
> > A while back my brother bought a Richard Gangl frame, well I have posted
> photos at Wool Jersey. I consider it to be up there with the best of them.
> The frame reminds me a little of a Confente - some of it has to do with
> the graphics (I think) but also the level of finish. Hopefully I will make
> the frame builders event in Houston so I can take a look at the work of
> other modern masters like Brian Baylis and e-Richie.
> > To see the Gangl photos go to:
> > http://www.wooljersey.com/
> > Mike Short,
> > Austin Tx
> That frame is simply stunning, color choices aside. Thanks for sharing.
> Kurt Sperry
> Bellingham WA