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Process: Woodgrain Bike Frames

Jun 14, 2011

by RobsWoodgrainBikes

Rob Pollock has been a panel beater his entire life. As a kid, he started learning auto body repair in his father’s shop  in Auckland, New Zealand, jumping on an apprenticeship right out of school. Eight months into his apprenticeship, the shop was short painters so Rob lent a hand and has been priming and painting cars ever since. “I like repairing cars, I’ve done it all my life. The painting is just a little bonus to the finish because you get to see what you’ve done,” said Rob.

Applying these skills to bikes came from Rob’s youngest son, Aaron. He had been itching for Rob to woodgrain a bike frame for years and finally convinced him to give it a go. The finished frames had what Rob called, in his Kiwi accent, “the shit hot factor.” Thus a father and son custom bike business was born.

Music is courtesy of QuarterAcreLifestyle, which was formed by Aaron Pollock on drums and brother Cameron on bass. Fellow Kiwi Tony Masterantonio rounds out the trio on guitar. Seattle based filmmaker Riley Morton has a passion for travel, wilderness, and the 1986 Mets. You can find more of Morton’s work at his website.


  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 8 years ago

    Amazing! I love these posts! The talent is incredible! Thanks so much for sharing =)

  • noonblueapples

    noonblueapples said 8 years ago

    Really neat!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 8 years ago

    This is wonderful ! Thanks so much !

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts said 8 years ago

    Great post. Fantastic work.

  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree said 8 years ago

    That is amazing - what a beautiful challenge and craft! All the best to Rob and his dad! Thanks for sharing!

  • WeChooseJoy

    WeChooseJoy said 8 years ago

    Incredible!! My husband and I are so fascinated by wood working and love to build things for our home. This was VERY inspiring!! Thank you for sharing :)

  • isstudio

    isstudio said 8 years ago

    what a level of craftsmanship! great job with the video as well :)

  • thisthatotherthings

    thisthatotherthings said 8 years ago

    Wow, what a great detailing effect. I bet heads turn. Your very talented.

  • soule

    soule said 8 years ago

    I watched a video of him quite some time ago, he is amazing! Thanks for featuring him here!

  • lindaketelhut

    lindaketelhut said 8 years ago

    Incredible! Stunning bikes. Very inspired story and process. And loved the music accompaniment. Thanks for sharing!!

  • jibbyandjuna

    jibbyandjuna said 8 years ago

    Great story and very cool bike! Love the tri-cycle!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 8 years ago

    wow amazing work I love the golden tones the frames have, makes me wish I could ride a bike!

  • styleforlife

    styleforlife said 8 years ago

    THIS ROCKS!!! :-) Love it...xxxx EL Vintage

  • bellasparty

    bellasparty said 8 years ago


  • eloiseintheplaza

    eloiseintheplaza said 8 years ago

    Haven't you guys already posted this story before?

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 8 years ago


  • funktionslust

    funktionslust said 8 years ago

    Love it when a father and son team up their talents; they have a unique relationship and a OOAK craft

  • pitterpattertutus

    pitterpattertutus said 8 years ago

    Oh my GOODNESS! These are GORGEOUS!!! I'm a firm believer that everyone should believe theirs is the most beautiful bike in the world. It can't be hard when you own one of these!


    STOTLERSSTUDIO said 8 years ago

    I love it when people use renewable resources in creative ways! I use MO clay mud in paintings and am happy to see someone else trying something new. : )

  • NangijalaJewelry

    NangijalaJewelry said 8 years ago

    Amazing!!! What a skill to have... love it :-)

  • PinwheelStudio

    PinwheelStudio said 8 years ago

    Love how Rob takes a traditional trade and applies it to bikes as well. It is fascinating to watch him work in the video. Thanks for posting this story!

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 8 years ago

    absolutely gorgeous. i want it.

  • SoliDeoGloriaSDG

    SoliDeoGloriaSDG said 8 years ago

    What artistic ability and an awesome and unique product! Well done!

  • BingoBox

    BingoBox said 8 years ago

    Beautiful work.

  • EnRouteStudio

    EnRouteStudio said 8 years ago

    now i want to know if real wooden bikes exist... ? Those are so nicely done!

  • GDnails

    GDnails said 8 years ago

    Very unique and beautiful!

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 8 years ago

    How sweet is this, totally beautiful workmanship...

  • KapKaDesign

    KapKaDesign said 8 years ago

    woodworking is so much fun, I love the smell! Great work!

  • LookandC

    LookandC said 8 years ago

    I really enjoyed his story and creativity! And thought the video was done well too!

  • RaineDesign

    RaineDesign said 8 years ago

    I love these bikes! What a craft!

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 8 years ago

    Amazing skills! Wow!

  • TheMillineryShop

    TheMillineryShop said 8 years ago

    I admit it, I am happiest on my bike. There is something so child-like, such a feeling of freedom that arrives with a rush of power as you push off and feel the wind. Mr Pollack elevates bikes to unbelievable coolness. I want mine done!

  • TheWildRoses

    TheWildRoses said 8 years ago

    Seriously fantastic, these dude artisans. Keep up the creative juice!

  • bluedaisies

    bluedaisies said 8 years ago

    Super cool bike!!! Beautiful work of art - way too much talent in those hands!!! :D

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign said 8 years ago

    Ya for children who push their parents creative boundary's!! My daughter is always coming up with ideas. Great work Rob. It was inspiring to watch you work.

  • LostApostle

    LostApostle said 8 years ago

    Oh I want one. I really, really, really want one.

  • quirkyshop

    quirkyshop said 8 years ago


  • RedorGrayArt

    RedorGrayArt said 8 years ago

    that is a really wonderful way to breath new life into a bike.. so special and love that his son encouraged him to pursue creative !

  • MyMaidenAunt

    MyMaidenAunt said 8 years ago

    Lovely work. It reminds me of the old cars with wooden siding...I always wanted one of those..."a woody", with the "Beach Boys" singing on the radio!

  • CrownWillow

    CrownWillow said 8 years ago

    I love the articles about how they learned their trade as a child watching and working with their parents. Wonderful product and great blog.

  • birdie1

    birdie1 said 8 years ago

    His work is absolutely beautiful!

  • uncljohn

    uncljohn said 8 years ago

    And I thought I was pretty good. I think I have a bit more to learn!

  • SarahLamont

    SarahLamont said 8 years ago

    wow, cool! thanks for this article.

  • beadstylin

    beadstylin said 8 years ago

    Wow.....the artistry is amazing! This guy is da bomb!

  • LauraJaneUrban

    LauraJaneUrban said 8 years ago

    This is amazing! I totally want one.

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 8 years ago

    The work is amazing!

  • jennystukel

    jennystukel said 8 years ago

    so beautiful!

  • EdiesLab

    EdiesLab said 8 years ago

    unbelievable! love it

  • MomsCottage

    MomsCottage said 8 years ago

    Beautiful work! Ride on!

  • ElvenWreathsJewelry

    ElvenWreathsJewelry said 8 years ago

    like the bamboo bike fenders! Good luckand great success to you!

  • meiliemh

    meiliemh said 8 years ago

    You can't beat the beauty of wood! Mother Nature really has some wonderful patterns to show off.

  • rarebeasts

    rarebeasts said 8 years ago

    Such a cool idea, thanks for sharing.

  • wonbien

    wonbien said 8 years ago

    Great video.

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 8 years ago

    so cool! really classic and clean looking.

  • claycre8or

    claycre8or said 8 years ago

    AWESOME!! I live in Alaska and bike all year ... the guys I work with have all had their bikes custom painted - no wood grain though!! Very unique!!

  • MonicaLeapCeramics

    MonicaLeapCeramics said 8 years ago

    Bikes rock my world. This is incredible stuff! When I have disposable income, I will own one of these!

  • tripperdungan

    tripperdungan said 8 years ago

    So beautiful. What a craftsman.

  • ambersheartart

    ambersheartart said 8 years ago


  • LavenderField

    LavenderField said 8 years ago

    Incredible! I love that bike!!

  • blessedvintage

    blessedvintage said 8 years ago

    really cool!

  • flowersbythevase

    flowersbythevase said 8 years ago it! looks amazing....Go N.Z

  • elieezabeth

    elieezabeth said 8 years ago

    this is beautiful

  • AnnaLela

    AnnaLela said 8 years ago

    This is wonderful

  • Kawadar

    Kawadar said 8 years ago

    Very inspiring...I think I might get my daughter a tri-cycle like that!

  • MagnoliasAttic

    MagnoliasAttic said 8 years ago

    Amazing! I've seen woodgrained cars before, but never thought about how it was done. Rob is truly an artist.

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 8 years ago

    Definitely has "the shit hot factor". Just beautiful.

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 8 years ago

    That is just awesome!

  • KiwiAvenue

    KiwiAvenue said 8 years ago

    What an amazing story he has to tell!! : ) He has truly mastered his art and has been able to adapt it with a hip and trendy twist.

  • misty714

    misty714 said 8 years ago

    This is so amazing!! Very beautiful!! How creative we can be as humans!!!! Thank you for sharing this! misty714

  • kathyjohnson3

    kathyjohnson3 said 8 years ago

    Love the sprocket clock!

  • TheCovetingCrow

    TheCovetingCrow said 8 years ago

    You are so gifted! Your work is amazing.

  • HerrRudy

    HerrRudy said 8 years ago

    Absolutely fantastic! Go, and ride with pride!

  • ExpressingDevotion

    ExpressingDevotion said 8 years ago

    The process is neat and the finished product is amazing! Beautiful creations!

  • adoodle

    adoodle said 8 years ago

    :) <3 :)

  • neighborhoodvintage

    neighborhoodvintage said 8 years ago

    This is INSANE!!!!! Don't you dare see my shop:

  • girliepains

    girliepains said 8 years ago

    I dig wood designs. Visit my blog :

  • GoogilysGifts

    GoogilysGifts said 8 years ago

    What incredible work! I love it!

  • TinglingStudio

    TinglingStudio said 8 years ago

    Oooh, I like that a lot. Great work.

  • collectedfat

    collectedfat said 8 years ago

    next...graining masts for all those silly carbon fiber fancy sailboats!!!! nothing beats the look of wood!!! great JOB!!!!!

  • Warmth

    Warmth said 8 years ago

    For some amazing wooden bass guitars check out:

  • AliceNaomi

    AliceNaomi said 8 years ago

    This is amazing. It reminds me of my dad, and his 55 years of honest, creative, excellent work with his hands.. There's nothing more fantastic then artisan creations :)

  • janeeroberti

    janeeroberti said 8 years ago

    I've been itching to faux bois my vespa --- LOVE this!

  • Artist gives Woodgrain finish to bikes -bike frame, car, car interiors, Desire, faux wood, vintage, wood, woodgrain, woodgraining, Zealander said 8 years ago

    [...] USD plus shipping. Shipping to the United States is $100 USD, and can take 4-6 weeks. Check out Pollock’s method in the video. Oh, and if you like the bike in the video, it can be yours for $3000 USD plus [...]

  • StateHouseDesigns

    StateHouseDesigns said 8 years ago

    Great stuff Kiwi!

  • AmeliaQ0928

    Amelia Qualters from ameliaqualters said 4 years ago

    Beautiful. Discovering such amazing talent on Etsy! I would love to visit New Zealand at some point.

  • ArchStudioGallery

    Louiza Dimitriou from ArchStudioGallery said 4 years ago

    Amazing Work. Congratulations!

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