Walnut Studiolo teamed up with Toast Made, North St Bags, Black Star Bags, and Portland Growler Company to host a Pedalpalooza bicycle tour of Southeast Manufacturing this past weekend. Pedalpalooza is an annual 3-week long bicycling festival in Portland, celebrated with dozens and possibly even hundreds of informally-organized thematic rides throughout the city, the best known of which is of course the World Naked Bicycle Ride (this year 8000+ participants!). There are also rides like the Heritage Trees ride, the Eastern European Food ride, scavenger hunt rides, or the Spanish pub crawl ride.
Ours was of small brands that manufacture their own goods in Southeast Portland. We started at Mudshark Studios, which makes slip-cast ceramics, including the lovely ceramic Portland Growlers, then Black Star bags, who sews messenger bags.
Toast Made makes wood electronics cases using a laser engraver, then of course we make leather goods with hand tools. We wrapped up the tour at North St Bags, which sews panniers, and had a BBQ on their patio.
The tour had a great turnout, we’re guessing somewhere between 50-75 riders. Enough riders that we had to split it up into 2 tour groups!
While Walnut Studiolo was by far the smallest workshop of the tour, we had a blast getting tours of the other workshops and getting to know the very cool riders who came along. They had great questions and some very cool bikes!
We really are very lucky to be doing what we’re doing in Portland, surrounded by other friendly and supportive small businesses.