Regarding the approaching Mark II presentation, it was time to get physical with my design. I want to present the handlebar as an actual object, resembling material and design as close as possible. For this, the handles needed to be made out of wood, while the load bearing pole needed 3D printed parts for a perfect fit. The main material inspiration came to me during a visit in the library. A girl sitting and working had a bottle made out of aluminium with a wood cap. It instantly communicated the same relaxed adventure feeling, I want in my design choices. The aluminium as the main part of the bottle as well as the shape are taken from the old fashioned milk can (I can already hear the cowbells). Through slimming the shape and adding the wooden top, it shifts from being old fashioned and vintage to adventurous. The small wooden top is not to be disregarded as the introduction of a different material helps to attach nature and outdoor to the bottles.
The same combination of light silver aluminium and wood I want to use for the handlebar. Therefore, with the help of the wood workshop team, I cut the handles out of wood with the carpenter tool. The curve of the handles in combination with the rod shape pushed me to handcraft them by first cutting the curve and then repeatedly cutting off the edges until the square became a pole. For the final design, the poles are going to be steam bent to provide an even finish of the handles.
For the 3D printed parts, Jonathan MacLean provided me with a thorough tutorial and support. With his help, I created the connecting parts for the handles and the poles and printed them in PVA for now. The Makespace provides us with several materials for the 3D print process, including carbonfibre. For the further manufacturing process, these possibilities need to be taking into consideration.