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Craig Calfee

Ten Questions for Craig Calfee

The founder of Calfee Design talks about bamboo bicycles and his plans for development work in Africa.

What do you do for a living?
Manage Calfee Design, making carbon fiber bikes of all kinds. We also make bamboo bikes. I'm also starting up Bamboosero, a venture that teaches people in developing countries how to build bamboo bikes from their local bamboo.

What would you be doing if you weren't doing that?
I'd hire people to do what I'm currently doing and continue with the development work, making bamboo water towers, research natural fiber composites, find an alternative to epoxy, basically, more of the same, just at an accelerated pace.

What do you do in your free time?
Play with my kids.

What brought you to Santa Cruz?
My cousin needed help building her house in Ben Lomond. A few months in the area convinced me to move here

What's your favorite street?
Darkoman Street in Accra, Ghana.

Name something you're excited about
Starting to sell made-in-Africa bicycles to Americans as a way to stimulate economic development.

Name a pet peeve.
Complainers who don't make an effort to do something about it. 

What are you reading?
The Wild Trees by Richard Preston and Beyond Capitalism and Socialism, a collection of essays.

What's the most important thing you've learned in the last three years?
Preconceptions are worthless and one should base very little on them.

Recent personal food trend?
Stackhouse Bros. Hickory Smoke Almonds at the Friday Watsonville Farmer's Market.

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