Art & Industry

Portland, Oregon


  • All bamboo plywood construction.
  • Integral frame and box.
  • Internal storage with velcro cargo management.
  • Cable steering.



Art and Industry is a collaboration between Michael Downes, an industrial designer with deep roots within the bicycle industry, and Jeff Sayler, a master shipwright with a particular focus on wooden boats.

Michael Downes is a former bicycle mechanic who grew up in London, England. He was previously senior designer at Giant Bicycles Inc, and currently freelances and teaches industrial design at the Art Institute of Portland. He moved here four years ago, in part to live a car-free lifestyle after 10 years of driving around Los Angeles.

Jeff Sayler has been working professionally as a shipwright since 1986. Drawn to woodworking from an early age, Jeff laid a course to becoming a shipwright in his teens when he began sailing and racing one-design sailboats at Willamette Sailing Club and later at The Evergreen State College, where he began his first boat-building project. He went on to apprentice at the Maine Maritime Museum Apprentice shop.