We are huge fans of anything created by hand. The mass homogenization of all that is our everyday existence makes it even harder to find true craftsman anymore. This makes me think of my disdain for certain style springer front ends that just don't have the soul of an OEM style Harley or Indian. Valiant effort maybe but its just that lack of adding all the details that make those original ones so great and the rest seem subpar. Yes, we get it, time is money but I think pushing through that barrier and truly creating something new and in your own vision is what separates the wheat from the chaff. Same goes for anything you create, make it your own and not just a rehashed vision taken from someone else.
Thinking along those lines its easy to see how such a talent as Otto Carter stands out amongst the crowd. Good ol' Trent over at BikerMetric.com posted a photo of one of his projects and it made my jaw drop. Not only was it a motorcycle tank but it was also cast in 1/4 inch aluminum to which he could engrave a masterpiece. The work is beyond good and knowing that some proud owner will be filling this baby up with octane and roaring down the highway almost brings a tear to my eye.
Otto Carter - Master Engraver