I teach bicycle frame building for two main reasons. First of all this is something my predecessor Tim Paterek did and was of just two builders who were doing so as part of their craft, and because of this I want to carry on what he was doing. Second this is one thing I feel strongly about passing on the craft, but passing on the craft based on the foundations that I had learned from both Tim Paterek and Terry Osell, which I beleive is not being taught by other builders and organizations who are also teaching this craft.
Bicycle frame building consists of a large volume of information, techniques, and tricks. My course consists of learning to fit a rider and determine ideal frame measurements, draw up a full sized blue print, then construct a frame and fork. During the course students will either build a lugged or fillet brazed frame, and also use a Tig welder as well as do a practice lug or fillet joint to familiarize themselves with the other types of brazing. I offer two different courses lugged silver or bronze fillet. Lugged construction is by far the best as it builds the strongest frames but has distinct limitations for what is available for lugs, although I go over a few ways to construct your own lugs. Fillet allows infinite frame flexibility, but like Tig suffers from weakening of the steels condition due to the high heat involved. Both Tig and fillet test exactly the same during destruction testing compared to lugged low temperature silver brazed of fillet joints.
The lugged course is 3100.00 and the fillet course is 4000.00. The time involved is 2 to 3 weeks I recommend 3 weeks for fillet courses due to the learning curve of fillet brazing.