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Last year, around this time, I started building the Air Kraken Trike. It’s a project I was inspired to create from the scenes of great big things like it at Burning Man. This article is an overview of my process, challenges, costs, and thoughts. I’ll describe how I came to the design, and various elements of building it. I’ll provide a broad-strokes cost overview of what it took to make it, to take it to the Burn, and to store it.
So what’s an Air Kraken? The Air Kraken is a fun idea from the steampunk community that has to do with an event in march, called Air Kraken Day, where folks take refuge in bars, and carry umbrellas to keep the sky kraken from descending to feast on folks. It’s pretty hilarious, and I liked the name, so I went with it. What else is an Air Kraken? It’s also a ten foot long, six foot wide metal tricycle made out of new and used materials that has been to several events.
It’s made of steel, of drainage culvert, of bus parts, of old bicycles. I’ve put more than a little blood, sweat, and tears into the construction and application of it. It’s been a lot of fun, and I’ve learned a lot. There have been frustrations and mis-steps. But it’s been overall pretty awesome about it.
It has been a very time intensive project. I put in a lot of nights and weekends into it. For about four months, it was effectively my second job. I’d get home from work around 6ish, eat food, and go out to the shop to work on it. I’d throw 8-10 hours a day on the weekends into it. I probably put 600-700 hours into it. Definitely a lot more than that with the time I wasn’t actively working on it, and “merely” thinking about it.