I’ve been slowly learning the art of metal shaping as time allows. We’ve built several customs over the years and I’ve had to farm out some or all of the metal shaping, depending on how involved it was, to make sure the vision I wanted to achieve was met. I’ve steadily learned from various people and have taken a class or two, had a mentor coming into the shop, and have practiced with fenders, side, covers, number plates, seat humps, etc. But this is the first time I did an entire tank and all the metal work myself in-house. Last year I had a mentor coming in regularly and helping me learn this art form. He was an incredibly knowledgeable man, but passed away unexpectedly nearly a year ago. I learned more the month or so he was stopping by than I’ve absorbed in years. It took the wind out of my sails for a few months when that happened, but what I learned from him no one can take from me and finishing up this bike is a personal achievement.