Beautiful Hand-Made Wooden VespaS

The Vespa scooter has a classically appreciable shape. Portuguese craftsman Carlos Alberto managed to fashion one from laminated hardwood. The result is stunningly beautiful.

Beautiful Hand-Made Wooden VespaS

Beautiful Hand-Made Wooden VespaS

Beautiful Hand-Made Wooden VespaS

Beautiful Hand-Made Wooden VespaS

Beautiful Hand-Made Wooden VespaS

Beautiful Hand-Made Wooden VespaS

Beautiful Hand-Made Wooden VespaS

Beautiful Hand-Made Wooden VespaS

Beautiful Hand-Made Wooden VespaS

Beautiful Hand-Made Wooden VespaS

Beautiful Hand-Made Wooden VespaS

Beautiful Hand-Made Wooden VespaS

Beautiful Hand-Made Wooden VespaS

Beautiful Hand-Made Wooden VespaS

Beautiful Hand-Made Wooden VespaS

Beautiful Hand-Made Wooden VespaS

Beautiful Hand-Made Wooden VespaS

Beautiful Hand-Made Wooden VespaS

Beautiful Hand-Made Wooden VespaS


The little scooter is based on an original Vespa which had fallen into complete disrepair, but using long-tested woodcraft techniques a flowing new body was constructed for the runabout. The main spine of the bike is fashioned from steam bent and laminated veneers upon which very nicely carved body work hangs. Even the package tray and seat are made from wood. We would have probably gone with a traditional seat, but that's just cause we're a bunch of softies like that. Realistically though, we're betting this Vespa is now quite a few pounds heftier than when it started out, and the original was not known for its swiftness so despite it's beauty it's probably kind of a pig in the performance department. Then again, if something looks that good, we'll give the zero to sixty times a pass.
[Carlos Alberto Carpintaria via Boing Boing]