Handmade and Hot: Wood Porter Crates by Bates Crates

A Bates Crate by Cole Bates

This Friday’s Handmade and Hot is dedicated to Bates Crates and the stunning wooden Porter Crates.
Read the interview here:

Who are you?
My name is Cole Bates

Where are you?
I live and have a small shop in Chicago. I started making the crates in my dads garage in Michigan and would go there for two weeks out of a month and live here in Chicago the other two but that was getting old fast. So i bought a bunch of new tools and found space here.

Why do you hand make your products?
I make my crates to help promote bicycling as a whole. The idea is if i make some thing completely functional and fashionable thats make life a bicycle easier then maybe more people will ride to the store or work.

How long did it take to make?
It takes me around two weeks to make a batch of ten crates. I work a full time job and usually work in the evenings or on the weekends.

What hopes/dreams do you have for your products? Where would you like to see them?
I have the dream of making this a full time thing selling enough crates to provide a few jobs a continue to build something i’m really proud of. i kinda already had a dream come true by having a crate on the cover of the 2010 trek catalog but it would be sweet to see them being used out on the street the way they are supposed to be used.

Thank you Cole, good luck…
Gwyn & Tamra