After my good friend Pino Morroni died I purchased some of his tooling from the family. Among the odds and ends were an assortment of frame building jigs of his own design. The other day I was cleaning up the shop and decided to give one of the jigs, that had become particularly dirty, a good dust off.
Much to my surprise I found that Pino had signed this one and written an interesting bit of philosophy in his own hand. It said, in Italian:
Detroit maggio 1978
alla facciaccia di tutti i maghi del telaio di tutti i Walden mel mondo
The best translation I’ve heard is: In the brazen face of all
the frame sorcerers to all the “Walden’s” of the world..
I’m not sure what he was trying to get at, but knowing that Pino was usually disappointed with the way his ideas were generally received, I suspect it’s a rebuke to them. That’ a purely WAG on my part. Any other ideas are welcomed.
Here’s what the wonderful little jig looks like. The legs are off and its sitting on the floor, but you get the idea.
Just a fun piece of cycling lore for all.