Things turned even more interesting since Giorgio creates handmade wooden products in his spare time (@saturn_woodturning), and immediately saw the possibility of building the birdhouses by turning the logs gathered while clearing the path. In addition to the idea being creatively stimulating, it became a small token of gratitude and appreciation to the environment through which the trail passes. Now we ride there almost every day, waiting for spring to see if the birdhouses will host some broods.
The art of getting by is one of the basics of bikepacking, and this approach has also proved useful for getting some unusual shots. Specifically, we needed to create some POV shots from inside the birdhouse. To make them as realistic as possible, we came up with a solution to build a ‘WOODYCAM’ using easily available material such as cardboard, wood, iron, and duct tape. Thus, we created a cardboard box and anchored a compact camera (Sony RX100 VI) on one side of it. On the other we mounted a wooden tablet with a circular hole to simulate the entrance of the birdhouse. A metal sheet allowed us to anchor the Woodycam to the gimbal or tripod, as needed.
For this project we have set up our Kona Process 134 with a special “woodpacking” setup, using the tough Revelate Designs harnesses to carry the logs, with Voilé XL straps to anchor further secure them directly to the handlebar. In the Hopper and Joey bags, we transported part of the equipment used to clear the path (file for sharpening chain, chainsaw oil, gloves, protective glasses, etc) and some implements for preparing lunch. In the Mountain Feed Bags we carried both water bottles and a fuel can for the chainsaw. The backpacks held a chainsaw, hatchet, tripod, and cameras, while for the rest of the filming equipment was stashed in the dropper-friendly Vole seat bags.