Thomas Strangway is a real guy...and he's an artist with a blowtorch.
Very few people have ever actually heard Stangway's real name. In the custom motorcycle world he goes by the single named moniker of Dozer.
Dozer is as authentic as they come and he's been living the biker lifestyle in the Detroit area for decades. He built his first custom bike in 1979 and he is still rolling that chopper today.
Dozer and his ol' lady, Cate Strumbos have turned Dozer's passion for custom motorcycles into a successful business. Dozer Cycle & Studio at 15 and Crooks in Clawson, Michigan is one part working garage and one part art gallery and 100% legit.
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Dozer, first and foremost is a creator, a maker and a builder. With no formal training he has carved out a respected career niche capitalizing on his talent for fabrication and design and his love of custom motorcycles. Dozer's mentor in the custom bike world was Ron Finch, a world famous bike builder. Dozer broke off on his own and started Dozer Cycle and Studio in 2008.
Dozer Cycle and Studio is more than just commissioned custom motorcycles. Dozer creates one of a kind art pieces, furniture and works in steel and cast iron. Dozer's art is resourceful and often inspired by finding new applications for recycled materials. Dozer's work has been shown at MOCAD (Museum Of Contemporary Art Detroit) and has earned him blue ribbons at Maker Faire. Dozer's work has been featured in numerous bike mags such as Bike World and Easy Rider. Creating "works in steel" takes creativity and execution...luckily Dozer excels at both. When I asked him... Dozer described his work as "simplification and "addition by subtraction". "Less is more" he said.
Dozer is a business owner and a husband and father, but he's only shaved twice since 1975. I'd say that qualifies him as the real deal. Check out his site DOZER CYCLE and STUDIO. Step your game up...commission a custom bike from Dozer in Detroit.