Steve and his crew reminded me of Earl Chervenka and his shop in Sutton Bay called Chervenka's Rung and Bung Works. Just like Earl (no pun intended) Steve and Simon probably have every tool possible, and know how to use every one.
Steve says in the Show Catalog:
About Steve Bilenky and friends...
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Steve’s bikes are legendary utilitarian beasts. They are each purpose-designed, and meant to last a lifetime. Now you’ll hear that same durability line from just about every builder, but Bilenky’s bikes seem to breathe it. They strike a balanced pose, elegant but never pretty, old-school but up-to-date. These are by no means collector’s items to be hung on a wall. In fact, my suspicion is that Steve would put on his battle gear and hunt you down with his torch if you did so. These are satisfying bikes to look and to hold from a builder percolating in frame building history.
Steve: "These are personal tools… a tool that you use and that you live with that should also be pleasing."
Simon Berth (Bilenky Cycle Works):
Steve: “You’d see these T.V. shows, and it would be this guy who makes barrels or something like that, and it’s this dying art and its this eighty year-old guy knocking something together. I want to do something like that."