Punjab carpenter builds a eco-friendly wooden cycle, gets orders from abroad

After two failed attempts he managed to finish the cycle within 4 months. The unique cycle costs for Rs.15,000.

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Last year in April, a 40-year-old carpenter, Dhani Ram Saggu took some old plywood lying around his house and other essential materials and started building a cycle made entirely of wood. After two failed attempts he managed to finish the cycle within 4 months. The unique cycle costs for Rs.15,000.

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Amid the lockdown when Dhani lost his job, he decided to build the cycle to earn a livelihood. While talking to The Better India he said, “I am a carpenter. Usually, I would get orders to build cupboards, doors, shelves, and sometimes I would repair broken fittings for residents in the area. With construction put in a full halt, and with no means of livelihood, I wanted to keep myself occupied, learn new skills, and build something different. But, my creativity was constrained to the raw materials available at home – plywood, tools, and old cycles."

It was not difficult for Dhani Ram to build a cycle as he has been the handyman who knows mechanics. He first sketched the design of the wooden cycle and then he started working on the same. Dhani Ram used the spare plywood lying and made the body, handlebars and the wheel rims. He then scavenged chain, pedals, wheels, seat and the side stands from an old cycle and attached it to the wooden cycle. 

After two failed attempts he modified his design a little and rebuilt the cycle. By the end of May 2020, Dhani Ram was able to get raw materials like Canadian wood, a new seat and brakes. The final product weighed 20kgs and it can carry up to 150kgs. With the help of one of his workers, he completed the product in July. He did not paint the cycle as he wanted to keep it rustic. 

The carpenter was able to sell his first cycle to a person in Chandigarh. Soon, he started getting more orders. He even received requests from South Africa and Canada. Initially, it took him three weeks to make one cycle, now he can finish one cycle within a week. 

Dhani Ram customises machines according to user preferences but at additional cost.