This week I nipped down to Rotherham to revisit Ricky Graham at the Boneyard.
His workshop has changed a fair bit in his first year.
Just like last time, we did a little Q&A, so here's the lowdown.
One year on for the Boneyard - what's changed?
I think the obvious thing to mention is the number of products I’m doing now. Going from a pair of tank lifts and a side mount to 50 products plus the custom bits. But also the attitude changing from being a hobby to a full blown business.
I see a lot of new equipment in here - what's the thing that's most making things easier for you?
Yeah, I don’t think you ever stop buying tools who ever you are. But to have the equipment to do the job yourself is a nice thing. I have some cool stuff I hardly use but the best thing I bought this year was my Lincoln electric mask - it gets used every day and makes life good.
What's your biggest selling product?
Boneyard has made its name on the side mounts so those are always in demand.
I have to keep them in stock now so they are now an off the shelf part.
Are you still using local suppliers and materials?
The steel and fasteners are from UK suppliers. Local laser cutters and powder coaters. The Lights and seats unfortunately aren’t. I’m always looking for UK alternatives, but they don’t exist as far as I’m aware.
Have you gone international yet? If not, do you want to?
So far I’ve shipped to Portugal, Italy, Finland and Sweden. I have no idea how that happened but I guess it’s a natural growth?
I know you stand by your products - what warranty do you give with your gear?
Officially there’s no warranty, and I don’t advertise any guarantees. But I have had issues with some of my parts and I think my customer service speaks for itself.
What new products are in the pipeline / what would you love to make?
Lots of things going on. Currently looking into full bash guards for the Sportsters and a few more triumph bits.
My Frame jig will be built up next month so we’ll see what comes off of that.
I know you've just launched a clothing line - tell me more.
Yeah sure, from day one I made the brand but never really built on it other than the website and social media names. So I just got to a stage where I needed to make a step forward regarding the image and name. A part of that was also sponsoring a DTRA rider. A local lad I’ve known for a while now and he wasn’t getting any support so we agreed on a little deal and it works for us both.
Future plans for the Boneyard?
Immediate Plan is to build some full bikes. Frames and more cool stuff. Just keep plodding on and see what happens.
I know you work full time as well as run the Boneyard and balance family time in there too - how'd you manage that?
Some people think I’m full time at boneyard. Well I am pretty much full time now but I also have another full time job and a 3 year old daughter to raise. Probably why I don’t ride as much as I should because I’m getting the orders out for everyone else.
That's it folks. Good to see a local business going from strength to strength. Let's hope the next year cracks on just as well.
Thanks for the chat Ricky - and the beer!
Check out the Boneyard HERE.