I have heard that rant before, and would love to read the article. He is right, and any competition one can scare away, well, all the better. Frame building is not really automatable like say the Phil Wood business. And worse still, frame builders tend to stick with every bogus old world shortcut, that now stands for premium construction at a snaiil's pace. They have made a virtue out of inefficient. There are people who believe that writing with a quill pen on hand made paper is a better way to communicate. Then you have people who still write letters, but send them by email. And then you have the tweeting, burping, folks. It is all good, but you know which one the frame makers are more like.
The thing I always wonder about Bruce Gordon is he was in Cali during the last decade and with a machine shop and staff welder. How did he miss out cashing in on the whole chopper craze?