What Do Bike Frames and Bassoon Reeds Have In Common?

New short film Conduits For Joy celebrates the art of making things by hand

Feature type Video

Read time 2 mins

Published Feb 03, 2023

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Conduits For Joy follows Play Outdoors Productions founder, musician and cyclist Ali Wormell (they/them) and bike frame builder Sam Taylor (he/him) as they both explore what it means to make conduits for joy.

This short film shot and directed by Roxanna Barry (they/she) documents the creative processes of Ali making bassoon reeds, and Sam creating steel bicycle frames in his workshop at woman-owned Stayer Cycles. Whilst Ali and Sam practise two very different crafts, they each experience a mutual joy in the hand-making of something, and the joy that those crafts can then bring to others.


Play Outdoors Productions is a production house and community for underrepresented voices in music and the outdoors. Their mission is to amplify marginalised voices, explore new forms of storytelling, champion new compositions by emerging composers, and increase the accessibility of art music. You can keep up to date by joining their mailing list.

Director, Lead Videographer & Editor – Roxanna Barry
Co-director, Bassoonist & Sound Editing – Alison Wormell
2nd Videographer – Jonathan Doyle
Sound Editing & Soundtrack – Mari Funabashi
Performance Piece – Largo for solo bassoon (1750) by Jean-Daniel Braun

To explore more examples of craft, creativity, music and movement in the outdoors, check out Ana Norrie-Toch and BASE Collective member Rupert Shanks‘ video for Wilderness Scotland, and Klättermussen’s Crafted For Life Series.

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