Shortly after Ezra Caldwell began building bikes, he was diagnosed with rectal cancer, making it nearly impossible for him to ride his own creations. But in spite of that cruel irony, his craft became a part of his survival.

Caldwell's story is a part of the Made by Hand film series, a project that (as the name suggests), documents the stories of people who create amazing goods by hand. His story is especially beautiful, and especially sad, and as much a story about the person as it is the things he makes. And it's certainly worth a watch. [Vimeo via Made By Hand via Swiss-Miss]