Show Me Your Office. Jeff Decker.

A Spanish style home in Springville, Utah is where avant-garde bronze artist, collector and motorcycle historian Jeff Decker lives and works. Passionate about motorcycles, cars and anything mechanical that has endured decades without being “molested”, it will not surprise you that his office is multi-spaces, its expansion being only limited by the number of rooms available and I guess how much privacy wife Kelly and his 4 children want to keep for themselves. Officially, his desk is this little California 1920’s piece you see at the top of my article, made to suit Spanish style homes of that era and whose main purpose is only to remind Jeff where he can find his iPhone and iPad (!) in case he wants to return calls (!!!), or needs to load new art and motorcycle pictures in his iPhoto digital albums.

But of course, Jeff rarely spends much time at this desk. Most of it is spent in the “Hippodrome Studio”, his sanctuary where he sculpts, cuts, molds, pours, casts, welds, and blasts and does whatever magic contributes to the production of his bronze masterpieces. It’s where his most popular works where born. To name a few: “Wrecking Crew,” a 16-inch tall bust of a pre-20s racer; “Slant Artist,” the 75-pound, 40-inch tall sculpture of a rider fighting an Excelsior hill climber, ”Petrali Racer” an 18-inch lbronze of Joe Petrali at speed aboard his 1937 Knucklehead; “Flat Out at Bonneville,” a depiction of the iconic image of Rollie Free in bathing trunks setting a world speed record aboard his mighty Vincent; and of course “By the Horns” the 16 ft 5000 pound monument he created in front of the Milwaukee Museum.

And when he needs to resource, find new inspiration, Jeff moves to one of his other private rooms where he may sit for long periods contemplating his own rare motorcycles (from a 1941 Crocker to a 1952 Vincent to a 1914 Harley-Davidson to a Cyclone to antique Harley racers…), or revisit his collections of old tools, rare paintings, antique displays and numerous art from other artists and friends.

During my interview, Jeff Decker told me that he is a rather conflicted person. Between creating awesome bronzes, he also loves building silly installations that he always ends up disassembling later. Sometimes he thinks that he should have been an interior decorator and that if he would have been more mechanical or athletic he would have probably left the art for building or racing…

Well, for sure Jeff Decker is very fortunate to make as his career what would otherwise be his devoring passion and hobby. Jeff Decker Studio.

Zipper's

31 Responses to “Show Me Your Office. Jeff Decker.”


  1. 1 Jeff Nicklus Apr 15th, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Very friggin cool!

    Over & Out,

    Jeff

  2. 2 Shifter Apr 15th, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Too cool.

  3. 3 Zipper Apr 15th, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Very impressive. I’m sure his wife Kelley is just as cool accepting his collection in their home. Not many women that understanding from my experiences. ..Z

  4. 4 SARDEANIE Apr 15th, 2012 at 11:00 am

    A true artist in every sense of the word. Personal conflict is part of the package. I’m a fan!

  5. 5 John E Adams Apr 15th, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Some amazing and inspirational spaces over here – wow!

  6. 6 Seymour Apr 15th, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    I hate Jeff Decker, from the envy.

  7. 7 Wiz Apr 16th, 2012 at 5:56 am

    FreeMason Huh? Me too! Wiz

  8. 8 Brutus Apr 16th, 2012 at 7:20 am

    Can I move in?

  9. 9 Doc Robinson Apr 16th, 2012 at 7:57 am

    Photographs fall way short of conveying the ambience of both Jeff’s home and studio, both of which I have had the very real privilege of visiting. But kudos to Cyril for opening a window into the life of this very talented man, and all round nice guy, who remains unspoiled by fame.

  10. 10 chopmonster66 Apr 16th, 2012 at 7:58 am

    Sweet decor , very nice taste .And quite the artist ..you are the man Jeff..

  11. 11 Tom Apr 16th, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Clean. ‘,-,’ well laid out ., ‘-.&&&&& COOL. -,-

  12. 12 Jeff Nicklus Apr 16th, 2012 at 8:14 am

    Wiz,

    I knew you would pick up on the Free Mason materials shown!

    Over & Out,

    Jeff

  13. 13 Reggie Apr 16th, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Jeff Decker a Mormon?

  14. 14 GuitarSlinger Apr 16th, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Jeff Decker . What more can be said ? The man built one of the two baddest Vincent customs ( the other being Simon Mills ; Falcons bike is a beauty but Mills and Deckers are runners ) The ONLY contemporary Crocker Custom ( shows the man has stones , and is irreverent as all _____ ) and to top it all off his Day Gig is being one of the best sculpture artists of the modern day.

    If that isn’t the very definition of ‘ Cool ‘ and/or ‘ Hip ‘ then I don’t know what is .

    Seriously Cyril I personally could do with about another ten pages on Mr Decker ; maybe the next round focusing exclusively on his incredible M/C collection and especially his Customs

  15. 15 John Williams Apr 16th, 2012 at 8:56 am

    I almost bought some Apartment Buildings in Springville.

  16. 16 Jason Hallman (Steelchoppin) Apr 16th, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Jeff Decker is honestly most most humble and talented person I have ever met. I only met him once for a brief second in Daytona but humble does not describe the man at all.

  17. 17 Walt Lumpkin Apr 16th, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Talent aside he is a gentleman. Nuff said.

  18. 18 Rufus Apr 16th, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Steel Choppin: Jeff is the complete opposite of humble – and he’ll admit it! Clearly your “brief second” made you mistake polite for humble. Damn talented, definitely. Great taste, yes. Humble, no way.

    Guitar Slinger: Jeff’s custom Vincent is incredible. But is it true that Falcon’s is a non-runner? How do you know?

  19. 19 Kevin Boyle Kustoms Apr 16th, 2012 at 11:48 am

    cool beans!

  20. 20 GuitarSlinger Apr 16th, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Rufus ; Yes I know for a fact that the Black Falcon is not a runner . How do I know ? Suffice it to say my contacts in the VOC and thats all I’m really willing to divulge . It was started once . Never ridden : and has not been heard from since I’m sorry to say . Shame to see a bike like that not ridden .

    I’m not surprised about your ‘ humble ‘ comments about JD BTW . All us ‘ Artist ‘ types have to have a certain amount of ego , just to do what it is we do . The only question being how we chose to express that ‘ego ‘ . Hopefully you keep it to your art , but admittedly far too many of us spread that ego out into our personal and public relationships ; which then becomes arrogance …. to which there is no excuse for

  21. 21 DUHL Apr 16th, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Do anybody know which of his sculptures is the cheaperest? I likes em.
    Great cyril!

  22. 22 Jesus Apr 16th, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    All artists are both unsecure and have a big ego. Both sides feed each othe because you are as good as your last work/art. It’s the nature of being an artist. .

  23. 23 Darin Maltsberger-Instructor @ MTI Apr 16th, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Way cool! Thanks for the cool pics and insight.
    -Darin

  24. 24 Dennis Crabtree, PM Apr 16th, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Thank you Jeff for let us in.

  25. 25 GuitarSlinger Apr 16th, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    > DUHL ; Jeff’s little ‘ Mascots’ are the least expensive ( never say cheapest to an artist ) sculptures he makes . They’re small , cool , a bit abstract and a whole lot of fun . Click on the highlighted Jeff Decker Studio ( blue ) in the article above and visit his online ‘ store ‘

  26. 26 Kustoms and Choppers Magazine Apr 16th, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    I want to put Motorcycles in my living room! And a Hot Rod as well!

  27. 27 Jason Hallman (Steelchoppin) Apr 16th, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Well I am not one to confuse kindness for weakness. I am a nobody and he returns my emails and was kind to me in public. When I said humble I meant in nature not necessarily in skill, he deserves to be the “opposite of humble” in my book.

  28. 28 Ben Apr 17th, 2012 at 7:03 am

    A true renaissance man. Working tools and the All Seeing eyes, I can’t imagine my life without the Fraternity. Wiz, always a pleasure to meet a Brother.

  29. 29 Captain Black May 28th, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Does anyone have an email for Jeff?

  30. 30 Captain Black May 28th, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Does anyone have an email for Jeff? I can’t seem to pick one up, but I’m not a big computer browser

  31. 31 Jeff Decker May 30th, 2012 at 8:20 am
Comments are currently closed.
Crusher
S&S
S&S
Barnett
S&S

Subscribe

Socialize

Facebook Google+ Twitter