Like his hometown of Detroit, Eric Gorges’
story is one of repurposing and rebuilding. After a devastating health crisis in the late 1990s, Eric, a self-confessed IT nerd, walked away from a lucrative corporate career for good. At that period in his life, he knew three very simple things: he loved bikes, he loved working with his hands and he needed a job. He sought an apprenticeship with one of the best metal shapers in the country and built his career from the ground floor up, working on vintage cars and creating "one of a kind" hot rods. In April of 1999, Eric decided to strike out on his own and started Voodoo Choppers, a motorcycle shop specializing in handcrafted machines. Inspired by the experience, Eric developed the television series A Craftsman's Legacy
in 2014 to showcase today's master craftsmen and the value of working with your hands in the digital age. Eric's book, A Craftsman's Legacy: Why Working with Our Hands Gives Us Meaning
, was published by Algonquin Press in May of 2019. Currently, Eric enjoys spending time working with metal and, more recently, wood. Eric’s series is distributed by APT (American Public Television).