Black Ship Crafts - Recycled Bike Tube Vegan Gear

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Note from shop owner Thank you so much for supporting handmade crafts
-Black Ship Crafts, Minneapolis, MN

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Aug 4, 2022

Thank you so much for supporting handmade crafts
-Black Ship Crafts, Minneapolis, MN

Joe Bridge

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Joe Bridge


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About BlackShipCrafts

Sales 526
On Etsy since 2010

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Bringing Dead Tubes Back To Life

I started making bike tube belts and wallets in 2004 in the basement of a old co-op house I lived at in Milwaukee, WI. My friend Jason Angst is an awesome heavy metal leather worker and showed me the ropes and let me use his tools. I made a few things for myself, and gathered the interest of friends.

I eventually got my own tools together, moved to Florida, and started making items to table crafts fairs an art shows. I stocked a couple of local stores, then was introduced to Etsy. Since then, I've gotten busier, and built a work shop in our co-op basement in Minneapolis!

You can also find us out in the garden or locally at The HUB Bike Co-op, Extreme Noise Records, local craft fairs, and online at and Big Cartel.

Shop members

  • Joe Bridge

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    I live in Minneapolis with an amazing community of artists, musicians, cyclists, activists, and hard working folks from all walks of life

  • Anwen

    Distractor, General Sillyness

    I'm 8 and I'd rather play then do boring grown-up work. Will you play with me, please?!

  • Rowan

    Shelf And Table Clearer

    I'm the youngest member of the shop (family!)

  • Ruby

    Shop Kitty

  • Morgan

    Shop Dawg

    Our wonderful and newest addition!

Shop policies

Last updated on May 9, 2022
BSC makes durable and beautiful gear by up-cycling tubes and metal parts from local bike shops. We strive to put behind environmentally destructive production practices and make a beautiful, clean, recycled, locally sourced, hand made product. Thanks so much for supporting hand made crafts!

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
All sales are final. If there is an issue with the item after sale: 1) the buyer must FIRST convo the shop about the issue they are having 2) the shop will attempt to resolve the issue without returning/refunding 3) If the issue CANNOT be resolved, the item may be returned under the following terms: the Item is; defective, damaged, or does not meet the description given in the shop, or specific terms agreed to in convo. Items CANNOT be returned if it meets all of the terms, yet you just 'don't want/like it.' this is not wal-mart. Our Etsy shops are charged each time an item is listed and a percentage of each sale, and we lose money/time packaging and shipping items. The buyer will be convo'd and if no resolution can reached, the shop will refund the price of the ITEM, NOT the shipping. To clarify; if it's the shop's fault, the shop will not cover the shipping; If you don't like it, etc, you are responsible for paying all the the shipping. A buyer should not order something they may or may not like and expect the shops to pay for them to 'try it on.' Thanks for your time! -BSC
Payment must be made before order will be processed. Any unpaid orders can be cancelled after 2 weeks.

I haven't set up direct checkout yet, I usually wait till they get the bugs out of new stuff like that and make sure it is secure and safe. Please use Paypal for now, I've never had problems with it and there is an option to pay with a credit card even if you don't have an account.
We are proud supporters of the USPS and, unless requested, ship exclusively with them. We are not happy to see our public rates rising and post offices disappearing.

Lost Packages; We keep VERY detailed records of our production and shipping and do not assume ANY responsibility for lost packages. We do offer tracking (at extra cost) and we have been known to replace lost items IF it is clear that the item was honestly lost, but we are NOT obligated to do so.

Additional policies and FAQs
Buyers; please provide us with all the information we need to complete your order! ie size, style, etc. IF NO INFO IS GIVEN, an effort will be made to contact the buyer. If no contact can be made, a second contact will be attempted. If at that point it is not resolved, we reserve the right to make the decision to either CANCEL THE TRANSACTION, or, use our MOST COMMON SPECS and ship the item to complete the transaction on our end. Thanks, and please, keep in touch!