So I got my latest copy of Mountain Flyer mag and low and behold, my boy Mike gets a multi-page article on the virtues of aluminum and his views on working with it! Very cool! Read the article here as well as a review of Mike's 1 x 1, the Alchohauler.
If you do not have it, you NEED to get a subscription to Mountain Flyer. It's solid!
Also, SFGate did a nice article on small/custom framebuilders. Check out the artcle here and a video as well. Watch Mike get jiggity with his CAD program.