I was first told about Ernie when searching for a way to mount a quick release tank bag for one model bike to another. This required some very complex adapter design as well as a custom fuel cap and ring.
I had a rough idea and sketch of what I wanted. Ernie is over 1000 miles away and took the time to collaborate both via email and phone. His skill, keen eye, and ingenuity resulted in several custom pieces including a slick spring-loaded 1/4 turn knurled extension knob that allowed removal even with bulky heated winter gloves on. The adapter and knob may sound simple, but it was anything but simple: Complex radiuses, multiple layers of cnc countersunk bolts, tight clearances, etc… It took several revisions to make it all work due to my lack of any real layout tools (it would have taken a CMM to get this right on the first pass.. Ernie does not give up. His persistence is what made this happen – pushing me to make it work on several occasions when I had given up on the feasibility of it all.
I will be forever grateful for the effort he put into this, and (perhaps much to his chagrin) he will be the first person I contact for any future design and fabrication needs.