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Enjoy the beauty of your favorite Willamette River crossing every hour of the day with these laser-cut bamboo clocks.
Enjoy the beauty of your favorite Willamette River crossing every hour of the day with these laser-cut bamboo clocks.
67 backers pledged $3,395 to help bring this project to life.

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We race over them to get to work and back home. We stroll across holding the hand of a lover. Whether by bike, foot, rail, or car, the bridges in Portland keep us moving, and now they can keep your day moving along too.

I designed this series of laser-cut bamboo wall clocks to pay homage to these symbols of Portland. The silhouettes of these crossings are instantly recognizable to anyone who lives in the Rose City, and we all have our favorites (mine is the Fremont).

So far I've prototyped the following bridges:

If the project funds, I'll move ahead with the Marquam, Ross Island, and Sellwood bridges, making them available as backer reward options too.

The successful funding of this project will let me order bamboo plywood in bulk to bring down the cost, as well as getting the discounted laser-cutting time that comes with a larger order. This economy of scale will also let me produce stock for wholesale into local shops.

The rewards in this Kickstarter are the clocks themselves. Get one, two, three, five, or the entire set. Mix and match, or choose multiples of the same. If there's interest, I'll add rewards for other quantities.

Each clock is 7" in diameter and has a quartz movement. The face of the clock is 5-layer bamboo plywood approximately 3mm thick. I sand the wood, then apply a coat of oil for protection and to bring out the depth of the grain. One AA battery is required, and is not included.

I've lined up all materials and the means of production. The clocks will be produced and assembled in Portland and across the river in Vancouver as soon as funding is received and backer surveys are returned so that I know how many of each bridge to produce. I estimate that the first shipments will go out no later than ninety days after the close of the Kickstarter.

Risks and challenges

The most likely challenges are a lack of availability of bamboo plywood, a lack of availability of laser-cutting time, and a shortage of clock mechanisms. There are multiple alternative sources for each, though, so while things could be delayed slightly, the challenge can be easily overcome.

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    THANK YOU
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    BEAT THE LIFT
    The bridge is going up, but you made it just in time! Being an early backer gets you a discounted price and first delivery of a single bridge clock.

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    SINGLE CROSSING
    One Portland bridge clock of your choice.

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    ROUND TRIP
    Cross the river and back again with two bridge clocks of your choice.

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    THERE & BACK & THERE AGAIN
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    THE DOWNTOWN SET
    Five bridge clocks of your choice. They don't need to be the five downtown, but that is a nice looking bunch, isn't it?

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    The whole set of eleven bridge clocks—one of each.

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