About this project
The Crepe Pan has been commandeered by Pirates...Pancake Pirates.
ART -------> INDUSTRY
The Pirate Pancake Griddle was designed, 3D modeled, CNC milled and cast as a prototype in iron in Chicago, IL. It essentially allows you to cast food as a designed object. It is a mold maker for food, kind of like a 3D Printer for food. By blending old technology (green sand iron casting) with new technology (digital designs and CNC milled patterns) we are able to do small batch manufacturing (Made In USA). Our patterns are designed and tested in Chicago and outsourced for industrial casting to foundries in Wisconsin.
Last fall, we did a successful Kickstarter campaign that helped fund our first limited edition production run of cast iron crepe pans. The goal of this Kickstarter project is to continue our growth through the streamlining of the current cast iron cookware operation while expanding our product line to include the Pirate Pancake Griddle. Through this funding, we would like to do 2 limited edition production runs of this new prototype using a professional food grade cast iron foundry.
This whole idea was first conceived of as a cast iron cookware company that was not simply limited to crepe pans. Ultimately we plan to develop and produce custom artist designed waffle irons, pizzelle presses, griddles, etc.
Plus, we had to create some villains for Captain Crepe Pan to face, and pirates seemed like the obvious choice.
This design is an evolution of the crepe pan. For the crepe pan, I sought to create a completely flat metal disk with a decorative design on the bottom that would help distribute the heat. I choose the Celtic symbol Triskell (triple spiral) because it looked and worked the best for the purposes of the crepe pan.
But many people saw the "Skull and Crossbones" crepe pan design and wanted me to make one.
It looked cool but it never made sense. I thought about it some more and realized that I could repurpose it as a mold maker in the shape of Skull and Crossbones.
So I decided to make a pancake griddle...... that makes Skull and Crossbones pancakes! Thus was born, Pirate Pancakes!!!!!.
I wanted to create multiple pancakes and I went through several design changes before I eventually fell into the trinity. The Pirate Pancake Griddle takes the shape of the Triskell.
For the sake of simplicity in design and production, it's a pancake griddle. It works great as such and is the first of it's kind. Industrial casting is a complicated process and I specifically designed this to be a one part casting whereas a waffle iron is 3 parts with hinges and handles which increases the production costs and complicates the process (increased casting failure rates/shipping damages).
CAST IRON --------> CAST FOOD
And since this is cast iron, you can make anything in it. I've been able to make a variety of pancakes, as well as corncakes, and fried eggs. I imagine this would work great for molding chocolate and hard candy as well. It's designed as a griddle that is set it on the stove and remains stationary while cooking with it. Proper cooking temperature will vary from burner to burner. If you want to move it while it's still hot, simply use hot pads, but most likely you will be eating tasty pancakes while it's cooling off. I'm excited to see what innovative culinary warriors will produce with this.
I will also provide advice and measurements for the proper amount of pancake batter and how to cast the perfect pancake. It will take practice and patience when you first use this but eventually you will achieve pancake perfection.
Please note that cast iron cookware needs to be seasoned. At this early stage in our development, we offer castings as either raw (unseasoned) or we will season it for you at an additional cost. Eventually, we would like to offer our cast iron cookware with a non-stick enameled surface but presently that is cost prohibitive. Seasoning is a simple and natural solution. The more you cook with it, the better the seasoning.
Thank you for your support in helping me to further develop this prototype and this process!
Original Project Video Music by............."sound womb"
Original Silent Film Score by....Alexander Emerson Sandor
Original Video Footage by........ www.ameliajohn.com
Risks and challenges
I have worked in cast metal for over 7 years. I have developed a good relationship with a professional iron foundry (Washburn Iron Works) and I have several other foundries in the American midwest that I can use to cast my product (Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana and Michigan have a variety of foundries with different capabilities). There is a wealth of manufacturing within a 500 mile radius of Chicago that is within my design reach that I can use for prototyping.
Through my crepe pan casting experiences, I know the entire design process to submit a sand casting pattern and how to place a purchase order. The foundries that I work with are capable of a variety of casting processes to offer quality products. Through the sampling process, I will find the right method before filling out a purchase order for the complete production run in order to achieve high quality casting.
The Captain Crepe Pan Kickstarter met the deadline and fulfilled all backer rewards with great satisfaction.
I have labor that I can hire to help with the processing and shipment of the rewards. I have shipping accounts with FedEx and USPS that I will use to send out rewards.
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