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Introducing the Pirate Pancake Griddle.  Make SKULL & CROSSBONES Pancakes.  Get em' while they're hot!
Introducing the Pirate Pancake Griddle. Make SKULL & CROSSBONES Pancakes. Get em' while they're hot!
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PIRATE PANCAKE GRIDDLE
PIRATE PANCAKE GRIDDLE

 The Crepe Pan has been commandeered by Pirates...Pancake Pirates.  

Treasure Island
Treasure Island

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.

Antique Waffle Iron and Pizzelle Press Could Have Profound Designs
Antique Waffle Iron and Pizzelle Press Could Have Profound Designs

Plus, we had to create some villains for Captain Crepe Pan to face, and pirates seemed like the obvious choice.  

PIRATE PANCAKE
PIRATE PANCAKE

 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.

stack of crepe pans after grinding and polishing
stack of crepe pans after grinding and polishing

But many people saw the "Skull and Crossbones" crepe pan design and wanted me to make one.  

original 2008 skull & crossbones crepe pan design
original 2008 skull & crossbones crepe pan design

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!!!!!. 

PIRATE PANCAKE GRIDDLE
PIRATE PANCAKE GRIDDLE

 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.

Sacred Geometry --- 3 Circles Set On A Triangle
Sacred Geometry --- 3 Circles Set On A Triangle

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. 

Raw Casting (Unseasoned)
Raw Casting (Unseasoned)
Seasoned
Seasoned
Original Vector Design By Joe Sandor
Original Vector Design By Joe Sandor

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

model..... https://www.facebook.com/BeezusQuimby?fref=ts

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.

This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ or send a letter to Creative Commons, 444 Castro Street, Suite 900, Mountain View, California, 94041, USA.

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    Skull And Crossbones Vector File (PDF) Download. Original Artist Designed Vector can be used freely (Creative Commons License NFP) Make a t-shirt, cut a stencil, have fun with it.

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    3D File of The Pirate Pancake Griddle. (.STL) Print This Unique Design in any material available through 3D Printing or CNC. Feel Free To Repurpose It (Creative Commons License NFP) Plus The Skull and Crossbones Vector (PDF)

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    Makes three 5 inch round Pirate Pancakes with embossed Skull & Crossbones design. Heirloom quality cast iron cookware ensures many generations of use.... ADD $30 for pre-seasoning....Plus The Skull and Crossbones Vector (PDF)

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    One Pirate Pancake Griddle. Makes Three 5 inch round Pirate Pancakes with embossed Skull & Crossbones design. Second Production Run

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    Create your own design griddle. I will help you design whatever you would like to be embossed on your casting. I will CNC mill that design onto a pattern for sand casting and cast it in iron. Design your company logo, a personal message, your favorite pattern or your own creative design. Designs are subject to production limitations and designer approval (i.e-designs must meet certain criteria to achieve success). You will get two castings. Additional castings may be available at an additional cost. Plus you'll get the Pirate Pancake Griddle. Shipping Calculated Upon Completion

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