Update 28 - Making our move!
Nothing marks summer being in full swing better than the 4th of July, and today our staff has a well-earned day off. The past couple months have been extremely busy for us as we move closer to full shipment of all tables to our backers, while at the same time we prepare for the future. The vast majority of you have received your tables, but we know that is little solace to those of you who are still waiting. About 200 of the ~1500 metals tables have not gone out yet. Wood tables are nearly ready (we ran into an issue with the "autodim" function due to less light reaching the area beneath them - but that has been resolved). Seeing the many wonderful postings in the comments here and on social media, adds to both excitement and frustration if your table has not yet arrived. We get it, and share your pain - there's nothing we would rather do than get more Sisyphus tables out into the world faster - but it takes time to do it right. Rest assured - you WILL receive your table! We are still on track to ship all Kickstarter tables by end of summer.
***IMPORTANT REMINDERS: If you haven't filled out your Kickstarter survey, you need to sign into your Kickstarter account and complete it! Also, if you are an international backer and you haven't yet paid the invoice for the duties and taxes, you must do this before we can ship your table.
As mentioned two updates prior, we sent a 4' wood table to London for the annual RHS Chelsea flower show. It made the trip fine (proving our crating strategy for international shipment), and was part of the Best of Show Garden:
Preparing for Sisyphus Industries' future:
While we have continued full-steam production of the remaining Kickstarter tables, we are also preparing for our company's future. Our goal from the outset has been to produce the highest quality kinetic art tables, in hopes of sharing a new art medium with the world. With your amazing support, we have made a solid start. We have had to learn so many new things - the many technical parts of mass producing furniture that is also a cutting-edge IoT device, and also about business. It was a very heady experience to raise nearly $2M - and our campaign remains the most funded in Kickstarter's "Art" category to date. But the company you helped us build does not intend to close its doors after we ship our last KS table. And so we have begun to implement our plans for the future, which revolve primarily round increasing both our production capacity and our reach. In update 13, posted in March of 2017, I closed with pictures of Micah blowing down sawdust from high ceiling of our newly added production space. It served us well, but since then we have required ever more room, and now rent three separate areas spread throughout our building. Though all these spaces are essential, it is cumbersome and inefficient to move materials between them during our fabrication --> shipping process. We were recently able to orchestrate an arrangement with our landlord that allows us to both increase our total space (to 10,000 sf), and to consolidate into one connected area. In addition, we are now right next to the main loading dock and also have our very own street entrance!
Here are some shots of what will be our new "clean production" space, starting with blowing down prior wood-working dust from the ceilings, to painting, to acquiring our new (used :) electric forklift:
Adjacent to this production space is 1200 sf of "office" space. It originally contained a bathroom, kitchen, and about five small rooms. We kept the kitchen and bathroom, but essentially gutted the rest - getting rid of several walls and the drop-ceiling. Some before and after:
Plans for this space include a new "show room", open offices, and a doorway to our new proto-typing lab.
A couple "moments of Zen" to close this update - the first shared by Greg, our awesome Shop Manager. He is an avid maker, and often posts projects on Instagram, that he does in his home-shop assisted by "The Intern" (his 4-yo daughter). She spotted a jar full of pachinko balls in the shop (Greg collects all sorts of oddities), and asked if they might perform an experiment on their Sisyphus:
And 2 - I have collected a number of videos that might cast Micah as having "anger issues". Not at all. But sometimes, ya know, you just gotta blow off a little steam :) ...