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The Cave Picnic Tray will be your favorite way to serve the cheese you love, with the ones you love.
The Cave Picnic Tray will be your favorite way to serve the cheese you love, with the ones you love.
38 backers pledged $2,689 to help bring this project to life.

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Hello!  This Kickstarter has ended - but there may be future runs of this product!  Please feel free to contact Jonathan at jonathanowensdesign@gmail.com with any inquires regarding future runs of this product.  Again thank you to all of my backers you are all truly amazing!

Hello Kickstarter!  Im here to share with you a project that I am very excited about and feel that you all will be too.

Enjoying cheese has always been one of my favorite pastimes.  It wasn't until a few summer stints working at a local farmers market selling the stuff that I really started to appreciate it for more than its taste.  This project was developed for a few reasons.  Firstly, I've seen first hand a persons intense love for the good stuff (yes I'm talking to you!).  Secondly, I felt there was a need for a product that cares as much about this delicious treat as you do, and thus Cave was born.

Cave functions as a controlled environment for your cheese. Comprised of two walnut vessels, separated by a bamboo insert, this product will contain your cheese as well as two accompaniments. The bamboo acts as a divider separating your food as you explore your local farmers market or embark on a romantic picnic.  Once you get to where you are going the bamboo insert serves as a serving tray for your cheese.  The bottom cavern is separated in two sections by a steel cheese knife to aid in sharing that delicious cheese!

What comes with the Cave Cheese Kit?

Cave includes:
- Two Walnut containers
- One bamboo insert
- A leather strap case
- One cheese knife
- Two cheese cloth wraps

How does it work?

Cave has everything you need for a quick romantic getaway, farmers market excursion, or sunday dinner with friends.

1. case.
The inside pattern of the vessel is inspired by the method of cave aging cheese. This method is one of the oldest and most celebrated techniques within the cheese making community. The proportions were developed to hold 60g of two types of your favorite cheeses. 60g was chosen as to provide 30g of cheese for you and your partner, which is the optimal serving for each type of cheese per person.

 2. bamboo The bamboo insert can be kept in the freezer until you use Cave.  It is then placed between the two walnut vessels creating a cheese board, as well as keeping your cheese at a comfortable temperature as well as functioning as a cutting board. 

3. cheese knife
The bottom vessel contains a steel cheese knife that also serves as a divider for separating your accompaniments.  This non obtrusive element tucks back into the bottom vessel when not in use.

4. leather casing
Finally Cave is enclosed by a leather strap case.  Each case is hand stitched with heavy weight nylon cord.  Each piece is finished with copper hardware.

Manufacturing Plan

The two walnut vessels as well as the soapstone insets both require CNC milling in their manufacturing process.  From there these pieces are hand finished with beeswax improving its resistance to wear as well as giving it a rich color.  The cheese knife is plasma cut to shape and then polished.  Each leather strap case is handmade being finished with brass hardware and heavy weight nylon cord.

Why I Need Your Contributions

Creating this product requires multiple parts be manufactured.  That where I need you.  Your contributions will go to helping me scale this project and get it to the consumers.  I have a lot of passion for this project and would love to see my efforts become a reality.  By supporting my campaign you are helping me take a step towards making this a reality.

Risks and challenges

As I will be working with wood there may be variances in grain patterns between each Cave package.

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    A great thanks from me to you! For your contribution you will receive all updates and information on the products development.

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    One complete cave package including 1 cave, cheese knife, and two tea cloth bags.

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    Second run of Cave! One complete cave package including 1 cave, cheese knife, and two tea cloth bags.

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    One complete cave package customized with the hardwood of your choosing.

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    Cheese connoisseur!! Complete custom cave package consisting of your choice of hardwood as well as a slate cheese board. Plus if you are in the Chicago area we will arrange a wine and cheese heavy dinner!

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