A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
What is The River Series II?
The River Series II is a line of custom wall art and fine furniture inspired by the relationship between water and earth. Each handmade piece is a flowing and organic pairing of beautiful hardwood, hand-cut glass, and metal. I create these pieces from start to finish in my workshop to an exceptionally high standard. From the adventure of sustainably sourcing material in the Pacific Northwest to the mindful processing and shaping of each piece to highlight the natural curves and contrasts within, the River Series has become a way to let a tree continue to tell its story.
The River Series II is the followup campaign to the River Series I (successfully funded in June 2017). The campaign follows the same basic structure as the first, with my work made available at special pre-order pricing, but with a new batch of locally sourced material. The trees have been sourced, I just need to mill and dry the material. Improvements have also been made throughout the design and fabrication process, and while the overall process now takes slightly longer, the end results are of exceptional quality and workmanship.
Funds raised from this campaign will go towards expanding and improving upon my kiln setup so that more material can be sourced and processed, keeping my entire process in-house and as environmentally friendly as possible.
This campaign is based on a production of approximately 5 sets/tables.
Who Am I?
My name is Kyle Miller and I'm a 3rd generation woodworker and artist living in a small town in the Pacific Northwest. I grew up in the fishing village of Steveston, BC on the Fraser River before moving to Vancouver Island. I operate a small and boutique woodworking & furniture design studio where I take a mix of commissions and production work. Each year I launch several Kickstarter campaigns to support new ventures, release new models in existing series, and generally put out work that I feel passionately about; the River Series is one such project. I'm inspired by the works of J. Lore (likely the earliest adopter of the "river" style), G. Klassen (who is also well known for his use of the "river" style), G. Nakashima (a pioneer in natural "live edge" design and traditional japanese-style joinery), and a wide range of others. the TGT Studios River Series is my take on the style, favoring long lines, gentle curves, and pieces that instil a sense of calm and slowness in their movement while still retaining the character and natural uniqueness of the material.
From Pledge to Production: How does this process work?
Once the campaign has finished with successful funding, I'll connect with you to begin putting together your table or wall set. Together we'll talk about the wood choices available, the aesthetic you prefer, and how we can put that together with glass to highlight the natural beauty of the material you choose. Once your piece moves into production, you'll be able to follow it via email updates with photos of the piece as it is created in my shop, as well as a custom hashtag for Instagram users. The story of the tree from sourcing to shipping will be a part of your piece. Once it arrives in your home, you will become a part of its story, too.
To Pledge: Scroll down to see what hardwoods, frame colours, and glass colours are available. Frame colours and glass are selected by follow-up survey. If you don't see something that is exactly what you need, either in colour or dimension, send me a message and we'll get something setup especially for you.
What Hardwoods Are Available?
I only use Vancouver Island black walnut and big leaf maple. Trees are locally sourced, harvested, milled, and dried at TGT Studios. I only use trees that have been storm-downed, brought down for safety reasons, or are already downed due to some other cause. Drying process for the material is handled in a low-temp dehumidification kiln, a process that takes several months. The delivery/ship date for the campaign reflects this timeline.
All material for this campaign has been sourced and is currently in the process of being harvested and milled. This process will be throughly documented and shared via exclusive Backers-only posts. See your piece come to life!
What Frame/Base Colours Are Available?
Frames and steel bases can be powdercoated black or satin grey. Custom options are available, but please contact me first.
What Glass Colours Are Available?
Green and blue. Custom colours available upon request. Custom glasswork is all 6mm(1/4" thick) annealed. As with anything made of glass, some care should be taken around the material.
Can You Request A Particular "Look"?
Yes! I will send a followup survey to all backers asking some basic aesthetic questions. I will do my best to take into consideration any requests that you make.
Are Custom Orders Available?
Of course! Please contact me directly to discuss your needs and I will provide you a price, timeline, and a custom pledge tier for which to reserve your order.
How Do You Install A Wall Set?
Each set comes with custom mounting hardware already installed. Simply mark the place on the wall you would like to hang the set, install included hardware on the wall, and hang the piece!
How Are The Funds Allocated?
Kickstarter takes a flat 5%, and then approximately 5% goes to payment processing. Hardwood, glass, aluminum, and all associated fabrication and milling costs account for approximately 50%. Shipping costs account for roughly 10-15% leaving 25-30% for my time and overhead.
What Is The Shipping Timeline?
Early Backer units will aim to ship for August delivery, with all other units slated for September/October. As always, Kickstarter delivery times are estimates but I have run 8 successful campaigns and always meet my estimates.
How Are The Panels Shipped?
All packages are shipped in custom sized double-wall cardboard boxes that are rated to a stackable weight of 200lbs. Each panel is individually bubble wrapped with dividers placed between each piece. All packages are shipped with tracking, automatic e-mail notifications/updates, and insurance.
Risks and challenges
There are essentially no risks in this campaign. I have a proven track record on Kickstarter with 8 successful campaigns run solely by myself. I have delivered on every pledge, on time, and to highly positive reviews. I'm comfortable with the design, the process, and the completion of these pieces and I am confident that I can make everyone who generously backs this campaign a River Series set that they will truly enjoy. I take pride in my work, and I promise to respect the support of Kickstarter backers by delivering work that they can enjoy for years to come.
Sustainably sourced on Vancouver Island, your triptych set will be made with lightly figured big leaf maple with your choice of glass and frame colour. The headboard panels will be book-matched for a symmetrical appearance unless requested otherwise.
Size: 40" x 20" x 2" (each panel)
Hardwood: Big Leaf Maple
*Frame Colours: Matte Black or Satin Grey
*Glass: Green or Blue