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City inspired sculptures made entirely from scrap wood. It's a woodworker's way of making something out of nothing.
City inspired sculptures made entirely from scrap wood. It's a woodworker's way of making something out of nothing.
134 backers pledged $7,637 to help bring this project to life.

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About Us

McNabb & Co. is a small Philadelphia-based design studio dedicated to developing heirloom quality products with a distinct attention to detail and craftsmanship.

Meet the McNabb & Co. Team:
James McNabb— Artist, designer, craftsman
Stephanie McNabb— Graphic designer, web manager, wifey
Buster McNabb— Eater, sleeper, pooper

What is The City Series?

The City Series is a collection of wood sculptures that represent a woodworker's journey from the suburbs to the city. Each piece depicts the outsider's perspective of the urban landscape. Made entirely of scrap wood, this work is an interpretation of making something out of nothing. Each piece is cut intuitively on a band saw. The result is a collection of architectural forms, each distinctly different from the next.

Click to see the making of City Skyline Shelf
Click to see the making of City Skyline Shelf
Click to see the making of City Sphere
Click to see the making of City Sphere
Click to see the making of City Table
Click to see the making of City Table
Click to see the making of City Wheel
Click to see the making of City Wheel


What's next for The City Series?

We are amazed by the overwhelming amount of positive feedback we've received lately, and its time for us to begin making the next generation of pieces for this collection. 

We've chosen Kickstarter to announce that we're breaking ground on the next chapter of the City Series, and to ask our supporters to help make it possible. It is our goal to double the size of the collection with new and improved city inspired sculptures by the end of 2013. We are also seeking venues to exhibit the entire collection in major Metropolitan areas like New York and Philadelphia.

We are currently stock piling scrap wood from various locations, but the cost of making this work is still very expensive. The new designs will require new equipment and a plentiful inventory of supplies. When we find a venue to exhibit this work, we will need funding to make pedestals, shipping crates, and promotional materials. 

Become part of the City Series Expansion

In exchange for your support, you will receive your own piece of the city. I'm prepared to make unique collections of custom band saw cut buildings for all my supporters. These scrap wood cities are an exclusive offer, and not available anywhere except here at Kickstarter.

In addition, we will recognize all of our supporters on a special page of McNabb & Co. Studio's website.

Click here to see more images of band saw cut buildings.

Update 1: New Rewards!

Don't have the table space for a collection of city buildings?
Say hello to ThinWrap City Prints.

These beautifully mounted and finished prints are produced using Lustre Paper and then over-laminated with a soft satin laminate. The resulting product is then mounted on high-quality board and adhered with a 1/2" spacer, which allows the image to be hung and appear to float from the wall-no frame needed. Limited quantities, available in two chic choices:

Risks and challenges

The major risks involved in this project is keeping my fingers away from the band saw blade. Its seems obvious, but after 1000 or so buildings, i need a reminder.

The major challenge of this project is the amount of patience, dedication and attention to detail it requires to generate the pieces that make the City Series. I am excited about this project, and even more excited that my supporters will be able to have their own unique collections.

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    McNabb & Co. Swag :: Postcard, sticker, and your name on a special page of McNabb & Co. Studio's website.

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    SINGLE BUILDING :: 1 completely unique, hand-crafted building of your very own.

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    NEIGHBORHOOD :: 5 completely unique, hand-crafted buildings.

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    BOROUGH :: 10 completely unique, hand-crafted buildings. Included: Postcard, sticker, and your name on a special page of McNabb & Co. Studio's website.

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    SMALL CITY :: 15 completely unique, hand-crafted buildings. Included: Postcard, sticker, and your name on a special page of McNabb & Co. Studio's website.

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    CITY PRINT I :: One (1) 12" x 12" Thin Wrap Print on Lustre Paper with satin laminate. 1/2" spacer adhered to back which allows the image to be hung and appear to float from wall, no frame necessary. CITY PRINT I :: One (1) 12" x 12" Thin Wrap Print on Lustre Paper with satin laminate. 1/2" spacer adhered to back which allows the image to be hung and appear to float from wall, no frame necessary.

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    CITY PRINT II :: One (1) 12" x 12" Thin Wrap Print on Lustre Paper with satin laminate. 1/2" spacer adhered to back which allows the image to be hung and appear to float from wall, no frame necessary.

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    MEDIUM CITY :: 35 completely unique, hand-crafted buildings. Included: Postcard, sticker, and your name on a special page of McNabb & Co. Studio's website.

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    LARGE CITY :: 75 completely unique, hand-crafted buildings. Included: Postcard, sticker, and your name on a special page of McNabb & Co. Studio's website.

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    METROPOLIS :: 125 completely unique, hand-crafted buildings. Included: Postcard, sticker, and your name on a special page of McNabb & Co. Studio's website.

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