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Crafted from multi-layered plywood, Strata's flowing surface blends tactile & visual cues to form a deceptively challenging puzzle.
Crafted from multi-layered plywood, Strata's flowing surface blends tactile & visual cues to form a deceptively challenging puzzle.
54 backers pledged $11,147 to help bring this project to life.

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Visual & Tactile Design 

Strata is a sculptural puzzle designed to engage our sense of touch as well as sight. Form and contour lines flow across wooden blocks, creating a deceptively challenging puzzle while remaining accessible to visual and tactile learners alike.

Every piece has a similar footprint, making the puzzle more challenging than it appears.
Every piece has a similar footprint, making the puzzle more challenging than it appears.

 

Layers of birch hardwood laminated with formaldehyde-free adhesive
Layers of birch hardwood laminated with formaldehyde-free adhesive

 

Strata is made of formaldehyde-free birch plywood. Sculpting through its layers reveals striking contour lines, providing an added dimension of intrigue and strategy. Strata's design embraces and celebrates the natural variation inherent in wood products.

Walnut frame with Maple-faced Birch plywood
Walnut frame with Maple-faced Birch plywood

 

The underside of the lid serves as guide for reassembling the Strata puzzle.
The underside of the lid serves as guide for reassembling the Strata puzzle.

 

Held in place by embedded magnets, the lid also serves to elevate the base.
Held in place by embedded magnets, the lid also serves to elevate the base.

 

 

Each puzzle piece is square, 1.5"x1.5"
Each puzzle piece is square, 1.5"x1.5"

 

Reliefs were created from individual hand sketches for the three Kickstarter Exclusive Strata Models (16.KS, 24.KS and 36.KS)
Reliefs were created from individual hand sketches for the three Kickstarter Exclusive Strata Models (16.KS, 24.KS and 36.KS)

 

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The demonstration video shows a small cluster of 9 pieces being assembled; a portion of the Strata 36.KS (accelerated 4x).

Rewards

Strata: Available in 3 sizes

  • Strata 16 Series: 4x4 grid (16 pieces)
  • Strata 24 Series: 6x4 grid (24 pieces)
  • Strata 36 Series: 6x6 grid (36 pieces)

This campaign is offering 3 different models in each size, for a total of 9 different puzzles. New designs will be added in the future, expanding the Strata series. Backers may select a particular model once the campaign has ended. 

Exclusive "KS" (Kickstarter) Models are available through this campaign, and will not be offered afterwards.

Below is the current line-up available through this campaign. (Hint: the ".02" models have distinguishable perimeter pieces, thus are easier to assemble)

Strata 16 Series | 4x4 Grid
Strata 16 Series | 4x4 Grid

 

Strata 24 Series | 6x4 Grid
Strata 24 Series | 6x4 Grid

 

Strata 36 Series | 6x6 Grid
Strata 36 Series | 6x6 Grid

Nesting Coasters (Set of 2)

Designed in the spirit of Strata, we're offering nesting coasters (set of 2) as a campaign reward. These rewards will be shipped by December 15th.

Pair of Coasters made of the same wood used for the Strata Puzzle
Pair of Coasters made of the same wood used for the Strata Puzzle

 

Pair of Coasters are designed to nest into one another
Pair of Coasters are designed to nest into one another

 

Always supporting the local breweries!
Always supporting the local breweries!

Process Booklet

For anyone curious to see the design process for Strata, as well as the work that goes into launching a Kickstarter Campaign, we have created a 32-page process booklet. Booklet is 6in x 9in, printed in color. 

Sample pages from Process Booklet
Sample pages from Process Booklet

 

Sample pages from Process Booklet
Sample pages from Process Booklet

 

Campaign Purpose

After developing the product (and manufacturing process concurrently) over the past 8 months, Strata is ready for commercial distribution albeit on a small scale. This campaign is aimed at raising the capital needed to purchase bulk materials and improve production efficiency with more sophisticated tools. 

Patent Pending: 62574179

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Fully Funded! Select a Puzzle! See Update #6 for additional Photos

Supporters may choose a Strata model from the photos included in Update #6, from November 23rd, 2017. While these photos are an accurate representation of form, due to the natural variations in wood, every puzzle will be unique. Supporters will have the opportunity to select a puzzle design once the campaign ends.

Click here to see Update #6

Strata 16 Series | 4x4 Grid
Strata 16 Series | 4x4 Grid

 

Strata 24 Series | 6x4 Grid
Strata 24 Series | 6x4 Grid

 

Strata 36 Series | 6x6 Grid
Strata 36 Series | 6x6 Grid

  

 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

While we have developed the manufacturing process over the last several months, this will be our first commercial endeavor. As such, we will undoubtably face surprises and challenges. For this reason, we have limited early Strata production to a total of 45 puzzles (see Early Supporter rewards) to be shipped by mid December. All other puzzles will begin shipping in January, with an anticipated production capacity of 20 puzzles per week.

Upon contributing to this campaign (within one week), our supporters will receive an estimated shipment timeframe (except Early Contributors). We will keep all of our supporters updated during production as we reach milestones.

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    Campaign Booklet: Development & Process

    A coffee table book outlining the development process and Kickstarter campaign (32 pages)

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    A pair of nesting coasters formed from the same material as the Strata puzzle series.

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    Strata 16 (Early Supporter)

    Estimated Retail: $219

    Your choice of one of the Strata 16 models. Strata 16.KS (Kickstarter Exclusive) or Strata 16.01 or Strata 16.02.
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    Strata 16

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    Strata 24 (Early Contributor)

    Estimated Retail: $269

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    Strata 24

    Estimated Retail: $269

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    Strata 36 (Early Contributor)

    Estimated Retail: $309

    Your choice of one of the Strata 36 models. Strata 36.KS (Kickstarter Exclusive) or Strata 36.01 or Strata 36.02.
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    Strata 36

    Estimated Retail: $309

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Funding period

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