NOTE: Please be patient while navigating this site. I am offering many more reward options than usually found in a Kickstarter project. Kickstarter only allows backers to choose one reward.
To acquire more than one reward (gifts for friends and loved ones?) please follow these steps:
- Add the total price of the items you desire.
- Increase your pledge (in any category) to that amount.
- Send your reward list to firstname.lastname@example.org
Why I am doing this project: I believe that our true responsibility as humans is to bring joy and beauty into the world. Each of us has our own unique gifts, skills, sensitivities and passions to share. These rewards are my offering to bring joy and beauty into your home.
How: The goal is to equip an efficient work space where I can develop my gifts and passions in order to earn a respectable living doing what I love. It is my intention to share this space with fellow designers on similar missions. (See the "Collaboration" section after the "Budget" section below for more details.)
What: I am focusing on a lifelong passion — designing and making objects that are unique, beautiful and useful. The complex design themes found in Celtic, Gothic, ancient Chinese, Moorish and other traditions often inspire my work. Using materials that are ecologically sound and/or destined for the waste stream is a core tenet.
This campaign launches my first line of useful household accessories — in this case, celebrating the history and innovation found in the 7th century Moorish architectural wonder in Spain, the Grand Cathedral and Mosque of Cordoba.
To realize this vision, I will be acquiring computer-controlled (CNC) woodworking (and possibly metalworking) equipment and other tools enabling efficient in-house prototyping and production of these and other designs.
What brings me true joy is developing processes that allow complex, intricate and ornate designs to be made efficiently and affordably. Having had to rely on other people and their equipment has been challenging and inefficient. This campaign will allow me to establish in-house research, development and production.
The walnut and maple checkers for the inlay (above left) was milled from scrap wood in my small shop over 30 years ago. Using these parts in the rewards is important metaphorically. I believe we all have valuable experiences in our past that, if resurrected and rekindled, can lead to meaningful new opportunities.
The Environment: I use hardwood and other materials that were destined for the waste stream. These bundles (above left) from a nearby hardwood distributor require a forklift to load. Your support will help me acquire and build equipment for the efficient repurposing of this kind of material.
Another main material used for the rewards is 100% bamboo ply. It is eco-friendly, has a rapid growth cycle, is a renewable resource, is structurally stable, and has a very attractive edge, allowing for unique curved forms.
Strategy: The tools being acquired with this campaign are capable of producing unlimited designs. Therefore I am using an atypical Kickstarter campaign approach — offering a catalog of options vs. a whittled-down selection. Enjoy looking through your choices and please forward this to your friends.
- U.S. shipping and local sales tax (for deliveries in Washington state) are included in the price.
- Gifts for the holidays? Gift cards are available for rewards scheduled for delivery after December 2014.
To acquire more than one reward/gift, add the total price of the items you desire and increase your pledge to that amount. Contact me to clarify your order, shipping dates, etc.
- These prices are based on wholesale and will increase after this Kickstarter campaign.
- Inlaid brass signature: All larger rewards include the Walter Dill signature (above right) inlaid in solid brass.
Made from solid bamboo ply, various hardwoods and brass; inlays of walnut, maple, madrona burl and brass. Continuous sweep (silent) quartz battery clock movement. I also designed the brass clock face and hands. Click here to see detailed and larger images of the clocks.
Serving Trays/Cooling Racks
Made from solid bamboo ply inlaid with walnut, maple, madrona burl and brass. Hardwood slats. Click here to see detailed and larger images of the trays.
Solid bamboo ply, aluminum and various hardwoods; inlays of walnut, maple, madrona burl, wenge and brass. Special friction hinges keep any size cookbook at a chosen angle. Double-sided — tilts either direction. Spring clips (see below) hold pages open. The first 10 buyers of each cookbook stand will receive 2 free spring clips. Click here to see detailed and larger images of the Cookbook Stands.
Bamboo ply, walnut, mahogany, brass bolts; inlays of walnut, maple, madrona burl and brass. Click here to see detailed and larger pictures of the mirrors.
- CNC Router, $7,000 delivered — My choice for a CNC router is the ShopBot Desktop, which is very accurate and has a large enough working envelope to handle everything I am currently making.
Shop rent, tooling, computer, software, supplies, etc., $4,700
- Labor, $1,000 — Assistance in assembly and finishing.
- Sales Tax, $1,500 — Assuming many supporters will be from Washington state, where the sales tax is 9.6%.
- Shipping: $2,000 — Shipping costs average about 12% of the price.
- Kickstarter & Amazon's portion: $1,800
- Other tools, $10,000 — I have the opportunity to acquire a shop full of high quality power and hand tools from a retired master craftsman.
- More and better tools, maybe two small CNC routers, better website.
Collaboration: I have always been passionate about collaborating with others who seek to express themselves in a meaningful way. In the years after college, I have earned my living teaching non-competitive partner dance (Swing, Salsa, Waltz, etc.), which is the epitome of collaboration between two people. This has given me a unique perspective on working and playing with others, particularly since my daughters, now 22 and 19, started teaching dance with me when they were 12 and 9, and since even younger, worked and played with me in the shop on design projects.
I have assisted my youngest, Celina, for the past two years building her custom-designed home on wheels (above), where every detail is her own design. She has also collaborated with approximately 20 craftsmen on this project. It became clear in this process that many creative people, including myself, need assistance with making a respectable living.
The tools being acquired with this Kickstarter campaign will allow me to combine my passion for design with encouraging people to move joyfully through life.
Vintage Travel Trailer/Design Showroom: I am rebuilding/customizing this 30’ 1956 travel trailer, which will serve as my traveling design showroom. Its official title is the 1956 Airfloat Land Yacht "Cordoba Edition." Many details in the interior feature Cordoba theme designs along with the beautiful original mahogany cabinets. The middle image (above) is one of the top cabinet doors. The CNC machinery will also help complete this project. More pics here.
Special thanks to David Gray for shop space, Gene Buckle for CNC router work, Celina Dill for photography, plus a slew of editors including Gary Halpern, Ann Belov, Monica Uhl, and Robin Shealy. The madrona burl used for inlay in the rewards is from OregonBurls(dot)com.
Risks and challenges
Our goal is to deliver certain rewards before Christmas this year. If production challenges do not allow for completion of any items before that time, we will provide gift cards picturing the item.
All the prototypes pictured in the rewards have been produced using the same type of equipment being acquired with this project, therefore many of the production processes are already being refined. Quantity production, however, can reveal other problems that will have to be solved, potentially taking more time. To aid in this process, the people whose tools I used for the prototypes are planning to assist with setting up for production.
It is also possible the CNC (computer numerically controlled) tools being acquired will require a longer delivery time from the manufacturer, though the current delivery time is 5 days from payment.
The materials (bamboo ply and hardwoods, for instance) necessary to build a large quantity of rewards are already in our storage. Any remaining supplies have been sourced. There is always a chance that these sources will not deliver on time and/or new sources will need to be found, requiring more time for production. I will be communicating regularly with backers during this process.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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