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Practical tools and accessories for your kitchen, home and office made with eco-friendly bamboo and re-purposed hardwood.
139 backers pledged $19,415 to help bring this project to life.

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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.

Above: Smaller Rewards and Cookbook Stands. See details in Reward column at right and "Catalog of Rewards" below. To acquire more than one reward (gifts for friends and loved ones), make your pledge amount the total of the desired rewards.
Above: Smaller Rewards and Cookbook Stands. See details in Reward column at right and "Catalog of Rewards" below. To acquire more than one reward (gifts for friends and loved ones), make your pledge amount the total of the desired rewards.

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.) 

Above: Serving Trays which flip over to be trivets or cooling racks for baked goods. More info and pictures in "Catalog of Rewards" section below and at WalterDill.com.
Above: Serving Trays which flip over to be trivets or cooling racks for baked goods. More info and pictures in "Catalog of Rewards" section below and at WalterDill.com.

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. 

Above: Mirrors and Clocks. More details at right, below and at WalterDill.com.
Above: Mirrors and Clocks. More details at right, below and at WalterDill.com.

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.

Above: Cordoba Arches – Walnut and maple checkers
Above: Cordoba Arches – Walnut and maple checkers

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.

Above: Parts for rewards made on a CNC router
Above: Parts for rewards made on a CNC router

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.

Above: Parts, some made over 30 years ago, being used in the rewards
Above: Parts, some made over 30 years ago, being used in the rewards

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.

Above: Off-cuts from a hardwood distributor and local wood shop
Above: Off-cuts from a hardwood distributor and local wood shop

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.

Above: The attractive edge of solid bamboo ply
Above: The attractive edge of solid bamboo ply

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.

Above: Oval Sine Wave Tray carrying delectable jams and jellies
Above: Oval Sine Wave Tray carrying delectable jams and jellies

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.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • 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.

Clocks

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.

New: Basic Clock, $149
New: Basic Clock, $149

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.

Above: It's cookie time! Trays flip over to be a trivet or cooling rack for your favorite baked goods.
Above: It's cookie time! Trays flip over to be a trivet or cooling rack for your favorite baked goods.

Cookbook/iPad®/Tablet Stands

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.

Use the spring clip (below) to hold cookbook pages open.
Use the spring clip (below) to hold cookbook pages open.

Smaller Rewards

Click here to see detailed and larger images of these rewards. 

Above: Hardwood spring clips for holding cookbook pages open, potato chip bags closed, or whatever. They also have a magnetic attraction to your refrigerator. Choose from a selection of hardwoods or let me surprise you!
Above: Hardwood spring clips for holding cookbook pages open, potato chip bags closed, or whatever. They also have a magnetic attraction to your refrigerator. Choose from a selection of hardwoods or let me surprise you!

Mirrors

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.

New: Renaissance Mirror, $525
New: Renaissance Mirror, $525

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Budget
: $18,000

  • 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

Stretch Goals

  • 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.

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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.

Above: Dancing with Celina, working on her loft floor, and her cottage
Above: Dancing with Celina, working on her loft floor, and her cottage

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.

Above: Drawings, the original, the new frame, cabinet door and drawer pull
Above: Drawings, the original, the new frame, cabinet door and drawer pull

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.

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    A) Spring Clip: 4" x 1-1/8" x 1-7/8" – Various hardwoods, spring and magnet. (Please inquire re: shipping cost outside U.S.)

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    B) Cheese Board: 10" x 5-1/2" x 5/8" – Solid bamboo ply, walnut and maple. Finished with food-grade mineral oil. (Please inquire re: shipping cost outside U.S.)

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    C) Cutting Board: 13" x 10" x 5/8" – Solid bamboo ply, walnut and maple. Finished with food-grade mineral oil. (Please inquire re: shipping cost outside U.S.)

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    E) Early Delivery Reward: Letter Opener/Magnifier: 7" X 2-1/4" X 3/8" – Walnut, maple, brass and 5X lens. (Please inquire re: shipping cost outside U.S.)

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    E) Letter Opener/Magnifier: 7" X 2-1/4" X 3/8" – Walnut, maple, brass and 5X lens. (Please inquire re: shipping cost outside U.S.)

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    F) "Mini-monument to Love" Napkin Holder: 6-3/4" x 8" x 3" – Solid bamboo ply, hardwood base, inlays of walnut, maple and bloodwood (yes, bloodwood!). (Please inquire re: shipping cost and timing outside U.S.)

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    D) Cutting Board Set: 1 each of the Cheese Board and Cutting Board. See descriptions above. (Please inquire re: shipping cost outside U.S.)

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    M Small) Basic Tray/Cooling Rack (Choose 1 of 2 options): Rectangular Tray, 8 1/2" x 13 3/4" x 1"; Round Tray, 9 3/4" diameter x 1". Solid bamboo ply, hardwood slats. (Please inquire re: shipping cost outside U.S.)

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    I) Early Delivery Reward: Small Classic Tray/Cooling Rack: 13-3/8" x 9-3/8" x 1" – Solid bamboo ply, hardwood slats, inlays of walnut and maple. (Please inquire re: shipping cost outside U.S.)

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    M Large) Contemporary Tray/Cooling Rack (Choose 1 of 2 options): Rectangular Tray, 11 3/4" x 17" x 1"; Round Tray, 13 1/4" diameter. Solid bamboo ply, hardwood slats. (Please inquire re: shipping cost outside U.S.)

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    J) Early Delivery Reward: Medium Classic Tray/Cooling Rack: 17" x 12" x 1" – Solid bamboo ply, hardwood slats, inlays of walnut and maple. (Please inquire re: shipping cost outside U.S.)

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    Q, R) Small Mirrors (Choose 1 of 2 options): Solid bamboo ply, walnut, brass bolts, mirror, inlays of walnut, maple and madrona burl. Q) Small Mission Mirror: 12-1/4" x 12-1/4" x 1"; R) Hexagon Star Mirror: 10-3/4" dia., 4-3/4" opening. (Please inquire re: shipping cost outside U.S.)

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    T) Basic Clock: 13 1/4" dia. x 1 1/4" – Solid bamboo ply, walnut (or other hardwood), inlays of brass and maple. Continuous sweep (silent) quartz battery clock movement. (Please inquire re: shipping cost outside U.S.)

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    K) Large Classic Tray/Cooling Rack: 22-3/8" x 15-1/4' x 1" – Solid bamboo ply, hardwood slats, inlays of walnut and maple. (Please inquire re: shipping cost outside U.S.)

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    M Set) Basic Trays/Cooling Racks (Choose 1 of 2 options): Get both the small and large in either rectangular or round. (Please inquire re: shipping cost outside U.S.)

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    N, O, P) Large and Fancy Tray/Cooling Racks (Choose 1 of 3 options) – Solid bamboo ply, hardwood slats, inlays of walnut, maple, madrona burl (except Wiggle) and brass signature. N) Sine Wave Tray/Cooling Rack: 24" x 15" x 1"; O) Oval Sine Wave Tray/Cooling Rack: 15" x 22-1/2" x 1"; P) Wiggle Tray/Cooling Rack: 19-1/2" x 13-1/2" x 1". (Please inquire re: shipping cost outside U.S.)

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    G) "Classic" Cookbook/iPad®/Tablet Stand: 15-1/4" x 11-3/8" x 6" – Solid bamboo ply, aluminum, special hinges that keep any size cookbook at desired angle, inlays of walnut, maple and wenge. (Please inquire re: shipping cost outside U.S.)

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    G) Early Bird Reward: "Classic" Cookbook/iPad®/Tablet Stand plus 2 Spring Clips: 15-1/4" x 11-3/8" x 6" – Solid bamboo ply, aluminum, special hinges that keep any size cookbook at desired angle, inlays of walnut, maple and wenge. (Please inquire re: shipping cost outside U.S.)

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    H) "Orbit" Cookbook/iPad®/Tablet Stand: 14-1/4" x 11-1/4" x 5-3/8" – Solid bamboo ply, mirror, walnut, mahogany, aluminum, brass, inlays of walnut, maple, madrona burl, mahogany, wenge and brass. (Please inquire re: shipping cost outside U.S.)

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    H) Early Bird Reward: "Orbit" Cookbook/iPad®/Tablet Stand PLUS 2 Spring Clips: 14-1/4" x 11-1/4" x 5-3/8" – Solid bamboo ply, mirror, walnut, mahogany, aluminum, brass, inlays of walnut, maple, madrona burl, mahogany, wenge and brass. (Please inquire re: shipping cost outside U.S.)

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    L) Set of 3 Nesting Classic Trays/Cooling Racks: Save $48 with the set. (Please inquire re: shipping cost outside U.S.)

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    U) Slalom Clock: 15" x 15" X 1" – Solid bamboo ply, mahogany, walnut, inlays of walnut, maple and brass. Continuous sweep (silent) quartz battery clock movement. (Please inquire re: shipping cost outside U.S.)

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    V) C-Lover Clock: 23” x 23” x 1-1/2" – Solid bamboo plywood, wenge, walnut, mahogany, brass bolts, inlays of walnut, maple, wenge, mahogany and brass. Continuous sweep (silent) quartz battery clock movement. (Please inquire re: shipping cost outside U.S.)

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    S) Renaissance Mirror: 20-1/4“ x 20-1/4“ x 2” – Mahogany (or other hardwood), solid bamboo ply (died black), mahogany, walnut, brass bolts, mirror, inlays of walnut, maple, ebony and brass. (Please inquire re: shipping cost outside U.S.)

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    W) Renaissance Clock: 20-1/4“ x 20-1/4“ x 2” –
    Mahogany (or other hardwood), solid bamboo ply (died black), mahogany, walnut, brass bolts, inlays of walnut, maple, ebony and brass. Continuous sweep (silent) quartz battery clock movement. (Please inquire re: shipping cost outside U.S.)

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