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Woodspeaker offers the perfect pairing of classic design and modern sound. Elegantly crafted from sustainable, high-quality oak.
55 backers pledged €8,911 to help bring this project to life.

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Sometimes, remarkable things are born out of a combination of sheer luck and will. Such happens to be the case with the creation and development of the Woodspeaker. I, Maarten Dijksman, created this lovely invention, and it all started with my deep-seated passion for music.

As a craftsman, I began working out of “Strijp-S,” a neighborhood and former industrial park in the Eindhoven district of Strijp. The area had once belonged to a well-known electronics company named Philips, but had since become a thriving area for local creatives.  

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte admiring the Woodspeaker and tweeting about it.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte admiring the Woodspeaker and tweeting about it.

While working on a project involving a custom-made stool, I created a mold for my design. To my surprise, when the mold was finished, it bared a striking resemblance to that of a gramophone. Intrigued by this, it inspired me to test the sound quality of this new design. After all, I did (and still do) have a passion for music. As it turned out, my “gramophone” sounded remarkably good! So good, in fact, that I decided to share my invention with the world. I ended up developing it into a custom-made product, and before I knew it, the Woodspeaker was born.

Height about 42 cm 16,5 inch
Width  about 24 cm 9,5 inch
length about 50 cm 19,6 inch

Woodspeaker features

- High-quality, handmade craftsmanship and composition

- Timeless Dutch design baring high-end visual appeal

- Superior wood acoustics producing only the best sound

- Sustainable materials comprised of responsibly recycled wood

- Beautiful, low-tech design promoting natural sound amplification

Risks and challenges

After I created the very first Woodspeaker, I made a few others, so I could fine-tune the production process as a whole. Although it is still handwork, the usage of custom-made molds and clamps have already made production much more efficient.

The Woodspeaker is very special to me, so I’ve made it my goal to complete every step of the process with the utmost attention to detail and craftsmanship. Most of these steps, including design, reclaiming materials, woodworking, and finishing are well within my expertise.
However, other aspects, such as promotion, packaging, and further upgrading the production process are new to me, so I’ve done a ton of research in those areas, as well as spoken with experts to find the help needed to get those things done.

Why I need your help
Currently, I need to raise €7.500,00 to cover the costs of making the Woodspeaker a reality. Specifically, the money would go directly into renting a workshop, further updating the production process, and packaging, as well as buying tools and materials for production.
In the time leading up to this campaign, I have tested several different methods of manufacturing and made prototypes of the Woodspeaker to ensure I really understand the process. So, when this campaign ends, I can immediately start creating your Woodspeaker!

Any money raised above my goal will be used to establish the Woodspeaker more permanently. My dream is to create a full-fledged brand around the Woodspeaker—one that stands for environmental and responsible manufacturing, not to mention honesty and openness.

In my opinion, Kickstarter is the perfect platform to launch such a thing. I have the knowledge, the ambition, and my goals are set, but I need your support to really get things started. With your help, I can make this dream a reality.

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    You will receive 5 Woodspeakers for in the suites of your hotel. Your guests can play their favorite music without disturbing other guests

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