Nicholas Hamilton Holmes runs a small designer furniture shop. He designs and builds furniture for clients, and for an emerging quality-driven furniture market. As the Hamilton Holmes brand grows, it has begun investing in trade exposure. This year Holmes will be exhibiting new designs at the Toronto Interior Design Show. This show will give great exposure to the right community, but the exposure comes at a price.
As a new father, Holmes has designed a product for babies. Like his furniture, Holmes designed the rattles to be of high quality, good style, and a lasting impression:
'One of the best things about making things is the process of discovery and play. As I began to rough out the first few rattles, I played with shapes and textures. I imagined myself as a baby, and tried to engage the act of playing. When the first rattle came off the lathe and made such a simple and fun noise and was a pleasure to hold, I knew that I would need to make more. I tried different wood types with different colours, grains, smells and textures, and the journey continued. Then when I started giving them to the babies (the real test), the success was amplified. The babies love them. They first stick them in their mouths and enjoy the smooth wooden texture. Then they learn that they can shake them and make noise. It becomes a tool of fine motor skill development as different arm patterns produce better or worse noises. Then as the baby gets older and becomes a toddler, the rattle can become their first musical instrument. With the help of their parents they learn to shake along to music. They discover rhythm, and then dance, and the ball is rolling'
These rattles are formed from a single piece of wood on the lathe. The rings are turned off the shaft of the rattle and sanded to a shine. This means that there are no joints to break, and no poisonous glues involved so that the product will last many generations of fun. The rattles are finished with food safe mineral oil, so that they can be used as a teething object. Each rattle is slightly different from the last, as each piece of wood is different. These are not made by a machine, they are made with hands.
This reward will allow Holmes to take the next step toward his success. With the funding help of this Kickstarter Holmes will be able to cover the admission, transportation and production costs associated with the Interior Design Show.
Thank you for reading, your support is greatly appreciated!
Risks and challenges
The risk of my project is that I won't get the rattles delivered in time.
BUT, I"ll be making rattles day and night to fulfill these order by Christmas. As long as we're funded by Dec 12th, All rattles will ship out that day.
- (24 days)