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Downtime Manufacturing Co. is redesigning the way you think about lawn gaming. Yes, lawn games. Starting with Kubb.
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Introducing Downtime Manufacturing Company 

A level of quality and craftsmanship has eluded modern day lawn games for far too long. Cheap, poorly produced and void of any love, lawn games have become disposable and forgotten. With an emphasis on quality and design, Downtime Manufacturing will become purveyors of the finest lawn games. Invest in the future of lawn gaming with us.

We took to lawn games as a means to battle boredom on surf trips when exhaustion strikes, conditions are inept or when we just aren’t surfing….. periods we call, Downtime. Our favorite of these pursuits is Kubb, which is the obvious choice for launching DMCo. on Kickstarter. Beginning with our flagship product, Kubb, we’re leading into the farthest reaches of the lawn game landscape to outfit downtime goodtimes.

What is Kubb?

Lore has it that Kubb is a game created by the vikings to appease their competitive appetite between battles. Written history attributes the game to early Twentieth Century Sweden, where it remains widely popular to this day. Whatever the origins, Kubb has slowly trickled over to the United States, finding popularity in the Great Lakes region near Eau Claire, Wisconsin, which appointed itself the “Kubb Capital of North America” and hosts the U.S. National Championship. Other parts of the country have seen some semblance of popularity, but the game remains an outlier in comparison with its more common counterparts like Bocce Ball.

Kubb is played on a rectangular playing field, known as the “pitch,” and involves toppling the opposing teams kubbs, small wooden blocks, by underhand tossing batons. 

 Various rules of the game incorporate a strategic twist that creates a captivating interplay that meshes components of bocce and billiards.

 The primary objective is to topple all five of the opposing team’s kubbs in order to finally topple the king kubb in the center of the pitch. The game can be played by 2-12 players, but generally teams do not exceed 3 members.

Still unsure of all the details on how to play? Don't worry, instructions included with every set.

KUBB Instructions
KUBB Instructions

From backyard barbecues and best friends weddings to the desolate coast of Baja, we’ve played thousands of games of Kubb. But despite our familiarity and love for the game, Kubb is still relatively obscure in the United States.

Why Kickstarter? 

By offering Kubb sets as rewards, we aim to both introduce this great game to the masses and use it as a starting point to invest in more lawn games...Through the launch of its Kubbstarter campaign, we hope to establish DMCo. as a manufacturer of lawn games of the highest quality and continue to expand its offering of games.

We manufacture all of our kubb sets in our Portland woodshop using a variety of wood species, design aesthetics and colors in order to best serve the tastes of our customers.

 

 

Rewards:

$5 - DMCo. Founding Player

Become a Downtime MFG founding player and be forever written in the history books...or at least get your name on our website!

$15 - DMCo. Founding Player + 2 Koozies

Become forever immortalized on our website as a founding player plus 2 koozies to sit back, relax and enjoy a cold beverage for just a little bit longer.

$20 - DMCo. Carrying Case

Receive a Downtime MFG branded, durable carrying case. This bag is made of 10-ounce 100% cotton and able to withstand a heavy load such as your future kubb set.

$99 - KUBB: Classic Collection

The Classic Collection is our simplest set that lets the beauty of the wood speak for itself. Choose either maple (light/blonde) or walnut (dark/chocolate). 

Eastern maple is a blonde hardwood with mildly uniform grain superior hardness. Maple is commonly used for baseball bats, charcuterie boards and world-class dance floors . Eastern walnut is a rich chocolate-flavored hardwood with varied grain patterns and colored pitchwood. Walnut traditionally serves as gun stocks, charcuterie boards and castle doors.

Includes 1 king kubb, 10 field kubbs, 6 batons, 4 pitch markers, measuring rope, kubb instructions and a DMCo. branded carrying case. NOTE: Batons will be either walnut or maple with a beveled finish. See batons under Party Pack for an example.

$129 - KUBB: Cutaway Collection

The Cutaway Collection adds beveled edges with a splash of color on the beveled edge. You personalize the set by choosing the wood (walnut or maple) and the color accent (white, blue, orange.)

Eastern maple is a blonde hardwood with mildly uniform grain superior hardness. Maple is commonly used for baseball bats, charcuterie boards and world-class dance floors . Eastern walnut is a rich chocolate-flavored hardwood with varied grain patterns and colored pitchwood. Walnut traditionally serves as gun stocks, charcuterie boards and castle doors.

Includes 1 king kubb, 10 field kubbs, 6 batons, 4 pitch markers, measuring rope, kubb instructions and a DMCo. branded carrying case. NOTE: Batons will be either walnut or maple with a beveled finish. See batons under Party Pack for an example.

Cutaway Collection with maple and orange accent color
Cutaway Collection with maple and orange accent color

 Available in various woods and colors.

<<< Maple  -  Walnut >>>
<<< Maple - Walnut >>>

$125 - KUBB: Crossways Collection

The Crossways collection adds a slash detail across the face of the Kubb, accented by color. You personalize the set by choosing the wood (walnut or maple) and the color accent (white, blue, orange.)

Eastern maple is a blonde hardwood with mildly uniform grain superior hardness. Maple is commonly used for baseball bats, charcuterie boards and world-class dance floors . Eastern walnut is a rich chocolate-flavored hardwood with varied grain patterns and colored pitchwood. Walnut traditionally serves as gun stocks, charcuterie boards and castle doors.

Includes 1 king kubb, 10 field kubbs, 6 batons, 4 pitch markers, measuring rope, kubb instructions and a DMCo. branded carrying case. NOTE: Batons will be either walnut or maple with a beveled finish. See batons under Party Pack for an example.

$149 - KUBB: Party Pack

Ramp up the festivities by adding a bottle opener to your set. The King Kubb in each Party Pack comes with an inset bottle opener adding a practical novelty to your set. And because you don’t want cold hands playing kubb, your party pack includes four koozies.

Eastern walnut is a rich chocolate-flavored hardwood with varied grain patterns and colored pitchwood. Walnut traditionally serves as gun stocks, charcuterie boards and castle doors.

Includes 1 king kubb, 10 field kubbs, 6 batons, 4 pitch markers, measuring rope, kubb instructions, a DMCo. branded carrying case and 4 DMCo. koozies.

 

 

 

$149 - KUBB: Combo Collection

The Combo Collection is the epitome of our company’s commitment to craftsmanship. The Combo Collection is constructed using walnut and white oak to create the most unique Kubb set available.

First designed by the founders as a means of using the fall-off scraps from furniture projects, the combo collection quickly established itself as crowd-pleaser. Laminated with white oak and walnut hardwoods, the set is the most artisanal kubb set on the market.

Includes 1 king kubb, 10 field kubbs, 6 batons, 4 pitch markers, measuring rope, kubb instructions and a DMCo. branded carrying case. NOTE: Batons will be either walnut or maple with a beveled finish. See batons under Party Pack for an example.

 

 

$249 - KUBB: Reclaimed Collection

The Reclaimed Collection is the ultimate in uniqueness and class. Our truly one-of-a-kind offering, the reclaimed set is handcrafted from salvaged old-growth douglas fir.

We’d like to tell you more about the wood, but the varied nature of reclaimed renders us unable to do so. We can tell you that we acquire our reclaimed lumber from both regular suppliers and word-of-mouth and the occasional luck and happen chance. Sometimes the wood comes with a story, other times it arrives on a mystery train. If we know the origin, we’ll tell you, if not, we’ll make one up. Thusly, please be aware that our reclaimed set has the greatest variance in color and grain from the pictured set.

Includes 1 king kubb, 10 field kubbs, 6 batons, 4 pitch markers, measuring rope, kubb instructions and a DMCo. branded carrying case. NOTE: Batons will be either walnut or maple with a beveled finish. See batons under Party Pack for an example.

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

We are not robots, even though sometimes we maybe wish we were. Every set is handmade, by hands. That means the dedication to quality will remain despite with volume of demand. We’ll get sets out as fast as we can but will not sacrifice quality to do so. If we do hit critical mass, however, perhaps we’ll be able to afford those robot retrofits we’ve been eyeing.

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