I love woodworking, designing, creativity, challenges and tabletop games. How do you deal with all of that love?...You start a small artisan business (on Etsy.) Yep, that's exactly what I did. I'm still pretty new, and I'm doing pretty good. I have two laser cutters and a bunch of power tools. But, I REALLY want a CNC machine so I can do even more! I recently had a special request for a 12" meeple that was 3" in depth to be displayed at a 25th anniversary party. Guests are going to sign it (how cool is that?) I accepted the challenge, nailed it and LOVED it!!! It's epic! I couldn't stop looking at it. I wanted to join the Make100 kickstarter and was trying to think of something really cool to do. This was it! I have a way to earn money so I could buy my CNC machine and grow my new business!
At first I thought about trying to go the "artistic" route and make the meeples into art pieces. But... my goal for my business is to let my customers purchase something from me that THEY helped make. I offer so many options (probably too many) so every item that is made is special. That is what I wanted to do for my Giant Meeple Project! When someone backs a meeple of their choosing, I will contact them at the end of the campaign to see how they want their meeple to look. It can be painted just about any way- colorful, a pattern, a solid color (I can even use a color shifting paint on it or make it glow in the dark!) It can look like an animal or be themed for your favorite game. It can be made into a family heirloom, have names or sayings put on it with vinyl or laser cut wood, glitter it. The options are endless!!! What will your meeple look like?
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk for my project is time. I will work diligently to fulfill requests in a timely manner, but some custom designs end up being complex and therefore more time consuming. I want to give every meeple the time it needs, so some requests might take longer than others. I will communicate with backers if this happens. Timely communication about requests (questions an approvals) will be key if I am going to stay on track.
The next risk is that my vision of a custom meeple is different than the backers. To overcome this obstacle, I plan to communicate with the backer and send photos of my thoughts in order to make sure it matches theirs.
Some custom requests might get a little crazy, and while I love a challenge, there might be a request that I simply cannot do. If that is the case, I will contact and work with the backer in order to create something that they will still love.
My last risk is international shipping. Some of these wood meeples are heavy and I can't find a specific shipping cost that will cover all sizes and destinations. If a backer is shipping internationally I will contact them to determine the shipping cost based on the size they backed and the destination.
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