My name is Clive Roddy and I am a Designer and Maker
based near Bath in the UK.
I love designing and making things (especially from wood!) and I believe in developing simple ideas to create remarkable designs that capture a sense of fun and originality.
The Pencil Shaving Desk Tidy was designed to mimic a giant pencil shaving whilst almost serendipitously providing a large amount of functional storage space for your stationery.
Each Shaving is lovingly crafted almost entirely from beautiful and sustainable high specification birch plywood, before being carefully hand-painted in one of three classic colours.
The spiral shaped design provides a generous amount of storage capacity and gives you the ability to organise and arrange items between the separate layers of curved birch.
Store up to 75 pencils/pens or brushes, knives, tools and more. This playful yet extremely functional product is the perfect accessory for any desk.
Product development process
The Pencil Shaving Desk Tidy is a very simple concept, however it has taken me six months to refine the design, source and test material quality, overcome issues with material limitations, manufacture, painting and branding. All manufacturing and process issues have now been resolved (after quite a few 'back to the drawing board' moments!) and the design and final prototypes are now ready for production.
1) A page from my sketchbook showing initial concept ideas.
2) The first ever prototype. Made from spare card and a felt-tip pen.
3) Early prototype development with paper.
4) Shape refinement. Initial experiments with flexible plywood.
5) First wooden painted prototype.
6) Initial base parts cut by hand. Strength testing material limitations.
7) Image shows flexible ply shape and painting testing development.
8) Detail refinement from early samples cut by my manufacturing partner.
9) Studio notice board showing some brand/logo development.
10) Development prototype, paint colour selection and testing.
11) Capacity testing.
12) A large shelf in my studio containing various prototypes and samples.
Why I need your help
In order to offer this product at a reasonable price per unit, I need to be able to place large orders with my production and packaging manufacturers. I also need to manage a small team to carefully hand paint, glue, assemble and package each product. This combination of production elements is not viable unless applied to a large batch. So with your help I will be able to meet minimum order quantities, scale production and therefore make this product become a reality!
All rewards include FREE international delivery.
Risks and challenges
This is my first ever kickstarter project, however I have been successfully designing and managing my own product design projects, from concept to final production, for the last four years. I have also personally overseen and successfully fulfilled more than 2000 orders to happy customers all over the world via my online website shop and Etsy shop.
Throughout the development of this project, I have been consistently improving, testing and refining the design and production techniques needed to ensure the finished product is of a very high standard.
As with all new projects, there are occasionally unforeseen issues than can arise, however I am more than confident that my team and I will be able to overcome any challenges that may lie ahead and deliver a finished product that arrives on time and of the highest quality. If there are any unforeseen delays and/or issues, we will be open and honest with you and you will receive detailed updates throughout the process.
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