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Help eco-friendly small business expand. We need to buy a laser!

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Help us buy a laser! Creations out of chaos... Reclaiming and up-cycling would-be waste materials into quality, eco-friendly products

Alex Traxler - Owner Operator of Griffen Hollow Studio Photo Credit Alex Rose Images
Alex Traxler - Owner Operator of Griffen Hollow Studio Photo Credit Alex Rose Images

Howdy,

Alex, here! I am excited about the up-cycling movement and appreciate the opportunity to share my story and small business, Griffen Hollow Studio, with you. Thank you for visiting my Kickstarter campaign. I hope you will consider making a pledge to support it and share it with your friends. We can’t do this without you!

Our mission at Griffen Hollow Studio is providing quality professional craftsmanship. Whether it is manufacturing our own eco-friendly products or completing custom orders for clients we strive to produce exactly what the customer wants.

I recently started Griffen Hollow Studio out of a passion to be professionally creative while being socially responsible. I have been fortunate to have consistently increasing clientele who never cease to inspire and drive my work. Through collaboration with colleagues, like makers at the Columbus Idea Foundry, and while partnering with clients on innovative projects, I have expanded my technical abilities and creative skill set from woodworking to a variety of mediums.

Up-cycling: The idea for this business was conceived in conversations surrounding the impact of waste management in a variety of environments and industries that produce waste and simply get rid of it. It happens from daily projects, fashion manufacturing, in home improvement activities, just to name a few. Many projects and products begin with new materials and end with scraps, which are essentially quality materials that go unused.  

If I can reclaim perfectly good materials from what others call waste, I will at every chance I get. Why not? This is a step further than recycling. It is, 'up-cycling,’ making it better than it was before. At Griffen Hollow Studio, it’s called creating out of other’s chaos.

Kickstarter-Exclusive Line, Woody’s Wooden and Acrylic Accessories: Tinkering around with the materials I had, I was able to develop a unique, eco-friendly line of products for this Kickstarter debut of my line, Woody's Wooden and Acrylic Accessories. This line utilizes previously unused materials to create art or functional products.

  • Exclusive Rewards for Backers: To create your pledge rewards, I will be reclaiming old barns, projects, furniture and more to bring you the finest wooden accessories. As for the acrylics, I will be breaking down unused shelves, filtering through scrap from acrylic distributors, and buying drop cuts from local businesses to make you high quality, functional, unique products.

$20,000 GOAL: This amount would provide Griffen Hollow Studio the funds to significantly upgrade our most-used equipment and perform necessary shop maintenance. Purchasing a laser cutter is a top priority to make the business, which would make production more time and cost-effective. These upgrades would additionally provide an endless amount of possibilities for creation to our clients and additional revenue streams for the business. 

Live it, but also educate and advocate: Griffen Hollow Studio is more than just creating, being eco-friendly, and selling. Educating about ways that you can be eco-friendly at home and advocating for responsible manufacturing is one of Griffen Hollow Studio’s top priorities. This is achieved via social media engagement and during everyday work with clients. It is important to us to be a role model and create responsibly.

Griffen Hollow Studio’s eco-friendly work was featured in a news segment for a local new station in Columbus, Ohio being recognized for the up-cycling lifestyle and practices the business promotes. Check it out!

Here's a short video

It is a pleasure to talk about helping our environment and sustainable practices! Thank you for checking this out and please consider making a pledge of any amount that you can afford from $1 and up.

I hope to be creating for you soon!

- Alex Traxler


For the rewards here are some descriptions and photos!

Planting hardwood saplings, more reason to care:

Griffen Hollow Hardwoods, located in the blue hills of northern Kentucky, is the source of inspiration for Griffen Hollow Studio. With your help by becoming a backer of this Kickstarter campaign, hardwood saplings will be planted at Griffen Hollow during our timber stand improvements this spring of 2013. Any pledge above $10 will include this reward.


Wood/Metal Money clip:

Pick from a list of reclaimed woods and customize your money clip with a phrase, name, initials, logo and more!
Pick from a list of reclaimed woods and customize your money clip with a phrase, name, initials, logo and more!
  • Reclaimed wood from old barns, tables, doors and more
  • Oak, Cherry, Walnut, Maple, Ash, Sassafras and 90+ year old redwood (formerly the bleachers from Ohio Stadium home of the Buckeyes)
  • Easily adjustable to fit smaller amounts if your fat stacks stretch out the metal
  • Customize the money clip with your business logo, initials or something else spiffy.


Wooden Mouse Pad:

Mouse pads made from reclaimed maple, oak and or cherry.
Mouse pads made from reclaimed maple, oak and or cherry.
  • Through some testing I decided to make these with lighter color wood for the use as a mouse pad
  • Most of these will be made with reclaimed white oak, maple, walnut, cherry
  • Roughly 8"x8"
  • Rubber feet on the bottoms prevent sliding on the a desk or couch

Wood/Acrylic Wallet:

I have been collecting for this Kickstarter for months. Choose from a list of reclaimed acrylic or wood and customize your Woody's Wooden or Acrylic Wallet with a picture, logo, name, initials, phrase and more!
I have been collecting for this Kickstarter for months. Choose from a list of reclaimed acrylic or wood and customize your Woody's Wooden or Acrylic Wallet with a picture, logo, name, initials, phrase and more!
  • Made with reclaimed wood or acrylic
  • Color on one side / Clear on the other (to see ID etc.)
  • Use as a credit card and ID holder or for business card or all of them
  • I have had mine in my back pocket for 4-5 months without it breaking. I would recommend not sitting on it in the back pocket but then again, mine is making me proud!
  • Customize with a picture, initials, business logo or whatever suits your fancy.
  • There maybe air bubbles between layers. Though I work to get a clearer final product, they are part of the unique nature of using up-cycled materials.
  • ***Cherry, walnut, maple and 90+ year old redwood (formerly the bleachers from Ohio Stadium home of the Buckeyes)

Acrylic State Coasters:

Your choice of any states borders on a set of four reclaimed acrylic coasters. 3 1/2" x 1/8" or 1/4" depending on the acrylic reclaimed. (If you want it in a solid color I will provide a list of the colors available at the end of the project.)

Pick your state out line to be etched on four coasters, laser cut from reclaimed acrylic.
Pick your state out line to be etched on four coasters, laser cut from reclaimed acrylic.

Pins and Key-chains:

This is a great pledge for any small business, promotional company, band and anyone else looking to spread the word. They are unique gifts, retail products or whatever you want to use them for. This is a one time special for the Kickstarter. This price includes the setup, design and labor fees!

Pins: Your choice of shape, logo and choice of light or dark wood.

Key-chains: Your choice of shape, logo and choice of wood or acrylic. 

Pins and Key-chains... the best promo gift or small retail products!
Pins and Key-chains... the best promo gift or small retail products!

Tee Shirt and Poster:;

Tee Shirts:

  • Printed on super soft ring spun tees
  • Hand printed by Traxler Tees
  • Adult sizes only
GHS - Griffin Tee Shirt
GHS - Griffin Tee Shirt

Poster:

  • Hand printed
  • Printed on handmade paper
  • 12.5"x19"
  • Limited number come with frame. These frames will be made from reclaimed walnut.

I love finding inspiration all around me and take pride sourcing materials and labor from folks locally. So for this Kickstarter project I reached out to Graham Erwin of Traxler Tees to make an awesome silk screen print. This griffin will adorn the GHS Kickstarter Tees and a limited number will be made into posters!

Art by: Graham Erwin
Art by: Graham Erwin

Custom reclaimed furniture:

I will help you design or design you a piece of small/medium furniture (end tables or small table and matching shelves for example). 

Or, I will work with your business to create a piece for your space.  

This is a piece in my personal collection. Live edge walnut with a hard epoxy finish. The legs are made from old school chairs. The center is a piece of copper from an old roof top.
This is a piece in my personal collection. Live edge walnut with a hard epoxy finish. The legs are made from old school chairs. The center is a piece of copper from an old roof top.
Compton Construction has pledged at the $1,200 for Griffen Hollow Studio to create their new signage for job sites.
Compton Construction has pledged at the $1,200 for Griffen Hollow Studio to create their new signage for job sites.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Our risks and challenges are minimal. I think the hardest part will come in matching the backers color preferences. But, we have multiple sources for materials and have been saving up scraps for awhile.

Our products are pretty clear cut. Prototype designs were made by hand and the products are cut on the laser and hand assembled in Ohio. We hope reduce the wait by assembling the products in house.

FAQ

  • I use a laser cutter/etcher to produce many of my products. This efficiently organizes pieces to be cut and therefore creates less waste. You may submit you initials, name, picture, business logo and more to be etched into the wood or acrylic. The laser produces detailed results but they may vary on certain types of wood and different colors of acrylic.

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  • In my own words, up-cycling is to make it better than it was before. Recycling is reusing the material to create and product of equal or lesser value.

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    We will plant an oak tree at Griffen Hollow Hardwoods (our tree farm in Kentucky.) We will even name the tree after you! Mention on our Facebook and website.

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    Griffen Hollow Studio Tee Shirt printed on ring spun super tees. Super soft! Adult sizes only. We will plant a hardwood tree at Griffen Hollow Hardwoods (our tree farm in Kentucky.) Mention on our Facebook and website.

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    Customize your Woody's Wooden Accessories MONEY CLIP. A unique money clip accented by reclaimed wood. These money clips are made to hold a good amount of money and cards. In the event it is too big easily bend it back to hold less! The wood is reclaimed so you will have a choice between 'light' and 'dark' wood. Customize with your business logo, favorite phrase or initials and more! We will plant a hardwood tree at Griffen Hollow Hardwoods (our tree farm in Kentucky.) Mention on Facebook and our website.

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    Coasters made from reclaimed acrylic. Four laser cut/etched coasters with your choice of one state's boarders on all four coasters. We will plant a tree at Griffen Hollow Hardwoods Tree Farm. Mention on our Facebook and website.

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    Woody's Wooden Accessories Wooden Mouse Pad. Made from reclaimed wood. Roughly 8"x8" We will plant a hardwood tree at Griffen Hollow Hardwoods (our tree farm in Kentucky.) Mention on Facebook and our website.

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    Customize your Woody's Wooden Accessories WOOD Wallet. Made from reclaimed wood. Give us an idea of your color preference: 'light' or 'dark'! Customize with your business logo, favorite phrase, pattern, initials and more! We will plant a hardwood tree at Griffen Hollow Hardwoods (our tree farm in Kentucky.) Mention on Facebook and our website.

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    Customize your Woody's Wooden Accessories ACRYLIC Wallet. Made from up-cycled acrylic. Give us an idea of your color preference and we'll try to match it! Limited color and supply as the materials are reclaimed. Customize with your business logo, favorite phrase, pattern, initials and more! We will plant a hardwood tree at Griffen Hollow Hardwoods (our tree farm in Kentucky.) Mention on Facebook and our website.

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    Limited Edition silk screen print made for GHS's Kickstarter designed by Graham Erwin. Rough dimensions are 12.5"x19" We will plant a hardwood tree at Griffen Hollow Hardwoods (our tree farm in Kentucky.)

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    Limited Edition silk screen print made for GHS's Kickstarter designed and signed by Graham Erwin. Rough dimensions are 12.5"x19" We will plant a hardwood tree at Griffen Hollow Hardwoods (our tree farm in Kentucky.) Griffen Hollow Studio Tee Shirt Adult sizes only. Mention on our Facebook and website.

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    Framed Limited Edition silk screen print made for GHS's Kickstarter designed and signed by Graham Erwin. The print's rough dimensions are 12.5"x19" We will plant a hardwood tree at Griffen Hollow Hardwoods (our tree farm in Kentucky.)

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    Save $60 on a combination of the rewards. Backers will get (1-$10) we will plant a tree at Griffen Hollow Hardwoods Tree Farm (1-$25) Money clip (1-$25) GHS Tee shirt *adult sizes only* (1-$30) Wooden Mouse Pad (1-$55) Wood Wallet or Acrylic Wallet (1-$175) Framed Limited Edition silkscreen print

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    PROMO PACKAGE: I will work with your business, band or personal logo and provide you with one unit of (250) pins, one unit of (150) key-chains! Resale retail value of $2,050!

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    For this pledge I will work with you to create a unique small piece of furniture (such as a end table) using eco-friendly up-cycling practices. Shipping rates will be applied after the piece is finished.

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