NeighborWood works with local municipalities to leverage urban trees removed for safety reasons and makes one of a kind cutting boards Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on March 8, 2012.
About this project
A Truly Green StoryLess than a year ago I stepped back from a career in cutting edge technology and into the old-fashioned business of cutting wood and started NeighborWood. NeighborWood creates sustainable wood products from urban growth timber.
The seed of the idea for NeighborWood was planted when I watched City crews removing trees on my parkway after they were damaged by a wind storm. Having no idea what I would do with them, I asked the forestry crew if I could have some of the logs. I was now the proud owner of 1000 lbs of Oak logs, what to do now? The first idea was flooring, but after many conversations with my mentor and others, I decided that was not a great idea. I love to cook and cooked at Chart House in the early 90's and loved the feel of wood cutting boards, so why not high-end cutting boards that are as much art pieces as they are functional. The idea for NeighborWood cutting boards was born that day.
The ConceptInstead of purchasing new hardwood for projects, we reclaim trees that would otherwise be turned into wood chips or firewood. We work closely with local municipalities, forestry departments and private tree removal firms to leverage the large amount of urban growth timber removed from storm damage or removed for safety reasons. It is not uncommon for a city to remove 250,000 board feet of useable timber a year. That is 250,000 board feet of useable wood sent to the wood chipper!
The knots, spalting and imperfections are what make NeighborWood cutting boards so unique. We love getting the wood milled, dried and back from the mill and into the shop to see what each tree has hidden under its bark. We do not toss these imperfections aside, rather we incorporate them into our cutting boards. The only "edge" I deal with these days, is the "LIVE Edge", or the rustic boarder on a finished piece of wood that still bears the traces of tree bark and has become one of our trademarks and our most popular line of cutting boards.
KICKSTART US THE REST OF THE WAYSo here is where you come in and we can really use your help. As you can imagine working with local cities and municipalities can be a very time consuming process. We have the process down, we just need to get materials infront of more cities.
We can only afford to mill small quantities of logs at a time and this gives us little leverage with the mills. We need to get more logs milled, to get pricing down and meet demand.
We have been told by many of our retailers that this is the greatest kitchen product to come along in years. Now we need to keep the big boys like John Boos and JK Adams from taking my idea and beating me to market.
NeighborWood has been featured on:Featured on Live Green Channel 7 Chicago
Evanston Roundtable Newspaper
WBBM Radio Made in Chicago
Kickstarter is a great way for us to test and realize many of the ideas that we have for kitchen products using urban growth wood. And we love seeing the joy and excitement our products bring to people.
WHERE THE FUNDING GOESCreating products take a lot of time and money to develop and launch. Here are some areas where the pledge money helps to make the product a reality.
-Milling. It takes about 2 months from the time a log is placed in the kiln to the time it is dry (8% water content) and can be used for product. We need to get larger quantities of logs into the mill to meet demand. Approx. $5,000.00
-Tooling and Development. Our designs are becoming more demanding and each piece is handmade. To meet demand and keep quality high we intend to build a small CNC machine to cut blanks and juice grooves for our large cutting boards. This will also give us unlimited custom capabilities for custom orders. Approx $4,500.00
-Label Printer. There is only so much you can do with a high quality laser printer. Since we track each tree and cutting board with a zip code, we need a small commercial label printer to meet the varying zip codes printed on each label. Since we work with multiple cities, where the wood comes from each month is always varied. Approx. $2,500.00
-Packaging. Our packaging is made from 100% recycled products. You would think recycled products would be cheaper to buy, but they are not. We are committed to using recycled products such as our tags and retail packaging, but we need to order larger quantities to get the prices down from the manufacturers. Approx. $1,500.00
-New Product Design. We are always trying new product ideas for the kitchen and we have a number we want to bring to market soon. Unfortunately design and prototypes takes time and money. Approx. $1,000.00
THANK YOU!With your support we are excited to share our growth with you and I want to thank you in advance for your support. We hope that you are inspired and excited by the idea and choose to support the project. Either way please spread the word and share with your friends.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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