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Designed for active creators, writers & dreamers to capture those ideas that simply won’t wait ...shipping in time for the holidays!
Designed for active creators, writers & dreamers to capture those ideas that simply won’t wait ...shipping in time for the holidays!
Designed for active creators, writers & dreamers to capture those ideas that simply won’t wait ...shipping in time for the holidays!
549 backers pledged $47,266 to help bring this project to life.

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What is a prototype?

A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:

Proof of Concept

Explorations that test ideas and functionality.

Functional Prototype

Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.

Appearance Prototype

Looks like the final product, but is not functional.

Design Prototype

Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.

Production Prototype

Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.

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These photos and videos provide a detailed look at this project’s development.

Calvin and I are both idea people, we both carry a sketchbook journal pretty much wherever we go to capture thoughts, share ideas with others or just to have a bundle of information with us when we need it. We couldn’t live without our sketchbooks and we’ve tried many ...but can rarely get one to hold up all the way through to the last page. Most pop at the seams, come unglued at the binding or simply tear through in various places. They’re just not built to be used the way we use them - so we decided to create one. 

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A book designed for work

Phones and laptops are great, but nothing replaces the feel and the immediacy of using pen and paper to work through a problem or explore an idea. We find that we work differently when we write or draw v.s type - which is why every product we create begins life as a rough first sketch!

The Ledr workbook is an idea-capturing/exploring 'system': a full grain leather cover + a custom designed journal, built with 3 goals in mind: last-forever quality, an ideal sketching/writing experience, plus the right amount of additional storage for your non-stop mobile life.

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It begins with an awesome book...

The Ledr workbook begins with the book itself. We're working with a local printer/binder that specializes in high quality Smyth-sewn perfect bindings, a lay-flat binding technique used in high quality art books and textbooks. We tested out dozens of paper and cover samples and put together what we think balances a thick enough page to minimize bleed-through, but still has plenty of pages and writing space to keep you going for a long time.

It's 144 pages, 80 lb. weight, sustainably-sourced FSC paper stock - and a standard pocket-format size of 3.5" X 5.5" (89 mm X 139 mm).

While this custom-designed journal comes with Workbook, it can hold any brand of pocket-format 3.5” X 5.5” book, soft or hard cover, up to 1/2” thick. Thinner books (like Field Notes) can be tabbed in the rear pocket alone, leaving the front pocket completely free for storage. Thicker soft or hard cover books can either be tabbed back, front or both allowing you to use either of the 2 storage pockets to suit your needs.

Have a favorite 3.5" X 5.5" journal/sketch book brand that you can't live without? It will fit!

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...wrapped in full grain leather

Workbook’s cover is full grain leather, the same soft-but tough leather used in baseball mitts. It comes with 4 elastic pen-sized slots that can carry your collection of favorite writing tools …or anything else that they may fit: a ruler, an AA battery, a USB drive or a charging cable. 

Additionally, there are 2 generous internal cover pockets that provide plenty of additional storage that can be used like a second wallet to hold receipts, park spare cash, secure a passport or an iPhone 6 or 7-sized phone. 

A elastic shock cord closure surrounds workbook when closed, accommodating a range of different collection thicknesses, while holding everything snug and in its place.

Building and living with prototypes is a great way to understand how an idea will hold up in real life and to understand the exact set of features that will make it awesome. We built our first prototype about a year ago that's gone with us everywhere - iron foundries, metal stamping plants and out on the trail. It's been treated like any of our shop tools - many scuffs and scrapes later, it looks better then ever and feels great to the touch!

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$50K Stretch goal: a matching rule pledge level

If we can hit $50K, we will be able to unlock pledge levels that will include a matching Standard/Metric stainless steel machinists rule. At 5.5" (139 mm) long, it's designed to fit the length of the book, as well as hold snug in one of the pen slots or in one of the inner pockets. Most rulers available are too long and too narrow to ride along without slipping out. This custom-fit rule really completes your workbook system!

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For lefties AND righties

Workbook can be configured with your tool collection to the left or the right of the book. It's designed to work either way - up to you!

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The project

The Ledr workbook project was inspired by the tool roll we launched about a year ago on Kickstarter. Many of our tool roll backers dropped suggestions for a writing/note-taking version, which prompted us to move the workbook from a prototype to project. Thank you for that, tool roll backers!

We have eight successful Kickstarter projects behind us now and simply love setting up and running crowd funding events - not just for the backing that helps us get new ideas off the ground, but for the community of enthusiastic and thoughtful supporters we meet with each new project. We always learn a lot from our backers and welcome your input along the way.

Ideas on how to improve our Ledr utility leather line? ...or have thoughts on what we should make next? We'd love to hear them!

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100% spam-free guarantee!

We hope you'll support the Workbook project, and if you do, we promise to keep all of our communications with you focused on our progress ...and will not flood your inbox with promotions for other's projects! 

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Project schedule

Our goal is to do everything we can to get your workbook pledge rewards in your hand in plenty of time for the holidays. Schedules are always tough to predict before knowing exactly how many units we'll be producing - but holiday is our goal!

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Shipping

Our default world wide shipping method will be US post. On our past projects, we've had a very high success rate with it, but please note that it will not include tracking past the US border; happy to help make alternative shipping arrangements with tracking at additional cost if needed.

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About Onehundred

Founded by my son Calvin and me, we seek out and work with the interesting, authentic manufacturing talents found in our 100 mile New England backyard; everything that we develop is produced here then launched with our enthusiastic community of international backers here on Kickstarter.

Having developed 100's of products for both start ups and fortune 500 companies alike, it's exciting work at a neighborhood level where we can be more hands-on.

We hope that you'll join us for this one - thanks in advance for your support,

Dave & Calvin

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Risks and challenges

This is our second leather project, and we will be working with a trusted shop that we know well. Additionally, we have a community of additional shops we can bring in as a back up if an issue arises. The biggest risk to shipping on the stated delivery date, as always, is their production capacity or scheduling of other work at the time of our actual order.

For those of you who are new to our projects, we have a lot of product development experience and communicate often. All 10 of our previous Kickstarter projects have shipped on time, 100% drama free.

We take very good care of our backers - your pledge is in very good hands!

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Funding period

- (30 days)