This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, October 26 2018 3:45 AM UTC +00:00.
Spinning tops are a wonderful objects - satisfying to hold and mesmerizing to watch as they spin. We find they're a great way to take a quick break from mundane tasks, a controlled daydream if you will - a welcome distraction that boosts creative thought.
Our first Spyn project was a big hit with our backers here on Kickstarter, so we're adding 3 new models to the family, each with it's own distinct sculptural, light-reflecting character. We've also crafted a clever way for you to take your Spyn with you - a leather sling that rides with your keys, holding your top in place, ready to go where you go!
The basic form of any spinning top is 'revolved shape', meaning it's constructed from half of the side profile that is then rotated about the center axis to create a 3 dimensional form. It's a revolved shape that ...revolves!
There are many design possibilities with top geometry, limited only by the constraints of the machines that produce them. Based on this, Spyn is a family of 3 distinctly different design personalities for a simple, perfectly balanced spinning top, each with it's own unique way of reflecting light as it spins.
A softened, organic profile crafted from a series of intersecting arcs, orchestrated into an natural, plant-like form. It's designed to catch a broad, sweeping highlight as it spins.
A crisp, tailored, almost jewel-like shape inspired by fractal geometry, facets designed to catch multiple wide conical, almost sparkling reflections.
A reference to low-resolution 8-bit video graphics, mimicking a stack of separate parts that accentuate it's machine-made character, catching multiple highlights when in motion.
Will your Spyn live on your desk or will it hit the road with you? The Spyn Sling is an elegantly simple way to protect your spin and make sure it can come along for the ride. Crafted from full-grain leather, it can attach to a key ring, a carabiner, a zipper pull, a backpack loop - where ever you have room for a Spyn.
Spyn tops are turned on Swiss CNC lathe, a machine often used to produce very precise parts, such as mechanical watch gears. They are cut from solid, 304 Stainless Steel bar stock, are perfectly balanced and designed to last forever. Each is interesting in it's own way ...but all 3 together make for a stunning set.
Precision turned CNC stainless steel is one of our favorite manufacturing processes; we've been creating turned parts since our very first Kickstarter project in 2013. We have several trust-worthy shops that that have earned our respect, who have always produced excellent pieces. Quality is everything!
Predicting shipping the schedule on a Kickstarter is always difficult, though, without knowing exactly how many pieces we'll be producing or what other work our shops will have at the time we order. We’re confident we will be able to begin the shipping process in January, with ongoing shipments as finished parts are completed.
Our default worldwide shipping method will be by US Post. We've had a high success rate with USPS on past projects, but please note that it will not include tracking beyond the US border. We'd be happy to make alternative shipping arrangements with tracking at an additional cost if you require - just let us know.
Our name 'Onehundred' comes from the 100 mile radius around our Saxonville, MA studio where we seek out interesting, talented New England manufacturers, assuring that we can spend time getting to know them, their machines and their capabilities. Many are 50+ year old, multi-geneneration owned, industrial revolution-era factories.
Manufacturing locally also lowers our carbon foot print by about 60% by not having to ship parts halfway around the world!
Learn more: onehundred.co
Risks and challenges
We have been working with all of our local production shops for several years now. They do quality work and being close, we're able to visit them often to discuss any issues as they arise. The biggest risk to beginning shipping on the stated date, though, is their production capacity and scheduling of other work at the time of our actual order. Occasionally, our smaller production runs will be delayed in favor of larger orders - a process we can't always control. We also never know in advance how many pieces we'll need to produce or if our shops will have an opening for our project.
For those of you who are new to our projects, we have a lot of product development, manufacturing & crowdfunding delivery experience. We love working with our crowdfunding community, communicate often and take good care of our backers. This is our 21st crowdfunding campaign, we're looking forward to many more!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter