About this project
Reclamation Etchworks creates modern day spirit decanters by upcycling bottles repurposed with laser etched designs. There are two different sets, each a collection of four, to house your favorite elixirs and add prestige to your home bar.
The first set, the Constance, is a collection of four identically shaped 750ml bottles permanently etched with matching Art Nouveau inspired designs. The labels; Bourbon, Rhum, Geniévre(Gin) & Agave(Tequila) are engraved into the glass with a high powered laser creating a crisp contrast with digital precision.
Through Kickstarter we are offering this set in two batches, the early bird first run to be shipped in July and the second run to be shipped shortly after in August. In addition we are also offering a custom etched Constance set for a premium with a personal message of your choice on the reverse side of each bottle to commemorate any occasion. And finally, our Kickstarter exclusive set! This one time only set of 8 Constance bottles will offer Cognac, Eau de Vie, Whisky(Scotch) & Mezcal in addition to the originals: Bourbon, Geniévre, Rhum & Agave. This set is in very limited supply and only available until June 4th.
The second set, named the Variance, consists of four unique but harmonious vessels to lay the foundation of your home bar. Each one of these bottles offers it’s own appeal through both structural form and individual label design. Because these bottles originate from premium spirits and liqueurs their aesthetic offers a great level of distinction but because of their obscurity their availability is limited. The Variance, too, will be manufactured in multiple runs shipping in July, August & October in order to maintain supply.
Our bottle inventory is collected with the help of the remarkable bar staffs of local dining establishments and cocktail havens throughout San Francisco. These tireless individuals store away empties one by one slowly accumulating each set for us that we then strip, sanitize and repurpose giving them a new and permanent shelf life in your home bar.
Our goal is to not only catch every last one of these four bottles but to increase the number of bottles consumed. By mining these bottles out of the waste stream we create an environmental friendly product at a economically sustainable price.
With your help, Reclamation Etchworks will be able to purchase it's own laser machine. This will enable us to increase our production seven times over and open the door to new projects and ideas. If we exceed our goal we will be able to open a fully functional facility here in San Francisco, employing local talent and boosting our local economy. Cheers!
Risks and challenges
As with any new project there is always the possibility for setbacks. We foresee two possible obstacles with Reclamation Etchworks. The first, should we lead a successful Kickstarter campaign and be able to purchase our own laser machine, is that this machine may fail. We've actually seen this happen in our immediate community and understand the frustration that can result. Which is the good news, we have friends that have purchased their own laser machines. This is not only a good support network for when maintenance issues arise, but there is also the opportunity to rent time on their machines. We also have the source in which we have successfully made all of our Constance and Variance bottles this far, TechShopSF. We will continue to have access to their shared laser machines and will inevitably be able to fulfill the orders. Shipping dates may be stretched in this scenario as our work week would be reduced to 12 hrs of etching each week.
Our second concern is coming up short on empty bottles in which to etch our decanters. This is where our other network comes into play- the boozers. We've cast a wide net over the city of San Francisco and it's cocktail slinging aficionados in order to catch as many of the empty bottles that we use as possible. But there is a chance that this may not be enough. If this is the case we may have to extend our reach to neighboring Napa Valley(I hear they do some drinking up there), Oakland & San Jose. This will lengthen our pick up days quite a bit but luckily Northern California is a beautiful place to travel. Frankly, if our business is successful beyond just Kickstarter, we'd like to expand and open up shop in other cities as well. We find it would be more economical and environmentally sustainable to have another workspace in, say Portland, Chicago or New York, than to ship empty bottles from there to SF and then back out to customers. And I'm told they enjoy a nice cocktail from time to time there too. Although these challenges may cause frustration, they will not prevent us from creating our new beloved product. Here's to your new home bar!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Unfortunately Vodka is not in the plans. Although it may look fine amongst your other decanters and be used frequently at your home bar, the truth is that the era in which we reference with our design aesthetic was a time when Vodka was not yet imported. Offering it would add an inconsistency to our vision. We hope this does not detour you but instead inspires you to explore the hundreds of incredible gin cocktails that you may not yet be familiar with. May we suggest a copy of Jigger, Beaker & Glass by Charles Baker?
Unfortunately not at this time. The aesthetic we are trying to create is only achieved through the a cohesive design language between the bottles. We hope this will lead you to tinker with the magnificent cocktails that you may not yet have explored with all four of these essential spirits. Or, if you really, really have no intention of using one of the bottles and even the sight of them reminds you of that awful spring break in Mexico, then, single bottles from your set will certainly make a great gift to a friend.
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