About this project
About The Wallet
The wallet is a two piece design with tabs much like you see on folders which help make grabbing the card you need a breeze.The Sapling wallet is designed with the minimalist in mind.No more bulky wallets filled with old receipts, loose change, or anything else pack rats like to hold onto.Carry only what you need with the Sapling wallet. The two wood laminate fiberboard plates are held together by a durable elastic band that allow the wallet to expand or contract depending on how many cards you like to carry.The Sapling Wallet can carry 1-8 cards comfortably but can carry more if you need to.You won't need to worry about cards falling out.The elastic holds the cards securely no matter how many cards you have in the wallet at one time.Also you can hold cash under the elastic band on the outside of the wallet.Think of the elastic band as a money clip.You can chose from Walnut, Cherrywood, or Birch wood laminate finishes.
Inspiration For Creating The Sapling Wallet.
I like creating things. There's something about taking an idea and watching it turn into something real that is fascinating to me. I've made a lot of different things, but have never actually had the chance to potentially share what I've made with the world. If I can raise my goal of 1,500 dollars I will be able to cut cost on materials for the initial run of Sapling Wallets. Raising my goal will make this project possible!
The story of how I got here.
So I wanted to make a wallet, but how did I get here? Growing up, I've always been fascinated with design. I'd see a really cool advertisement or some really cool artwork and ask myself," What makes this particular product or imagery stand out among the rest?" So I finally found something that was fascinating to me. I have been designing graphics as a hobby for about 5 years now. In my recent years however, I had discovered my passion for creating things. I got a couple years experience working in a local machine shop prototyping and creating parts from scratch and fell in love. This was something I could see myself doing for a lifetime. Something about holding something in your hand and saying to yourself, "Wow I created this." makes me really excited to bring products much like the Sapling Wallet to life.
Manufacturing of the Sapling Wallet
I've done nearly everything myself. First I created my design in a 3d rendering program in order to get a real feel for what my product might be like in the real world. Next, I took this design and Imported it over to a vectoring program where I used the paths created in 3d to show the laser where I wanted to cut and where I wanted to engrave. While I went through this process, I was also waiting on the materials that I had ordered to cut the wallets out with a laser engraver.(1/8" inch fiberboard wood laminate sheets) Once the material arrived, I took my laptop and materials to my fathers trophy and awards business located about an hour and a half south of where I live.He allowed me to use his laser engraver in order to get some Wallets made with each of the 3 materials I had purchased in order to get the photographs and video I needed. Once I had the plates cut out of the material as well as the design etched, I attached the two plates with the elastic band which I sewed together. My mother who has 20+ years experience with sewing will be working with me to make sure the sewing of the elastic bands is done right.
What's the next step?
Of course the funding step is next as of writing this, but what's after that? After everything is finalized I will be able to order materials in bulk which helps by lowering costs in order to produce Saplings. Once I have my material I will proceed to cut the wallets out. I'll be able to set up multiple wallets per run because of the size of material which will make it easier to keep up with custom engraved wallets. Each run will take around 20 minutes but will produce 10-12 wallets per run. Sewing of the bands will be up to my mother which won't take long either. They are double stitched too so you won't have to worry about those coming apart. Then it's time to package and ship them. I already have experience in managing workflow as well as shipping and handling from when I designed and manufactured parts at the machine shop so this should be nothing new. :)
Possible Stretchmark Goals
If the event arises that this project actually takes off and does something, I plan on adding different engraving designs, elastic band colors, as well as other wood types. Current backers will be able to vote on the outcome of design selection, wood selection, as well as elastic color selection.
From Start to Finish.
Durability of Sapling Wallet.
The Sapling wallet is constructed from a laminate wood, similar to what you find in some wood flooring. How durable is wood flooring? It's very durable. People walk across wood floor laminate so it has to be made durable .The flooring stands up to rough use and last nearly forever. The plates are laminate which means that they're fairly water resistant. Also the plates are 1/8" inch thick and they don't even bend slightly.The laminate acts as a bonding agent that fortifies the material and shields the plates from becoming aged quickly. I've done stress tests to make sure what I'm providing as rewards will not be another slim wallet that falls apart quickly. Equal consideration was put into how to attach the plates together. I chose to use to use a high quality elastic that won't fray or become weak or loosen up during normal use. The elastic bands are double stitched to ensure that the seams at which they are sewn will not come apart. However, this thought went into the design of the final version of the Sapling wallet. Instead of going through the wallet like original versions I had created, I chose to have the elastic go around the outside of the wallet. This would make replacing an elastic band a breeze in the event that damage had been done to it. Elastic bands will be available at a later time after funding completion on our website. As long as you don't set your wallet on fire you should be able to have a long run with your Sapling Wallet!
Risks and challenges
The main challenge for now is getting my project out there for people to see. I have suppliers of all material and access to a laser engraver. One risk might be me stabbing myself with a needle while I attempt to sew ;) But that's already taken care of too. My mother will be doing all the sewing so i don't stab myself!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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