Transparency and Tribulations
Jason Scott, speaking for the board.
It's been nearly three months since the last update. That's on me, and I apologize. I've been busy with a number of projects of my own, and I didn't rope around to make sure we were putting some sort of update to the backers. We have been in communication with Schuyler, and talked, but that's not the same as talking to you.
There is always a strong psychological urge to not update unless there's something specific to announce. Each update here is met with a small but vocal amount of anger and bitterness (quite justifiable) and further non-action updates just serve to remind a backer of the non-action. So, there's that. This situation is not unique to this kickstarter, although this is very much the longest-running kickstarter campaign with any movement going on towards completion.
So, as is often the case, transparency and pushing forward is the answer. I spoke with Schuyler around the time of his update in January to focus on the anniversary of the Kickstarter, which is in September. At that point, the campaign will hit the five year mark. I indicated that taking the extra effort, whatever was needed, to try and completely fulfill the promises of the kickstarter campaign would be, if not ideal, at least an effective closing of the chapter.
To this end, Schuyler began, and I assume is continuing, to get focused on a few tweaks to his pick-making process that will allow him to make the picks faster, in bigger batches. This included a more industrialized approach to the welding, which would give better welds. We all agreed this was the smart action; there's been no disagreement there.
A couple months later, no new picks.
We're waiting on Schuyler's report on the next batches to be run. It's as simple as that. When he gives us more information or lets us know it's happening, we will pass that to you. If we don't get the information within a reasonable amount of time, we'll pass along that there's no new information. Simple as that.
Ironically, the vast majority of the effort in fulfilling the campaign so far has been focused on a very small number of backers; this was because those backers were due a lot of items, a lot of picks, and a lot of materials that hadn't existed yet (like the book/notebook). As a result, even though a lot of progress has been made, the numbers don't look like it because they all went to a few people in the above $100 levels instead of the hundreds below $100. Now that we're getting out of that area, hopefully more people will get picks in the mail.
This is all we can provide in terms of information this month. Thank you for your time.