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Update #94

Mailing out remainder of Lock Rewards for $100 and under.

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Hi, Jason Scott here.

The shipper and I drove to Hartford tonight, post-Sandy. She from Boston, me from outside of Poughkeepsie. We met in the parking lot of a Barnes and Noble, which coincidentally is the company Schuyler currently works at (although his is in Vermont). So one car-load later, I'm back home with the piles of boxes, locks, t-shirts and other materials related to the Kickstarter.

Some of these were addressed, boxed, completely ready to go. I intend to head out tomorrow and I'll get them going to people, notably behind schedule but backfilling the waiting items. Others I will box and get out as well. I'll be working with Jason Aller, our brilliant spreadsheet guy, to make sure the most up to date ships occur. 

From here on out, I am handling shipping. I'm your guy.

Here's a picture of Schuyler presenting his new picks to an audience last week;

He reports this randomized field test went very well, with no breakages or obvious problems. I'll have a progress update on this front as soon as possible.

Thanks again for the patience on the non-pick reward boxes. I intend to have this part complete very shortly.


Update #93

Why the Shipping Delay, Picks Getting Field-Tested Today

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Jason Scott, speaking for the board.

Why The Shipping Delay on Remaining Boxes?

I'm going to take personal responsibility for this one. At the September ship-out, after three solid days of packaging and shipping at the local post office depot, I didn't think straight, and I had a local person who was a friend of Schuyler's take the remainder of the items on, instead of taking them home with me to NY. (I had filled the back of the car with foreign-addressed boxes). The shipper was kind enough to accept them, but hadn't made clear that they had a multi-week trip to take, and later, switched jobs. 

It's not their responsibility to be the shipper for the project - it's mine. So I've contacted them, and will be driving up to Boston to pick up these boxes and the addresses, and other items, and I will be sending all the remainder of items (roughly 100-130) out from NY. That's the cause of the delay. People have been mailing looking for updates, and now you know. It will be handled.

The Upgraders and the Outsiders (If you upgraded/purchased outside of the Kickstarter)

Over time, another set/class of folks have come forward - people who submitted money outside of the Kickstarter to either upgrade a reward or to purchase the forthcoming locks. There aren't many, but they're another small group of people who need to have things made right. Some have been mailing and have been talked to already, but if you're someone who made a side deal with Schuyler or otherwise used his locksport site to buy a product you have not recieved, please contact locks@textfiles.com and the spreadsheet Schuyler owes for this week will be reconciled with it for shipping. If you've contacted us already, we have it.

With this group now being addressed, that should be the sum total of everyone associated with this Kickstarter - everyone should now be "in process" towards closing it out.

Field Test of Picks

The rule we've had Schuyler with regards to travel and appearances is to focus on events where he is paid or compensated for his lockpicking work, so that he can gear those funds towards some of the costs with this project. However, an opportunity came up for him to have an all-expenses paid trip to present in California at a company, and he's left to go there. (He is not taking any time off from his new job to do this event.)

He has brought his prototype picks and will be observing the performance of them at this event, as hands both old and new try them out. Based on this, he'll give the go-ahead for the first short run of picks to be done and sent out to higher-end backers and a few lockpicking experts to ensure the highest quality and dependable tools, and then we'll do the big roll-out.

Thanks again for your patience.


Update #92

Other Milestones: Lock Library

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It shouldn't be a surprise to everyone that things were disorganized and abandoned when the board took this endeavor over. There were a number of hanging situations that need resolution, beyond just the picks. We're moving in that direction now.

Regarding the Picks

Schuyler is now going to take the prototype picks he put together and get them into the hands of some local friends, as well as other friends the board might have access to in his surrounding area. The idea is to find any fatal flaws, bugs, or unexpected problems with the picks, to ensure they're the best quality and purpose, instead of tools of use to Schuyler Towne and nobody else. This will be done over the weekend and then if nothing fatal is found, the first small run of picks that are going to backers will be ordered early next week.

Lock Libraries

Higher-end backers of the Kickstarter, roughly 17 people, were offered the reward of a "Lock Library", a collection of various interesting locks. We've (slowly) begun the process of putting those together to ship out. Schuyler really overeached with this one - it's a lot of effort to assemble a wide variety of locks and items. But as we're moving towards the production of the picks being done by an outside vendor, we want to focus on the rest of the rewards. 

More soon.

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Update #91

First Video Rush-Posted

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Jason Scott speaking.

Schuyler has rush-recorded and uploaded an unboxing and testing video of the new picks. He walks through getting them, describes some of the aspects of the picks, and demonstrates them in use on various practice locks. The lighting is off on the video and he had to head immediately to work after uploading the video to YouTube, but he has photos of everything as well, and those will be uploaded very shortly. 

The YouTube video is here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sETJN3nTiAw

A text-summary for people without the time/ability to play video where they are: Schuyler is happy with the performance of the new metal, found one pick that was a little thinner than he'd like (but it didn't break or otherwise show issues), and successfully picks a number of lock types.

Photos and more information soon.


Update #90

Press and Progress

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Slate did an article on this Kickstarter. Schuyler, Jason Scott, and several unnamed backers make appearances. The URL is here: http://hive.slate.com/hive/made-america-how-reinvent-american-manufacturing/article/the-lost-lockpick

Schuyler has received the sheet of prototype pics. He has been tasked with taking photos of the picks and his experience with them. 

Apologies for the short update, but during this time we're going to err on the side of frequent updates.


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