Jason Scott, speaking for the board.
My apologies for posting at a frequency of more than one week - I was in London, as mentioned, and then got wrapped up in my presentation in Brighton, and then got back to handle a bunch of other business. Currently I'm the one posting updates for the board so nobody was comfortable just stepping in and writing something. As always, if you are concerned about the frequency of posts or want updates, my e-mail is email@example.com. Obviously this is not the only endeavor I'm involved with, but it is a very high priority one.
The Boxes With Swag and No Picks.
There are a couple dozen boxes at the $35 level that have not gone out - practice locks (the missing piece) are being sent to the Massachusetts shippers to then head out to you. This is why a set of you do not have your boxes.
I sent another board member to fetch any bounced boxes from my Waltham post office box - she reports there are 10, and we'll have those names and will communicate with people about them. At this point, all non-$35 domestic packages should be in your hands. If it is not, speak up - and additionally, we'll be contacting people who we have no address for to handle them as well.
Reports have come in from backers as far as New Zealand and Ireland and Denmark that packages have arrived, so the good news is that they pass customs in general and make it there, in general. In some small cases, the glass vial broke, spilling pins - we will happily work with people to either get replacement pins or help them make sure they have all the pins they need.
(Believe me - when we were doing the assembly and had all the pieces, and I found out a glass vial had to go into a box with three metal locks, I went "oh boy" and we had a meeting on the best possible way to pack to avoid the most breakage. It appears to have done OK but it was asking a lot.)
I've quizzed all parties involved and we're moving forward with picks. I am not comfortable making promises of delivery or even completion, but the effort regarding picks has been going on for a few weeks now.
Pricing of metal, design verification and logistics discussions are now going on. There is definitely cost involved and raising those funds may be an issue and we may have to move through phases of picks as we go, but be aware the goal of the board is to actually produce the picks for the rewards.
We agreed that at no point should the finished picks be compromises or checked-box lame creations meant to just sign off on the project - they should reflect Schuyler's talent as a designer that was what got him to go into this effort in the first place. While it's the strong opinion of the board that Schuyler should not run a business anytime in the near future, he has talents that another organization could work with and hopefully will, and those talents should be reflected in the picks.
We have no timeframe or estimate at the moment, but be assured that we am pushing for action frequently on this project.