About this project
Keep your spices organized, readily accessible, and stylish!
Hello! My name is Heather, and I am the face behind the food blog: www.farmgirlgourmet.com. As a professional food blogger, I'm always developing new recipes, experimenting with flavors,
and tasting new dishes. My only frustration is my spice cabinet. I have SO MANY SPICES, that it's hard to find what I'm looking for when I need it.
Why do we keep our spices behind closed doors anyway? Would a painter keep his palette of colors in a cabinet? So why don't we keep our spices readily accessible? Think about it....if your spices aren't right there with you, you probably won't use them. Just like that saying; "Out of sight, out of mind".
That’s when it hit me. If I want my spices accessible, organized, and easy to find, I need to create something to hold them in. Something nice, something unique. Cooks don’t keep their expensive knives in a drawer, they keep them in a beautiful knife block that keeps them safe, organized and at hand.
I discussed my vision with a local spice company called Savorx. Savorx is a unique spice company founded by Pete Taylor. Pete LOVED the idea!
We contacted a local artisan woodcrafter named Bill Phillips, had our first prototype built, and started testing it out in our kitchens. Our original concept consisted of four blocks that connected together with dovetail joints.
The basis of our original concept was that you could start off with an eleven tube "Starter Block" and add on additional blocks as your spice collection grew. Nobel idea, right? Due to connectivity issues with the dovetail joints and the shear number of blocks, we decided to scratch that idea and hit the drawing board again. We commissioned Bill to create our second prototype that same week.
The 2nd prototype was tested in several kitchens, and was very well received. With the dovetail joint removed, it is easy to showcase both blocks in your kitchen, even if you do not want them together and moving them around was much easier.
We wanted something that you would be proud to show off in your kitchen. Something unique and handcrafted. Something that is made in the USA. Something that isn’t limited to only holding a handful of spices. Something that gives you the freedom to expand your spice collection.
Our latest block set holds up to 44 different spices. Not everyone has a need for that many spices, so that’s why we’ve made the block modular. If you do not want the complete set, just begin with our Starter Block. The Starter Block holds 22 different spices, but you can always add on our Finishing Block when need be.
Down the road we will be offering more block options so your collection can KEEP growing.
The Blocks are made of European beech wood. We love the look of beech and are very impressed with its durability and hardness. Each block is finished with a protective topcoat that will keep your block beautiful for many years to come. We paid attention to every detail and created a fantastic centerpiece for your kitchen!
*We are always looking to better the Spiceologist Block™. Chances are, the design might change slightly by the time our campaign is complete. We will keep you updated on any potential changes via Kickstarter.
The Spiceologist Block™ is all about quality, that’s why I partnered with Savorx on this project. Savorx offers hundreds of fresh spices, unique rubs, and infused salts. Knowing that Savorx fills each block with quality fresh spices is something I am proud to stand behind.
Why we need help....
With our project funded, we will be able to procure the equipment necessary to make the blocks affordable and cut down on our current production time. Our goal is to keep the costs to make this beautiful block as low as possible, which in turn means that many more on kitchen countertops. We've already made room in the wood shop to fit the new equipment, now we just need the funding!
Here are just a few items necessary to make the blocks affordable:
- CNC (computer numerical controlled machine)
- Lumber (in greater quantities)
- Spice tubes/corks (in greater quantities)
- Packaging development
- Packing materials
- ...and much more
With our goal of $50,000, we will be able to manufacture roughly 200 full sets per week. We should have every block shipped within 60-90 days after our project is funded.
With Kickstarter, it's all or nothing, if we do not reach our goal, we do not receive any funding. Sharing our project with your friends and family is equally important. One of the easiest ways to share our project is through Facebook and Twitter. Simply click the FB "share" button or the twitter button under our project video.
Thank you for your interest in our project! We can't wait to share our passion with you.
Risks and challenges
One hurdle that is ever-so-present is drilling all of those holes for the spice tubes. When fully funded, we will be able to source a quality CNC machine that will cut the production time of the blocks down drastically. Drilling the holes is one of the last steps in the production process, so making sure every hole is drilled to the exact depth and location is absolutely essential. A CNC machine will allow us to drill perfect holes, every single time, and at a much faster rate.
Another obstacle that we will face is packaging. In order for you to receive your beautiful Spiceologist Block™ in mint condition, we need to develop our packaging professionally. The tubes are very fragile, and with that being said, we have to make sure our packaging will protect your precious spice cargo. One idea we had was having foam "cartridges" molded out of styrofoam. But we will leave this up to the professionals :)
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Volume per tube is: 1.2173oz or 36 ml (cork takes up a small amount of volume). The advantage of using this size of the tubes is that you don't have to buy large jars of spices you wouldn't use, especially if you only need a pinch.
Sure! Just pledge at either of the "empty block" levels ($69 or $109), and add an additional $25 for 22 empty tube/corks, or $50 for 44 empty tube/corks.
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