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Tired of searching for spices? Keep them at hand with our handcrafted Spiceologist Block™. Your kitchen never looked so good.

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.

YES - this is my actual spice cabinet!!
YES - this is my actual spice cabinet!!

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!  

Original concept that we sketched. Originally, the Spiceologist Block™ consisted of (4) blocks that connected together with dovetail joints.
Original concept that we sketched. Originally, the Spiceologist Block™ consisted of (4) blocks that connected together with dovetail joints.

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. 

Our first prototype! Check out the dovetail joints that "connected" the blocks together.
Our first prototype! Check out the dovetail joints that "connected" the blocks together.
First Prototype
First Prototype

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.

2nd Prototype
2nd Prototype

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.

Don't keep your spices behind closed doors
Don't keep your spices behind closed doors

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.

Over 150 different spices, rubs, and infused salts to choose from.
Over 150 different spices, rubs, and infused salts to choose from.

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:

  • Tooling 
  • 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 Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

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 :)

Stay Spicy!

Heather

FAQ

  • 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.

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  • 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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    Receive a digital copy of Heather's favorite recipes. This e-book also contains tips, tricks, and culinary wisdom.

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    Sample 3/pack of our signature spice rubs: Raspberry Chipotle / Smoky Honey Habanero / Pink Peppercorn Lemon Thyme

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    Receive all 8 of our tasty signature spice blends: Raspberry Chipotle / Smoky Honey Habanero / Pink Peppercorn Lemon Thyme / Tandoori Glory / Rasta Rub / Black Magic / Purple Haze / Chile Margarita

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    SPICEOLOGIST STARTER BLOCK (Tubes/Spices not included). This handcrafted starter block holds up to 22 spices.

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    SPICEOLOGIST FULL BLOCK SET (Tubes/Spices not included). These handcrafted blocks hold up to 44 spices. (SHIPPING INCLUDED)

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    SUPPORT LOCAL DEAL #1! Pick up your block at our Spokane store and receive a FREE $25.00 in-store credit! This reward level is for the SPICEOLOGIST STARTER BLOCK SET W/ SPICES. The Starter Block will be filled with an assortment of 22 fresh spices. (In-Store Pickup)

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    SPICEOLOGIST STARTER BLOCK W/ SPICES. Our handcrafted block comes with an assortment of 22 different herbs and spices. (SHIPPING INCLUDED)

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    SPICEOLOGIST FULL BLOCK SET W/ SPICES. Both of our handcrafted blocks filled with an assortment of 44 fresh spices. (SHIPPING INCLUDED)

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    SUPPORT LOCAL DEAL #2! Pick up your block at our Spokane store and receive a FREE $50.00 in-store credit! This reward level is for the SPICEOLOGIST FULL BLOCK SET W/ SPICES. Both of our handcrafted blocks filled with an assortment of 44 fresh spices. (In-Store Pickup)

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    KICKSTARTER EDITION FULL BLOCK SET W/ SPICES. Both of our handcrafted blocks filled with a Chef inspired selection of 44 gourmet spices, infused salts, and speciality rubs. Expect to find Pete's signature blends like "Tandoori Glory", "Mesquite Smoked Sea Salt", and dozens of hard to find spices. (SHIPPING INCLUDED)

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    EARLY BACKER EXTREME REWARD! You will receive the Full Block Set W/ Spices +++PLUS+++ we will include a FREE Starter Block W/ Spices too! (Great Christmas Gift). All we ask is that you please "share" this project with your friends & family in return.

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    PICK YOUR SPICE REWARD! Choose from over 150 spices, infused salts, herbs, and signature blends with this fully customizable reward. Check out the full list of what Savorx offers at www.savorx.com. Get your spice on! (SHIPPING INCLUDED)

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    Buy 2 get 1 free. You will receive 3 FULL SETS. Give two for Christmas presents, and keep one for yourself :)

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    Ultimate Spiceologist Block. Your choice of wood and finish. Your choice of spices. Signed and dated by our Master Woodcrafter, Bill Phillips.

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    Culinary Superstar. We will collaborate with you and create your own "Signature" spice blend. We will mix, package, and ship you 75 large tins of your signature rub. Give them away as gifts or sell them at your store. Plus we'll throw in a FULL BLOCK SET just for you :)

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