A handcrafted personal valet station made of natural wood and repurposed seat buckles. Each clip is assembled by hand in the USA. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on December 19, 2013.
About this project
Peace of mind and easy personal organization - A handcrafted valet made from all natural Idaho Poplar and repurposed seat buckles. Every one is made by hand in the USA.
Our objective is simple: design a compact wall mounted shelf that will hold all on person belongings (wallet,keys, jacket, etc). We've tasked ourselves with a few rigid rules: It must be made by hand, our design must be able to hold all the things we carry in our pockets and not be obtrusive. Bonus points for repurposing materials.
Our materials are simple. We use :
- 3 pieces of renewable poplar forest wood (sourced in Idaho)
- 8 metal screws
- Silver or dark pewter hook (your choice)
- Repurposed seat buckle (either black or silver)
- 6" ( or 12" for double) piece of seatbelt
- Stain (Kona/Early American/Gunstock)
Our process is timeless and classic with every step controlled by human hands. We source seat buckles from salvage yards all across the United States. We inspect each one for quality and superior function before securing it to the finest Poplar wood we can find. We hand saw each of the three pieces into lengths of six inches. Holes are drilled for the fastening screws which are tightly twisted in with a screwdriver. The clip is attached with a pair of 9/16in screws. Next, we attach a single hook an inch above the key clip. As an added feature we secure a 6 inch section of seatbelt to the very back of the unit to ensure a sturdy and harmless mount to the wall. Finally, we add an American flag sticker as a reminder that it was made right here in the USA.
- Timberclip assembled with either a black or silver hook (your choice)
- 2 3" screws for mounting
- Dry wall mounts
- Key Ring
- A fun, vintage post card saying 'thanks!'
Projected Delivery Schedule:
- 12/20 - Kickstarter campaign ends
- 12/21-1/1 - Sourcing of materials and staffing of craftsmen
- 1/2-1/31 - Production of Timerclips begin
- 2/1-2/7 - Initial Timberclip units delivered
- 2/8-2/28 - Remaining Timberclip units delivered
We are both creatives at heart who have a passion for quality handmade products that serve a function. We challenge ourselves to use sustainable or repurposed materials whenever possible, adding extra value to the products we deliver. We often spend our mornings in front of the computer screen, designing digital experiences. But whenever we have the opportunity to craft something with our hands, we make the most of it. Working out of our beautiful downtown office here in Columbus, Ohio, we have been able to perfect the design, function, and overall look and feel of the Timberclip. We truly want to supply the Timberclip to as many American homes as possible, and welcome the challenge with open arms.
Matthew Barnes // @misterbarnes
A creative all of his life, Matt is the brains and braun behind the Timberclip. With a nag for sustainable products (Forager Bag) and an eye for seamless functionality, Matt acts as the head product honcho behind the Timberclip. Matt has been creating sustainable and eco-friendly products and services for years and currently serves as the owner and Chief Creative at Columbus based Civitas Now.
Jared Gibbons // @jaredsgibbons
Jared Gibbons is a designer and product developer located in Columbus, Ohio. His most recent claim to fame is starting the Instagram printing service, Snapstagram, which was successfully funded on Kickstarter in 2011. Jared serves as the brand strategist and designer for Timberclip. When Jared's not spending his day designing websites and printing Instagrams, you can find him riding his bike, hanging with his wife, or drinking too much coffee.
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Risks and challenges
We've both used Kickstarter and traditional methods to deliver amazing products to thousands of people. We're very familiar with the challenges of design, production, communication, and shipping.
We've spent the last few months perfecting the design, selecting stains, sourcing our materials and aligning with local organizations to employ a few specialized individuals for the handmade manufacturing of the Timberclip. We've mastered an assembly line that will make for the seamless production and delivery of every single Timberclip. While risks are always present, we are confident that they will be minimal as we get moving into a project of this scale.
That said, to make more than a handful of valets, we need to cement our relationships with the local employment organizations and to establish proper development and assembly instructions, so that we can ensure a high level of consistency. This is going to take some dough, some skill, and a pinch of time until everything is perfect.
A distant concern is with regard to mass production costs and sourcing of unique materials. Each Timberclip buckle is cut by hand from salvage yards all across the United States. While some salvage yards contain large quantities of the buckles needed, there is a chance that others will have limited supply. We already have a large supply of buckles to complete a large scale order, but with regards to mass production, sourcing a large amount of materials could delay projected delivery times. We'd love to be able to offer these handmade American products at a price point that will be affordable to anyone in need a little more time. Lucky for anyone who backs this, you're guaranteed to receive the highest quality materials and construction at your chosen pledge level. And last but not least, we'll be sure to keep you informed as the progress unfolds.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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