About this project
"We 100% back their work. Strongest and most functional spoon I've ever used" - Rob Easter, Workhorse Rye, San Francisco
"Solid new bar tools. I pledged to support their project" - Dave Stolte, Home Bar Basics
“Both Spoons are designed with incredible thought and attention. The look at the weight give the feeling of a tool with real purpose and intent. It’s like Bosch vs. Playskool. I know I’m using the real thing" - Leigh Russ, Craft & Commerce, San Diego
"The spoons are lovely and will make a great addition to your home or professional bar" - Michael Dietsch, A Dash of Bitters
"The Spin is perfect for consumers and home bartenders. The Classic spoon is legit." - Erick Castro, Polite Provisions, San Diego
Standard Spoon - SPIN
We’re on Kickstarter to introduce a new style of bar spoon, designed to spin freely in a mixing glass with ice. For bartenders, the Standard Spoon improves efficiency, requires the same or less hand and wrist motion, improves consistency of dilution (especially when stirring two drinks at once), and decreases the concentration required in a high volume setting.
For those of you who love making craft cocktails at home but don’t have the hours of experience a professional does, this bar spoon is the easiest way to stir a drink. Here's a photo of our current prototype. Be sure to check out the two videos under Design Process that give an in-depth look at the prototypes and demonstrate how easy it is to use this bar spoon.
We also appreciate traditionally styled bar spoons, and know there are some weaknesses with those currently on the market. We designed the Standard Classic for simplicity, elegance, and durability. The slim profile of the Standard Classic displaces less ice in a full glass, and is easy to insert around the ice, unlike some cumbersome models with over-sized bowls and awkward angles. The smooth body is great for near-friction-less stirring, and perfect for left-handed cocktail bartenders too! The weighted end provides for a beautifully balanced bar spoon, something that feels like a tool, not a toy. Here's a photo of our current prototype:
The Classic spoon is also great for a lot of non-cocktail purposes; think of iced tea and lemonade, coffee drinks and french presses, or stirring anything with style and class. We wrote up a great TOP TEN list over at our blog - check it out!
We love well-crafted goods. Unfortunately, most products you find these days are subject to a manufacturing strategy called planned obsolescence; they are designed to fall apart, so you'll buy them again and again. We set out to design a brand of bar spoons that do the exact opposite. They will be so well made that we've got a no-questions-asked replacement policy. When you own one of these spoons, you should never have to buy another bar spoon again.
Standard Spoon T-Shirt
High-quality t-shirts screen printed right here in San Diego, available through Kickstarter for a great price of $15. Retail price will be higher, so get this swag while you can! Cotton & polyester blend make up this extremely comfortable shirt.
Shirts will be available in sizes Small - XXL, and you can specify your size once the campaign ends and we send out a backer survey.
To add a t-shirt on to any other reward level, just add $15.00 to your pledge amount. Kickstarter only allows you to select one reward level, so if you have pledged for either spoon or the set, make sure you only change the green numbers under "pledge amount," and that you do not change your "reward selection." We'll make sure to confirm what the extra funds are for once the campaign is over.
Who We Are
We are Shawn Michael and Rachel Eva, a creative team also known as Work of My Hands. We are artists and designers, and love quality made goods. We successfully funded our first Kickstarter Campaign in 2012 to launch a new collection of sculptural lighting. Here's what we bring to this project:
Shawn Michael has the mind of an engineer. He's behind the beautiful prototypes, the spoon design, and smooth functionality. He's extremely innovative, a skilled craftsman, our webmaster, and also did all the photography. He doesn't like to do something unless he can do it well. He's also our resident humorist (can you tell from his video below?)
Rachel Eva is the project manager. She works in the field of Risk Management, so rest assured nearly every possible risk has been analyzed and mitigated. She handles manufacturing correspondence, analysis, and information management. She's also a writer and the one in charge of communications, blog posts, and updates.
You can find more project information, photos, videos, updates and thoughtful writing about what we're doing on the Standard Spoon website & blog.
As you can see, we've been through many prototypes! We started in our workshop with the ubiquitous red-tipped bar spoon and some steel pipe.
Our final, functional prototypes are the result of precision machining, silver soldering, and lots of hand polishing, and look very similar to what we'll be producing if we're funded. These prototypes are high quality products in and of themselves, and perform beautifully. Silver soldering is a strong and aesthetically pleasing way to join metal parts, and this is how the spoon bowl is joined to the handle in our prototypes. Unfortunately, it also requires a great deal of time and precision, and is not a process suited to large scale production.
Most commercially manufactured bar spoons with a smooth handle (not twisted) use welding as the method to join the spoon bowl to the handle. Unfortunately, the weld fails and the spoon comes apart. Since silver soldering is not an option for larger quantities, and since welding is a weak alternative, we're pursuing a cast method for a seamless design to eliminate this weak point in our final spoons.
Up Close & Personal with the Prototypes This demo video takes an in-depth look at each prototype, and clearly explains what will be different with the final manufactured spoons.
The final version of the Standard CLASSIC will be cast as one piece of solid stainless steel.
The final version of the Standard Spoon - SPIN will have two parts: the spoon, and the handle on the spoon that spins freely.
Both spoons will also be polished for a fine finish, and feature the Standard Spoon logo, shown here on a prototype:
How to Stir a Cocktail with these spoons This demo video explains the correct use of a classically styled bar spoon, and why the Standard Spoon is so darn easy to use.
We've had hours and hours worth of conversations with bartenders and bar-ware makers, flatware manufacturers, machine shops, welders, metal smiths, hardware manufacturers, jewelry makers, stainless steel foundries, and engineers.
To achieve as seamless a design as possible, we're casting the spoon from molten stainless steel using a mold. This is most important for ensuring the bowl of the spoon is made in one piece with the handle. In many bar spoons, the spoon bowl is welded or tacked to the handle, and eventually comes apart. In other spoons, the entire piece is stamped from sheet metal, and the twisted handle serves as much for structural integrity as it does for aesthetic design.
We explored in detail half-a-dozen different ways to make these spoons, and decided on a manufacturing method called investment casting. This process is used to make very intricate parts with smooth finishes, and we think the process is pretty incredible. You will too if you check out this video (please note we're not associated with this manufacturer, or their music choice, in any way):
As part of our research, we've have had manufacturers and engineers perform feasibility studies, probe for improvements and efficiency, validate measurements and engineering, and create 3D files. We have received several excellent quotes from competent manufacturers, and have selected our top candidate.
Once we're funded (with your help), both we and our manufacturer will be assured of the project's success, and we'll move into the final design and manufacturing stage. The main design task we have left is to translate the precise shape and contour of the spoon bowl into 3D files, including testing to ensure the bowl of the spoon holds about 1/8 oz of liquid.
Once we place the order with our manufacturer and pay for the tooling costs, they will produce the mold and create samples from it for us to approve. Once approved, the production run starts.
Help us make these great new bar spoons by becoming a backer of this Kickstarter project, and being the first to have one for your cocktails!
Risks and challenges
There are always risks and challenges when someone is doing something new and different, especially if it involves a physical, tangible product.
In our experience with manufacturing projects, time delay is the biggest risk we face. This could manifest as unforeseen production delays, communications, or even something that seems as simple as packing and shipping (it's not that simple). This is why we've established delivery deadlines in the Summer of 2014 as a conservative estimate to allow for contingencies.
The only way to make this spoon affordable is to make it overseas. Our main concerns with this are accurate communication, quality control and freight shipping time. We've addressed each of these issues in advance so they won't become big problems later on.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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