Standard Spoon for Crafted Cocktails
In 2014 we launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to raise funds via pre-sales for two new bar spoons. We were successful, and those spoons are currently being manufactured. They will be available to purchase here on our website in Spring 2015.
Below is an overview of our 2014 Kickstarter Project. We post monthly updates on the Kickstarter Project Page, as well as to our Blog. You'll also find recent news, recipes, stories, and behind-the-scenes information on the Blog.
The Kickstarter for the two bar spoons (below, and on the Kickstarter Project Page) shows images of the handmade prototypes, rather than the final products. For images of our production samples, which are closer to the final design, visit the Tools page. The spinning bar spoon has been re-named The WINGMAN and the classic spoon, The AERO.
Standard Spoon Kickstarter (2014)
A re-engineered bar spoon that spins effortlessly in your hand. Designed by artists for bartenders and cocktail lovers
BACKER LEVELS & REWARDS
Pledge $1 or More: FAN CLUB
You want to see us succeed, and we are so thankful for you! Join the Fan Club and get easy access to updates and behind-the-scenes news. Delivery: January 2014
Pledge $25 or More: STANDARD CLASSIC
You'll receive the STANDARD CLASSIC, simple and elegant, the sturdiest traditional bar spoon you'll ever own. Estimated delivery: Aug 2014. Add $15 USD to ship outside the US
Pledge $35 or More: STANDARD SPOON
You'll receive the STANDARD SPOON - our re-engineered design, the spinning bar spoon. The easiest way to stir a drink. Estimated delivery: Aug 2014. Add $15 USD to ship outside the US
Pledge $50 or More: THE SET - EARLY BIRD SPECIAL
Limited to 50 backers. Get your hands on the pair: one each of the STANDARD CLASSIC and the STANDARD SPOON, the spinning bar spoon, at a special rate for early backers! Estimated delivery: Aug 2014. Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
Pledge $60 or More: THE SET
Get your hands on the pair - one each of the STANDARD CLASSIC and the STANDARD SPOON, the spinning bar spoon. Estimated delivery: Aug 2014. Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
Pledge $250 or More: BENEFACTOR - STANDARD CLASSIC
Limited to 5 backers. We'll send you a hand-crafted prototype of our classically styled bar spoon - as soon as the campaign ends (why wait?)! These prototypes are no joke, the result of precision machining, silver soldering, and lots of hand polishing in our studio workshop. We'll also list you as a benefactor on our website, and send you the final Standard Classic when it's made (estimated delivery: Aug 2014). We are so thankful for your enthusiasm and generosity. Estimated delivery: Feb 2014. Add $15 USD to ship outside the US
Pledge $350 or More: BENEFACTOR - STANDARD SPOON
Limited to 5 backers. We'll send you a hand-crafted prototype of our new design, the spinning bar spoon - as soon as the campaign ends (why wait?)! These prototypes are no joke, the result of precision machining, silver soldering, and lots of hand polishing in our studio workshop. We'll also list you as a benefactor on our website, and send you the final Standard Spoon when it's made (estimated delivery: Aug 2014). We are so thankful for your enthusiasm and generosity. Estimated delivery: Feb 2014. Add $15 USD to ship outside the US
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:
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.
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?)
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.
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 and silver soldering, and look very similar to what we'll be producing if we're funded. The major difference to note between the prototypes and the final product is that the spoon bowl and end cap are separate from the spoon handle in the prototype stage. We want to eliminate these weak points, so the final version will be a seamless design.
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 will have two parts: the spoon, and the handle on the spoon that spins freely. Both spoons will be polished for a fine finish, and feature the Standard Spoon logo, shown here on a prototype:
Standard Spoon Branding
How to Stir a Cocktail with the Standard Classic & Standard Spoon 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 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