Repost: The Wingman Cocktail Spoon on The Robb Report

On November 20, 2015, the global luxury magazine Robb Report launched Robb Gear, the best place to find all the cool things the editors feature in the magazine.  Standard Spoon was one of the first selections for the new section, and the Wingman Cocktail Spoon received a great write-up.  Here it is reposted below; to read on Robb Gear, click here.

TOOLS: WINGMAN SPINNING COCKTAIL SPOON

What? Long overdue innovation for effortless, messless stirring

Why? As you stir a drink, the stem of the spoon spins inside a metal sleeve

A New Spin

If you occasionally eject an ice cube or three while stirring a Sazerac, the Wingman will save your ego and your drink. Inspired by the blossoming cocktail culture in their hometown of San Diego, designers Shawn Michael and Rachel Eva applied their artistry, craftsmanship, and insistence on enduring products to serve the community that serves them quality libations.

Proper cocktail stirring requires a coordinated hand and wrist motion that may befuddle newcomers, limit the pace of pros who aren’t ambidextrous, and even pain someone with an injury or arthritis. Standard Spoon’s Wingman takes care of all that in a delightful “why didn’t I think of that” fashion, spinning inside the handle rather than between your fingers. An absolute must for anyone who scoffs at James Bond’s gin-bruising demand for shaken, not stirred martinis (and has ever sloshed the Plymouth Dry out over the side while scoffing).

Standard Spoon at Amazon.com + Production Update

Via Update #27 on Kickstarter:

Hi Backers & Friends,

We hope you all have been enjoying your spoons, stirring up many great cocktails this summer and fall!  After we fulfilled orders to backers earlier this year, our work didn't end. We had received just enough spoons from the factory to fulfill Kickstarter pledges and pre-orders, with a very small amount of inventory remaining to offer for sale. 

New Inventory:

Just this past month we received the second half of our original shipment, which has given us the go-ahead to get more word out about the spoons, now that we have a good amount of inventory to sell!  We've also added a few companion products to the website.  We have some of the last copies in stock of Dave Stolte's Home Bar Basics cocktail manual (won't be available again until summer!). 

We also have those great square ice cube trays by Tovolo, which we personally use to make good stirring and serving ice, and highly recommend. And lastly we've added some locally-made solid wood maple muddlers as a special side add-on for the upcoming holidays.

1" Ice Cube Trays ($15), 2" King Cube Tray ($10), Solid Wood Maple Muddler ($15)

1" Ice Cube Trays ($15), 2" King Cube Tray ($10), Solid Wood Maple Muddler ($15)

Give Spoons for the Holidays:

BUY AT STANDARDSPOON.COM: Use Coupon Code GIVETHANKS for 15% off the purchase of either of our cocktail spoons (effective November 27-30, 2015)

BUY AT AMAZON.COM: We're now listed on Amazon, and both spoons qualify for Free 2-Day shipping for Amazon Prime members, and Free Standard Shipping for everyone else. 

Legit Cocktail Spoons make Awesome Holiday Gifts!

Legit Cocktail Spoons make Awesome Holiday Gifts!

Story Time: Production Update 

Interested in what we've been up to for the last 5 months? Settle in (seriously, go make yourself a tonic) and read on:

One of the reasons it took so long for us to receive this last shipment is that we needed to have many conversations with the factory, and revise our Quality Assurance documents over the summer.  A high proportion of that first batch of spoons didn't make it past our own quality inspections - you backers got the best of the best, which is why we didn't have many left over to sell.  Let's just say that since we've got pretty high standards, we've got a pretty good-sized box of unsellable spoons collecting dust. 

We weren't able to move forward with manufacturing long term with that level of waste, so we went back to the factory with our feedback, extensively documenting and refining our Quality Assurance plan, and requesting revisions for the next shipment of spoons.  After receiving a small sample shipment of about 60 spoons in June, we reviewed and revised again.  With the last batch we received in October, we're confident we've arrived at as close to our original vision as we can get; the spoons are beautiful, consistent, and extremely strong. 

Wingman Cocktail Spoon being boxed up

Wingman Cocktail Spoon being boxed up

We recently received a message from one of our backers, Jon, who was curious about the construction of the spoons.  Manufacturing methods have always been something we've been straightforward about, and while we spent most of our summer working on revisions (and considering some alternatives), it wasn't until a few weeks ago that we've been able to finally arrive at our long term plan for manufacturing the spoons.

So if you're curious about getting into the nitty gritty with us, here's the (lengthy) response I sent to Jon about investment casting (our original plan) v. other alternatives, and the twists and turns, pros and cons, and cost-benefit decisions that are made behind the scenes in product development.

Hi Jon,

Thanks for your message this week, it's always great to hear from our backers! I'm especially appreciative of you taking the time to write, as you bring up a subject (manufacturing method) that we've been working on tirelessly behind the scenes, but realized we haven't addressed definitively online or in communication to backers. I hope you're settled in with a nice cocktail, because your curiosity is about to get the story you asked for :)  

A long time ago.... well, at least earlier this year, when we received the final production samples from the factory (before you backers got your spoons), they looked AMAZING, and for all we knew, they were made using the manufacturing method we requested - investment casting as one single piece. We placed the order. The factory experienced delays, much of it related to the metal warping during polishing, and then having to straighten them, and then polish again, in a seemingly endless cycle of revision and re-work. 

 One thing we've learned about working with Chinese manufacturers is that they are not very forthcoming with the challenges they might encounter during the manufacturing process. We've learned that their tendency is to try to solve the problem on their end, without involving the client (us) unless they feel it’s absolutely necessary, in the best way they know how. Sometimes, as we've discovered, that means the factory makes changes with the end-goal in mind, and may take liberties in balancing priorities. 

We found out about some of these changes when we received our order of spoons, and saw that some of them clearly exhibited signs that the spoons were not cast from a single mold, but were rather assembled, welded, and polished smooth. While this did essentially produce a seamless design when done correctly, it didn't follow the method that we had wanted, and the one that we had communicated to backers (namely, that it be cast as one piece using the investment casting method). 

 We were stuck in a hard place, because we’ve been perfectionists about these spoons since the beginning. Not to mention that these spoons were paid for, and we didn’t have the luxury of throwing them out and starting over. The factory provided us with a partial order (less than half) -- barely enough spoons to fulfill orders to Kickstarter Backers. We were already 9 months behind delivery schedule, and the second half of the order would take another 2-4 months to finish. The spoons were SO close to what we wanted. We were in no position to reject an order that met 95% of our requirements—they were the right size and shape, and they were beautifully polished. We also did strength tests on them, and DANG, they were strong. We were confident that even though we suspected the factory was fusing them together, rather than casting them as one piece from the beginning, they still met our original intention of being incredibly strong, and damn near unbreakable. 

 There were some that were too wavy from extensive polishing, and there were a few that had too much warpage around the neck where the handle meets the bowl of the spoon. We marked these as rejected, and picked the best of the order to send to backers. Fulfilling a Kickstarter is insane. I know our communication to backers suffered, and since we sent the spoons out, we haven’t posted much in the way of updates. We also wanted to try to solve the wavy and warping issues with the next round of spoons, so most of our communication during this time was directed intensely toward the factory. 

 We revised our Quality Assurance documents to reflect the manufacturing issues we were seeing in the rejected spoons. The factory said they would revise the mold to make sure the handles were straighter, and the transition point from spoon bowl to handle was smoother. They didn’t clarify whether this meant they would try to make that elusive single-cast spoon, but at this point, we were willing to concede that it might not be ideal, as cast parts need a great deal of polishing, and polishing on an item of such a small diameter produces a great deal of warpage, which was our new major issue, nearly impossible to correct. 

 We worked on this with the factory back and forth all summer, until the second half of the order went through Quality Assurance in September. Before the spoons left China, our QA team inspected every single spoon, and the attention to quality was obvious when we received the shipment in early October. The spoons are straighter than ever before, and even though we’ve clarified that they are not cast as one piece using the investment casting method, they are incredible, and as close to perfect as we could ask them to be. 

 So now here we are. It was about 5 months ago that we sent that first batch out to backers, and it was only in the last two weeks, when we received the second half of our shipment, that we’ve been able to evaluate the quality of the spoons and the progress we’ve made in perfecting them to the highest standard we know how to achieve. 

 With this recent new information, we have made sure to update the language on our website to ensure we aren’t misleading anyone as to the manufacturing method. The Aero spoon is still a seamless design, and really still a single piece of stainless steel. Rather than being cast from a mold as one piece, the manufacturer fuses several pieces together to make a single piece. It has seamless transitions, and is so strong we can bend it into a U shape with a vise and it doesn’t break. The Wingman is designed the same way, with the obvious multiple-piece design of the spinning handle.

We do still occasionally receive some spoons from the factory that show evidence of assembly – manufacturing defects like a bit of warping– and we try our best to cull these from our inventory so they don’t get passed on to customers. 

Since Kickstarter projects are frozen in time, we aren’t able to modify language on the project page that was written back when the project was live. But with this email, (which I’m going to turn into a Kickstarter update), we’re delivering the transparency of information we promised from the beginning. We are proud to share with backers the work we’ve been doing behind the scenes to continuously improve the tools we’re making.

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So, Backers --- that's our current update with the intent to continue to keep you informed about this project, even after the Kickstarter fulfillment and campaign conclusion. Please continue to stay in touch; we love hearing from you!  

Cheers,

Rachel Eva & Shawn Michael

Tales of the Cocktail Launches New Website & Interviews Standard Spoon

Following close on the heels of this year's Tales of the Cocktail Conference in New Orleans, the founding organization re-launched its website as an online publication.  While the site has always been a great reference for cocktail industry events, education programs, and the list of annual Spirited Awards Winners, now it hosts a wealth of editorial features on everything from industry personalities to cocktail history to technique how-to's.

Product Features

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One of the feature sections focuses on products. If you made it to the Market at Tales this past year, you may recognize some of them, including the bar bag Jim Meehan collaborated on with Moore & Giles (leather to lust over), and Bull in China's beautiful handmade mixing glasses (we brought one home with us!).  The new Tales of the Cocktail site has very well written pieces about these products, as well as articles on small batch bitters companies, handmade bar knives, and, yours truly, Standard Spoon.

Rethinking Modern Barware with Standard Spoon

Sara Commet from Tales of the Cocktail asked some great questions when she interviewed us for the article, and it was fun to see what tidbits she drew out. From inspiration by airplanes and submarines, to a sneak mention of products in development, she covered a lot of ground in a short article (and Rachel's Mom even got a mention!).  Here's a bit of what she had to say about the spoons:

The first, the AERO Cocktail Spoon, is elegant and aerodynamic (hence the name), with a slim profile that makes it a cinch to slip into a glass of ice. The second is the spinning WINGMAN Cocktail Spoon. Spinning and swivel spoon designs were popular in the 1950s, but they haven’t seen much love since. A surprising fact, considering a spoon that essentially stirs a cocktail itself (no, really) decreases fatigue for bartenders and makes cocktail-crafting a whole lot more fun for dabblers and enthusiasts

She did an excellent job at capturing the essence of not only our tools, but of our brand and of us (yes, the real people behind the brand). Here's a link to the full article (go ahead, go for it!  There are pretty pictures too):

Article: Rethinking Modern Barware with Standard Spoon

So when you catch yourself browsing through your Facebook feed and watching inane videos of 3-year olds contemplating the impact of their diet of pickle chips and poutine on the plumbing, maybe pull yourself away for a few minutes and get to the new Tales of the Cocktail website.  We're finding it a great resource to read up on some beautiful new cocktail products, bar destinations, and in-depth articles on regional, national, and international happenings in the bar and spirits industries.

Good Work TOTC!

Progress Update & BackerKit Charges on May 8th

via Update #24 on Kickstarter

Hi Backers,

Just a quick update to let you know that our manufacturing coordinator reported that the spoons have been finished! They are proceeding to the last stage of post-production Quality Assurance. We are waiting on a few specifics from the manufacturing coordinator regarding shipping dates. It's been a while since the last update, so we figured you'd like to know at least the general sense of progress, even if we can't give as much detail as we'd like. When we do have it, we'll let you know.

We've still got our fingers crossed that we'll be able to ship the first spoons out to backers by the end of May.  Here's a recent shot of one of the production samples.

BackerKit Surveys & Card Charges

You may not remember, because it seems like SO LONG ago, but last year you filled out your survey using BackerKit, not the Kickstarter survey form (you may not have realized this). If you never completed your survey (slackers!), please do so now.  Also, if your mailing address changed, please log in and update your information. You can access your survey by finding the invitation in your email from so long ago, or by clicking here: BACKERKIT SURVEY

IMPORTANT THING TO READ THAT MIGHT SAVE YOU GRIEF LATER ON:

If you added anything to your Kickstarter pledge AFTER the campaign ended via Backerkit (an extra spoon, for example), you entered payment information.  We have NOT charged your cards yet for any add-ons, but we will do that on MAY 8th. Please check to make sure your add-ons are what you want, and make sure your payment information is up to date by next Friday.

There has been at least one instance where a backer who pledged for 2 sets via Kickstarter (for $120, already collected) accidentally added-on another set in Backerkit ($60, not-yet-collected), thinking they were defining their Kickstarter reward level. Please remember that based on your pledge level, Backerkit automatically assigns the right rewards for you (They call them Pledge Level Items).  But if you added EXTRA funds in Kickstarter, you will need to define what those funds are for in BackerKit at the Add-Ons page (They call these Add-Ons). 

It's been a while, so please sign in and double-check what your BackerKit account is saying about your order. If there is a balance with a "Total Owed" number, that is what your card on file will be charged on May 8th. 

And just one more time to be clear, please be aware that any Add-Ons in your cart are items IN ADDITION to whatever comes automatically with the base Kickstarter Reward level you chose during the campaign (Pledge Level Items).

If you've got it, CHEERS to you! If you want to get into the nitty gritty of Backerkit, we'll walk you through an example or two:

EXAMPLE 1: I added extra funds during the Kickstarter campaign for additional items:

For example, if you selected the reward level THE SET ($60) in Kickstarter, but you increased your total pledge amount to $85, because you wanted an additional CLASSIC spoon ($25 each), BackerKit will automatically select the set for you. However, Backerkit does not know what that extra $25 is for.  Go to the Add-Ons section of your BackerKit survey to define what the extra funds are for. The Set will be listed under "PLEDGE ITEMS," and the "BALANCE" section will show "Credit Remaining: $25"

Tell BackerKit what the extra $25 is for by adding the CLASSIC Spoon to your cart. Once you do, notice the "CREDIT REMAINING" amount drops to zero.

If you add additional items to your cart, BackerKit will automatically calculate what kind of credit you still have (if any), or whether you now owe funds. In this example, if you decided you also wanted a second SPIN spoon, and if you added that to your cart as well, your BALANCE Section would show "Total Owed: $35," and you will be asked for payment information, and your card will be charged on May 8th.  You would then receive two Classic spoons and two Spin spoons (The SET + Extra Classic, paid for with $85 in Kickstarter funds, + Extra Spin, added and paid for with $35 in BackerKit).

EXAMPLE 2: I want to add-on items in addition to what I pledged for during Kickstarter

If you pledged for the SPIN spoon during Kickstarter, and paid $35 last year for that, but now you also want a CLASSIC spoon, you can Add-On that spoon through BackerKit. Just go to the Add-Ons section of the survey, and put the Classic spoon in your cart.  Your BALANCE Section will show "Total Owed: $35" and you'll be asked for payment information, and your card will be charged on May 8th.

If you've got any questions, of course send us a message!  Thanks, as always, for being such great sports.

Cheers,

Rachel Eva & Shawn Michael

How to Stir a Cocktail with Jim Meehan

You know that some cocktails should be stirred, and others are better shaken - right?  Refresher:

When to STIR

When a cocktail includes all clear spirits & liqueurs. 

When to SHAKE

When a cocktail contains fruit juice, dairy, or egg whites

So drinks such as the Old Fashioned Cocktail, Manhattan Cocktail, Sazerac Cocktail, and of course the Martini should all be stirred.  Don't believe us? Make two of the same cocktails side by side, and taste and see the difference.  Stirred cocktails maintain a viscosity, clarity, and smooth mouth-feel that's very satisfying.  Stirring is an artful form of preparation that's simple, thoughtful, and fulfilling. Try it!

But HOW to stir a cocktail?  It's not quite as simple as making lemonade. Mixing a stirred cocktail requires a bit of technique, a bit of practice, or a Wingman. The goal when stirring is to combine ingredients and chill the cocktail -  without the force of shaking, which introduces tiny air bubbles and greater dilution, and changes the texture (less smooth).  

Jim Meehan has an excellent demonstration of how to get started with stirring:

Want to learn more about cocktail technique, culture, history, and recipes?  The Small Screen Network on YouTube is an excellent place to get started.

In the meantime, the Wingman Spinning Bar Spoon is an excellent sidekick for stirred cocktails.  It does most of the work for you! 

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The Smelters are Smelting, the Workers are Casting, and our Factory is Back in Full Swing!

via Update #23 on Kickstarter

Thanks for being patient with us as we waited through the lunar new year celebration--it's over! 

Skip down to the next section if you just want the quick status update. For those of you that love the details, here's a little book report about what goes on behind-the-scenes with industries that rely on China for goods. We find it fascinating, and you might too!

What's the big deal with Chinese New Year?

Chinese New Year is a big deal.  It's a challenge for any supply chain anywhere in the world that works with China, and even has its own acronym (CNY).  Officially, it took place February 19 - 25, 2015, but anyone with experience manufacturing in China advises to conservatively plan forno production or shipments leaving China during the entire month of February, and for reduced output during the first half of March. The basic business impact is that nothing gets made or shipped, because workplaces shut down for a while, and start back up again slowly.

There's a huge human element to this which we've found fascinating. Most factory employees aren't from the big industrial meccas where they spend their working hours. They migrate to the industrial centers from all over rural China to find work and make a good wage.  For most of these workers, Chinese New Year is the only time during the year when they can travel back to their hometowns and spend time with their families.  We're glad they have this annual opportunity; as impatient as we may be to finish production, it's nice to know the workers are getting a break to rest and enjoy life with loved ones. The migration of workers out of China's cities is the largest annual migration of humans in the world.  A whopping 2.8 Billion trips are taken by China's 1.37 Billion citizens during the holiday, an outstanding 2 trips per capita.  Compare that to 0.14 trips per capita by US citizens during the Thanksgiving holiday.  It's an Exodus. (Source: Bloomberg)

But, back to business. As the holiday draws to a close, it's a very stressful time for factory owners. Some workers take extended time off, and don't return for another few weeks.  It's usually a slow start to get manufacturing back up to 100%.  For many factory owners, the question isn't "when will my workers return," it's "will my workers return?"  Some workers use the long break to seek other work, or make a career change.  It's possible that after the new year ends, a factory could be missing a large part of their labor force, and have to hire and train new workers quickly. 

Interested in reading more? Here are a few starting points:

Manufacturing Update

The good news for Standard Spoon is that our factory didn't have any significant challenges getting back up and running after Chinese New Year -- phew!  It did take a little time to get someone out to the factory to check on progress, but we spoke with our manufacturing coordinator last night and the news is good. The first run of each spoon (which was started before CNY) is back in progress at the investment casting factory. We have no manufacturing issues to report at this time (yes!). 

Estimates are that the casting will be finished by the end of this month, and then the spoons will go to the polishing factory.  Polishing and Quality Assurance will take up the first three weeks in April. Then they'll be flown over to us in San Diego for packaging, fulfillment, and shipment to you.

We decided a while ago that we'd be shipping via Air from China, which is more expensive but significantly reduces transportation time.  It's also a good call considering the significant delays taking place out of the Port of Long Beach.  We spoke with a friend who just received a shipment this week that had been sitting on the docks since December -- yikes!  

Air shipping and customs will still take 10-15 days, so it's looking like packaging will take place mid-May, and the first spoons will ship out to backers by the end of May. We'll be clearing our calendars for their arrival so that as soon as we get the shipment, we have one priority, and one priority only - getting them back in the mail!

Feel free to leave comments or ask questions here or on our Facebook Page, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@StandardSpoon) for more little tidbits throughout this process.

Cheers,

Rachel Eva and Shawn Michael

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Production Samples are Here!

Via Updates 20 & 21 on Kickstarter:

Happy New Year!

We are very happy indeed, as we received some beautiful production samples on Monday!  

Last month we posted that the factory was running into some issues with the way the end cap attached to the body of the Spin spoon.  They figured that out; problem solved.

Then we got the challenging news that polishing the spoons would cost just as much as manufacturing them (OUCH!). We discussed some options with our guy in China, and he was able to find us a secondary factory that could do the polishing for a much more reasonable cost. They will be cast at a factory that specializes in manufacturing, and polished at a factory that specializes in finishing. Problem Solved.

The production samples were shipped to us just after Christmas, and even though it took them a while to clear China (which is incredibly busy during the holidays), we got a knock on the door Monday morning from FedEx!

THEY ARE INCREDIBLE!

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These are some great shots to show off the seamless, aerodynamic contours of the spoon bowls, both the back (above) and the front (below).  

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The spoon bowl holds exactly 1/8 of an ounce (with the meniscus of the liquid).

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And here are some great shots of the logo on the end of each spoon:

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What happens next?

We had only a few minor pieces of feedback for the factory, such as the orientation of the logo on the end cap of the Spin (designer details).  This can easily be modified during the final production run, and (drum roll please) we are going to give the go-ahead for final production this week!

We are waiting to hear the final per-unit cost for each spoon, which will determine how large of a first production run we can make. It will also help us determine what the final retail cost of the spoons will be. 

Once the factory begins production, it takes about six weeks for them to be made, sent to the secondary factory, and polished. And, unfortunately and unavoidably, Chinese New Year falls right in the middle of our production schedule. The Chinese know how to celebrate, and they close down all industry for about three weeks in February.  So a six week timeline turns into a nine week timeline, and they'll likely be finished sometime mid to late March.

We'll have them shipped to us in San Diego via FedEx, which will be more expensive than overseas freight shipping, but will save us weeks of waiting on transit.  So it looks like our April will be spent packaging and shipping the final spoons to you.

Thanks, as always, for hanging in there with us and being our partners on this journey. 

Cheers,

Rachel Eva and Shawn Michael

Sneak Peak at Production Samples!

 

via Update #19 on Kickstarter

Hi Backers,

Here's a mini-update all the way from our factory in China: a first look at some sleek looking production samples!  

While these haven't yet been shipped to us for inspection and testing, we like what we're seeing so far. Notice specifically that infamous transition from the spoon bowl to the handle. It's smooth, it's solid, and it's a spitting image of our design!

Here's a shot of the end of the CLASSIC spoon with the Standard Spoon logo.  (Note that this hasn't been polished yet)

 We're still a long way from final approval, but these photos have us pretty optimistic.  We're discussing some of the finer points of assembly, polishing, and functionality with our team in China now, and the factory is doing some problem solving regarding the way the end-cap on the SPIN attaches to the body. 

When that's figured out, they'll make any needed adjustments, and ship the production samples to us.  We'll test them out, take some photos, and have more to report at that time.

Until then, 

Rachel Eva & Shawn Michael


Standard Spoon Benefactors - THANK YOU!

It's about time to give a great nod of thanks and recognition to our four Kickstarter Benefactors!

These grand folks really believe in what we're doing, and have supported us not only with resources, but with mountains of love and encouragement. As thanks for their generous contributions to our campaign, they received one of our handmade prototypes earlier this year.

John & Florence Dougherty

Seth Marquez

Abe Shaw of eatingtools.com

Bob & Cindy Taylor

Standard Spoon Spin Benefactor Prototype

Here are some photos of Shawn Michael wrapping them up earlier this year for delivery. Thanks John, Florence, Seth, Abe, Bob and Cindy for your love and support!


Update on Samples and 3D Printing the Spoons

via Update #15 on Kickstarter

Our last Kickstarter update included photos of the first samples we received from the factory, and since then, we have gone through two additional design iterations (phew!)

After receiving the first samples last month, we spoke with our manufacturing coordinator about the changes that needed to be made.  We all agreed that providing a 3D printed model of the spoon would be the best way to communicate the details of the final design.  Even when speaking the same language, small but important details can be understood differently from one person to the next, and things are easily lost in translation.  It's much more difficult when a literal language hurdle must be overcome.  

A physical version of the spoons that reflect exactly what we've envisioned is the best way to ensure the factory knows what standard to mass produce for. 

We already provided them with our handmade prototypes, but remember that those were missing one of the most important components of these spoons: the seamless transition from the spoon bowl to the handle. We weren't able to produce that bit in our workshop, so we turned to 3D printing to help us communicate.

For those not familiar with 3D printing, it is an additive manufacturing process where thin layers of material are created, one on top of another, to produce a physical object from a digital design file.  

Here's a photo of the Classic spoon after the first 3D print was made:

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For this sample, we used a high-definition 3D printer that lays down extremely detailed layers, so small you can barely see them. It was extremely gratifying to see our designs in physical form. However, it also exposed some areas in the design file that needed modification, so we took them back to the drawing board and have had those changes made. 

Most of the changes were minor and don't impact the overall design. The most significant modification was to the diameter of the handle (it was too small) and the diameter of the end of the Classic spoon. The flare on the end of the spoon was too extreme. We reduced the diameter and extended the taper to help with the aesthetic, and give it a more balanced weight.

Here is a rendering of what the Classic spoon should look like now; the Spin hasn't had any major design changes.

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We are currently in the process of having our second set of 3D prints made, and should have them finished by the end of the month. Once we receive them and verify the measurements, we'll ship them to the factory.  They will use these as a guide to make changes, and will send us our fourth samples, in metal, around the beginning of September

What does this mean for our delivery timeline?  We won't be done in September, and even if that fourth sample is spot on, manufacturing takes a minimum of 40 days, plus shipping. A new conservative estimate would be delivery of the spoons in November, possibly (eek!) December if we allow time for a potential fourth revision and/or delays during final manufacturing.

We hate delivering news that may disappoint, but right now that needs to be done. :(  

Thank you all for the many encouraging messages and shout-outs, and for so many of you that have supported us in producing to the highest quality, even if it is taking more time than we anticipated.

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It's going to be worth it!

 Cheers,

Rachel Eva & Shawn Michael