Drew's pilot run is complete :
WOO HOO we made it through Drew's pilot run and what an eye opening experience it has been. We'd like to share a little bit about it so you can understand what goes in to creating each and every Drew as it is quite an epic process...
There's no denying that the pilot run has taken longer than expected *SIGH* but through our team sharing images and videos we have been able to witness the incredible amount of work and level of hand detailing and skill that goes into make Drew the Pencil Lamp. There are nine steps alone that go into crafting the solid wood body - take a look at the videos below so see some of the processes involved.
Seeing the pencils literally take shape has made us really excited about delivering the final product.
You get out what you put in as they say and we have put in EVERYTHING to get Drew to where we want him. In order to achieve a beautiful body in every Drew we've had to reject a small percentage of lamps as once the tip was sharpened down it exposed natural defects in the grain :(
There's really nothing we can do about this - wood is simply not perfect. We had to double our pilot run to test more of the wood/process to gain an understanding of the likely percentages of lamps which would reveal imperfections in the tip (this of course adds to the timeline and adds to the expense also). Things like this go to show how crucial the pilot run is especially when using a natural material. The benefit however is of course that EVERY DREW WILL BE UNIQUE as no two Drews' will have the same grain in the tip which makes him even more special we think!
For the pencils where the grain revealed a natural divet, our team gave us the option of filling them in. We decided against this option because we wanted the product to be as beautiful as possible, especially for our first ever run. This may not be sustainable in the future but for now we feel strongly that this is the best way forward (although again it's meant more time and more expense). We'd welcome your thoughts/opinions on the Filled Natural Defect Drew below...
Due to the complications with the wood (as we all some other casualties during the pilot run) we are short on materials for the initial run of 1,000 lamps. The knock on effect is that we can't send the whole 1,000 lamps to our logistics team but instead will need to send in batches. Again this means more expense to us but we just WANT TO GET YOU YOUR LAMPS ASAP!
In the interest of full disclosure we want to share that the date we've been given for the first round of shipping to the logistics team is August 16 (we sincerely hope that this date is FIRM and that it's smooth sailing from here on in). The logistics company we are using is called Floship and they are experienced with fulfilling Kickstarter orders (which is why we chose to partner with them for this project). We have full confidence in them to get the lamps out in an efficient and professional manner once that first delivery arrives.
Essentially what we want you to take away from this update is that although things are taking longer than we would like, there are good reasons for this and it is all to ensure that you receive the best possible end result - a special Drew just for you!
Michael & George