CleanCoasters: Handcrafted & Made For Change.

CleanCoasters: Handcrafted & made for change. | Carefully hand crafted, simple and timeless, functional coasters that help bring change.

My name is Brady. I am enthusiastic about creativity. I’m a musician, a tradesman, and a people person.

THE GOAL:

To share my craft and design with others who will enjoy it, while fulfilling my own dreams and bringing much needed help in the form of clean water to people around the world.

 

THE STORY:

A few weeks ago my brain had an idea.  “Hey, Brady! You own too many coasters and they are all inferior. You should use your skills to craft something awesome! A new breed of coaster! It’s gotta be sexy… It’s gotta be art. It’s gotta be functional…hmmmm…the coaster to end all coasters!” Only a few hours later I found myself sitting in my garage at 1:00 AM surrounded by wood scraps and old coasters, sandpaper and saws, searching for what would make the perfect beverage rest. I was getting inspired and brainstorming for hours on end about what this could be. I had been searching for a project  just like this.

So I started working on my design and execution, night after night…but something happened after about a week. I began to look around at my piles of projects and start questioning, “What If I could actually do a some good with these coasters? What if it’s not all  about me? And maybe these coasters have a story to tell.” So I started looking for opportunities. That’s when I stumbled on Charity: Water. That night was not the first time I discovered the charity, but it was the most powerful. I encourage you to click on the link and watch their story. You will be moved. Their cause in a nutshell: Bring clean and safe water to people in developing countries.

 

THE COASTERS:

The coasters  have been carefully designed from the ground up. My first goal above all else was to make a coaster that replaces all others, and will outlive me. They are made from Cement and various hardwoods, so they are naturally very durable, with enough weight to not get stuck to the bottom of your glass. The cement and wood are both very smooth, and the cement will be slightly absorptive. They will  be coated with a thin, glossy clear protective finish and have a thin protective barrier (most likely cork) on the underside of the coaster. The coasters when finished are 4″ in diameter and  just under  a 1/2″ thick.

I am currently at the tail end of perfecting the finishing process and planning for faster manufacturing.

 

Funding:  

The costs to get up and running at a small production level will about $1,500. This will be used to purchase equipment like a thickness planer, power sanders, a heavy duty drill press, and of course, materials. If the demand for coasters goes up and we greatly exceed our goals, the need for a faster production process will increase. This would potentially mean the purchasing of a CNC machine to aid in cutting the wood portion of the coasters. If funding goals are not met, Perks will still be fulfilled, and 30% of all profits will still be donated to Charity: Water.

 

THANK YOU:

Please join me in bringing this project to life, bring clean safe water to people around the world, and open up the door for a whole world of other artistic woodworking endeavors. Let your coasters tell a story! I look forward to this adventure and can’t wait to update you all! Share the campaign on social media using the indiegogo sharing tools. Talk about it with your friends and family. Tell your local coffee shop, restaurant, or brewery! And even if you think you don’t need a CleanCoaster… go support Charity: Water.  

 

Thank you,

Brady

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