2nd Breakfast: The Quick Update
5 months ago
– Wed, Jun 19, 2019 at 08:18:42 PM
Hello Realm Folk~
Wow! It has been way too long! I know many of you are anxious for more info on the table production, so I'm going to jump right into the high level info on the last month or so.
Many of you have been wondering if the trade war between the US and China will impact Wooded Realms. The short answer is yes, the latest round of tariffs could potentially impact our tables to the tune of a 25% tariff. We are working on a solution that may allow us to avoid these tariffs, but as you can imagine, the safest option is to take a wait-and-see stance prior to sending items to the US for import. I am confident we can do something about the tariffs even if they will continue to be an issue; we will have to wait to share our plans however, as we don't want to jeopardize our plans.
Since our last update, we've also experienced a new wrinkle that we didn't anticipate, and that is electrical and electronic certification for the US and Europe. To put it simply, in order for the 2nd Breakfast table to be a product that is sold in US retail stores (and eventually EU stores), the table must pass certain certification processes for safety and regulatory considerations. We've submitted our final version of the table, but there is a strong possibility that the report will come back with specific changes that we will need to implement before we can sell our products in the US and EU. We could have shipped backer rewards before receiving these certifications, but I think that having a professional organization review our products for safety is a necessary process from which everyone will benefit. Plus, the time spent waiting for these certification processes to finish well help us with...
A Pledge Manager Refresh
I know many of you have asked for two things: pictures of all product variations, and some smaller accessories and products that did not appear in the PM originally. Starting this week, I am working on over 500 images taken during my time in Datong last month. I believe that once this info has been added, backers will have all the information they need to make informed choices. Finally...
The New WR Timeline
Setting deadlines and timelines based on how long we think something will take has only served to create artificial expectations. So our new goal is going to be based on what the tables are currently going through. So, once the tables pass certification, shipping will be the next step. For those who want to choose colors or products from the PM, you will receive a refresh of color, images, and new products soon!
A Little Help
Finally, to help with our obligations and to keep everyone informed, backer James Papandreou will be helping out; he will be helping answer questions and will be able to get in touch with me for future updates!
Ok, talk to you guys soon!
Paint! And Table Tour! (loooong video)
6 months ago
– Sun, May 12, 2019 at 08:14:33 PM
I'm currently in Guangzhuo, which is very far south of Datong, near Hong Kong. We're here checking on our shipping requirements for exporting to the US, and to get some final suppliers for parts (and get started on our next projects!).
I'll try to be around to answer messages, but won't have much time to spend on comments, sorry! If you have a major issue or question, shoot me a message and I'll try to get back to you in a timely fashion.
In the meantime, here's a hefty video walkthrough of the tables AND a conversation about paint! The long and short of it is that for the black and white tables, we use a paint, and for the light and dark natural tables, we apply a stain, then all tables are covered with 3-4 coats of a protective PU spray. Hope this helps, and please lmk if you have more questions based on this info (I am just repeating what I learned, so am probably missing some important info).
Thanks guys, and talk to you again soon!
EDIT: For those asking, final products (like legs and leaves) will be added at or just after the end of my trip, which is on the 25th. You will all have time to review the new products and pictures that use final materials before the PM Closes. ~N
the quick table tour
7 months ago
– Mon, May 06, 2019 at 07:38:48 PM
Heyo realm folk~
I'm posting this update from my phone. I meant to post it yesterday but ran out of time. Here is a tour of our tables before the shoot. Working on more videos for y'all as we speak.
In two days we'll be going to Guangzhou to secure final materials, at which time you'll see all the fabrics!
Looks like I can't post a video directly on the mobile app, so you'll have to grab the link a post it in a new window.
The May Update Part I - The Factory Tour
7 months ago
– Fri, May 03, 2019 at 08:57:25 PM
Hey Realm Dwellers!
I know you're all excited about the news coming out of China! I made a quick video that you can watch below. I have another video looking at the latest versions of the tables which I will post tomorrow.
One note though, the PM date I posted previously has come and gone. I want everyone to have a chance to choose their options and accessories with a complete set of information. So the PM will not arbitrarily close based on a date I just chose. In addition, the PM's close date will NOT affect the first shipment; we have enough information from folks who have filled out their surveys. We'll be able to produce tables and ship them to the US, then match each backer with their table.Ok that's it for now. Here is our first video!
Ok that's all for now! The next update will be coming in the next day or so!~Nathan
the YIKES last minute update!
7 months ago
– Tue, Apr 23, 2019 at 10:36:45 PM
Heyo realm folk~
Apologies for the missing update! I have been pushing hard to get ready for the China trip! I will respond to the messages and comments from the last week or so as soon as I have internet in China. But for now just know that we are beginning to lock orders for certain segments, and we're still on track for our updated delivery timeline.
I'm on the plane about to take off so I'll end it here and see you all on the other side of the world!