Vinny by Plywerk: A Handcrafted Suite of Record Displays

by Plywerk

A refined suite of products to display your records. Handcrafted in Portland, Oregon from locally sourced restoration juniper. Because you can’t hang an MP3 on your wall.

$3,214 raised

of $7,000 goal

46% Funded Time Expired
Mar 24 2015
ended

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Who Is Vinny?

Vinny is the latest set of members to join the Plywerk family. Always a huge music fan, Vinny was born to honor our records, in the most sustainable way possible. Vinny is actually a line of three gorgeous display items for your vinyl collection:

Vinny Stand

A stand to display a record you are listening to in the most elegant and minimal way possible.

Vinny Frame

Two frames to display your most precious records on the wall. Change them out whenever the mood strikes. Available in single or gatefold editions.

Vinny Crate

A crate to store up to 80 records. Multiple configuration options. As aesthetically beautiful as it is functional.

Restoration Juniper And Up-Cycled Western Walnut

The whole Vinny family is made from gorgeous red-tinged juniper with accents of dark-chocolate walnut.

Knots, Burrs, Veins and Burl

Using real soft- and hardwoods means that each and every Vinny is 100% unique.

Why Vinny?

The short answer: because your memories matter and because you can’t hang an MP3 on your wall.

The long answer: It’s no secret that records have been making quite a come back for the past few years. Many people in the music industry will tell you that it is the best way to record and listen to music. Also, unlike MP3’s, a record provides a tangible experience that our digital-driven lives often lack.

And finally, records have a nostalgic touch. Having them in our hands can bring up memories. Whether it’s the smell of an old sleeve, the story behind a special edition, an album-art design you adore, a gift... we sometimes care for our records more than we care for anything else.

Why Juniper?

When we say we are More Than Just Green, these are not just words. And a new product seems like the perfect opportunity to be that little bit more sustainable. This is why we decided to use restoration juniper to create Vinny.

Juniper is a perfect example of a triple-bottom-line (people, planet, profit) material. Sustainably harvesting and milling juniper helps provide jobs to the rural economies and communities of Eastern Oregon. Removing juniper and allowing sagebrush to return to the rangelands provides a natural habitat for sage grouse and other wildlife.

Western Juniper Alliance

Launched in 2013 by former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber and in collaboration with Sustainable Northwest, the Western Juniper Alliance are the driving force behind bringing this gorgeous wood to market. Watch this video for all the details.

Pledge Levels


Playback Beerback Juniper Coaster & Glass Set ($25)

Originally we wanted to provide you with juniper berry New Deal Distillery gin. Alas, the powers that be (aka liquor laws) prohibit it. Flecked with knotty juniper goodness, plus a pint and shot glass from Portland’s New Deal Distillery, each of these sets will let you drink your beer-back in more style than a Parisian fashionista during fashion week.


Stand ($44)

Be the first to reserve your Vinny Stand at a special campaign price. This item will retail at $59.


Frame ($59-$69)

Be the first to reserve your Vinny Frame at a special campaign price. Choose between a single or gatefold frame. These items will retail at $89-$109,


Crate ($139)

Be the first to reserve your Vinny Crate at a special campaign price. This item will retail at $199.


Stand + Frame ($99-$109)


Stand + Crate ($179)


Stand + Frame + Crate ($224-$234)


Stand + BOTH Frames + Crate ($279)


Collector's Crates - two crates ($259)

Because what is better than one crate...right? Get creative with your stacking skills.


Vinny Deluxe Package ($399)

This level has it all:

  • Vinny Stand
  • Both Vinny Frames
  • Vinny Crate
  • Playback Beerback Juniper Coaster and Glass set
  • Keychain + 45 adapter
  • The Fluff & Gravy record collection - 7 records

Vintage Vinny Hi-Fi Package* ($4,400)

*Local pickup only.

Everything in the deluxe package plus:
  • Yamaha CR-640 Receiver, 40 Watts RMS (1979)
  • Pioneer PL-518 Turntable (1978)
  • Advent loudspeakers in hardwood cabinet, remfoamed (197x)
  • juniper slab entertainment unit

Add-ons

Fluff & Gravy record (+$15)

We’ve teamed up with local label Fluff and Gravy Records to bring you some sweet vinyl to use with your new Vinny displays. Available as an add on for $15 or get the full set in the “Vinny Deluxe Package.”

Given
by Kevin Lee Florence
https://soundcloud.com/fluffandgravy/sets/kevin-lee-florence-given “Alone and Everything”, track one on this album, is the music featured in the Vinny campaign video.

Chasing Away the Dots
by Mike Coykendall w/ M Ward (yup), Zooey Deschanel (yup), & more...
https://soundcloud.com/fluffandgravy/mike-coykendall-the-hippie-girl

Portland, Oregon
by Hillstomp
https://soundcloud.com/fluffandgravy/dont-come-down-hillstomp-1

Dogs In The Daylight
by Jeffrey Martin
https://soundcloud.com/fluffandgravy/sets/jeffrey-martin-dogs-in-the-daylight

Better Days
by The Harmed Brothers
[https://soundcloud.com/fluffandgravy/sets/the-harmed-brothers-better] (https://soundcloud.com/fluffandgravy/sets/the-harmed-brothers-better)

Loveless: Hurts To Love
by Kenny Feinstein
[https://soundcloud.com/fluffandgravy/sets/kenny-feinstein-loveless-hurts] (https://soundcloud.com/fluffandgravy/sets/kenny-feinstein-loveless-hurts)

Primary Perception
by Nick Jaina
[https://soundcloud.com/fluffandgravy/sets/nick-jaina-primary-perception] (https://soundcloud.com/fluffandgravy/sets/nick-jaina-primary-perception)


Customize your stand with Engraving (+$16)

Custom engraving is available on any Vinny Stand pledge. Choose your favorite lyric (recommended… unless it’s Justin Bieber), quote or a very short love-poem you just came up with (probably not recommended) and we’ll custom laser-engrave it onto your Vinny. The engraving must be on the front (like the image below) and is limited to 144 characters (including spaces). Enter your phrase in the order notes at checkout. Here are some inspiring ideas:

  • NOW PLAYING
  • My parents dislike this album, but I play it anyway.
  • Move over rover…
  • The capital of the Netherlands is Amsterdam, but the government resides in Den Haag. Not many people know that.
  • I listen therefore I am.

Vinny Specifications

  • Materials: western juniper and western walnut (the bottom/back of the crate is a cabinet grade maple plywood)
  • Finish: A non-toxic herbal oil made from flax seed brings out the wood’s beautiful natural color, and an all-natural paste wax provides a satin finish & lasting protection.
  • Dimensions:
    * Vinny Stand: 2” x 9” x 3 ⅝” 
    * Vinny Frame: 14 ¾” x 14 ¾” x ¾” (single); 14 ¾” x 27 ¼” x ¾” (gatefold)
    * Vinny Crate: 14 ½” x 14 ½” x 13 ½”
    
  • Weight:
    * Vinny Stand: 8 oz
    * Vinny Frame: 14 oz (single); 1 lb, 5 oz (gatefold)
    * Vinny Crate: 7 lb, 12 oz
    
  • Included:
    * Vinny Stand and Vinny Crate come with self-adhesive silicone-rubber bumpers.
    

Local, Lean & Green Manufacturing

We are proud to call Plywerk a local, lean and green manufacturer. Here’s some highlights as to what this really means:

  • We make everything in our Portland, Oregon workshop. We believe in the multiplier effect of local economies, and we care about bringing manufacturing back to the U.S..
  • We use lean manufacturing methods to minimize waste and increase value-added work (think of value-added work as anything you’re willing customer wants to pay for, and waste as the opposite).
  • We run a triple-bottom-line operation, which means; meaning, we make choices that take into consideration the planet, people and profit.

Who we are

We handcraft our eco-conscious photo display products in our Portland, Oregon workshop with an ethos that is More Than Just Green. It's not just something we say; it's who we are!

Plywerk started 8 years ago, in a basement. Kim, a photographer, needing to mount a photo, took some wood glue to the photo and applied it to a piece of plywood. Kjell, a serial entrepreneur and graphic designer, saw an opportunity. A product was created and a business was born.

In 2012, we moved our growing team out of our house, into a new workshop and began to expand the product line to offer more ways for you to display your photos, products and memories.

Manufacturing Plan

We plan to make all Vinny’s in our workshop in Portland, Oregon.

Risks and Challenges

If this campaign were successful beyond our dreams it is possible that we may not be able to source enough restoration western juniper. If that were to happen we could look at other similar local woods and/or source a non-western juniper.

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I hope to receive my Vinny pack?
We currently expect to start shipping in May 2015.

Do we need a power source for Vinny to work?
No, Vinny is a sustainable wooden record frame, it does not require any electricity but maybe elbow grease to unwrap it and hang it.

Can we buy Vinny even if we do not own records?
We do not discriminate anyone. You can absolutely purchase Vinny without owning any records.

Why Portland?
We will not dignify this question with an answer.

Will you still make custom laser engraved Vinny after the crowdfunding campaign?
Unfortunately It will just be just for the crowdfunding. But, maybe make us an offer we can’t refuse.

Can I order several pledge levels?
Yes feel free to order as many as you wish. Except for the early birds packages which are limited (sorry!)


Credits

Plywerk

We handcraft our eco-conscious photo display products in our Portland, Oregon workshop.


Kjell van Zoen

Plywerk

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