State pride goes a long way. Regardless of where we live or move to, most of us know home as the state where we grew up in or have the biggest connection with. For me, Tennessee is and forever will be home.
Therefore, I always get excited when I run across a crowdfunding project that reminds me of home. And knowing that crowdfunding projects are generally unique, it makes the products that much better.
With that in mind, I became intrigued when I came upon a project by the future Mr. and Mrs. Aroh. Integrating state tradition with their love for woodworking, Ben and Christen are working on an idea that will remind you of home, no matter where you are.
Calling their product line Wooden States of America, Ben and Christen's idea is twofold: First, they are using Pennsylvania Cherry to carve out each state of the union. Second, they are implementing hidden magnets within each state, which will be able to hold items such as keys, guitar picks, a small wrench, and bobby pins. Simply put, not only will their product be a great addition to your decor, but it will also help you avoid losing important things.
With all 50 states available for backing, theses beautiful woodwork come with "two screws, two sticky squares, one key ring, mounting instructions and magnetic power galore." As explained, each state is "stained with a mixture of natural resins, clay pigments and some coffee grounds- a rich brown color, with beautiful grain contrast." In regards to size, the states are fairly similar in size, at approximately 45 cubic inches each.
With two successful Kickstarter projects under their belt, the Aroh's are now on their way to making it three. With 17 days to go, Wooden States of America is close to surpassing the $25,000 mark. And it's no surprise that the idea has been so successful.
The idea adds multiple formats of value to its surroundings. The woodwork itself will be a nice addition to the room, while also allowing you hang up a few small items that you know you'll be looking for later. And if you're like me, it will also be a nice reminder of where you came from.
Overall, the Wooden States of America POP.
Wooden States of America's Campaign Page