Wood geeks and artisans create what may be the ultimate temple for your gaming dice
We’re going to take a break from technology for a bit to talk about a Kickstarter that deals with another very geeky obsession that can border on the pornographic. I’m talking, of course, about wood.
The Dice Vault is a sort of temple for your favorite set of gaming dice. Each unit holds seven or ten dice, they’re made by hand by a team of two friends, and they’re absolutely beautiful.
“I trained in traditional furniture-making through an apprenticeship. Our products are made of solid wood re-sawn from large boards to keep consistent grain and color throughout our pieces,” Douglass Costello, the company’s primary builder, told the Report. “Everything is made in our small shop in Massachusetts. We will never compromise on quality or outsource our operations.”
Each case is made from a single piece of wood, and the two halves are held together by a set of four rare earth magnets. Costello went on and on about the lengths they went through to maintain the integrity of the wood used in the product’s construction.
“As long as we are able to source stock that is 1.5” and thicker, the dice vault will have continuous grain throughout the two halves,” he explained. “We will literally cut the block of wood in half, hollow it out, and install magnets, so that the grain patterning on the outside is disturbed as little as possible. This way we are preserving the look and feel of the wood as completely as possible.”
The plan is to offer the product in ten varieties of wood, but the Kickstarter allowed them to open that process up for some more interesting products made of some really interesting varieties of wood. You can check out the campaign’s page if you want to see some of the more exotic offerings, including Spalted Tamarind and Cocobolo.
In the interest of disclosure, the two-man team sent me the Cocobolo Dice Vault so I could check out the product for myself, and that product carries a value of $80. The good news is that I don’t have take their promises as a matter of faith; the finished product is absolutely beautiful, and the magnets keep the two halves securely closed, and the wood looks and feels amazing.
“We hand rub down each of our products and buff them until they are silky smooth. This is handwork that can't be duplicated by a machine, and is completely absent from 99 percent of wooden products you buy today,” Costello told me when I asked about the process. “Our finish is smooth and clear, and really brings out the luster and shimmer in the woods we offer. It is a six-step sanding process, from 80 grit to 6000 grit with plenty of steps in-between.”
Seriously, he wouldn’t shut up about wood. This went on and on.
You can check out some pictures of the product on their Facebook page, and the Kickstarter started with a $2,000 goal, and is currently at $33,000. Even the wrapping of each Dice Vault is beautiful; it comes wrapped in heavy paper with a wax seal from Wyrmwood Gaming. Just unwrapping the damned things felt impressive and made me feel like a sir.
I had originally told them I didn't know how this would fit in with our normal coverage, but discussing how each one was made, seeing the final product, and gaining a deeper appreciation of the different varieties of wood used in production has been fascinating in the past few days, so it's great to give them a little bit more publicity. I'm going to order a few for friends on my Christmas list.