Boilerwerks is now my job!

by Devin on September 3, 2012

Still moving in...

Five years after I started tinkering, four years after I sketched from scratch, three years after I spun the first prototype, two years after I first offered the Boiler for sale, and one year after I got a huge boost from Kickstarter backers, Boilerwerks is now, basically, my full time job. Today, labor day, is my first day at it.

Along with a first full time employee, Boilerwerks also now has a physical studio:

Boilerwerks LLC
124 South Highland Avenue
Suite 212
Pittsburgh PA 15206

Visits are extremely welcome, and available most weekdays by appointment.

The studio is part of the very musical Werner Building in the East Liberty neighborhood. My neighbors include a voice teacher, an Emmy-award-winning recording studio, and a live music venue. I ran into the voice teacher one day as I was moving in and he apologized for the noise, but absolutely love it. The old structure is always resonating with different, wonderful sounds. NPR, right now the Diane Rehm show, is my contribution.

Now I’m back to work. Catching up on assembly and some fulfillment I had fallen behind on as I took the floors in the studio from this to this to this to this. That finish is zero VOC and the whole space now smells of linseed oil and the coffee I just made.

I am so pumped for the great things to come! If you’ve liked what I’ve been doing with Boilerwerks, it good news for you too. You can expect more products, better availability, and quicker service. Yay!

[ 16 comments… read them below or add one ]

Adam September 3, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Devin, Congrats on the new gig! Very exciting.

Now quit messing around on the internet and get back to work!

Devin September 3, 2012 at 12:53 pm

:) Thanks Adam!

Ron September 3, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Nice Office Devin, looking Good!
I have also place an order with you Aug 22, a birthday present to me…….

RobH September 3, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Congratulations – great to see you moving the project on from Kickstarter to a full time business! This is what KS is all about – the people – the product is a bonus! ;-)

Jeremy September 3, 2012 at 7:32 pm

A massive congrats! Good luck with the business.

Matt September 3, 2012 at 9:40 pm

Man. Purely awesome that you’re able to fulfill your dreams. Congrats.

Devin September 3, 2012 at 9:59 pm

@Ron, RobH, Jeremy, Matt – thanks so much guys! I’m not doing the victory dance just yet, but with manufacturing on the Boiler finally nailed down, I’m really looking forward pushing a whole slew of new projects I’ve been dying to tackle. The big one – SparkMade – is inspired directly by how much I really dig interacting with like-minded people. For instance, have you seen RobH’s bikes: ? How awesome are those?!

Jenny McFarlane September 4, 2012 at 2:15 am

Hi Devin
I’m not sure if you remember, but the Boiler we received for backing you on Kickstarter leaks and kills the flame.
Will you be replacing this anytime soon? I have not wanted to bother you but it’s been awhile since I heard anything about the boilers. Thanks

Tim September 4, 2012 at 4:28 am

Congratulations Devin. Delighted that you stuck it out and developed the full product. You are an inspiration.

Devin September 4, 2012 at 9:06 am

@Tim – really, thanks. :)

@Jenny – I’m sorry, your name must have escaped my list! I’ve been sending updates to those with leaks since about April. The long and short of it is that you (you’re now on the list!) will be receiving one of the very first to roll off the production line later this month. I’ll be sending an email later this week to get an updated mailing address.

Steve September 4, 2012 at 11:08 pm

Devin, Nice work–once again! Gabby and I have enjoyed the hot meals and drinks ‘facilitated’ by BCB #001.

I hope REI comes calling soon–perhaps if you left a few kettles on their door step. :)

Devin September 7, 2012 at 11:58 am

Hey Steve! Glad to hear the first one is still going strong!

Having done some retailing of them early on, I actually really like the user interactions direct sales allow (particularly those on the BPL forums), but it would be awfully hard to say no to REI. :)

Hendrik September 9, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Congratulations, Devin! Superb news and I am looking forward to all the new exciting gear you’ll be developing for us! All the best!

Alex September 9, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Congratulations, Devin, and best wishes for success! I can’t wait to see what you come up with next.

hrXXLight September 10, 2012 at 3:16 am

Congratulations Devin. Good luck for the future.

Devin September 11, 2012 at 8:13 am

Hendrik, Alex & Beni – Thanks guys!

Beni – my decision to go for it was largely influenced by my trip to Cologne and our visit to Mateusz’s office there. It made me think “hey, maybe this could actually work!”

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