No More Business Cards
I’ve always been fascinated by old wooden nickels. I got a wooden token from a bar once, and kept it in my pocket for weeks until I finally broke down and traded it in for a free beer. They’re bizarre, have a great texture, and feel like some sort of pirate currency
So when faced with the task of designing new business cards for Fringe Focus, I decided to skip that task entirely and make wooden tokens instead. These coins are laser engraved 2″ discs of wood. They’re incredibly lightweight, strong, and can take a beating.
I designed both faces of the coin, added my contact info, and had them deeply laser engraved. Then I aged the wood by staining and sanding each coin by hand. Definitely damaged my fingers with all that sandpaper, but it’s worth it. The final coins lack the computerized burn-in from a laser engraver, and look instead to be 100 years old. They even smell good!
If you see me in Chicago sometime, having a beer, you could probably get your hands on of these coins if you’re interested. I will also be including them with every poster order in the Fringe Focus Store, for free! Because… fun. Backers of my Landscape Photography Kickstarter Project will also receive wooden tokens with their prints.
Check out some process shots below as I was staining: