The Story So Far...
At the beginning of 2016, Brady began to develop a wooden puzzle book for his Senior Thesis Research Project at Iowa State University. After successfully grabbing an A+ for his work, Brady decided to post a few pictures on Imgur to see what others thought of this new creation. It. Went. Viral.
In 24 hours, the post reached front page, 120,000 views, 7000+ upvotes, 400+ comments and people begging for a chance to buy one. It was decided then and there that a Kickstarter Campaign had to be put together. After two months of preparation and collecting emails from various interested puzzlers, we launched our Codex Silenda Kickstarter Campaign on August 2nd with the goal of raising $30,000.
We were funded in 6 hours...
Then we hit $100,000 in 3 days, and actually had to close our campaign only 1 week in after raising over $210,000 with still 3 weeks to go. This was done for a number of reasons but mostly to avoid the risk of over promising too many puzzle books. After such a immensely successful round of fundraising, we set to work acquiring the necessary equipment and supplies to begin making books for all our backers. Since then we've shed blood, sweat, and tears in the name of completing the Kickstarter Campaign pledges with a constant drive to improve production with every book made. We can see the end of the road that is this Kickstarter, and can't wait to explore the MANY ideas and products we will design in the future.
The Original Trio
Brady, Hanna, and Koda have been here since the beginning, with Brady being the mastermind behind the creation of the Codex. None of this would be possible without Hanna and Koda providing an endless supply of love, patience, and constant support in the pursuit of this dream we all share together.
Brady is now running the Codex business full-time with Koda's daily assistance while Hanna pursues further education and career advancement in Minnesota.
Our Master Assembler
Nathan joined our team in January 2018 after we moved our business back to Iowa from Connecticut. He was quick to learn how the Codex is made and assembled and is now assembling books at a pace of 5 a day!
Nathan grew up in the same hometown as Brady and has a small family of his own, with the recent arrival of his son, Rylan last November! He's one proud papa!
Our Newest Helper
Colin is our latest addition to the team and also happens to be Brady's youngest brother too! His duties mainly deal with prepping a number specific pieces that helps make Nathan's job much faster and more efficient during the actual assembly of the books.
Colin is currently attending community college to get the first 2 years out of the way. He's not quite sure yet about his degree but I'm doing my best to convince him of Industrial Design.