Cascade Sound Works is located in Washington State, and there is a very large military community here with Joint Base Lewis/McChord and Bangor Naval Base being two of the big ones. When I first started making the Kulshan Ammo Can Speakers, I had a few people ask if I could customize them for a family member that was in the military. And that's how the Patriot Model was born.
To start with, I knew it had to be red, white and blue. How could it NOT be?? It had to have distinct, unique styling that made it stand out. I wanted people to say "Damn that's cool, I want one" when they saw it. It also needed to be customizable, so I could make each one personal for the owner.
When I started up the company, there weren't a lot of resources (read money) for cool tools and equipment. So I built relationships with other small businesses that had those tools. Our first partner was Premiere Powder Coating in Sumner, WA. After looking through 15 shades of red and at least 6 shades of white with Mindy, we decided on the perfect red for the base and white for the top. Each ammo can is sand blasted to remove all the paint. Powder is sprayed onto the pieces and they are rolled into a 400 degree oven to be baked. When they're finished, they come out with a beautiful, durable finish.
Another company I found along the way was Red27 Engraving in Seattle, WA. I took an idea to Tyler - how cool would it be to laser etch the preamble of The Constitution onto the front of the ammo can? I sent him a vector file of the actual preamble script and a mock-up of how I wanted it to look. After making a couple of tests and dialing in the settings, he nailed it.
The laser etches all the way through the powder coating to give a really cool depth and texture to the design. Something unique that I haven't seen on any other product.
I wanted the back to feature the US flag, but I wanted it to be a full color graphic. WrapJax in Tacoma, WA was there to help me make it happen. Q is their lead designer. He took an aged, worn flag graphic and created a tattered effect that allows you to see through it to the ammo can underneath. It came out amazing and I think takes the distinct, unique styling to another level while maintaining the theme of the speaker.
He also included some stars in different sizes so I could fill in the spaces on the sides of the box. On top, there are 13 stars to represent the original 13 colonies.
Now that I had a great looking speaker with a cohesive theme, the last element was the customized one that makes the box personal for each owner. Denise and Delaney at Impressive Trophies in Puyallup, WA do the laser engraving on all my switch plates, working my small jobs into their busy schedule. The switch plate is where clients can express their individuality, sense of humor or mark a momentous occasion for all eternity. For the Patriot model, I usually recommend putting the military branch of service logo on one side and a personalized inscription on the other. But clients are free to engrave whatever they want.
I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about how the Patriot Model came to be and what goes into making this unique speaker model.
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