Burning Man 2017 – CatmanDumplings

Thats right ladies, gents, and felines…

Catmandu is returning to the playa this year with a giant Chinese take out box fully equipped with hot and tasty dumplings, snarky fortune cookies, and flame shooting chopsticks. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be sure to check out our Kickstarter and subscribe to this blog for build updates and fundraising progress! 

Can’t wait to see you out on the playa!

WE DID IT!

Our Kickstarter was SUCCESSFUL! Woo hoo!

Thanks to more than 200 awesome (and handsome, and clever…) backers, we hit our goal, and then our stretch goal, and then some! We raised almost $10,000 for Catmandu and we are beyond excited about it. To everyone who contributed, or commented, or shared our video… thank you! We’re grateful from the bottoms of our little kitty hearts.

Now… time to keep building! We’re about to move Catmandu into a bigger warehouse so we can set the whole darn thing up, finish the painting and install lighting, and then we can get to the fun stuff: adding all of the kitty toys! We’ve already done a ton of work and we have a ton of work left to do, but it’s been incredibly fun and we know it’ll be worth it as soon as this thing hits the playa.

Thank you, thank you, thank you again! We love y’all, and we’ll see you at Burning Man 2013 in just a few short months! MEOW!

Our Kickstarter is live!

Woo! We did it! Our Kickstarter is alive!

CHECK IT OUT!

We’ve already invested a ton of our own money into this and we’re asking for a bit more to get it to the playa and back. If you can help at all, please do so, we would sincerely appreciate it.

As for the structure… we’re very nearly done with preliminary construction, and believe us… it looks pretty damn good! We still have to do some final safety checks on the main structure and then we can get started on the fun part: decorating! We’re going to keep the construction photos close to the chest for now as we don’t want to spoil anything, but we’ll be posting some updates here and there.

Thanks to everyone who’s keeping track of this project so far. We’re thrilled to share it with you on the playa and we hope you’re excited to see it too.

Build Update No. 4

Hello kitty fans… time for another Catmandu update!

As for construction, we’re done with the main platform and the supports. It’s not 100% finished, but most of it has been measured, cut, and nailed together as you can see here:

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We’re almost done with the supports for the pods as well, which will extend above the main platform and provide lounging spots with a great view.

In other news, our Kickstarter video is nearly done, and we can’t wait to share it with you! All of our kitties gave their best performances and it should give you a good idea of what we’re trying to accomplish with the whole project. Plus, we have some awesome rewards for our lovely backers, so if you’ve been craving some awesome Catmandu swag then we may have just the thing for you!

 

 

Build Update No. 3

Hello again, friends. Another Camp Catmandu Construction Update!

We’re nearly done with the third story platform. This platform will rest almost 15 feet above the playa and support the tallest cat pod on Catmandu. Here’s a rough drawing, the third story platform is the triangle near the top with the circular pod on top of it. Also, don’t worry… we have blueprints that aren’t drawn onto a piece of wood.

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The handsome gentlemen of Catmandu, hard at work:

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And here’s the outline of the platform. Still needs to be drilled and  ‘skinned’ but the structure is there. Behold!

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Build Update No. 2

Hey! We’re back with another Catmandu construction update.

Last week we finished the big second story platform. You can see it in the below picture… it’s the big wooden thing. It’ll sit about 10 feet above the playa, atop three support platforms. Three support platforms that we just so happen to be building today! Huzzah!

Measuring, cutting, and getting things ready:

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And then, if by magic…

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The supports have risen!

What you’re seeing is more or less upside down. The supports will be turned  over, with the four posts you see sticking into the air resting on the playa. The second story platform (again, big wooden thing) will rest on top of these supports.

Build Update No. 1

Well, kind of. We’ve started building!

We began with this:

literally, a fuckton of wood
a metric fuckton of wood.

And with a little bit of this:

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Ended up with this:

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Voila! The second story platform of Catmandu has already taken shape! It still needs to be beautified, but that’s the skeleton already. This will be the main elevated platform of Catmandu, about 10 feet off the playa.

We still have quite a bit of work to do, but you gotta start somewhere.