Dwarfcraft Devices closes indefinitely

The brand signs off with a special ‘Boris’ run of Eau Claire Thunders.

Dwarfcraft "Boris" Eau Claire Thunder

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Dwarfcraft Devices has announced that it will be closing its doors indefinitely.

Device-building couple Ben and Louise Hinz announced the hiatus on their website, sharing: “we have been doing the pedal thing for so many years but it is time to take a break to try something new.”

Signing off on its 13 years in service, the company announced a special final run of Eau Claire Thunder fuzzes, produced in a partnership with Japanese experimental doom rockers, Boris.

The commemorative run of the Eau Claire Thunder comes in two versions, each featuring screen-printed art of either Boris’ LOVE or EVOL albums. The run is limited to 20 units of each design, and is available to purchase on the company’s website.

The Eau Claire Thunder – was originally named after the bad weather of the company’s hometown, Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Arguably the company’s most recognised device, it’s seen significant use from artists like Takeshi Ohtani of Boris, Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, Deadmau5, as well as Japanoise luminary, Merzbow.

Dwarfcraft won’t be announcing an official closing date as the company stated: “since we are all on lockdown, we won’t have a last day or anything concrete.”

Despite this, pedals under warranty will still be repaired for the “next few months”, with the company adding that they still “aren’t even sure this will be permanent”.

Check out our review of the Eau Claire Thunder here.

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