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My name is Luke Brown and I'm a self-taught carpenter in Western South Dakota. I've been working at carpentry since I was seven years old when I found an abandoned house on my family's ranch that had a few woodworking tools in it. Everyday after school I would go to the old house and, through trial and error, learn how to use the different tools. I started by making small wooden signs and eventually progressed to building coffee tables, cigar box guitars, and flutes.
I recently started by own business- the Cedar Horse Workshop. My dream is to spread craftsmanship and teach people the trade. With craftsmanship, there's so much more than simply designing or building things. Craftsmanship builds character, inspires hard work, and encourages self-sustainability.
Quality handmade goods are hard to find. The Beer Hammer is a high-quality product that is both unique and personal. I first saw a beer hammer style bottle opener in Germany when I was on a vacation and I knew I had to make one as soon as I got home. Through a lot of trial and error, I came up with the model you see now.
A personal touch is always important to my projects, so I've found a place on the handle to put your first, last, or business name. With three different head designs, four different types of wood, and four different colors of leather, it's designed to reflect your preference and personality.
Need some coasters to match? I've got those too. Coasters are made from the same types of wood as the Beer Hammer and have high-quality cork on the bottom to keep your coffee table free from scratches and water stains.
A note on international shipping costs: since each of these products is personalized, I am not able to take advantage of fulfillment services that keep international shipping low. I am sorry to international backers for not being able to offer you free shipping...
If these stretch goals are reached, they will be included in each reward level without any additional cost.
Right now, I don't have the tools I need to build things efficiently. With the right tools, I could make higher quality products at a faster rate. The tools I have are very old and have been used by multiple generations in my family.
Even though I have this material gain and funds are very important, the dream is much bigger than simple tools. With the funds to build a better shop, I will be able to provide tutorials and DIY instructions so that people can craft their own projects. Eventually, I would like to host shop classes for young people and help students realize their creative potential. Due to budget cuts across the US, most schools don't have shop class anymore and it is desperately needed. When people develop their creative and mechanical skills, their potential becomes unlimited. Craftsmanship helps build character, strengthens communities, and leads to a happier and more fulfilling life.
When I left my hometown of 400 people and went to college, I was approached by many people who had never built anything of their own and wanted to learn how. A lot of my classmates and friends didn't understand why I built rather than bought the things I needed. When I taught these people how to craft the things they wanted, the look in their eyes provided me with inspiration. Seeing people unlock and develop this talent within themselves is a special gift and I hope to continue this work with your help.
Thank you for taking the time to view this Kickstarter page. I can't thank you enough for your interest in this dream of mine.
A special thank you to Luke Burgis, co-founder of activprayer, for all of his inspiration and advice. I couldn't have done it without you!
I also want to thank the Daniel family for their editing advice and contribution to the Kickstarter video. Your family and friendship mean the world to me!
Last, but not least, I'd like to thank all of my friends and family who have been supportive of my new business and this Kickstarter page. Without your help and support, I would never have been able to pursue this dream.
Risks and challenges
I've worked on this project for a long time now and I think I've gone over every possible disaster that could happen. Of course, unforeseen problems can arise.
Even though my goal is at $10,000, I'm prepared for a higher volume if it comes about. My delivery goal for most of the products is May 2015. If I fund higher than my goal, I believe I can still deliver on this timeline. It would be a challenge, but I think I can tackle it.
Since I am the sole operator of my business, it will be a challenge for me to respond to a high volume of communication requests. I believe I'm prepared for the high quantity of emails and phone calls, but it will be difficult.
One final challenge is the personalization of the Beer Hammer. If people have a long last name, it will be difficult to fit it onto the handle and keep it looking sharp. Although I haven't been able to purchase it yet, I will be able to buy a better wood burner when the campaign ends. I'm hoping to find finer burning tips so that I can keep a long name looking good on the handle.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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