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AU$ 15,507
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26
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, December 11 2014 2:15 AM UTC +00:00
AU$ 15,507
pledged of AU$ 393,750pledged of AU$ 393,750 goal
26
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, December 11 2014 2:15 AM UTC +00:00

About

Julian Millichamp has been hand-crafting cricket bats for over 34 years. Over this time he has made bats for over 100 International Test Cricketers, as well as thousands of players of all ages and abilities.

As the years have gone by, automation has crept into the pod shaving (cricket bat making) trade and most cricket bats, including the high end lines, have been manufactured on a production line predominantly in India. 

During a well-deserved break during the Australian winter, Julian had time to reflect on his career, and the trade in general, and came to the realisation that pod shaving as a trade is disappearing.  As there is no facility anywhere in the world that teaches the skills necessary to hand craft a cricket bat, an opportunity had presented itself. 

Over the last 9 years, Julian has received hundreds of emails from keen cricketers and potential pod shavers expressing their interest in attaining skills required to make their own bats. In light of those emails, Julian has made it a priority to set up an academy to ensure the continuity of the trade.

The amount Julian is aiming for includes the costing for all the pledge rewards which come to approximately 50% of the total.

The idea of using KickStart has multiple purposes: 

1. To raise necessary funds to relocate to and fit out a premises that can house the academy.

2. To acquire the tooling for the the academy as many sets of traditional tools will be necessary.

3. To ascertain the interest from the cricket community.

4. To save a cottage industry and ensure that the tradition of pod shaving continues. 

Risks and challenges

As with setting up any business, there are always risks and challenges. The aim is to minimise these factors. Having said that, for this project, there are potential issues with stock items such as the importation of English willow. The availability of the willow is subject to the harvesting conditions in the UK, however, for many years Julian has been importing from one of the most reputable UK producers in the world,and would continue to do so, thereby minimising risks of supply.

If and when this project gets off the ground an unknown factor will be the amount of interest in the course as an ongoing venture. This risk will be minimised by channeling a lot of resources into social media and marketing.The fact that Julian will still be making a limited amount of premium and professional bats will assist in the running and continuity of the project.

The biggest risk is if the project doesn't happen. The cricketing community is on the verge of losing a cottage industry that has been in existence since 1730. The funding of the Academy is an opportunity for all lovers of cricket to contribute to ensure that the tradition of pod shaving continues.

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    Pledge AU$ 2 or more About US$ 1.41

    A warm, fuzzy feeling from knowing you keep the tradition of pod-shaving alive. We will endeavor to place your name, along with all other contributors, on a banner displayed in the academy.

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    A certificate signed by Julian Millichamp thanking the pledge giver for the contribution.

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    A baseball cap embroidered with the new JM Academy logo which is EXCLUSIVE to KickStarter contributors.

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    An embroidered baseball cap and a T-Shirt with the new and exclusive to KickStarter, JM Academy logo.

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    Pledge AU$ 75 or more About US$ 53

    An embroidered baseball cap and a T-Shirt with the new and exclusive to KickStarter, JM Academy logo. This also includes a set of bat labels, a facing strip and 5 cricket bat grips.

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    Pledge AU$ 500 or more About US$ 352

    A Premium Grade, hand-crafted cricket bat made by Julian Millichamp plus an embroidered baseball cap and a T-Shirt with the new and exclusive to KickStarter, JM Academy logo.

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    Pledge AU$ 1,000 or more About US$ 704

    A Professional Grade, hand-crafted cricket bat made and personally signed by Julian Millichamp plus an embroidered baseball cap and a T-Shirt with the new and exclusive to KickStarter, JM Academy logo.

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    Pledge AU$ 2,500 or more About US$ 1,760

    A course in the academy which includes the making of 2 personal bats out of premium English willow.

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    Pledge AU$ 8,000 or more About US$ 5,632

    A private dinner with Julian Millichamp. This pledge also includes a one-on-one course in the academy which includes the making of 2 personal bats out of premium English willow. To top it off, you'll also receive a Professional Grade, hand-crafted cricket bat made and personally signed by Julian Millichamp plus an embroidered baseball cap and a T-Shirt with the new and exclusive to KickStarter, JM Academy logo.

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Funding period

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