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We aim to create beautiful carved signs and the first books ever printed in some of the endangered indigenous languages in Bangladesh.
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Tim Brookes

266 backers pledged $11,051 to help bring this project to life.

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A Suggestion, and A Request

Happy New Year cards in Mongolian calligraphy
Happy New Year cards in Mongolian calligraphy

The Suggestion: Happy New Year cards in Mongolian calligraphy. Just beautiful. Check them out at http://society6.com/product/happy-new-year-cards-in-mongolian-calligraphy_cards#16=71.

The Request: I would love to take the Alphabets to the West Coast, preferably California. Anyone got any suggestions about colleges, universities, libraries or galleries that might be interested?

All the best to all of you!

Tim

Unique holiday gifts!

I'm sorry to join the avalanche of incoming mail trying to get you to buy holiday gifts, but this is one of the most important ways to support the Endangered Alphabets Project and its continuing work. Please check out http://society6.com/endangeredalphabets to find prints, mugs, wall clocks, iPhone cases, throw pillows and all kinds of other Alphabet merchandise. Let's face it, nobody on your gift list will have seen anything quite like them!

Thanks so much, and best wishes,

Tim

Mongolian greeting cards
Mongolian greeting cards
Cham clock
Cham clock

Good News, Thanks, and Two Amazing Photographs

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Dear Kickstarter friends,

The good news is that the Kickstarter campaign to fund an interactive Balinese-Indonesian-English wiki-based dictionary was successful, not only meeting but exceeding its goal. Thanks to all of you who supported it or passed along the word to others!

Just as an extra expression of gratitude and excitement, I thought I'd share with you two photographs by the excellent Tom Way of a couple of my most recent carvings.

One, a commission, is on live-edge walnut and features a Mongolian proverb supplied to me by Chris Hoffmeister: "Work until finished. Salt until dissolved."

The other, a sale piece, is on an amazing piece of paduak and features a blessing in Tibetan by the wonderful calligrapher Tashi Mannox that reads "May all living beings be happy."

Mongolian bichig
Mongolian bichig
Tibetan calligraphy
Tibetan calligraphy

One last call for Bali!

Hey, Kickstarter friends--

I'm sorry to pester you with these appeals, but all the same I'm urging you to support an interesting, valuable Kickstarter that needs just a small push over the finish line. I've been working for the past 2-3 years with Alissa Stern, who is waging a heroic battle to save the Balinese language and its beautiful, fluid script. She has now created a pioneering invention, an interactive Balinese-Indonesian-English dictionary that its own users add to and expand every day.

Trouble is, everyone thinks everything on the Web is free, and maintaining this resource and increasing its server capacity to the point where it doesn't crash under the weight of its own popularity--well, that takes money. The Kickstarter has already raised $5,500 of its $6,200 target, but now we're down to the last few days, and as you know, if you don't make your goal, you get nothing.

Please spread the word about this admirable project (at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1762259619/gongs-batik-and-sate-wiki-tools-for-balinese), and if you have the resources to make a donation, please do so.

Those who give at an upper level will receive one of my carvings, saying "Thanks" in Balinese.

All the best,

Tim

A Second Appeal

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I'm back, asking you again to consider supporting the Basabali campaign to create "A free living and evolving Balinese-English-Indonesian dictionary"--a wiki, to be technical, that can be added to and extended by its users--"to help the Balinese language continue to live and evolve (and be a model for others)." This is revolutionary, it's creative, and it promises to revive one of the world's most beautiful scripts and the language it enscribes. (Is that a word?)

Anyhow: please shoot over to https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1762259619/gongs-batik-and-sate-wiki-tools-for-balinese, check out the wiki (which is already being used, by the way, by at least 750 people, almost none of whom have actually contributed to the campaign to support it, growl growl), and consider supporting it.

And by the way, I'm sending this update out to supporters of all my own Kickstarter campaigns. I'm sorry if you get pestered from all sides, but it's a worthy cause. Seriously. Five dollars. Maybe ten. That's all it will take.

Tim

"Thank you," in the gorgeous traditional Balinese script
"Thank you," in the gorgeous traditional Balinese script