A Suggestion, and a Request
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... Read more
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... Read more
Good News and Thanks, plus Two Amazing Photographs
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... Read more
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... Read more
A second Balinese appeal
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... Read more
Please support this campaign to save the Balinese language!
Please, please support this campaign to save the Balinese language and its beautiful script. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1762259619/gongs-batik-and-sate-wiki-tools-for-balinese.
I'm happy to do carvings for upper-level rewards, as you'll see.
Here's "Thank you" in... Read more
A tiny, tiny appeal. Really.
The next Endangered Alphabets activity is for me to carve classroom door numbers for the schools in Bangladesh we are supporting, where indigenous children can learn in their own languages.... Read more
Endangered Alphabets: the new colorful expanded digital edition!
At last! The expanded digital edition of my Endangered Alphabetsbook, with more text and probably three times as many photos, is now ready and available for scrutiny and purchase... Read more
A request (not for money), and an incentive
Dear Friends of the Endangered Alphabets,
I’m writing to ask you not for money but for suggestions.
This has been a great winter for the Alphabets. In the past six... Read more
Thanks to you...
…we've just about reached our goal at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1388900883/our-golden-hour. We are so, so close, and we couldn't have done it without your support. I wish I could send you all vast,... Read more
One Last Push, Please!
Our campaign to raise $5,000 to publish children's books in the indigenous languages of Bangladesh was doing very well for a few days, but seems to have stalled again. Please... Read more
Thanks to all of you who have already supported our new Kickstarter at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1388900883/our-golden-hour. I'd really appreciate it if you could pass the word along to to others who might be interested,... Read more
New Alphabets Initiative! Please Help Us!
Big news! My students at the Champlain College Publishing Initiative are partnering with my Endangered Alphabets Project to publish four children's books in the endangered languages of the Chittagong Hill... Read more
Check out Alissa Stern's Kickstarter campaign to rescue the Balinese language and script at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1762259619/save-balinese, and please pitch in if you can. I'm offering some carvings as rewards.
Both Secret and Endangered
A month ago I hadn't even heard of the secret sacred script from South Asia called Khojki. For story and picture, check out http://www.endangeredalphabets.com/?p=1073. It makes me wonder: how many other... Read more
Assyrian Wisdom, Syriac Script
If you are wearing shoes,
Step on thorns and open
A path for your children and grandchildren.
--Advice from Ahiqar, sage and advisor to the Assyrian king Sennacherib, to his... Read more
The latest carving is a piece for Mark Turin of Yale. For those of you (like me) not fluent in Nepali, it reads "Digital Himalaya"--the name of a multimedia ethnographic project... Read more
The Endangered Trivet!
Struck by an idea–and the almost incurable itch to carve endangered scripts into pieces of beautiful wood–I have invented the Endangered Trivet. Intended to keep food and drink stains off... Read more
Last Chance for Endangered Christmas Orders
I have time to carve maybe just one more Balinese Om (see photo) in time for delivery before Christmas. I still have a few Endangered Alphabets mugs, and a box... Read more
The Latest in Balinese, plus Secretary Hand
I've been branching out over the past couple of weeks, thanks to the wide range of rewards you backers requested. (Note: I love doing commissions.) First was something in English,... Read more
You may be interested in checking out a meditation on carving, posted on my own website at http://www.timbrookesinc.com/?p=1785. It's prompted by working on a piece for one of my Kickstarter backers.
Just a reminder: if you like the Balinese carvings I've been doing, you may want to skip over to another Kickstarter project whose aim is to preserve and revive the... Read more
One of the most stunning woods in the world is paduak (pronounced pa-duke, at least in Vermont, and confusingly spelled "padauk" as often as not), an exotic tropical hardwood from... Read more
Books, Then Carving
Most of the books are now in the tender care of the US Postal Service, so this weekend I had the chance to sit down and do some carving. This... Read more
Endangered Alphabets All Over the Place
It was a hectic weekend for the Alphabets. They appeared at the Burlington Book Festival, at the Vermont Fine Furniture & Woodworking Festival, and several dozen books headed to the... Read more
Moving On From Here
With just a couple of days left, I'm running out of opportunities to talk to you all.
First of all, obviously, I want to thank everyone who has contributed so... Read more
Just when I think this whole thing is going to calm down, you all start sending me messages of support and encouragement by the dozen!
With this in mind, I've... Read more
Apology for Generic Gratitude
Until 3 p.m. yesterday, I posted updates thanking by name everyone who had backed the Endangered Alphabets Project. Then the response suddenly went off the charts, and 200 people contributed... Read more
A Landslide! An Avalanche!
You people leave me speechless. Nearly $2,000 has come in over the past ten minutes, and the Endangered Alphabets have met their goal. I am completely blown away. Thank you... Read more
There Are Now More Than 100 Of You
Backers, that is. Time for another round of heartfelt thanks, to:
Karel Sobota, Craig Meulen, Lucas, Katherine Montstream (who is worth backing if she herself ever starts a project on... Read more
Tweeting the Alphas
It's a sign that I'm still a novice at social media that, in thanking everyone who has been getting the Alphabet word out online, I didn't think to include everyone... Read more
Thanking the Invisible Hands
As the campaign shoots past the halfway mark, more and more people are adding momentum by blogging, reblogging, reposting, retweeting or otherwise using the new media to pass on their... Read more
Almost Half-Way There...
...and that means it's time for another round of appreciation. Most sincere thanks go out to Ian Marshall, Josh Brown, Joe Errington, Kimberly Lyons, David Stewart, Anna Belew, Bob Malesky,... Read more
Another Reason Why Alphabets Become Endangered
Why am I doing this project? Well, you can get a sense of the importance of having one’s own alphabet by seeing what happens... Read more
$2,000 and Climbing!
A third of the way there! Time to thank everyone who has contributed since the last Roundup of Gratitude:
Randy, Liv Bliss, Damon English, Linguasoft, whitneymcn, Andy McGibbon, Travis, Martin... Read more
Next to be Carved
So here's a perfect example of why I'm doing the Endangered Alphabets Project. The photo below is of a short poem translated into the Mro language and the unique Mro... Read more
The Latest Alphabet
I thought you might like to see my newest completed piece. The script is Classic Mongolian, and the text reads (vertically) "In the beginning was the word." I made it... Read more
Two New Scripts
This time, not a money update but an Alphabet update. This is the kind of thing that fascinates me--a piece of word art created in an Endangered Alphabet--namely, Mandaean. It was... Read more
It's high time I thanked everyone who has backed the project so far, both friends who have stepped up and complete strangers who had not even heard of the Alphabets... Read more
The Atlantic Monthly Online
So many things are going on I can barely keep up. The Alphabets are now on display at the Sachem Public Library in Holbrook, New York, and on the day... Read more
An amazing first 24 hours
What a start! I couldn't have hoped for such a great show of support--14 backers and $425 in the first full day. Thank you all so much.
In terms of... Read more
Quick As Bunnies
I can't believe it: the first Endangered Alphabets backer pledged support within 60 seconds of the page going public! Took my breath away. And within the first afternoon the backing... Read more