The very last reward, and perhaps the most unusual
With less than two days to go in our current Kickstarter campaign, I'm offering the very last, and possibly the most unusual reward: the Balinese Om table.
Made entirely... Read more
Hold the presses. Thanks to one spectacular pledge, we are now past $12,000. I know. I'm stunned.
Let's close this out right now. We have less than 48 hours, but... Read more
Kickstart or Bust: the Final 72 Hours
We are now coming down to the wire. Worldwide support for the Endangered Alphabets has raised nearly $9,000, but unless I reach $15,000 in pledges by 6 a.m. on Thursday,... Read more
The $2,000 weekend--or bust
I'm sorry to say it, but unless we raise at least $2,000 this weekend, this campaign is probably dead in the water.
We had great support today from Irina Wang,... Read more
The final week
Right. Here we go. A week left, and $8,000 to raise. HERE.
That may sound daunting, but here’s the good news:
• we already have a solid base of $7,000... Read more
By popular request, a new reward!
Once again fans of the Endangered Alphabets have spoken, requesting a new reward, and once again....
Here it is: a well-made, sturdy, handsome tote bag featuring the beautiful, sinuous... Read more
Our 100th backer!
Joel Showalter just became our 100th backer! And we now need less than $1,000 by midnight!
This is one of those wonderfully active mornings when anything seems possible at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1496420787/the-right-to-read-the-right-to-write.... Read more
New rewards, and a new goal
Okay, everyone. I've given myself (and you!) a break for the morning, following our successful Thousand Dollar Weekend, but now it's time to return to the tiresome process of fundraising. ... Read more
So nearly there
SO NEARLY THERE!
This weekend's goal was $1,000, and we have NEARLY raised that much in pledges. PLEASE check out the Kickstarter page to see in more detail what... Read more
Day Two of the Thousand Dollar Weekend!
So far the Thousand Dollar Weekend is thundering along with more than $500 raised, thanks to Paul Ledak, Candace Uhlmeyer, Bill Schubart, Ned Castle, Bill Everett, Mirjam Vellinga, Joanne Doyle,... Read more
The Thousand-Dollar Weekend
The thousand-dollar weekend has just started. We need to raise at least that much by Sunday night. Seriously.
And even as I typed this, the first $10 came in... Read more
The "Namaste" carving
The newest reward for our Kickstarter: "Namaste" in Tibetan, based on the wonderful calligraphy of the Buddhist monk Tashi Mannox. Back us at the $275 level and, if we make... Read more
A new reward, a new sense of urgency
Halfway through the current campaign, and already this Kickstarter has seen an outpouring of support unlike anything I’ve done before. Literally every day I get between 10 and 100 messages... Read more
Our first urgent goal: $5,000 by Monday
Friends of the Alphabets, one and all, it's time to get serious. We've been dawdling along until now, but not at a rate that would get us to our... Read more
Independence, and the meaning of the Mother Tongue exhibition
As those of us in the United States head into the long weekend that celebrates the country's independence from colonial authority (yes, as a Brit I have to accept my... Read more
Wow. And another unique carving to add to the rewards
Wow. Yesterday's new reward, the "Om and shanti" carving, was on offer for barely 15 minutes before it was snapped up. Our heartfelt thanks to Mike Chen, and also to... Read more
A new reward--one of a kind in many ways
It's rare that I offer one of the classic Endangered Alphabets carvings as a reward, but this chant or blessing in the endangered Balinese script looked me in the eye... Read more
A new reward everyone can afford
I recognize that not everyone (myself included) can afford to back all the worthy projects they admire. What's more, many friends of the Alphabets live outside the world's centers of... Read more
The Coolest Kickstarter Reward Ever?
Here it is, everyone: a brand-new Kickstarter reward, and possibly the coolest Kickstarter reward ever! This beautiful instrument, this work of art, is a custom electric guitar, hand-made by Alec... Read more
The Good News, the Bad News
The good news is that I have never received more numerous, more colorful or more multilingual birthday greetings in my life. Rahul Upadhyay created the item above in Malayalam; Naoki... Read more
Don't Wait for Everyone Else!
Three days into our new campaign, and we're getting tremendous word of mouth--positive mention and encouragement from no fewer than six bloggers on language topics--but relatively few actual pledges.
It's... Read more
The first 24 hours, no droop, and Endangered postcards
Ah, yes, the familiar insomnia as we start our new Kickstarter campaign: this morning I was up at 5 a.m., checking to see how we were doing.... .
..and the... Read more
Nearly at $500, and another Endangered clock
Thanks to Donna Parrish and Kristi Brennan our new Kickstarter is nearly at $500 after less than 12 hours. Let's keep it going...
...and with that in mind, here's a... Read more
The ball is rolling--and, an Endangered Alphabets clock
We're six hours into the new campaign, and thanks to Michael Horlick, Candace Uhlmeyer, Hans de Wolf and Filip Korling we're on track for my goal of $1,000 in the... Read more
Taking the Endangered Alphabets to the next level!
Dear Kickstarter Friend,
Thanks to you and our other Kickstarter backers, the Endangered Alphabets have gone from a back-room obsession to a global non-profit campaign to save endangered languages, written and... Read more
Here at last--the official Endangered Alphabets Poster!
Here it is, folks--the official Endangered Alphabets poster.
Reasonably priced at $15, we hope this will be as popular as it is beautiful, and a vital source of support for... Read more
The Latest Endangered Alphabet
Dear Friend of the Endangered Alphabets:
I thought you'd like to see the latest Alphabet carving, which is in Ainu, a minority people of northern Japan. For more on this... Read more
And now, a working link!
Oddly, if the link is truncated on Facebook it still works, but on Kickstarter it doesn't. Thanks to Tor for pointing this out--and then for pledging anyway! Last few... Read more
Less than 24 hours to go!
Less than 24 hours to go in our Mother Tongues Kickstarter! Please join in the final push to get us to $2,000. The Mother Tongue carving is done and en... Read more
Since we passed the initial goal of $1,000, you've been adding pledges at the average rate of about $200+ a day. If we can continue at that rate, we'll reach... Read more
And now, the link!
Sorry to add an extra layer of clutter to your Inbox!
My apologies if you've heard this through another channel, but I wanted to let you know what's happening with my current Kickstarter campaign.
The original goal was for a short,... Read more
Carvings in Balinese and Marma! Rewards for a new campaign.
Dear Kickstarter friends and allies,
My wonderful students at Champlain College and I are deep into yet another important and urgent endangered alphabets/languages project. We are working to publish the... Read more
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