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An exhibition of carved Vermont maple boards depicting many of the world's endangered forms of writing.
An exhibition of carved Vermont maple boards depicting many of the world's endangered forms of writing.
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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 first-ever collection of oral-tradition stories and proverbs from the Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh. 

These stories were collected by indigenous children, re-told to their classmates, recorded, transcribed, translated, and are even now being laid out in book format using a special kid-friendly font designed by the latest member of our team, Irina Wang. 

This anthology is to be a fundraiser for the three schools where indigenous children can be educated in their own mother tongues. 

In thanks for your donations, I am offering to carve “Thanks!” is the glorious fluid Balinese script at one level and one of the proverbs in the beautiful bubbly Marma script at another. Both these carvings were among the most popular items when the Endangered Alphabets were displayed at the Smithsonian. 

For full details, please go to https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/663870893/education-in-the-chittagong-hill-tracts

As always, if you can’t afford to support our campaign—which we totally understand!—please pass the link on to friends and colleagues. 

Thanks!

"Thank you" in Balinese
"Thank you" in Balinese

A Suggestion, and a Request

Mongolian Happy New Year cards
Mongolian Happy New Year cards

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!

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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

Cham clock
Cham clock
Mongolian stationery cards
Mongolian stationery cards

Good News and Thanks, plus 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 script
Mongolian bichig script
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