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Innovative recycling. Hand-crafted works of rideable art bringing new life to a story-rich material: the Marlborough wine barrel.
Innovative recycling. Hand-crafted works of rideable art bringing new life to a story-rich material: the Marlborough wine barrel.
251 backers pledged NZ$ 53,119 to help bring this project to life.

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Recycled Wine-Barrel Longboards, New Zealand.

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Recycled wine-barrel longboard by The Paper Rain Project
Recycled wine-barrel longboard by The Paper Rain Project

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Everyone and everything has a story. We're so very passionate about each of our products. Where the raw material comes from and how it's produced matters and now... we need your help finalising a project which has become our incessant obsession! After 18 months of developing, improving and refining, we believe that our unique, hand-shaped New Zealand wine-barrel longboards are ready to reach the World. 

  
The finished product, The Paper Rain Project wine-barrel longboard
The finished product, The Paper Rain Project wine-barrel longboard
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Indigo & Wills, The Paper Rain Project. Photo by Tim Cuff.
Indigo & Wills, The Paper Rain Project. Photo by Tim Cuff.
            

We are Indigo & Wills, a New Zealand raised and creatively driven pair who are super passionate about hand-crafted, ethical and sustainable art goods. We both began life among small trees – Indigo in the North of Scotland on a tree nursery, Wills on a cherry farm in Marlborough, NZ. It is safe to say we both had plentiful childhoods filled with tree-climbing, vegetable gardens, chickens and mud. It is from these modest roots that we developed our love for nature, community, everything organic and environmentally sustainable.

We are super lucky to have been able to house-sit and live at home to save money over the last few years to do what we want with our lives and our career. We are also privileged to have an innovative and fore-running wine industry on our doorstep as well as the ability to forge relationships with local wineries. Namely, our favourite organic and biodynamic winery, Seresin Estate which is where we source our wine-soaked French oak.

Longboards awaiting the next phase of production in the shaping bay
Longboards awaiting the next phase of production in the shaping bay
Unravelling a French Oak Seresin wine-barrel
Unravelling a French Oak Seresin wine-barrel
          

After months of working in the Packing Shed of the Rowe Family Cherry Farm (now being sold), we are ready to take this product into a more commercially viable arena. We've invested everything - a substantial amount of money, time, heart and soul - in this Project. We need to put a roof over our business' head and invest so as to take this time, sweat and tears intensive process into something we can make an actual living from. 

WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP:

Although we have travelled through the normal routes of business loans and personal investment, this project needs a little extra kick(start). 

* We are forced to move on from our current (borrowed) workspace due to the sale of the Rowe family business so we need funds to find ourselves a new space in which to create. We need money to rent a space to keep up with the demand that our new product will hopefully open up. This "Kickstarted" rent should cover us for a few months so we can get ourselves established and into full production mode.

*As these boards are time intensive to say the least, we need to invest in some serious tools to help us with the job. We need to purchase better sanders, a CNC router and a large extractor unit as well as footing the bill for electrical needs of the machinery. 

Essentially, your help will enable us to make our passion into a sustainable business- environmentally AND financially - & we would really love that. Of course, we'll give you something back...

We are full-bodied in our dedication to making a high-quality, recycled and useable product and in helping bringing art / hand-craft into an accessible environment. We love the process and the link to our region's biggest commodity, wine. We just need a helping hand, at this point, to get it off the ground and to have a space in which to create!

Thank you so much, from the bottom of our hearts, for your contributions towards our dream! 

Hand-shaping each unique longboard, an essential step in our process
Hand-shaping each unique longboard, an essential step in our process
Refinement of each longboard shape is done by hand
Refinement of each longboard shape is done by hand

PLEDGE PERKS:

Jude Raffills bottle openers and The Loyal Workshop bracelets
Jude Raffills bottle openers and The Loyal Workshop bracelets
    
Organic, fair trade The Paper Rain Project pencil pod
Organic, fair trade The Paper Rain Project pencil pod
    
Organic, fair trade The Paper Rain Project Blanks
Organic, fair trade The Paper Rain Project Blanks
    
Organic, fair trade The Paper Rain Project blank tees with custom labelling
Organic, fair trade The Paper Rain Project blank tees with custom labelling
The Paper Rain Project Organic, fair trade and limited edition art tees
The Paper Rain Project Organic, fair trade and limited edition art tees
            
The Paper Rain Project art tees, fair trade and organic. Matt & Tatiana riding on our 'Classic' barrel boards.
The Paper Rain Project art tees, fair trade and organic. Matt & Tatiana riding on our 'Classic' barrel boards.
A3 Tuiana Giclee Design
A3 Tuiana Giclee Design
A3 Tuiana Giclee Print
A3 Tuiana Giclee Print
          
Binary Tiger (new 8.5" wide maple collectable, in-house design, laser-etching & production)
Binary Tiger (new 8.5" wide maple collectable, in-house design, laser-etching & production)
'Wolf' an example of the Tobias Illustrations designs available on 8.5" Maple skateboards. Full selection involves all artwork on the bamboo boards below.
'Wolf' an example of the Tobias Illustrations designs available on 8.5" Maple skateboards. Full selection involves all artwork on the bamboo boards below.
   
  
The Paper Rain Project x Tobias Illustrations Bamboo Art Boards
The Paper Rain Project x Tobias Illustrations Bamboo Art Boards
The Paper Rain Project classic recycled wine-barrel board
The Paper Rain Project classic recycled wine-barrel board
Our wine-barrel drop through (best performance rideable board)
Our wine-barrel drop through (best performance rideable board)
The Paper Rain Project recycled wine-barrel art boards (in-house artwork & production)
The Paper Rain Project recycled wine-barrel art boards (in-house artwork & production)
An example of our custom recycled wine barrel board commercial winery package, 2015
An example of our custom recycled wine barrel board commercial winery package, 2015

SUBTITLES: “There are over 100 Wineries in Marlborough, New Zealand. Here, is a region renowned for the crafting of world-class Sauvignon Blanc. Amidst these vines, there is a remaining cherry orchard, on which there began a craft all it's own.

Officially founded in early 2013, The Paper Rain Project specialises in organic/fair trade artist apparel, custom skateboard art & longboards made from recycled wine-barrels. Aiming for high quality, creative products that were as sustainable as possible, we (Wills Rowe & Indigo Greenlaw) set about creating a unique style of wine-barrel board. Partnering with organic, biodynamic wine-makers at Seresin Estate, The Paper Rain Project use wine-soaked aged-oak barrels in a lengthy process to create a longboard with a beautiful body & a great ride.

The barrels are unravelled, staves steam straightened, paired & joined, shaped, sanded, illustrated, laser-etched, hand-finished with Tung oil & often paint or gold-leaf ”

“We absolutely love doing what we do. Although there are days we work from waking til bed, & months where we can't really afford rent, this is our passion. We want to keep creating great products from renewable or recycled materials that can make sustainability & craft a factor of every day life.”

To date, we've sold around 100 wine-barrels boards to wine-makers, experienced & new longboarders, art collectors & a whole range of people around NZ, Australia, Germany, USA, Switzerland, France & Sweden. In order to keep doing this, we need to invest in some more tools to speed up the process & a roof over our business. We're currently living & working full time out of my parents' sheds & it's about time we moved on! We need to make our business sustainable as well.

As a company which began with custom painted skateboards, we're really lucky to have had the opportunity in the last year, to also collaborate with some incredible international artists in exhibiting our wine-barrel boards across the country. These include FLOX, Cinzah, Faunesque, Sneaky Studios, Laura Alice, Mica Still, Emmaline Bailey & more. We love seeing our wine-barrel boards become an oak-canvas for a huge range of styles. Afterall, longboarding has always been a little bit about expressing yourself.

Our pledgers will receive a range of our fair trade, hand-crafted & art-based products. If you want to see a part of wine-history cruising down the street, more recyling, product develop & good old-fashioned hand-craft, please hop on board & support our cause! We're sure you'll love them too.”

Risks and challenges

We like to stick to the word CHALLENGES as this is what we face in our business. The risk is that this Kickstarter may not work, in which case we'll be disappointed but will have learned along the way (and we'll most certainly try again.)

CHALLENGES: As with any hand-made product, without extensive heavy testing through practical use, it's impossible to know the extent of the durability of a product. Although we, and many others, have ridden our boards over the past 18 months, it is possible that there could still be a design flaw that needs ironed out. If so, we intend to strengthen the already very durable oak, with stainless steel supports around the truck mounts. If ever a design flaw, we will address any needs as best we can.

If there happens to be an overwhelming amount of demand for our products as a result of this Kickstarter campaign, it might mean delays with production and delivery. Thankfully, an overwhelming demand would enable us to acquire the equipment we need to produce a quantitive number of boards and secure a workshop. None-the-less, if we need to get additional helping hands on board in order to do this, we will do so.

Another issue that may occur is that we may not find an entirely suitable workspace fast enough to complete a huge amount of work before the shipping dates. In this case, we may potentially have to lease two smaller places. Fortunately for us, we have family who have been very generous with there space for the next few months.

In the case of any challenges, we will knuckle down and work through them, the same way we have addressed challenges in our business so far.

We endeavour to maintain clear and transparent communication with each of our pledgers on the topics of progress, timing and fulfilment. We love you guys and we absolutely realise we can't do this without you!

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    HEY, THANKS!
    Your name will be posted on our website in conjunction with the supporters of our project & brand. Thank you for swapping your usual coffee with a helping hand toward our goal.

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    PERSONALISED THANKS
    You will receive 3 The Paper Rain Project stickers & a personalised THANK YOU card. Your name will also appear on our website to show that you have supported us :)

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    This will get you a beautifully hand-stitched The Loyal Workshop bracelet. We have worked with this kind-hearted & ethical company for the past year & cannot get enough of these wristbands. (Scroll down to view image of bracelets)

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    HAND-MADE UPCYCLED BOTTLE OPENER
    You will be receiving a beautiful Jude Raffills Design bottle opener made from up-cycled rimu by our good friend.
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    FAIRLY TRADED ORGANIC COTTON PENCIL POD
    You will receive our Paper Rain pencil pod and 3 of our stickers as well as a personalised THANK YOU card.

    Your name will also appear on our website to show that you have supported us :)
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    HAND-MADE UPCYCLED BOTTLE OPENER
    You will be receiving a beautiful Jude Raffills Design bottle opener made from up-cycled rimu by our good friend. You will also receive 2 Paper Rain stickers, a personalised thank you card & your name on our website.
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    FAIR TRADE, ORGANIC PAPER RAIN BASIC TEE
    Our Paper Rain t-shirts are fairly traded and made from 100% Organic Cotton. You choose size, colour (navy, grey, black or white) & fit. Complete with back-patch & a personalised thank you card.
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    LIMITED EDITION ARTIST TEE
    You will receive a hand-printed hand-illustrated tshirt from our online store ($20 off). Our t-shirts are 1 of 500 Worldwide, fairly traded and made from 100% Organic Cotton. You choose size, colour, fit & artwork. Complete with a personalised thank you card.

    Fairly traded and made from 100% Organic Cotton

    Thank you for the support!
    (Scroll down to view examples of our Artist tees or head on over to www.thepaperrainproject.co.nz Please note that this offer does not include the FLOX t-shirt)

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    A3 TUIANA GICLEE PRINT
    (308gsm Hahnemule rag paper. Hand-numbered Kickstarter edition of 50 prints).

    The Tui, a native New Zealand bird, is one of our favourite. Indigo created this artwork as part of her Native inspired bird series for our wine-barrel art boards but frames just as well on the wall. Rolled & posted in tubes.

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    LASER-ETCHED BINARY TIGER SKATEBOARD
    Designed & etched in-house, your pledge will see you sporting a wall-art or rideable binary tiger maple skateboard as well as a personalised thank you card!
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    HAND-SHAPED BAMBOO ARTIST LONGBOARD DECK
    Shaped & etched in-house, you will have your choice of bamboo longboard design's by Tobias Illustrations. $150 off our regular RRP ~ this one's a special treat for you Kickstarter supporters.
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    CLASSIC RECYCLED WINE-BARREL BOARD
    You will receive our signature shaped up-cycled Seresin Estate wine-barrel longboard deck, complete with natural oils & our chisel/paintbrush illustration. (You save $50 on our RRP!)
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    LASER-ETCHED BAMBOO ARTIST LONGBOARD DECK
    Etched in-house, you will have your choice of bamboo longboard design's by Tobias Illustrations. $50 off our regular RRP ~ this one's a special treat for you Kickstarter supporters.
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    LASER-ETCHED MAPLE ARTIST SKATEBOARD DECK
    Etched in-house, you will have your choice of maple skateboard designs by Tobias Illustrations. $50 off our regular RRP ~ this one's a special treat for you Kickstarter supporters.

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    DROP-THROUGH RECYCLED WINE-BARREL BOARD
    You will receive our cruising, hill-bombing, road-loving drop-through board shaped from up -cycled Seresin Estate French Oak wine-barrels, complete with natural oils & our chisel/paintbrush illustration. (You save $50 on our RRP!)
    (This is the KEY product for this Kickstarter so you'll get a full taste of what this project is about!)

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    ART on RECYCLED WINE-BARREL BOARD
    You will receive one of our signature in-house Aotearoa art boards, shaped from up-cycled Seresin Estate French Oak wine-barrels, complete with natural oils & our laser-etched/gold or silver leafed illustration. (You save $125 on our RRP!)
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    HAND-SHAPED BAMBOO ARTIST LONGBOARD (FULL SET UP)
    Shaped & etched in-house, you will have your choice of bamboo longboard design's by Tobias Illustrations. $150 off our regular RRP ~ this one's a special treat for you Kickstarter supporters.
    COMES WITH TRUCK/WHEEL SET UP.
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    LASER-ETCHED BAMBOO ARTIST LONGBOARD FULL SET UP
    Etched in-house, you will have your choice of bamboo longboard design's by Tobias Illustrations. $50 off our regular RRP ~ this one's a special treat for you Kickstarter supporters.
    (Similar to board examples in Campaign section, COMPLETE WITH TRUCKS & WHEELS!)

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    WINE-BARREL DROP THROUGH READY TO RIDE
    You will receive our COMPLETE cruising, hill-bombing, road-loving drop-through board shaped from up -cycled Seresin Estate French Oak wine-barrels, complete with natural oils & our chisel/paintbrush illustration. Complete with trucks, wheels, bearings & hardware (ready to ride).

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    Pledge NZ$ 1,500 or more About $1,007

    COMMERCIAL PACKAGE ~ WINE-BARREL BOARDS
    For the local Winery, team up with The Paper Rain Project to receive 5 Classic Wine-barrel boards with trucks, wheels & custom laser-etched branding (Package Value estimate at $2500). Buy at wholesale & sell on from your Cellar Door.

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    Pledge NZ$ 1,875 or more About $1,258

    COMMERCIAL INTERNATIONAL PACKAGE ~ WINE-BARREL BOARDS FULL SET UP
    For the international Winery, team up with The Paper Rain Project to receive 5 Classic Wine-barrel decks/boards with custom laser-etched branding (Package Value estimate at $2500). Buy at wholesale & sell on from your Cellar Door.

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Funding period

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