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Thomas Hicks (Tommy)

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Final Hull Design ! Our models will be made with this mold !
Final Hull Design ! Our models will be made with this mold !
The Crew,  Tommy H, Keith M. and David N.
The Crew, Tommy H, Keith M. and David N.
Look closely you will see that these oar's are connected with a swivel   This is going to be a reward !
Look closely you will see that these oar's are connected with a swivel This is going to be a reward !
Concept Rendering .  This too will be a reward !
Concept Rendering . This too will be a reward !
I call this art work , " Plastic pipe dream".  I really like how this hard top configuration handle's in and out of the water!  If you look closely, you will see a steering lever that folds down under the seat.
I call this art work , " Plastic pipe dream". I really like how this hard top configuration handle's in and out of the water! If you look closely, you will see a steering lever that folds down under the seat.
What a great day with my oldest brother Dick , who incouraged me to continue with this project. He was  taken away from us just this past Thanksgiving from cancer. He fought a good fight !  I love you brother , save me a seat !
What a great day with my oldest brother Dick , who incouraged me to continue with this project. He was taken away from us just this past Thanksgiving from cancer. He fought a good fight ! I love you brother , save me a seat !
My friend Keith testing our oar design !
My friend Keith testing our oar design !
My friend Kieth, having a ball! He was my cut man during our mold making phase.
My friend Kieth, having a ball! He was my cut man during our mold making phase.
Look Ma!, no hands.  Two half's connected together.
Look Ma!, no hands. Two half's connected together.
Me during rag top test day at Moraine State Park, Pa. The windshield and this style canopy will be an accessory !
Me during rag top test day at Moraine State Park, Pa. The windshield and this style canopy will be an accessory !

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Dear Good people, I am a Christian soldier and what I have done here is in obedience to Christ. 50% of all money generated from all future sale's of Carry Canoe and related product's will be used to the glory of God. 10% just don't seem enough ! I hope you will always keep me accountable ! Our first mission after we are established, will be to help support a small church in the central mountains in Taiwan that needs revamped and a full time pastor. My wife Betty is from Taiwan and while we were on our last vacation there, we went looking for one of the biggest trees in Taiwan ! While we were looking for these trees ,we found a church in a small indigenous community at the trail's head leading to this grove of gigantic trees. I was surprised and happy to find it there, and then sad to see it's condition , We couldn't find a pastor any where! We also found out the pastor that did preach there, came around to preach only once every month or so , but no one there could remember when they say him last !. God had planted a seed in me years ago through my son. I wasn't saved at the time and had the wrong mindset to work for God then! I was saved in Feb 1995 now I truly feel that this is my mission from God too me! I can only do my part, too the best of my ability, But I can't do this alone ! I am asking you to help me in this time of need . Please pray about it ! Help if you can! Pray if can't . We need both, for I have no doubt that God will bless you for it !

When I first designed this watercraft it was to be a rotational molded product , (It still will be produced in this way.) but I had to make the prototype by vacuum forming. Mostly because of limited resources, funding and the cost of tooling. I have worked on this projects prototype for a number of years. I am partially disabled from a head on truck and motorcycle , (I was on the bike.) accident I had at the age of 21 , just 6-months after I got out of the Marines. so it all has been a wonderfully long and painful challenge for me.
Cost, weight and strength of material, limits of size and dimension, form, functionality and feasibility were some of the factors considered to produce a structurally safe and sound full scale working prototype close enough to the finished product that it would answer all the unknown questions. We had to build a boat to design a boat. Our final boat design is a double walled,foam filled, monolithic structure of tremendous strength and versatility. The wall skin takes up over half of the weight of the structure and can be made of recycled High Density Polyethylene Plastic. Foam filled with expanded polyethylene for flotation even if capsized or punctured. Rotational molded to be an unsinkable, seamless, super strong monolithic structure
I have enough material to produce several books, (Which are planned, I have 7 chapters written for the first book to date! ) I believe it will be a great asset in our marketing campaign for our first line of products. My book is called; "A Seed Planted!" (subtitled) :An Idea Left In The Closet Can Easily Die There!" Now It goes without saying that the last chapter will be about You and the part that you played with Kickstarter and I.
The day we reach our funding goal, We would put things in high gear!, and would call our manufacturing partner and get the ball rolling. We already have gotten bids on tooling (Which would take up the largest portion of our funding goal!) and manufacturing from several different companies. We will be working with a well established rotational molding plastic company Called " The Plastic Professionals Inc." Located in Atlantic Iowa. With their professional ability to produce the tooling needed and the ability too also produce a consistent quality product time after time, we could be in production within just a few month's.
Their are always unforeseen risks in any venture and we will try to the best of our ability to keep them to a minimum and tackle them head on as they arise.
Please look at my Face book page to see how I got to this point of development. As you can see, we are not done yet, but we are well on our way.
One man can do but little by himself! With all your help, we can accomplish anything. With 10 different focus market groups, we still have a lot of potential products to design. We have done all of the research and development needed to start the production mold. Our prototype has told us all the answer's we needed to know to be able to build one of the most unique watercraft ever conceived.
We have gone as far as we can go without you. Now is the time to help make a difference and be apart of something great. I plan on using this project as a stepping stone for much more.
Since my conception of " Carry Canoe" my attitude and goals have changed on what my part is in the big picture of things concerning this project.
Even though I have spent years in study and preparation to develop this concept , I've concluded that I am just one part of the equation and that this is more about being a part of something good as a collective whole. I'm truly grateful to be a part of something bigger than myself, I hope you see as well as I, how important the part is that you play and feel the joy that I have felt through the years of a job well done. My reward has already been given! So join me and be apart of something extraordinary !
An Idea Left In The Closet Can Easily Die There!"
God picked me first through conviction and then by faith. I have done the best I could for what I have done, through limited skills and experience. Mostly being carried by God through it all and amazed at what he has made with these crippled and undeserving hands.

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    For everyone your reward will be in the form of a card; to be shown at and to be used for a one person open invitation to any and all future events that we plan to sponsor. The first one of which will be of course is Carry Canoe's boat race and pig roast lunch launch and an annual canopy contest , " I have made seven different styles myself. Several will be offered with Carry Canoe's many other planned accessories! " I believe there are countless possibilities, only limited by one's imagination, Prayer's are a must.

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    Your choice of either 1- Two person event cards or 2- one person Life time event cards or lastly 1- one person event card, plus one Signed and numbered Limited Lithograph Concept Print.

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    This reward will be a lithograph color print I drew of Christ on the tree. Signed and dated on the back with a hand written inspirational and personalized verse just for You ! Amen !

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    You will be rewarded with a gift box with a Two person open invitation Lifetime event card, and one signed lithograph print of Carry Canoe's concept drawing. First come is first served. on numbered renderings printed for each reward category in our Kickstarter funding period. You too will be in our prayer's. If funded on time!, we will be at the Moraine state park regatta this year, hope to see you there!

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    Your reward box, ( Not a real box! Ha! ) will have 2- Two person open Invitation Life time event cards and one signed and dated lithograph print, Once we have reached the end of our Kickstarter funding period, if there are any left over prints we will be given them out to whom ever show's up for our annual Forth of July Pig Roast Lunch Launch and Carry Canoe boat races.

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    For this pledge amount, you will receive a gift box with 2- Two person open invitation Life time event card, a pictorial paper back version of our book called "A Seed Planted" with a signed and numbered, limited edition lithograph print of Our Carry Canoe's Concept rendering.. And lastly a hand crafted 14 in. long scale plastic model kit of our final Carry Canoe's hull design with a hardwood display pedestal, Once our funding is reached, this print an model will no longer be offered to any one outside this funding phase with Kickstarter. You would be forever in our prayer's. Bigger and better day's ahead for us all.

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    THIS IS THE ONE REWARD YOU ARE LOOKING FOR !! You get rewarded the same as the $100 , BUT so much More ! You will also receive another reward card, but this card will be worth a VIP rating on future Projects we plan to sponsor ! plus a one man, First edition of Carry Canoe hot off the mold Since we are shipping a product to you that is a bit bigger than a bread box. We can produce only so many Carry Canoe Hulls in one day with only one production mold and we will have to develop a delivery schedule according to proximity and order of funding. We will start deliveries as soon as the product is in production. The wind shield accessory is included free with this reward only during this funding period. Get them while they are HOT !

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    THIS REWARD IS THE BEST ! Not only will you receive the same great rewards as both the $100 and $650 reward categories , but you will also receive Another Carry Canoe one man hull, with connecting bench seat., 1/2" stainless steel axle and 2- 1.5"x 10" solid rubber tires. That is now you can have Two -one man boats, or connect them together and make one really cool two man boat! We are not yet completely sure on what our shipping costs will be . We will keep you informed. The more we can deliver in an area, the cheaper the cost for shipping and we would pass that savings on to you!

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    This reward stands alone, since there is only one ! I carved this small female figure with a razor blade in 1995 ! I call her now ! " Eve " Too me ! She Mean's different things to me , I like to challenge my self to make something beautiful from something discarded ! Like an old piece of wood cast away. Something from nothing !

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    This reward is our top reward. And there can be only One during this funding period ; within your gift box you will find 10 - Two person open invitation lifetime event cards, the original concept pencil drawing, (Of which there is only one.) The first copy of our book printed, " A Seed Planted.", The very first Carry Canoe out of the mold ( hulls # 1&2), and the complete original prototype that we made all by hand, will be donated in your name to a school of your choice as a case study aid. What else? I may have to carve you something or well, Remembrance of you in my prayer's goes without saying! May God Bless us all. We might need to talk about shipping if out of the U.S.

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    I would Consider this a Trial or a commission , your choice, to carve or sculpt a life size Crucifix of Christ to be placed in a Christian church in the name of God ! Amen ! You supply the Material and pay for all shipping charge's. It would be my best work, and probably my last ! done with a bucket of tear's ! Half filled with Joy and Half filled with pain! A true honor it would be too do such a thing! Amen !

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