Sorry about the lack of a video, I realize I don't know the first thing about video editing,,,I realize I will have to relaunch once I figure it out! Thank you all for the support so far!
Here a summary of my ideas for this project:
Step 1. Raise money to collect and mill pine root (you can help and earn my eternal gratitude by donating even $1 right now!) I need about $4000 mainly to get a special tools and pay people to help me transport the raw materials and misc other costs like electricity and consumables. With $8,500 I will be able to cover everything like packaging and shipping with a little breathing room (any extra money will go into improving rewards with better hardware).
Step 2. Collect pine root, mill it into usable lumber, make some backer rewards that will be out-of-this-world beautiful. Using any spare pine root, or by salvaging extra, I want to create a large lighted sculpture featuring plain roots and other components (wood turned shapes, carved stuff, colored or painted wood etc) which will be put on display for the public.
Step 3. Make a website honoring all the wonderful people who donated. It will also have information about the challenges of working with non-standard or salvaged material and plenty of information about my creative process.
Step 4. Once Kick-started I will be able to offer wood lamp shades on my Etsy.com shop for sale. Right now I have made available over $30,000 worth of rewards, it would be really great to give all of it to generous backers! I just need one lump sum of $8,500 to get my shop and product off the ground with an initial production run and from there the sky is the limit!
Thank you all so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed and please have a wonderful day!
Using Pine root, which I will harvest locally and sustainable from a healthy supply, I want to make a large sculpture that will be the coolest possible use of wood, the pine roots protrude from the root ball at all angles in curvy intricate designs. I want to incorporate the natural look of roots with large twisting protrusions and glowing wood figures made of root.
I will work on the sculpture in concert with the rewards, I am very confident that I can make all the rewards well before the delivery dates. I have given myself enough room so that if on the off-chance my project gets over funded I will be able to manage the workload. I have made available over $30,000 worth of rewards and if funding is achieved I would love to incorporate new rewards and upgrade the classics based on backer feedback. (I really like the idea of a folding room divider, usually made of paper in a wood frame, made from thin translucent, but still not transparent, pine root panels in a wood frame)
There is no chance I will run out of pine root, I walked around on an adjacent abandoned acreage and counted at least 10 LARGE root balls in under one acre (out of ten acre empty lot), people also sell them as landscape ornaments at around $500 +delivery a-piece for the large ones I will use all the money I receive to salvage this "very slowly rotting gold" and work it into a masterpiece unlike anything ever made before, providing my backers with amazing unique rewards as recognition of their generosity.
The hard part is getting the roots from wilderness to workshop, I will need to hire a small crew of laborers and borrow a friends trailer. Spend a week collecting the perfect specimens to use and this should give me enough root (about 6 large ones) for all the rewards and an extra one for my sculpture.
The root needs to be processed with expensive blades which need special maintenance. Any of the root that goes into lamps or lampshades needs to be heated to drain the sap, it has little effect other than prevent the sap from draining in the future..
What's great is that while making a large sculpture I will be left with a large assortment of cutoffs and material which will be used for rewards or reincorporated into the main sculpture or new experiments, no Pine root will be wasted.
If funding is successful I will add new rewards which could come from backers or anyone who has a good idea.
I have experience harvesting and utilizing this raw tree root material, with funding I will be able to share that skill with everyone through rewards sent directly to you. These things are enormous remains of some certainly mighty trees,. Not all roots of ponderosa pines have the pitchy translucence, some of the trees when up rooted will simply decay within a matter of years, the roots I will collect and use are the immortal remains of trees which had unusual properties........these roots were special, some are over 100 years old.
It is my goal to use nothing but sustainable, environmentally friendly raw materials crafted using the raw forms of nature as the basis for the final work of art. All lighting incorporated into it is to be high efficiency, environmentally friendly technology.
The entire project will focus on using techniques and materials never seen before. I plan to harvest only dead and down wood and derive all my energy from sustainable infrastructure (solar/wind combo). Every reward will be completely unique and wonderful, also eco friendly, organic and natural and hand made.
All of the rewards will have pictures soon so everyone knows what they will get. I will be making everything by hand basically from scratch which is why the delivery date is so far off, anything and everything done sooner will be sent out asap. Assuming we reach our goal, every little bit counts tell your friends, I can't wait to share the awesome look of glowing root lamps and lights.
I have an Etsy shop on Etsy.com the link to my shop is www.woodartspinner.etsy.com I sell mostly hand made bowls and such. I am hoping to start selling all kinds of lamps made from pine root if I get that awesome kickstart!