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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!

Long Version:

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!

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    You will be honored as a donor on the gallery webpage for all eternity! All donors will get this! (International backers, or those from HI and AK please contact me or add appropriate shipping for other rewards, thank you!)

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    I will make and send you a wooden mushroom sculpture, hand turned from local wood. It will be at least 4 inches tall and made of solid wood. A great way to support hand made wooden arts and crafts.

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    You will receive a unique plaque made of real wood with beautiful grain, featuring a woodburned (done by hand) message thanking you. 2 options to choose from, fridge magnet or paper weight.

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    Get an upgraded version of the unique plaque made of Pine root, this wood is amazingly translucent in direct light producing a warm orange glow with visible wood grain figuring. I offer this one with a suction cup to attach to a window where you will frequently witness the warm glow. ...plus you will receive TWO PAIRS of beverage coasters made from cross sections of branches/logs.

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    I will make and send you an awesome pair of wooden candle sticks with tea lights in them made of real pure beeswax. Shipping to continental US included. Each set will be unique or you may request a style. I will even let you pick the wood (from the variety I have available).

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    I will make you an interesting birdhouse from local woods. You will also get the $25 reward. ~6"x9"

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    I will make and send you a 12" diameter bowl or platter, made from a local wood and signed, dated, numbered on the bottom with a special thank you.

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    I will make and send you a miniature lamp, made of the same glowing pine root used in my main project. you may choose either a plug-in night light or a mini table lamp. You will also receive the $25 reward. Keep in mind this is LED, super energy efficiency, lasts forever harder to break than a lightbulb and plenty of other things, LEDs are great now that they are bright enough.

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    I will make and send you a small hand turned lamp featuring a segmented pine root shade. I will use led lights that are brighter than normal incandescent or CFL. The lamp will be 15" tall and 6" diameter with a 10 foot cord. Makes a Great bedside reading lamp or hallway table lamp. Plus you will get the $25 reward!!!

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    You will receive one of a very limited run of sculpture using roots, it will be purely artistic and each one will be beautiful and unique. Personally signed on the bottom with a thank you to the donor.

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    I will send you a pair of handmade lamps. The shade will be made of pine root and the base made of the wood(s) of your choice (several choices will be avail.). The approx. dimensions of the lamps are 15" tall and 6" wide. Suitable for accent lighting or a bedside reading lamp. Two styles to choose from, an upward flared shade (good for directing light upward for accent lighting) or a regular table/nightstand lamp. Both lamps may be customized with text hand burned onto the bottom and will feature LED lights which will be DIM-ABLE and super BRIGHT, and more energy efficient. Plus you will get the $25 and $60 reward.

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    I will send you a meticulously crafted full size lamp featuring an absolutely unique design, Featuring multiple light sources this lamp will provide amazing bright and beautiful light but will be a truly unique piece of art as well. I will use LED lighting that's bright and super efficient and is safer because it runs cooler and lasts a heck of a long time plus I will add a dimmer switch. The lamp will be 26" tall, the shade will be 15" diameter. Plus you will get the $25 , $45 and $60 rewards.

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    WOW, It's a mystery box. For helping me out so much you will get a box full of super special woodwork. It will all be handmade SPECIFICALLY for you, and will include (but not limited to) Candle Sticks, Bowls, Goblets, Vases, Lamps, Lamp Shades, Bird Houses, Mushrooms and more.

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    The most exclusive reward of all, for giving so generously to my project you will be the proud owner of a one of a kind chandelier in a very limited series, made of the most beautiful examples of twisting flowing roots the forest has to offer. Ready to hang and sure to amaze anyone fortunate enough to see it, this chandelier will be like no other light fixture on earth. It will be gallery quality and extraordinarily beautiful. Your name will appear under special thanks section on a plaque on the final project and gallery webpage. Plus you will get the $25, $45, $55, $60 and the $190 reward in a unique design. If you are ever in the area you are welcome to come over and turn some wood then have a beer...my treat.

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