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A documentary series that goes behind-the-scenes to show what it takes to re-restore a 1743 home devastated by fire.

The Craftsmen's Journal series was created to tell the story about the "restoration of a restoration," and we can't do it without your help.

Help us get on public television!  Please join us in telling this story about an old house, the traditional craftsmen who came together to restore it, and the preservation of history. 

Thanks to you, we’ve made our goal, but we still need your help!

The show of support from your contributions has been nothing short of inspirational… and for that we will always be truly grateful, but even though we have achieved our KickStarter goal our mission is far from over.

Having said that, our target goal was a bare bones minimum to make the first episode happen, anything above and beyond this number will add the embellishments that we tried to minimize.

Rest assured that continued support through additional contributions from a growing family of benefactors would go a long way to making the first show even better. This in turn would help tremendously in the second phase of the process: to find sponsors for the rest of the series. We will continue to need help from you, your friends and any one that understands the value of the history that is all around us in the form of vintage architecture. Sometimes it’s only bits and pieces that remain from the original work. Our mission is to help people discover these treasures when they know how to look for them.

Please help us continue on our mission to find a place in the twenty first century for useful and productive vintage architecture to blend the old with the new in a way that makes the most of where we come from.

Help us blend our past with the present, preserving it for future generations.

Thanks again,

Dave Adams

The Craftsmen’s Journal

From the filmmaker:
The Craftsmen’s Journal has been working with Dave Adams and the guys for over a year recording his Re-restoration. This venture started as a web video, but now we are taking it to the next level. We are producing a  a 30-minute premiere episode to be aired on Portsmouth's cable channel PPMTV -- with hopes of expanding the series to other public television venues.

From Dave, the homeowner:

Our story takes place in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A historic New England town founded in 1627, home to Strawbery Banke -- and a community where local artisans and master craftsmen are continuing Yankee traditions, including blacksmiths, joiners, masons, and preservationists. Many consider Portsmouth both a town and a museum and that taking apart a house and putting it back together with the help of all of these people is nothing short of a celebration of the story of colonial America and our history.

For over 30 years I rebuilt my family’s home in Portsmouth. In October 2012, with the project finally nearing completion, a fire broke out, heavily damaging the house.

Some of you may recognize the house on Gates Street. A news story spread about our 17-year-old cat, Tiki Bear, who was rescued from the burning building and saved by firefighters administering oxygen. Tiki Bear recovered, but her home was another story.

In the 40 years I've been renovating historic homes, I became one of the Seacoast's leading advocates for historic preservation and restoration. 210 Gates Street was my own personal restoration project. This was my home where my wife Debby and I raised our daughters and created many memories. It was also the home of many before us.

In the aftermath of the fire, "The Craftsmen’s Journal" was created as a series that follows the progress as we re-restore my decades of preservation, undone in a single day. Throughout the series we explain the process of restoring 210 Gates Street, the story behind the home, and educate the public on how to get through a fire loss. Viewers will also bear witness to the emotional toll a house fire can have on a family and how out of the ashes hope can spring from a supportive community.

We have been gathering footage for over a year and we easily have enough to do a full season of 13 episodes.

This is where we need your help, to create episode #1, so that we can take it and find sponsors and public television venues to complete and air the series.  We will also share the premiere episode with our Kickstarter backers.

About the show, The Craftsmen's Journal:

It is our dream to create a show that will appear on public television. From lumber mill field trips to a wide range of shop projects, every aspect of the restoration will be covered in this program.

With each episode we will explore some history, some how-to, and some “why things were done the way they were”. Through this show viewers will have a better understanding how and why the new is blended with the old when restoring a historic home.

Backing this project will help us with the expenses involved in creating the first episode of this documentary series, including shooting additional footage, scripting narration, editing, music and marketing.

We have done everything we can to minimize our production costs while maintaining a level of quality that will allow us to reach a larger audience.

From $1 to $1,000, every little bit helps so please join us and tell your friends! But, remember, if our goal is not met all money will be returned.

Thank you for your support!

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·You will receive a Photo Postcard from "The Craftsmen's Journal" with a Handwritten Thank You.

·Your name will be added as a benefactor to our "Thank You for Your Support" page on our website, www.craftsmensjournal.com.

·Pledge $35 or more

·You will receive our "movie" poster!

·You will also get a Digital Download of our Premiere Episode.

·You will receive a Photo Postcard with a Handwritten Thank You.

·Your name will be added as a benefactor to our "Thank You for Your Support" page on our website, www.craftsmensjournal.com.

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·You get a limited edition "The Craftsmen's Journal" T-Shirt.

·You will also get a Digital Download of our Premiere Episode.

·You get our own "movie" poster.

·You will receive a Photo Postcard with a Handwritten Thank You.

·Your name will be added as a benefactor to our "Thank You for Your Support" page on our website, www.craftsmensjournal.com.

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·You get a limited edition "The Craftsmen's Journal" Utility Knife.

·You will also get a Digital Download of our Premiere Episode.

·You get our own "movie" Poster.

·You will receive a Photo Postcard with a Handwritten Thank You.

·Your name will be added as a benefactor to our "Thank You for Your Support" page on our website, www.craftsmensjournal.com.

·Pledge $100 or more

·You get a limited edition "The Craftsmen's Journal" T-Shirt.

·You will also get a Digital Download of our Premiere Episode.

·You get our own "movie" poster.

·You will receive a Photo Postcard with a Handwritten Thank You.

·You also get our Special Edition 6 Postcard Set.

·Your name will be added as a benefactor to our "Thank You for Your Support" page on our website, www.craftsmensjournal.com.

·Pledge $150 or more

·You get an autographed copy of our Premiere Episode of "The Craftsmen"s Journal" on DVD.

·You get a limited edition "The Craftsmen's Journal" T-Shirt.

·You get your own "movie" poster.

·You will receive a Photo Postcard with a Handwritten Thank You.

·Your name will be added as a benefactor to our "Thank You for Your Support" page on our website, www.craftsmensjournal.com.

·Pledge $200 or more

·You get an autographed copy of our Premiere Episode of "The Craftsmen"s Journal" on DVD.

·You get a limited edition "The Craftsmen's Journal" Utility Knife.

·You get a limited edition "The Craftsmen's Journal" T-Shirt.

·You get our own "movie" poster.

·You will receive a Photo Postcard with a Handwritten Thank You.

·Your name will be added as a benefactor to our "Thank You for Your Support" page on our website, www.craftsmensjournal.com.

·Pledge $500 or more

·We will include a personal "Thank You" in the credits of our Premiere Episode of "The Craftsmen"s Journal”.

·You get an autographed copy of our Premiere Episode of "The Craftsmen"s Journal" on DVD.

·You get a limited edition "The Craftsmen's Journal" T-Shirt.

·You get our own "movie" poster.

·You will receive a Photo Postcard with a Handwritten Thank You.

·Your name will be added as a benefactor to our "Thank You for Your Support" page on our website, www.craftsmensjournal.com with a link to your company or personal site.

 ·Pledge $1,000 or more You'll receive everything!

·We will include a personal "Thank You" in the credits of our Premiere Episode of "The Craftsmen"s Journal”.

·You get an autographed copy of our Premiere Episode of "The Craftsmen"s Journal" on DVD.

·You get a limited edition "The Craftsmen's Journal" Coffee Mug.

·You get a limited edition "The Craftsmen's Journal" Utility Knife.

·You get a limited edition "The Craftsmen's Journal" T-Shirt.

·You get our own "movie" poster.

·You will receive a Photo Postcard with a Handwritten Thank You.

·You also get our Special Edition 6 Postcard Set.

·Your name will be added as a benefactor to our "Thank You for Your Support" page on our website, www.craftsmensjournal.com with a link to your company or personal site.

·Pledge $2,500 or more

·Can you say Product Placement? Tastefully done of course to blend with the "Craftsmen's Journal" theme. You'll also receive everything else!

·We will include a personal "Thank You" in the credits of our Premiere Episode of "The Craftsmen"s Journal”.

·You get an autographed copy of our Premiere Episode of "The Craftsmen"s Journal" on DVD.

·You get a limited edition "The Craftsmen's Journal" Coffee Mug.

·You get our Limited Edition "The Craftsmen's Journal" Utility Knife.

·You get our Limited Edition "The Craftsmen's Journal" T-Shirt.

·You get our own "movie" poster.

·You will receive a Photo Postcard with a Handwritten Thank You.

·You also get our Special Edition 6 Postcard Set.

·Your name will be added as a benefactor to our "Thank You for Your Support" page on our website, www.craftsmensjournal.com with a link to your company or personal site.

For more information of The Craftsmen’s Journal please visit us at: www.thecraftsmensjournal.com or www.facebook.com/The.Craftsmens.Journal

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Like all construction projects, weather and contractor delays can stall production. Our shooting schedule depends upon the workers and what they are able to accomplish. Luckily for us, every obstacle they face can be a learning experience shown in our documentary series.

In addition, another constant consideration is trying to film the workers without interfering. This means limiting the lighting, sound and filming equipment used in production, allowing viewers to truly see the restoration up close and personal.

We gather a significant amount of footage on a daily basis and there are a lot of failed attempts in recording the process mainly because it is an active construction site. Not to mention new footage to be shot as the restoration continues. We have a lot to wade through in order to find the best for the final cut. The process will be long and hard, but well worth it.

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