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We're a one-room country school looking to build a child-sized hobbit house and to make the plans freely available on the web. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on November 30, 2013.

We're a one-room country school looking to build a child-sized hobbit house and to make the plans freely available on the web.

Red Bluff, CA Crafts
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About this project

We're on our last day - many thanks to all who have brought us so successfully to this point!

Whittenberg Country School is a small, one-room, elementary school that started in the fall of 2011.  That fall, we read "The Hobbit" as a class, and later that year, the kids chose "hobbits" as our school mascot.

What, then, could be better for a school such as ours than to have a child-sized hobbit house for the kids to play in?  Thanks to some talented people in the WCS family, we've got what we think is a pretty good design for a hobbit house, using a concrete barrel arch as the main structure, and in the process of building it, the kids will get to try their hands at a goodly number of traditional crafts, such as wood-working, masonry, metal-working, and even stained-glass.  The finished product, then, would be a beautiful and sturdy hobbit house that will be used by generations of children in the school and in the neighborhood, as well as a proven set of plans and a how-to guide that will be made freely available on the web, for all who would like to build their own hobbit houses.

Backers can be a part of this project, which will help kids learn about various crafts, which will give them a great space for creative, imaginative play, and which will help others to do the same.  Thanks for reading!

Stretch Goals!

Now that we've reached our basic funding goal (thanks to all of our backers!), it's time to add some stretch goals!

$1250 - TARGET REACHED!  We'll be able to add a nice stone patio in front of the hobbit house (plus a bit of concrete for the student-hobbits to leave their handprints in).

$1500 - TARGET REACHED!  We'll be able to add a small fireplace, with a chimney sticking up above the grassy roof (plus a mantle on which to place trinkets that our little hobbits find on their adventures).

$2000 - If we hit this target, we'll be able to add a second room off of the main room of the hobbit house (plus adding a good bit of space to allow for more hobbits to enjoy the house at the same time).

Thanks for checking out the Home-built Hobbit House!

Risks and challenges

We'll need to practice a variety of crafts to pull this off, including woodworking, masonry, and metalworking, but we have various families in our school with experience in these areas, so all of this should be doable... of course, as with any hands-on creative project, it doesn't always turn out exactly as one would expect (but that's part of the learning experience, too).

We also may run into some unexpected costs, but our budget should cover our basic hobbit house design, especially with the donations that we've received from families in the school, such as a load of granite for the stonework and some beautiful 3/4 inch oak flooring. The biggest cost is that of the concrete, rebar, and such, but that's a fairly straightforward calculation, based on the engineering (did we mention we also have engineers, in some of our school families, to lend a hand?).

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FAQ

  • Building the hobbit house is a school project, with a lot of components (including masonry, woodworking, and other crafts), which the schoolkids will be working on over the course of the second half of the year, and the plans will evolve as the project does, with a lot of input from the kids, so we want to wait until that process is complete (and we know how our plans work in the real world) before we send out the plans (and all the rest) to our backers.

    Our school year and the project will end in May, so the rewards will go out in June.

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Rewards

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    Pledge $1 or more

    18 backers Limited (482 left of 500)

    We'll email you our thanks, along with an early copy of the plans for the hobbit house (that you can then make for yourself or any wee people about you).

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    Pledge $5 or more

    2 backers Limited (248 left of 250)

    We'll send you a card featuring artwork from the project and signed by some of the children involved in the design of the hobbit house.

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    Only ships to: United States
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    Pledge $10 or more

    8 backers Limited (92 left of 100)

    We'll mail you a hardcopy version of the plans for building your own homebuilt hobbit house, signed by some of the children involved in the project.

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    Only ships to: United States
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    Pledge $25 or more

    11 backers Limited (39 left of 50)

    We'll mail you an 8x10 photo of the completed house and the project team, signed by the whole team, along with a hardcopy version of the plans for the hobbit house.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $50 or more

    6 backers Limited (19 left of 25)

    We'll engrave your name on an interior wooden wall of the hobbit house, as well as send you the 8x10 signed photo and hardcopy plans described above.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $100 or more

    3 backers Limited (7 left of 10)

    We'll have your name engraved on a brick that is placed around the front door of the hobbit house, and we'll send you a photo of the finished doorway with your brick visible next to it, as well as send you the 8x10 signed photo and the hardcopy plans described above.

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    Pledge $125 or more

    1 backer All gone!

    In addition to everything in the $100 reward, this reward level will include the WCS Lego figure from the video - a one-of-a-kind reward as a thank you!

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    Pledge $250 or more

    1 backer All gone!

    REVISED REWARD!

    We'll add a feature onto the hobbit house (such as the fireplace described in the stretch goals), and your name will be inscribed in stone as a part of that feature.

    We'll also let you stay in the homebuilt hobbit house for a weekend, and even serve a hearty, farm-fresh hobbit breakfast both mornings; while there, you'll be welcome to explore the ranch that the hobbit house and one-room country school are located on (which is a three hours drive from San Francisco). We'll also give you the 8x10 photo and hardcopy plans, of course.

    Only one of these rewards!

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    Pledge $500 or more

    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    REVISED REWARD!

    We'll add a room onto our hobbit house and name the room after you, with your name engraved in stone as part of that feature. We'll also include the weekend stay at the hobbit house (complete with the hobbit breakfasts), as well as the 8x10 photo and hardcopy plans, of course.

    Only one of these rewards!

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  • You selected
    Pledge $1,000 or more

    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    REVISED REWARD!

    We'll name the whole hobbit house after you! Your name will be engraved in stone and featured prominently in front of the house. We'll invite you to stay at the hobbit house for a whole week, which will include guided tours of local interests, such as climbing Mt. Lassen or rafting the Sacramento River (in addition to a hearty hobbit breakfast each day), as well as the 8x10 photo and hardcopy plans, of course.

    Only one of these rewards!

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world

Funding period

- (30 days)