About this project
Celebrating the lost generation of American craftsmen.
What is it like to work with your hands? To carry on the family trade for generations? We are telling the stories of American artisans whose lives are full of hard work, struggle, passion and reward.
With your help, on May 8, 2013 filmmakers Luke Raffety and Zach Lowry will begin a 20-day long project that will span over 4,500 miles, and will take place in over 20 states. We will be creating a series of documentaries about the hard work and determination of these artisans.
"The Timeless Artisans" is a tribute to the many companies and individuals that still handcraft beautiful products here in America. It is a celebration of what these artisans stand for--hard work, determination, and tradition.
The jobs we have chosen are not booming. These trades have definitely seen their prime, but the jobs remain because the products and craftsmanship are timeless. While they are not popular trades, they are necessary trades. These trades are arts.
We have scoured the country, and found the most engaging, inspiring, and unique artisans--the ones offering viewers fascinating insight into the tradecraft of hand-made products.
All of these companies need our support to thrive in America. That is why their stories need to be told.
All of these individuals and companies have rich histories and traditions that need to be shared.
Behind-the-scenes photos from the making of the Kickstarter video:
Where can we find the videos?
In each location we will stop, meet the artisan, learn about his or her trade and then produce a short, documentary-style video, which will be uploaded to our Vimeo page, and the project's website (under construction) throughout our trip.
In March we traveled to central Pennsylvania and produced an example video of Michael Fox, a blacksmith. The videos produced on the trip will be very similar to this:
Where is the money going?
The fund breakdown is as follows:
Fuel/Car Expenses: $1500
Equipment Rentals: $1500
Please make a pledge to The Timeless Artisans, and please stick with us beyond our Kickstarter campaign; your support, ideas, enthusiasm and criticism are integral to our success. We welcome your comments here, as well as your emails, which can be directed to email@example.com. Also, please follow The Timeless Artisans on Facebook for future updates.
Your support is invaluable. Thank you for believing in us, but more importantly, thank you for believing in the Timeless Artisans.
Risks and challenges
We certainly realize that on a trip like this there are a lot of factors that could go wrong. While the element of surprise will provide us with adventure and will make the long days on the road a little bit more interesting, we have thought about a few things that could wrong, and how we'll tackle them.
First, we have drawn up a budget, and plan to stick to it. We are grateful for the support we have received, and will certainly treat it well. We have designed a budget that leaves us enough room for emergencies, as well as other unexpected turns in the road that may confront us.
Secondly, we have contacted each of the mentioned artisans four times to confirm that they are willing to be a part of the project. We have set up a calender, and have arranged a date with each artisan. As we are all humans, we have come to realize that some of these may fall through for whatever reason. For that reason, we have found other artisans in each state that will be used as a "backup," in case anything should happen to our planned subjects.
There is no doubt that the journey will get rough from time to time. The road will get empty and lonely, so we have planned on staying with family and friends throughout the trip. We will be occasionally stopping with friends along the way to catch our breath, and re-energize. Motel 6's are great and all, but every now and then we are going to need a real, home-cooked meal to keep us going.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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