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An exhibition of ten new carvings, each saying "Thank you all" in an endangered alphabet
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    PDF "Thank You All" poster

    A ready-for-printing PDF of our banner poster, based on the wonderful Ranjana type design of Ananda Maharjan in Katmandu, Nepal. We will also add your name to the Acknowledgements page in the printed catalogue of the "Thank You All" exhibition.

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    New: Endangered Alphabets Bandanna!

    Hot off the silkscreen press, our first ever Endangered Alphabets bandanna, featuring our logo based on the word "sky" or "heaven" in the highly endangered Manchu script. You need a bandanna. Your friends need bandannas. Your dog needs a bandanna.

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    "Thank you" greeting cards--in Balinese

    Three greeting cards bearing my carving of the word "Suksma," or "Thank you," in the beautiful fluid (endangered, but in the first stages of revival) Balinese script. We will also add your name to the Acknowledgements page in the printed catalogue of the "Thank You All" exhibition.

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    Endangered Alphabets playing cards

    Completely unique: decks of playing cards in non-mainstream writing systems. Each deck contains all the basic letters of the script, and can be used for teaching or for games. (Try adapting poker, gin rummy, and memory games!) The reward is for one of the following decks (your choice): Baybayin, Chakma, Cherokee, Glagolitic, Mro, Abenaki, Cree.

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    Our signature "Thank You All" poster

    A print version of our signature poster: “Thank you all” in Nepalese, in the ornate and calligraphic Ranjana script (just beginning the process of revival) designed by Ananda Maharjan. We will also add your name to the Acknowledgements page in the printed catalogue of the "Thank You All" exhibition.

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    Endangered Alphabets travel mug

    The Endangered Alphabets travel mug, featuring our logo: the word “Sky” or “Heaven” in the highly endangered Manchu script. We will also add your name to the Acknowledgements page in the printed catalogue of the "Thank You All" exhibition.

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    My book Endangered Alphabets

    Copy of my book Endangered Alphabets, expanded second edition, full of reflections and insights into writing, lush with photography. We will also add your name to the Acknowledgements page in the printed catalogue of the "Thank You All" exhibition.

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    Endangered Alphabets wall clock

    The Endangered Alphabets wall clock, featuring our logo: the word “Sky” or “Heaven” in the highly endangered Manchu script. We will also add your name to the Acknowledgements page in the printed catalogue of the "Thank You All" exhibition.

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    Four Endangered Alphabets card decks

    A set of four different Endangered Alphabets playing card decks: Mro, Glagolitic, Baybayin, and Chakma. Can be used as teaching tools, or for playing games, or both!

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    Sponsor an Alphabet!

    Sponsor an alphabet! Or more accurately, an alphabet page in the Atlas of Endangered Alphabets at www.endangeredalphabets.net. Have your name and dedication appear on the profile of one of the world’s indigenous or minority scripts. We will also send you a signed copy of the glossy "Thank You All" exhibition catalogue with your name in the Acknowledgements.

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    Hand-carved coasters

    A set of four hand-carved cherry coasters, 4"x4", each with an initial of your choice in the Balinese script. We will also send you a signed copy of the glossy "Thank You All" exhibition catalogue with your name in the Acknowledgements.

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    Work In Progress Skype Session

    For pledging at this level, you will get a 30-minute one-on-one Skype session as I work on one of the exhibition carvings. I'll be glad to show my working process and talk about the particular carving and the Endangered Alphabets in general, and answer any of your questions. We will also send you a signed copy of the glossy "Thank You All" exhibition catalogue with your name in the Acknowledgements.

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    Limited edition carving: Aya, the fern

    A hand-carved interpretation of an Adinkra symbol from Ghana: Aya, the fern. The fern is remarkably hardy and adaptable, so the Aya symbol stands for endurance and resourcefulness. In maple, 9"x13".

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    Limited edition carving: Adinkra Courage

    A limited edition carving, one of three, of the Adinkra symbol "Kwatakye Atiko" from Ghana. Based on the hairstyle of a famous warrior, it stands for "valor" or "courage." Carved on curly maple, 9" in diameter. For more information, see endangeredalphabets.net/alphabets/adinkra.

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    Limited edition carving: Nisibdi

    One of three carvings of the Nsibidi symbol from Nigeria. This is the symbol for the Nsibidi writing system itself, developed at least 200 years ago by secret societies. Hand-carved on curly maple, it measures 9" in diameter. For more background, see endangeredalphabets.net/alphabets/nsibidi.

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    Balinese "Thank you" Carving

    A hand-made carving that says “Suksma”—thank you—in the beautiful, flowing, endangered Balinese script. Cherry, approximately 10”x18”. We will also send you a signed copy of the glossy "Thank You All" exhibition catalogue with your name in the Acknowledgements.

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    In the Beginning was the Word--in Coptic

    I have been meditating on the meanings of this extraordinary phrase (which you can take in a Christian sense or not) for ten years, and it still throws up more possible meanings. In what sense is the word the fount and origin of everything? Message me for some possible answers! Here it is in the austere, Greek-derived Coptic script of the early Egyptian Christians, which some Copts are now trying to revive. Elm, 10"x37.5"

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    Tibetan "Love"

    Based on the calligraphy of Urgyen Gyalpo, the simplest of statements that conceals a complex situation: although Tibetan is not an endangered alphabet in the conventional sense, the fact that the Chinese authorities have decreed that Tibetan schoolchildren must learn the Chinese writing system instead of Tibetan (and have imprisoned activists who protested) means that in Tibet itself, within two generations nobody may be able to read the traditional writings that are the basis of their culture and religion. Elm, 21"x9.5"

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    Single Endangered Alphabets Table

    Completely unique, these tables will be perfect for the man/woman of letters, and for world travelers. Each is made of maple and cherry, stands 28 inches tall, and I will carve a letter or character of your choice into the 18”x18” top.
    The two in the photo feature the Chinese characters for “man” and “woman,” and were made as a pair of bedside tables, but I will carve a character in any script (preferably an endangered one!), and for backers at this level the table will work as a stand-alone.

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    Pair of Endangered Alphabets Tables

    Completely unique, these tables will be perfect for the man/woman of letters, and for world travelers. Each is made of maple and cherry, stands 28 inches tall, and I will carve a letter or character of your choice into the 18”x18” top.
    The two in the photo feature the Chinese characters for “man” and “woman,” and were made as bedside tables, but I will carve a character in any script--preferably an endangered one! Only three pairs will be available.

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    Glagolitic Abbey

    A copy of our Glagolitic Abbey board game, surely the first board game to be set in a monastery in Bulgaria in 1200 AD involving scoundrelly monks, an inquisitor, an assassin, and the nearly-extinct Glagolitic alphabet. We will also send you a signed copy of the glossy "Thank You All" exhibition catalogue with your name in the Acknowledgements.

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    The amazing Florentine ampersand

    Was there ever a more beautiful abbreviation? The Florentine ampersand defies all the laws of shorthand: it takes the Latin word "et," meaning "and," but instead of dashing it off as quickly and simply as possible, it combines and elaborates the two letters into a shape that might be an Italian modernist rocking chair. Curly maple, 18"x14.5"

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    Tibetan "Peace"

    Based on the calligraphy of Urgyen Gyalpo, the simplest of statements that conceals a complex situation: although Tibetan is not an endangered alphabet in the conventional sense, the fact that the Chinese authorities have decreed that Tibetan schoolchildren must learn the Chinese writing system instead of Tibetan (and have imprisoned activists who protested) means that in Tibet itself, within two generations nobody may be able to read the traditional writings that are the basis of their culture and religion. Walnut, 23"x13.5"

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    Ranjana "Thank You All" Carving

    A hand-made carving that says “Thank you all” in Nepalese, in the ornate and calligraphic Ranjana script—the twin of the carving that will be the centerpiece of the “Thank you all” exhibition. Walnut, 18”x30”. We will also send you a signed copy of the glossy "Thank You All" exhibition catalogue with your name in the Acknowledgements.

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