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This book shows how to build a rocket mass heater, so you can enjoy overnight comfort from a brief evening fire.
This book shows how to build a rocket mass heater, so you can enjoy overnight comfort from a brief evening fire.
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Happy Holidays - need any free, last-minute items?

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Hello again everyone.

While we've made some progress on the last few bonus items, I don't have a big gob of rockety files for you this time.  Just a big Thank You, and a few little things for those last-minute holiday tokens.

DIY Christmas Cards: Even if you diligently mailed your cards by December 1, there's always that awkward moment when you get a card from someone you forgot.  Here are some images for printable or e-Cards that you can use with our blessing.  (If they don't appear large enough, try the versions on our blog at ernieanderica.blogspot.com)

Starry Card from Ernie and Erica
Starry Card from Ernie and Erica

 

Warm Wishes - Fired Up from E&E
Warm Wishes - Fired Up from E&E

 

Snowflake Flurry from Ernie and Erica
Snowflake Flurry from Ernie and Erica

 

DIY Paper Snowflakes:
If you haven't done these lately, it's fun to try cutting shapes, "secret images," or just enjoying some pleasing symmetry.  Scraps make good tinder.  We have more extensive directions and patterns available for those interested. 

Basic Paper Snowflake Instructions from E&E
Basic Paper Snowflake Instructions from E&E

If you know someone who would enjoy a gift from our libraries, you can find our stuff on the Permies Digital Marketplace, and on our blog (where I'm trying out buttons for the next incarnation of our online store).  ernieanderica.blogspot.com

But that's not the main thing I want to talk about this month.

Living Legacy:

In 2017, I have been realizing that I care much more about service projects than money-making schemes.  Ernie and I both do.

Practice burn for structure fire fighting
Practice burn for structure fire fighting

 

In 2017, I spent 29 days responding to calls as a fire fighter, in both Washington and Oregon.  Weeks more helping with the behind-the-scenes work at our volunteer fire department.  Some exciting and fun drills and conferences, but mostly the unglamorous office work that takes care of bills, disability insurance, training records. 

Abdileh's first stove as project leader
Abdileh's first stove as project leader

In 2017, we kept in touch with our Moroccan builder team through their first year building stoves without a visit from us, contributed to a church grant project, and answering requests for help from fascinating places like the Himalayan foothills, Middle Eastern refugee camps, and low-income neighbors on our mountain and across the plains.  You may have seen us dispensing answers through public forums like Permies.com and Quora.

And in 2017 we started working (with some of you, in fact) on new a case study for code and permitting rocket mass heaters in the state of Washington, one of the most stringently-regulated states in the US for wood heat.

If we'd followed the standard marketing plan for Kickstarter "Launch" projects, we would have dangled new products out to you via dozens more messages, teasers, and special offers.  Instead, we seem to be spending all our free time on projects that benefit others.  One name for this type of activity is "Non Profit."

Are you drawn to the same kinds of causes?

Would you like to send us tangible support for the often expensive, under-funded work in marginal communities and ongoing research?

Our partner organization, Seven Fires Foundation, can accept tax-deductible donations to support natural building and other traditional skills.  They have graciously set up a "Living Legacy Project" fund for exactly this kind of thing. 

Opportunities for children and elders, preserving traditional skills
Opportunities for children and elders, preserving traditional skills

 

You can send earmarked donations to them.  They also accept new and gently-used items (like winter clothing, backpacks, tools, even boat parts) that can be distributed to children and elders in need, or re-sold for fundraising.  To be sure which items are useful, please contact Director Tammy Van, dir@7fires.org

PayPal donations can be directed to dir@7fires.org
Mailing address:

Seven Fires Foundation
re: Living Legacy Project
89001 Highway 42 South
Bandon, OR 97411

501(c)3 Tax ID 16-161-7279

 Thanks again for your support, and we look forward to bringing you more news in 2018.

Yours,

Ernie and Erica

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    1. Evangeline Moen on

      Fantastic! i have been casting about to find a way to make appropriate clothing donations to people at White Earth. I will contact the Seven Fires organization for either direction or an alternative.
      This email came at the end of a long day of new opportunities and I expect to get in touch with you later about RMH topics. Thank you, thank you!