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A wood building workshop designed to introduce Peruvian youth to the art, craft & economic opportunities linked with the trade.
A wood building workshop designed to introduce Peruvian youth to the art, craft & economic opportunities linked with the trade.
74 backers pledged $4,280 to help bring this project to life.

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We (Rick and Staj) are fortunate to have fallen in love the outdoors and the ocean at a young age. It is through this shared passion that we've become a part of an amazing community made up of water-lovers and surfers; cyclists and climbers; and artists, makers and activists.

It is YOU, our community that excite us about life. You inspire, educate,  and even challenge us to take risks, and to be courageous and adventurous, ever-learning, healthy, productive, proactive and compassionate people that care about people and the planet.

We are asking you to join Community for WAVES to help us spread our community's zeal for life—along with our passions and skills—to enrich the lives of Peruvian youth by teaching them about the art, craft and economic opportunities associated with with the trade of woodworking.

Your donation will help us raise $4000 to facilitate a wooden surf hand-plane building workshop in Lobitos, Peru with non-profit, WAVES for Development.

The workshop will allow students to experience fun, basic woodworking skills and tool safety, and provide them with a product they can use to experience the ocean and the waves in their own backyard, which many of them only watch tourists enjoy.

Your support will go a long way to empower the Lobitos community on many levels... through education, a hands-on trade experience, the courage and confidence that come through intimate moments when surfing waves, and via the economic and development possibilities linked with woodworking. 

And... by joining a community-supported project like this, you are helping to advance this growing sustainable travel movement concept across the world! Just think, if every time someone traveled, they immersed themselves in the local community and shared their skills and passions with them, the world might just be a stronger, closer community.

In return for your contribution, we are offering some amazing gifts (see to the right) from several of our community members who believe in the power of hand-made craft, including posters by NW surf artist Todd Fisher, limited-edition Portland-made Truce Designs backpacks, wooden hand-planes by Rick himself, and even a chance to get your very own custom-shaped surfboard by Portland shaper, John Koenig.

THANK YOU so much for being a part of this project! We greatly appreciate any size contribution you can make, as every bit truly helps us reach our goal.

If you are looking for other ways to contribute, we are also bringing down wood working tools and 2 large bags full of used wetsuits to donate to the new Commuinty Education Centre that WAVES for Development is building/starting. So, if you've got a wetsuit you'd like to donate or any wood working tools, please email us. Thanks!

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What are we?
Rick is a woodworker and adventure journalist, and Staj is an outreach and event specialist for environmental advocacy non-profits with a background in art and design.

'Chinook Skateboard' -a collabortive piece we made for Save Our Wild Salmon benefit.
'Chinook Skateboard' -a collabortive piece we made for Save Our Wild Salmon benefit.

WAVES for Development is a non-profit organization that works to create life-enriching experiences in coastal communities through Education programs that develop youth into healthy and empowered adults and Surf Voluntourism programs that engage travelers and transform their views of the world and themselves.

Risks and challenges

There is always an element of risk when traveling abroad, so we are keeping an eye on security in Peru, and will do our best to keep ourselves safe when traveling. We also realize there is a risk associated with wood working and we will do everything we can to adequately teach tool etiquette and safety.

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    A hand-drawn postcard by Lobitos, Peru youth and exclusive email updates with pictures from our trip.

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    Access to a private online instructional video (by Rick) on how to build your own wooden hand-plane. You'll also receive a hand-drawn postcard by Lobitos, Peru youth and exclusive email updates with pictures from our trip.

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    An 8"x10" photograph from our workshop! Plus you'll get access to a private online instructional video (by Rick) on how to build your own wooden hand-plane, a hand-drawn postcard by Lobitos, Peru youth and exclusive email updates with pictures from our trip.

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    24"x32" high-quality poster print of Northwest surf artist, Todd Fischer's painting -- http://bit.ly/toddfischer. Plus you'll get access to a private online instructional video (by Rick) on how to build your own wooden hand-plane, a hand-drawn postcard by Lobitos, Peru youth and exclusive email updates with pictures from our trip.

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    Plastic bag wave painting by Staj. Check out the one she painted for Chaco Waves for Change Art Contest at http://bit.ly/stajwaveart.
    Plus you'll get access to a private online instructional video (by Rick) on how to build your own wooden hand-plane, a hand-drawn postcard by Lobitos, Peru youth and exclusive email updates with pictures from our trip.

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    Private Yoga Session Package in Portland, OR w/ certified teacher, Kirsten Bracht (theartofki.com).
    Package consists of a 1/2 hour phone consultation followed by two - 1 hour yoga sessions. The yoga sessions will be designed specifically for you, based on your physiology/goals/needs! You'll also receive a hand-drawn postcard by Lobitos, Peru youth and exclusive email updates with pictures from our trip.

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    1 hour message and 1/2 hour soak & sauna at Common Ground Wellness Center in Portland, OR. Check out Common Grounds online at http://cgwc.org/. Also receive a hand-drawn postcard by Lobitos, Peru youth and exclusive email updates with pictures from our trip.

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    Original wooden hand-plane or a cutting board made by Rick! Check out some of his work at http://pacificwonderland.wordpress.com/.
    Plus you'll get access to a private online instructional video on how to build your own wooden hand-plane, a hand-drawn postcard by Lobitos, Peru youth and exclusive email updates with pictures from our trip.

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    Limited edition Truce Designs backpack. These packs are hand-made in Portland, Oregon with reclaimed and high-performance materials. Check them out at http://trucedesigns.tumblr.com/.
    Plus you'll get access to a private online instructional video (by Rick) on how to build your own wooden hand-plane, a hand-drawn postcard by Lobitos, Peru youth and exclusive email updates with pictures from our trip.

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    Your very own custom-shaped surfboard made by Oregon shaper, John Koenig. Check out his boards at www.industrialsurfdesigns.com/. He's also including board-shaping lessons if live in Portland and want to learn!

    Plus you'll get a limited edition, signed 24"x32" print of Northwest surf artist, Todd Fischer's painting -- http://bit.ly/toddfischer, a hand-drawn postcard by Lobitos, Peru youth and exclusive email updates with pictures from our trip.

    *Board size is limited to 8 feet in length.

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