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The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, June 1 2013 4:59 AM UTC +00:00

About

Wortheffort is a brick and mortar one room woodworking school dedicated to bringing new woodworkers into the craft/hobby/sport of fine woodworking. The school is opening this July right off the classic court house square of San Marcos, TX. The physical location will be used to teach homeschool groups, afterschool programs, and evening adult course. Coming from a public school education background I can assure you these lessons will reinforce, expand and include information from the sciences, history, literature and pop culture. The classes will be similar in format to schools like dance studios or music schools in that you'll have weekly instruction with homework to accomplish prior to the next class.

A major component of the school will be continually producing educational material on woodworking so the schools reach can far exceed it's physical walls. This Kickstarter campaign is to acquire the Audio/VIdeo/Editing equipment to do just that. This will include three cameras for multi angle shots and live streaming events, new processing hardware/software and associated equipment like lighting so we can produce.

We've also added enough padding in our goal to cover Kickstarter fees, Credit Card fees and shipping costs.

The one DVD in the Kickstarter campaign will cover basic hand tool joinery made with a limited supply of inexpensive tools targeting beginner woodworkers. These will be the basic techniques that can be used to make furniture, casework and artwork. The vidoe will be the complementary material to the real world beginner coursework taught at the school as well as an excellent resource for teachers planning classroom lessons, parents teaching their kids, or beginners who learn thru analogy. I say this because as always I'll be throwing in lessons on biology, physics, science, history, geography, etc... as smoothly as possible.

As a bonus, your contribution will continue to benefit the school and those wanting to learn for decades to come. Yes this Kickstarter campaign is to produce the first DVD but afterwards the equipment will be availalbe to continue to produce free educational material for our online video channel which currently has close to 1600 subscribers and almost 300,000 views.. We hope to offer both video and streaming events.

Also, the equipment will allow the school to produce commercial DVD's for those wisest of woodworkers who might not have the digital prowess to produce DVD's themselves. This will provide them a small income in their retirement and capturing as much knowledge as we can from them before that generations knowledge is lost forever. And let wortheffort become the behind the scenes engine preserving this rapidly disappearing craft skill.

I hope I've emphasize that donations will help fund much more than just the first video series of this Kickstarter campaign. The equipment purchased will be used for years so wortheffort can continue producing more and more educational content that generations from now students could still be using.

Currently the schools videos are produced using a couple of FLIP camera's, an iPhone, some clip on shop lights and a 3 year old netbook that struggles with the software. None of which was ever designed to be able to handle what the school is throwing at em or look very professional.

Risks and challenges

I was a High School teacher for almost seven years specializing in teaching web mastering and digital media while also serving as an assistant coach. When the economy hit it was these courses which were defunded and assistant coach eliminated. My position had the double wammy on it.

I love teaching to much to leave it as a career so I'm opening my own school.

Even thou I didn't teach 'shop' I was certified to teach it from the state. I saw such a travesty in the loss of woodworking as an educational subject matter and had hoped to open it back up in my district. With travesty comes opportunity which provided the motivation to open my own school.

With this school the 'stage' will be set and the lesson plans written for the video's being producing for this particular campaign. We'll also have established the ability, resources, and personnel to continue to produce more and more after it is completed. Most importantly the school will be able to archive as much knowledge as possible from the disappearing generations who might not have the digital expertise needed to do it themselves.

Potential hang-ups will be centered around time. Establishing a business is always an adventure but I believe I've left more than enough time to accomplish all the tasks associated with this campaign with a little padding for the unexpected.

The other time obstacle in reward fulfillment is nature. Wood dries at about an inch a year. So if we far exceed our target goal some of the handmade items such as bowls and boxes might be a little late simply because we are waiting for the wood to dry. Though we have enough pre-dried to fulfill the target goal
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    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    Thanks, this says you believe that educating people is important and that woodworking is an area worth preserving if only as an educational aide to reinforce other academics. In gratitude I'd like to recognize you as an original AV facilitator of the school on our website. Plus I'll offer a special thanks in the rolling credits at the end of a future video. Thou to spotlight your contribution promonently I'll limit these video thanks to 10 in each video so it might take a year or so to include you all. I'll also include all of you in the credits of the first basic woodworking DVD being produced for the school.

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    Truly thanks, I hope you realize this will leverage my ability to teach to a broader audience. In gratitude I'd like to present to you with all of the $10 rewards plus a downloadable copy of the basic hand tool joinery video being made for the school. (Psst... the one where you'll be named in the credits!) If you've seen my other video's you'll know I use woodworking as a tool to reinforce academics such as science, math, physics, biology, history and to make light social commentary. So even if you never build a box I think you'll enjoy watching.

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    Early Bird Special: You will receive all the recognition of the $10 reward, a downloadable copy of the Basic Joinery video, plus a pair of custom turned door stoppers as featured in the video. Grain matched made from a locally harvested wood such as mesquite, pecan, hickory or walnut.

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    Early Bird Special: You will receive all the recognition and thanks of the $10 reward, a downloadable copy of the schools Basic Joinery video plus one of our popular wine bottle stoppers. Unlike most we go the extra mile and use stainless steel which will not flavor your drink, tarnish, or degrade like nickle or chrome. Plus many of our customers in TX use these with olive oils they are seasoning. These bottle stoppers are made of various local hardwoods and some recycled woods from a local guitar manufacturer. True conversation pieces at your next party

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    Students for years to come will benefit from this donation, truly thanks. I've been turning pens from some really cool locally harvested and exotic woods for years. They are really popular at demonstrations and art markets. In gratitude I'd like to make a streamline pen just for you. Plus, all the recognition mentioned in our $10 campaign and a downloadable copy of this first basic joinery video.

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    Wow, this really is generous of you. You realized that what is produced with your donation might be accessed to educated someone hundreds of years from now? I also hope you'll enjoy the rewards of this generosity too. I'd like to present you with all the $10 rewards, the downloadable copy, plus a pair of unique hand turned door stops made from locally harvested wood such as mesquite, pecan, hickory or the like. These are hand made by me or a contributing instructor at the school. You can actually see a video of the techniques used to make these at my YouTube Channel. (Direct link to video is: http://youtu.be/I60ilWTDss0 )

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    You can't believe how much I appreciate this. To show just a little of that appreciation I'd like to present you with the $10 rewards, plus the $25 reward, plus the $50 reward and as a bonus... an artfully turned wooden finger top for your table or desk. These are made by me or a contributing instructor at the school and is one of the fun first projects I'll have at the school once I raise enough to purchase woodturning equipment. The techniques for this little toy will be documented in an upcoming online video. Trust me, this top will thrill adults as much as kids. So in appreciation you'll recieve: online thanks, YouTube thanks, DVD thanks, the DVD you're being thanked on, a pair of really cool doorstoppers and... a toy prize!

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    You're awesome, just flat out awesome. And awesome people deserve awesome rewards. Yes I'm going to give you the $10 rewards. Additionally I or another contributor at the school will artfully hand turn a food safe wooden bowl specifically in appreciation of the awesome person you are. These will be made of a locally harvested hardwoods such as mesquite, pecan, walnut and such. The techniques used will be documented in an upcoming online video. These are perfect as a candy dish, coin/key/phone tray, as a small salad bowl or just decoration. Note: sometimes it takes a little longer for some bowls to dry than others, it's a multi stage process that takes a year or more which will be explained in an upcoming video. So if pledges at this level are more than 50 or so it might take a little longer to deliver than our estimated delivery date. But we will keep you abreast of progress and get it to you because you're that important and that awesome!

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    Early Bird Special: You'll receive all the recognition of the $10 reward plus a small wooden bowl turned by me or my father, perfectly sized for a single serving salad, that is made of a locally harvested Texas wood. Plus, a hand dovetailed Shaker Style Candle box. Please note possible time issue with the wooden bowl. Nature takes its time in drying.

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    Let me tell you something, you are just flat out a good person. Unbelievable thanks are coming your way. The least I can do thou is offer you these rewards for your awesomeness. The $10 reward, the $25 reward, the $50 reward, the $100 reward plus a hand dovetailed Shaker style candle box made by me or a contributing instructor at the school. The techniques to make the box will be documented in the DVD you'll recieve. Which means you will be getting not only public thank you's online and in video but also: an instructional DVD, an artfully turned pair of door stoppers, a fun classically turned finger top, a wooden bowl, a turned wood pen and a hand crafted box. Plus the knowledge you'll be helping to educate thousands of kids, students and adults from around the world, for decades to come, in the very practical craft of fine woodworking.

    Please note the possible time issue on the wooden bowl noted in the $100 reward. Wish I could speed up nature but...

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