We need your help to finish building out our shop in its new location. We share building space with Refab STL, an amazing non-profit providing skills training to former combat veterans by deconstructing old buildings in and around St. Louis. These materials are then processed and stored for resale in the historic 40,000 square foot building along Route 66, which houses Citizen Carpentry’s new workshop. Citizen Carpentry aims to be the first worker-owned woodworking co-operative of its kind in the Midwest, encouraging community members, artists, and entrepreneurs to utilize our shop for their work. We have the chance to be a hub of creative revitalization, recycling, and skill-sharing in a city sorely lacking in opportunities.
Source: Kickstarter Citizen Carpentry Community Workshop & Tool Share
My name is Robert Chapman and my dream is to become a master furniture woodworker. The inspiration for my woodworking has come from my grandfather who was my mentor and loved family member. His knowledge of craftsmanship along with my creativity has molded me into what I am today. My passion is to create beautiful rustic furniture from recycled & reclaimed wood that would otherwise be thrown away. I see the beauty in what others would think to throw away or call “trash.” During the week I drive around collecting pallets, old furniture, torn up deck wood or anything that looked like throw away material and give them life!
via Rustic Reclaimed Furniture 100% hand made by Robert Chapman — Kickstarter.
Reclaimed wood furniture that uncovers the inherent beauty of the Delta while cleaning up communities and creating jobs in the process.
via Reclaimed Helena Furniture by Jan Feldman — Kickstarter.
A short film about a young, black tradeswoman who must learn to prove herself on a new job site. Bring tradeswomen to the big screen!
Please donate to the Kickstarter fund!
via Sista in the Brotherhood by Dawn Jones — Kickstarter.
Retired Fire Hose, salvaged from U.S. fire departments, and featured in one-of-a-kind mats for the home or office.
via Fire Hose Mats by Oxgut Hose Co. — Kickstarter.
Overfishing, climate change, acidification – our oceans are in peril. But there’s hope. Let’s start a Blue Revolution!
3-D Ocean Farming: Saving Our Seas by Bren Smith — Kickstarter.
Kickstarter projects help the world become a better place through thoughtful design, and it looks like their new headquarters will follow that philosophy as well. Located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, the currently under-construction offices will sit inside a former pencil factory and boast a beautiful green roof and airy courtyard made of recycled materials.
Read all about it via Kickstarter’s New Greenpoint, Brooklyn Headquarters Will Boast a Green Roof and Glass-Lined Courtyard | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building.
Our project is highly collaborative and is dependent upon locating
building materials with very specific properties in a timely fashion.
Locating, prepping and building with reclaimed materials from numerous
sites is by far the greatest challenge, yet overcoming that exact
challenge is at the heart of Emergent Structures’ mission.
We have already methodically stored numerous material streams from
locations in and around Savannah, so the task of identifying the
building materials has already largely been achieved! The next challenge
is to properly prepare the materials, and thanks to our collaborative
partners, much of the material designated has already been prepped
during volunteer events! The preparation of the rest of the materials
will be done over the next several months with volunteer work days that
invite the general public and our partners to com on out and put some
elbow grease into! We know we can do it because we’ve done it before.
Like it? Go fund it via E.34: Design for Ability Green House by Emergent Structures — Kickstarter.
RX Made is on a mission to turn materials from the waste stream into well-made, well-designed products for everyone.
When you support RX Made on Kickstarter, you help us:
- Reclaim community “waste” and turn it into an asset
- Create jobs for local designers and manufacturers, and:
- Start production of the first edition of designs manufactured by RX Made in collaboration with Strand Design
Founded in 2011 by Chicago Non-Profit Rebuilding Exchange, RX Made evolved out of what was originally a job training program to create skilled workers in the growing field of building deconstruction and materials reuse.The trainees in the program were taught basic carpentry skills, and learned to create furniture from reclaimed building materials salvaged in Chicago. From these beginnings, we have since transformed into a small furniture production shop, hiring both graduates from the training program and talented builders from the furniture making community here in Chicago.
Over the past year, we’ve received such an enthusiastic response to our furniture line that we wanted to explore producing a greater variety of products utilizing reclaimed and locally produced materials. We also wanted to make these products in the same way that we make our furniture; using local sourcing, local design, and local craftspeople.
via Designed for RX Made: Upcycled Product Launch by Rebuilding Exchange — Kickstarter.
On July 9, 2012, Chicken John Rinaldi and his crew will take a handcrafted junk art boat to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and launch it on the Ohio River for The Ohio River Project. They will entertain audiences along the way with performances of Bigfoot: The Musical. A fundraising campaign has been started on Kickstarter to get this amazing project off the ground (and the pledge items are great).
Every year we build sturdy oceangoing boats made of trash, pick a destination and just do it. Trips in the past have included 750 miles of the Mississippi River, 300 miles of the Hudson, traversing the Adriatic Sea from Slovenia to Venice, and a stint on the Ganges.
This year we’ve selected the largest and most populated river in America, the Ohio River, for the summer’s trek. We built an amazing boat out of old books and pianos, reclaimed lumber, and a two-story pedal-powered Ferris Wheel. We are bringing a production of Bigfoot: the Musical, free to audiences on the river.
via Laughing Squid.