Disabled Creative, Want To Regain Some Footing

$748 of $1,000 goal

Raised by 14 people in 1 month
Created February 14, 2019
Edit: I am completely blown away by the support. A huge, huge thank you to my contributors! For others who want to participate, there's definitely still room. The $500 raised so far gets me started, but I've added a stretch goal of $1,000 that would help me get the business off the ground even faster and stronger. From the bottom of my heart, thank you all!

Who likes doing nothing? I know I don’t.

It’s been over three years since I was able to work last, and, well, I want to change that. The problem is this pesky set of chronic illnesses that keep getting in the way. I am not consistently well enough to even hold a part-time job at this point, so that’s a mega bummer. I have improved enough to work an hour or two here and there and, on a gold-star kind of day, maybe even -several- hours to get at some small projects (feel free to clutch the pearls), but I’m still a long way from job-ready.

Here’s how you can help.

Money for some tools and materials.

I have this idea, see. My background is mostly in photography and adjacent fields, and I want to start making some photo gear that is the sort of thing I would buy and sell it for a price I would pay.

Pre-sales and whatnot, including Kickstarter, are out because my working ability is so unpredictable. Bad to under-deliver, you know. So, the plan is to make some stuff and list it on Etsy. But, only the things that are 100% ready to ship.

$500 gets me going. If I can raise more than that, for one, that would be awesome on its own, but the big upside is that I could get some better tools to make the process easier and faster as well as adding a couple of other products that are a little more difficult to make.

If you’ve made it this far, pretend I’m giving you a hug. Unless you don’t like hugs. I appreciate that you took the time to read and would appreciate any donations you care to pass my way.

PS: For people who want to know just what the things are that I am going to make, I have a short list of a few different ones to start with. I mean to start really small and, as I am able, expand. The first two, specifically, would be a pinhole lens to use with 35mm and digital SLR cameras and a medium format pinhole camera. Another one that will -probably- be done at the same time is a pocket-sized tripod. A contact printing frame will be another simple one to add on. With more advanced and precise tools, I want to get into making bigger pieces of kit too, like a system to "scan" film using a digital SLR with macro lens and an 8x10 field camera. For as many of the components as is reasonable, I plan to use hardwoods; for the pieces that wood isn't suited for, I'll mainly be using brass, aluminum, and steel. Future builds might get into more exotic/expensive materials, but, at least to start, sticking to the basics seems like a better plan.
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Yesterday was a big shopping day, thanks to all of you. Was able to get most of the stuff I need to set up shop. Some of the tools need tweaked and tuned, so I’m working on that. Right now, I’m working the blade for the hand plane. Some of the tools are harder to find locally, so they’ll be arriving next week. Super stoked to get this going! You all really are the best. I’m so incredibly grateful for your support.
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I’m struggling to find the words to say how much I appreciate the support I’ve received. The generosity has left me somewhat speechless. Thank you, thank you, thank you to those who are making this next step possible for me.
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This morning, someone told me they would be willing to give a matching donation up to $500, which is a huge step, especially since, while the basics are enough, being able to immediately step into some of the better tools would give me an even stronger start.
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Raised by 14 people in 1 month
Created February 14, 2019
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