Here is a much better explanation of Michael's situation than I could write. Written by Frances Vinall for The Examiner this article gives a good account of everything that Michael accomplished.
Michael's Studio and Workshop.
Michael was 10 years into creating a self-sufficient existence to minimize his impact on the world when the Fingal fire came through and flattened everything he had built. Struggling to make any sort of living, Michael was building up a small jewellery casting business bit by bit as he could afford to. With the expense of insurance too much of a burden, he chose to put everything into his work and surviving until the next paycheck.
Michael lived in a small caravan on the property, devoting all his resources to building his studio and workshop from recycled bits and donations. All of that is now gone. Tools, equipment, computers, and the solar system that had recently been upgraded.
I'm setting up this campaign to help Michael get back on his feet again. All the funds go directly to Michael's account and I am just looking after this campaign page and helping get it out there.
The money will go to help get Michael some equipment, tools, a solar setup, and possibly some shelter on the property allowing him to rebuild his business and his capacity to earn money again. If you can help in any way, please do so. Any offers of equipment would also be gratefully received.
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