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Help us Rise From the Ashes

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At 1 am on Wednesday, August 9th, we were awoken by the sound of someone pounding on our front door. When dashing out of bed to investigate, we saw a 30 foot wall of flame outside our upstairs window that was cracking from the heat. There was a fire right next to our house. A fire crew and passerby to the event was trying to get us out.

Thanks to the quick work of the fire response teams, the fire was extinguished before it did serious damage to our home, and no living creatures were harmed. The fire was started in the dumpster of the business next to our driveway and the suspected arsonist has been charged with the crime, pending trial. The fire reached arborvitae trees that line our driveway for privacy and they went up instantly, creating a wall of fire that was partially blocked by our vehicles in the driveway. After the fire was out and we were allowed to return to our home, we were able to assess the damage. All the arborvitae burned, our home was damaged (windows, siding, door), and both our personal car and the Pulpmobile truck for our handmade papermaking studio, Pulp & Deckle , had their sides closest to the fire melted away. We do not know at this time what the future of the mobile studio will be, and of course this makes planning for future for our small business very difficult.


So many things could have gone differently that night. All things considered, it was the best possible result of a terrifying incident.

We are working with insurance and repairs to our home have started. We personally are still working out our emotions about the incident. At a time when so many people are suffering from hurricanes, fires, and other devastating disasters, it is very difficult to ask for help. Our sense of safety and wellbeing has been compromised, and this has made it hard to focus on recovery.

We have worked hard to keep our small business going, and to have a positive impact on our community.  Recently Jenn was interviewed about her most recent handmade paper based art project and you can view the KGW story from Tracy Barry about the project here .

Initially after the incident we were in shock and unsure if we would have insurance coverage for all of the damage. Because we did not have comprehensive coverage as part of our auto insurance, the vehicles were not covered for fire.  The Pulpmobile was a very unique vehicle; it was a converted stepvan with a water tank, pump, sink and a gas-powered generator, aquired after a successful Kickstart campaign we ran last year.  We have been able to bring it to remote areas and set up pop-up papermaking classes and bring our craft out to the public, but the damage has made it a total loss.  Replacing it is a tall order, and we're hoping to raise enough funds to make that happen.  We still fully intend to bring Pulp to the People. 

We are endlessly grateful to our family and friends who have been there for us and are helping us.  And we thank you for helping us recover from this loss.  

Here's what we hope to get back to once we replace the mobile studio. Engaging people of all ages via mobile workshops, demos, and studio rental. With your help we can make it happen! Thank you!!!
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We are ending donations to this campaign and thank everyone for their support! Here's to a healthy, happy and good year for you and yours.
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Many thanks to all who have supported this campaign, and helped us out over the past few months. It's been a bumpy ride but we are starting to feel a sense of peace and progress now in our lives.

The arson trial (at which we will be witnesses) has been moved back 2 times now and we hope will happen in January 2018.

We'll be shutting down the campaign at the end of the month as donations have slowed. We are so grateful for the kindness we have received from family, friends, neighbors, and strangers. We will do our utmost to honor you and keep moving forward.

Thank you.
Jenn & Gary
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Many thanks to the 8 donors who are helping us get back on track after this very difficult time! We were able to get our Ford station wagon towed away for free and are working on finding someone to tow away the pulp mobile. It feels so sad to plan our future without the mobile studio, but we are hoping that with your help, and the help of others, along with some hard work on our part, that over time we will be able to replace our losses.

Our finances are very tight and we are grateful to our family who have loaned us money to buy a used vehicle so we have a transportation to get around. Our new vehicle is a small SUV so we can carry quite a bit of papermaking equipment to teach mobile classes, but we cannot leave it in the vehicle as we were able to do with the mobile studio. The SUV is our personal car and we will use it as needed for our business. We can not bring our papermaking press or Hollander beater with us to teach unless we are both teaching as it takes 2 people to lift this very heavy equipment into the vehicle. One of us has a day job so scheduling classes when we are both available to teach is often difficult to do. That's why the mobile studio was such a wonderful tool, it carried our equipment and provided a small mobile workspace .

Please continue to share this campaign as we imagine there are still many supporters of small business in Portland that understand that a loss of this size is difficult to recover from. Any amount you are able to give will help ensure we are able to keep our business going, and to pay back our family members who loaned us money to get a car. Thank you, thank you for caring and giving!!!
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