Mobile Maker Space
Hello, I’m Carl Jacobson, a woodworking artist from Portland, Oregon. Some of you may know my wife, Robin, and I from my YouTube , and Twitch channel where I showcase many of my woodturning projects. I’ve been in love with woodturning for more than the past two decades, and have seen my skill set grow with every passing year. With the growth of my YouTube channel over the past several years, and the warm reception I have received from the Twitch community, I have grown to greatly enjoy bringing the wonders of woodturning to the masses, and that brings me to why I created this GoFundMe page.
For a while now, we have wanted to take my woodturning workshop on the road, and travel to various locations around the pacific northwest where we can set up shop and begin turning new projects in various settings. We think it would be unique and fun to travel to other makers shops, tourist destinations, waterfalls, state parks, mountain peaks, wineries, and many other places to set up shop and turn several pieces from that location. This would allow us to not only create unique video content for your enjoyment, but would allow us to bring the hobby of
woodturning to many people around the country.
With the mobile woodturning studio we would be able to organize and host woodturning classes virtually anywhere in the country that we could drive to. We would be able to pull up, open the trailer, roll out our equipment, and just start turning. This would greatly expand the events in which Robin and I are able to attend, and creates an unlimited number of possibilities in which we can bring the joys of woodturning to the masses. Plus it would be a great opportunity to collaborate with other makers and other craftspeople in their shop. As I mentioned earlier, this would also allow us to create unique video content that is something different than the normal home workshop video or live stream. Most importantly, a mobile woodturning studio would allow us to get out and meet more of you on a regular basis.
I feel like now is the time to make this dream a reality, and to do this, I need your help. Robin and I recently purchased an RV to help us facilitate this dream, but we were not able to afford some of the tools and equipment needed to outfit a mobile studio. We are looking to purchase an enclosed trailer somewhere in the 15 to 17-foot range as well as the tools required to build a full woodturning studio. We are reaching out to the public first to help fund the mobile studio’s up-front cost as we feel that asking for your help to get this started on the front end would allow us to reach out to potential corporate sponsors who might be willing to help fund the ongoing cost of the mobile studio such as insurance, fuel, consumables, RV parking, and other day-to-day expenses. I have created a list below to highlight some of the tools and equipment that we will need to purchase. Please note that this list is not complete, and is just a quick overview of the major things needed to create a complete mobile woodturning studio.
15 to 17-foot Enclosed Trailer
Lathe Tools Sharpening System
Carbide and Traditional Turning Tool Sets
Several Small Lathes For Classes
Basic Hand Tools
Sanding and Finishing Hardware
Cabinets for Tool Storage
Safety Gear (Face Shields, Dust Mask, First Aid, Etc)
It would bring Robin and I so much joy to be able to travel to different cities, remote locations, and events and be able to introduce the art of woodturning to new people around the country, and with your help, we can make this dream a reality. At the moment we plan on committing to at least one remote location per month, but this number could change if we receive the corporate support we are seeking that will fund the long-term operation of the mobile woodturning studio. We can not begin to express our gratitude to everyone who has taken the time to read this proposal, and those who are generous enough to donate to help make our dream a reality.
We don’t have any “rewards” planned like some other crowdfunding projects offer, but we are working on a few ideas that would feature the names of all of our initial funders somewhere on the mobile studio.
We picked up the trailer Monday. It's at the shop getting the windows put in. I'm working on the lathe stand/cabinet this week.
Thanks again so much for your support!
Thanks again so much for your support!
Thanks again guys! We hope you have a happy and safe holidays.
Thank you! We're moving forward folks!