Whistlin' Fool is creating content exploring the crafted world
1
patron
$23
per month



What are we doing? Making content!


Writing about crafting, researching crafting, sharing tips about crafting, and interviewing crafters. We are writing online content, making podcasts and video content, whatever you can think of. If there is a way to pursue our goals through media, we will probably try to do it. Why? Here's a little backstory for you from our founder:

Backstory

When I was 16, I was as at my girlfriend’s house. They live in this beautiful farmhouse in the hills of New Hampshire, the kind of place where a pantry is a cold stone room filled with potatoes and hanging garlic. The kind of place I did not grow up in. Where I grew up the walls were fake wood panelling and vegetables came in cans.

I will never forget the first time I was invited over for dinner. First of all, we only had water with dinner. No soda. Madness for my midwestern american heritage. After dinner my girlfriend got up and started to prepare dessert. I watched in amazement as she poured cream into a bowl and began to whip it by hand.

Up to this point Whipped Cream was a factory produced item that came out of a machine in aerosol cans. The notion that you could make whipped cream yourself, and not only that but make it in the manner in which it’s name describes, really troubled me for days. Whipped cream was no longer a magical artifact to me. It was no longer Whipped Cream, but instead whipped cream, with lower case letters, literally cream that has been whipped.
Over and over I’ve had this epiphany. My house eventually stopped being a single House but instead a collection of things that needed to be fixed at great expense. My table stopped being a Table and became a collection of timbers joined together.

Many people still grow up having to make and fix things themselves, but in the contemporary first world many of these things just exist, are purchased whole, and the innate understanding that said item has been constructed in some way that isn’t magic is often lacking. I know this from experience, and over and over and over again, when faced with a new piece of furniture which needs repair or refurbishing, I need to remind myself:

It is not a Magical Artifact. It’s a Chair. It’s made of pieces that are joined together. It can be crafted, and it can be fixed.

What's it all about

So, the purpose of this project is to explore our crafted world, reveal the history behind those things which surround us, and share that with anyone and everyone who will listen.

We do that through writing, talking, and sharing in any way we can. Whistlin’ Fool is a multifaceted project all about conversation and exploration. We want to show respect for the history of craft in our world and at the same time make it as accessable to newcomers as possible, otherwise we might lose a lot of these skills forever.

Here's the Plan

In the next year we want to put out:

-One blog feed with research and interesting explorations in craft
-Two podcasts interviewing professionals in their field
-One video series on fading crafts

And that's just the start!

Tiers
Just a little bit
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
You don't know how much we appreciate this. You may wish you could be in one of the other categories, but we don't care. This is a sign that you care about what we do and believe in our mission.


What you get

-First notice about new content and changes

A bit more
$10 or more per month 1 patron
(Remember all figures are in USD)


This tier is where it all happens. Those fancy people below pat themselves on the back for being so generous, but the bulk of good support is always in the small donations of the masses. Be proud!


What you get:


 - Access to show notes and some behind the scenes updates

Believer
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
 (Remember all figures are in USD) 


Our mission to support craftspeople and craft is huge, there are so many topics to discuss and people to shine a light on. With this support we are one step closer to really making a difference.


 

What you get:

 - Same stuff as above plus...

 - Access to plans and drawings

 - Extra podcast and video content

Goals
$23 of $100 per month
This is the basics. We can pay for website hosting and basic software. Maybe even save up for equipment.
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What are we doing? Making content!


Writing about crafting, researching crafting, sharing tips about crafting, and interviewing crafters. We are writing online content, making podcasts and video content, whatever you can think of. If there is a way to pursue our goals through media, we will probably try to do it. Why? Here's a little backstory for you from our founder:

Backstory

When I was 16, I was as at my girlfriend’s house. They live in this beautiful farmhouse in the hills of New Hampshire, the kind of place where a pantry is a cold stone room filled with potatoes and hanging garlic. The kind of place I did not grow up in. Where I grew up the walls were fake wood panelling and vegetables came in cans.

I will never forget the first time I was invited over for dinner. First of all, we only had water with dinner. No soda. Madness for my midwestern american heritage. After dinner my girlfriend got up and started to prepare dessert. I watched in amazement as she poured cream into a bowl and began to whip it by hand.

Up to this point Whipped Cream was a factory produced item that came out of a machine in aerosol cans. The notion that you could make whipped cream yourself, and not only that but make it in the manner in which it’s name describes, really troubled me for days. Whipped cream was no longer a magical artifact to me. It was no longer Whipped Cream, but instead whipped cream, with lower case letters, literally cream that has been whipped.
Over and over I’ve had this epiphany. My house eventually stopped being a single House but instead a collection of things that needed to be fixed at great expense. My table stopped being a Table and became a collection of timbers joined together.

Many people still grow up having to make and fix things themselves, but in the contemporary first world many of these things just exist, are purchased whole, and the innate understanding that said item has been constructed in some way that isn’t magic is often lacking. I know this from experience, and over and over and over again, when faced with a new piece of furniture which needs repair or refurbishing, I need to remind myself:

It is not a Magical Artifact. It’s a Chair. It’s made of pieces that are joined together. It can be crafted, and it can be fixed.

What's it all about

So, the purpose of this project is to explore our crafted world, reveal the history behind those things which surround us, and share that with anyone and everyone who will listen.

We do that through writing, talking, and sharing in any way we can. Whistlin’ Fool is a multifaceted project all about conversation and exploration. We want to show respect for the history of craft in our world and at the same time make it as accessable to newcomers as possible, otherwise we might lose a lot of these skills forever.

Here's the Plan

In the next year we want to put out:

-One blog feed with research and interesting explorations in craft
-Two podcasts interviewing professionals in their field
-One video series on fading crafts

And that's just the start!

Recent posts by Whistlin' Fool

Tiers
Just a little bit
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
You don't know how much we appreciate this. You may wish you could be in one of the other categories, but we don't care. This is a sign that you care about what we do and believe in our mission.


What you get

-First notice about new content and changes

A bit more
$10 or more per month 1 patron
(Remember all figures are in USD)


This tier is where it all happens. Those fancy people below pat themselves on the back for being so generous, but the bulk of good support is always in the small donations of the masses. Be proud!


What you get:


 - Access to show notes and some behind the scenes updates

Believer
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
 (Remember all figures are in USD) 


Our mission to support craftspeople and craft is huge, there are so many topics to discuss and people to shine a light on. With this support we are one step closer to really making a difference.


 

What you get:

 - Same stuff as above plus...

 - Access to plans and drawings

 - Extra podcast and video content