Dice Maker’s Log – Day 23: Old Fashion Barn Raisin’

$50,000 dollars! Well I said I’d be offering new woods at every $10,000 level so here’s the next round.

One of my favorite woods in the world is old barn wood. So much so that when we remodeled my family’s sporting goods store we redid the entire interior with barn wood and rusted tin from the old barn behind the building.

Needless to say I was ecstatic to learn that Greg Burhop from Knock Down Barns was willing to part with some nearly 200 year old reclaimed barn wood. Not just any old barn wood though. This is local cut timber that was used to build several old tabaco barns in the back woods of North Carolina. These barns date from the Reconstruction Era of the late 1800’s, making this old growth timber. Something our forefathers didn’t leave much of for future generations. Currently there is only 7%-10% of our Nations old growth forests remaining.

Here’s what Greg had to say about the wood:

These barns are from the western North Carolina mountains. Two had been blown over in a storm and one was missing all of the roofing on one side. They were all built with mostly hard wood beams, siding and partitions from the local forest in the late 1800’s. Old birch branches were tied in the rafters to hang the tobacco leaves.

The owner was happy to let them go for cheap as long as we took everything. They hadn’t grown tobacco in that area for many years. Now there are mostly dairy and Christmas tree farms.

It was either use the good lumber or let them decay. I had to put in a lot of the labor for my supplies

The first shipment went out yesterday and should be here shortly. I am stoked to get to work with some reclaimed old growth timber! I’m going the first 10 sets of dice will go out with this Kickstarter and will be a limited edition set, with special markings to set them apart from any reclaimed wood we may do in the future.

For those of you that have been asking about Pink Ivory Dice. You’re in luck. I’ve add it to the backer list for all you pink dice collectors out there. The Blue Mahoe I’ll be holding off on offering to the masses outside of Jayme’s Dice Sets until after the Kickstarter.

So many of you saw the teaser photo I put up earlier this week that featured an absolutely stunning pinky purple wood. The wood is called Bois de Rose. It’s a rare tree only found in Madagascar and is currently illegal to export and for good reason. Corrupt loggers are selling this wood on the black market. As you all know I am an avid outdoors man and I DO NOT condone deforestation or the squandering of any of our natural resources.  I want my great great grandkids to be able to enjoy the outdoors as much as I do.

With that said one of my suppliers has a few pieces left in stock that was imported years ago before the ban. (He has the receipt of purchase to prove it.) He has offered to sell me enough Bois de Rose to make 4 sets of dice. I am going to keep one for display and offer the other 3 to yall for helping make this Kickstarter more wildly successful than I could have ever imagined. We’re also going to do something uber cool with the proceeds from these sets of dice. Not sure what yet. So throw out your ideas I’d love to hear them. Just keep in mind I can’t give the money to charity as per Kickstarter’s policies.

There you have it. 3 new woods for the $50K mark. Well 2.5 anyway. I’ve also added a few more ABO sets as well as IPB sets to the backer list. So for those of you asking when I’d get more, you now have your answer. I seriously want to thank all of you for helping to turn this hobby in to a full-time business. It’s great to get up in the morning go play with all kinds of exotic woods making dice for fellow dorks like myself. Yall kick more ass than Chuck Norris filming an episode of Walker Texas Ranger.

One last thing before I take my wife to see Christopher Titus tonight. For those of you wondering what’s in store for the $60K mark, I’ll let you in on a little secrete. It’s older the Ancient Kauri Wood. It’s blue-black in color. And it’s hard as a rock. That is if we’re fortunate enough to make $60K in the next 7 days.

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