Our Golden Hour Part I: Gifts for Bangladesh

Quite quietly, in the upper room of Algiers Cafe on Brattle Street in Cambridge, an extraordinary seasonal gift exchange took place yesterday morning. I was meeting with my friend, colleague, and collaborator Maung Nyeu, founder of the amazing non-profit organization … Read More

En Route: Four Sets of Numbers

Phew! Thanks to generous support from several of you and a week of carving, painting, and finishing, eight pieces of maple, 6″x6″, are on their way to my friend Maung in Cambridge, and then with him to the Chittagong Hill … Read More

A Christmas Present–from Kalmykia

When the Endangered Alphabets team was at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival this summer in Washington D.C., the tent next to ours was occupied by singers and dancers of the Kalmyk Republic, also known as Kalmykia. The Kalmyks, who originally came … Read More

Lessons from Ottawa, Part Three: Numbers Don’t Lie

Between October 2-4, a group of some of the world’s top experts on indigenous languages met in Ottawa under the auspices of the Foundation for Endangered Languages. Some of the research presented at the conference is of direct and urgent relevance … Read More

By the Time We Got to Woodstock

Well, no, not that Woodstock, but Woodstock, Vermont, and the Fine Furniture and Woodworking Festival, an annual treat. The day was a great success, with much encouragement, some excellent new connections, some book sales, some carving sales, some commissions, and the … Read More

Cham, Tables, Burlington and Woodstock

We’re smack in the middle of one of the busiest times in the relatively short life of the Endangered Alphabets. I suppose I should stay with the order of the items in the title. So let’s start with Cham. Cham, … Read More

Smithsonian Wrap-Up

Wow. Even as your intrepid Endangered Alphabets team (Maung Nyeu, our friend and collaborator from the Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh, calligrapher/printer Jamie Kutner, Cindy Barnes, myself, and invisible back-in-Vermont laser-dude Paul Ledak) are recovering from several weeks of intense exertion and … Read More

The Kickstarter For Bangladesh: Funded!

  HEADLINE NEWS: THE KICKSTARTER FUNDRAISER IS OVER, WITH A FINAL TOTAL OF JUST OVER $11,000. DETAILS TO FOLLOW. FILM AT 11. Please visit: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1496420787/endangered-alphabets-ii-saving-languages-in-bangla. We aim to create beautiful carved signs and the first books ever printed in some … Read More

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