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URGENT: Blender NPR guru LightBWK needs our help, help him avoid homelessness

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Light BWK has been a community cornerstone in the Non-Photorealistic Rendering (NPR) Blender community, but now he faces personal disaster and he needs our collective help. Due to unforeseen circumstances he will be homeless soon and in order to build a 'tiny house' on his family's land he needs to raise some funds. If you can afford it, please consider making a small donation and help a fellow Blenderhead in his time of need.

Time is of the essence; he writes his current needs are:

  1. Shipping container, pre-fab. Time too short for other options. Renting is too expensive here. Cost: USD 4k
  2. Solar Power, I need it to work online. Cost: USD2k. (Solar power is needed because I cannot connect power from the main to a shipping container).

Lee Posey is hosting a crowdfunding campaign for him, and writes:

Bong Wee Kwong (known as Light BWK online) is going to be without a home in the next 45 days. He had a long term plan of building a home on land that his family owns in several years from now, however, his current home will be sold much sooner than planned. He needs a permanent living solution to avoid being homeless.

My name is Lee Posey. I am a Sheet Metal worker from the Seattle area, in the US. Bong and I have been friends for 10 years, and business partners for over 6 years. Together we maintain and curate BlenderNPR.org, a site dedicated to Non-Photorealistic and Expressive Rendering of 3D CG material.

As seen from the intro video of him and his brother clearing the path to the old house, the old house is in a really bad shape. The back extension of the house already collapsed. The trees are pressing down on all of the remaining upright roofs as well. The foundation poles and beams are tilted not only from the weight but from termites infestation. Repairing the old house will not get done fast enough before he is homeless and will cost much more than building a tiny house. The only solution in a fast approaching deadline is building a tiny home.

The minimum needed amount (USD6k) is the bare minimal and not including creature comfort (extra roofing, materials to make furniture), more work on the path going into the property (big trees cut but not chopped and still blocking the path, hiring help or buying tools for the job) and other essential needs (like water tank) for the adjustment period.

You can read the full story and donate on the Gofundme website. Thank you.

About Author

Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-) I also run the Blender Artists forum and I'm Head of Community at Sketchfab.

9 Comments

  1. claas e kuhnen on

    besides the funding help - we design tiny houses here in Detroit - maybe I can help also with the planing

    • Hello ! Seems that tou have a good base to grow your own food with permaculture, the forest border is the best place ;)
      Be carefull with the new implantation, slow down the water flow, you have NZ specialists ;)
      I put a link in "my website" field, this the most complete source that i have found on the subject ...
      Have a nice day !

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