Help Rogue Friar take handmade journals to the next level

With only eight more days to go, Rogue Friar needs your help to reach its Kickstarter goal of $2,000.

The money will be used by Gary Waldron, the man behind Rogue Friar, to create a new line of journals with even higher quality leather and accessories and to expand Rogue Friar’s business market.

Each of Rogue Friar’s journals is handcrafted, unique and beautiful. / Photo courtesy of Gary Waldron

Waldron, who graduated from Spacework’s Creative Enterprise Training Program, turned to journal-making as a hands-on alternative to his former life as a university professor. As he shares on his Kickstarter project:

“Earlier in life I over-educated myself and made a living mostly teaching and in activities where I used my mind. When I had a drastic life change four years ago I studied the life of St. Francis in an attempt to fashion a more simpler way of life for myself. I noted that in his community they would take alms (donations) but they would also work with their hands to support their lives and mission. Working with my hands is nothing I had ever done before… I can’t frame a house or work on a transmission. I have kept a journal all of my life and the one I currently had was handmade with beautiful handmade paper and I thought that this might be a perfect way for me to support myself.”

Waldron’s work also supports others, allowing him to help provide transitional housing for people experiencing homelessness.

Give—and receive

As a contributor to Rogue Friar’s Kickstarter campaign, you can receive your own Rogue Friar journal if you give $50 or more, and handmade keychains are available for a $20 contribution. (Wondering if you even want a journal? See Waldron’s “10 Reasons to Start Journaling.”)

But don’t wait—give today! You can find the Kickstarter campaign here:

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Gary Waldron currently sells Rogue Friar journals at farmers markets but is looking to expand his market. / Photo courtesy of Gary Waldron
Photo courtesy of Gary Waldron

To learn more about Rogue Friar, check out this article by Lisa Kinoshita on the Spaceworks’ blog or visit the Rogue Friar website.