The big day is finally here! 
Please note that before we do the random number generation to pick the winner, we are going to give a few hours holding period, to assure all tickets sold have come back in to us.  The numbers will be generated on Wed., Sept. 13 to account for all sales being in. 
We will contact the winner Wednesday evening!

Summer 2017

Ultra Light  *  Handmade  *   Wooden
12 feet long
only 12-14 pounds!!

J. Henry Rushton design
as updated by Montfort with lightweight materials
Handcrafted by participants in a Local Living Venture workshop!
(Photo: shows the ultralight canoe under construction.)

tickets are
$5 each
buy 5, 1 free  *  buy 10, 3 free  *  buy 20, 5 free
(when you buy 10, there’s a 1 in 100 chance of winning!)
Drawing: Sept 12
All sales benefit the non-profit
Local Living Venture

Send a check made out to "LLV" to:
PO Box 736, Canton, NY 13617
* Indicate "Raffle" and include the phone number
where we can reach you if you are a winner!
* INCLUDE your email address to receive your e-raffle tickets!

Click here to use a bank card or bank account (Please be SURE to indicate Raffle in the Notes, and we'll send you your e-tickets by email!)
Note: This is through PayPal, but you do not have to have a PayPal account - on  the page that appears after clicking the link above, please indicate the amount of your donation at the top of the page, then select the option to use your credit card (effectively as a "guest") on the lower left of that page, which will bypass having to set up an account.

If you have any questions, or have trouble accessing Pay Pal, please contact us at (315) 347-4223 ext. # or LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com.

Many thanks for your generosity!


Built by hand in one of our workshops under the guidance of Will Sommerfield of Paddlers Workshop, in space donated by Everett BoatWorks.

It's a beauty!                              

All of the wood (cedar, black ash, spruce and maple) was locally sourced.  The ultralight but extremely heavy duty covering is a heat-shrink dacron that is used on ultralight glider aircraft, made to withstand bird strikes midair, so very tough stuff!  You can pierce it with a knife, but there is a special tape that repairs it invisibly. 
Full disclosure, a tool pierced the cover while it was in the shop post-construction and there is already a small repair
- but we dare you to try to find it, it takes quite a while of searching!   
Not for use in whitewater, obviously, but it tracks beautifully on a placid river or lake.  The cover can handle most stones and even some twigs/branches, though a sharp one could tear it.  Best to pull it onshore without weight in the boat!


The canoe comes with a nifty two part kayak paddle and a foam seat for your tushy.  Life vests are required when using these types of boats - the winner is responsible to purchase and use the appropriate life safety equipment.  There is also the option to purchase air bladders for the fore and aft, for buoyancy if it tips over, but this equipment is not included in the raffle package.  The cargo weight limit of the vessel is 190-pounds and the weight of the unladen vessel is 12- to 14-pounds.

The winner of the canoe assumes all liability and responsibility for safe operation of this vessel. 
The Local Living Venture, Inc. and the Paddler's Workshop do not assume any liability for the vessel or it's use or transport once the new owner takes possession.

Thank You!
This raffle is our means of closing our budget gap and supporting our programming in 2017. 
We appreciate your support, and best wishes on being the lucky winner!




Our latest raffle is a great one for the right person!
Rocket Cook Stove  * a "summer kitchen" cooker!

Cook meals, can food from your garden and boil down syrup outdoors
(needs to be under shelter, but open air) with just twigs and kindling
- amazing results with little fuel and virtually no emissions!

Participants in a workshop
Playing With Fire: Rocket Stove Build for a Summer Kitchen
on June 11, 2016 built a cob and metal unit that is portable and is being raffled off!

YOU could be the lucky winner!
Tickets   *   $10 each   *   6 for $50   *   "Lucky 13" for $100

All proceeds benefit Local Living Venture workshop creation. 
The finalized date to pick the winning ticket is Saturday, August 20, 2016.
Need not be present to win, but it will be a fun day, join us - here's the event link!

To enter the Raffle
Just leave a message at 315) 347-4223!
OR mail your check to:
Local Living Venture
PO Box 736, Canton, NY 13617

Please include your full name, email address and phone number for the ticket(s).
We will send you the raffle stubs by return mail or email!

Transport and pick up, near Canton, NY 13617, is the responsibility of the winner.  The unit weighs approximately 200-250 pounds (65-85 kilos) and has angle iron "handles" to accomodate four persons for transfer to a truck or trailer.  It is highly recommended that the new home for the unit be an outdoor, well-ventilated space under cover from weather.  Smoke (or more likely "heat shimmer") will exhaust to open air so the unit can not be installed indoors.  The cob-based burn chamber insulation is not weather-proof and the unit will rust and rot if left exposed to rain and snow.  Some reasonable amount of cover is recommended and also facilitates three, and even four, season outdoor cooking!  The unit shall be considered forfeited to the LLV if it is not picked up within 30 days of notification to the winner, or reasonable accomodation made in advance of that time.

Unit shown is the stove completed during the Rocket Cook Stove Workshop held by the Local Living Venture (LLV) on June 11, 2016.  Nine attendees worked with workshop presenter Eddie Goldstein and LLV host Chelle Lindahl to assemble the cob on the metal core of the stove and to engage in much discussion of fire science and rocket stovery!
This unit being raffled is considered to be in a "finished" state but materials will be made available to the winner to add a "finish" decorative coat to personalize the stove should the winner desire to do so.
The unit pictured here is designed to be installed on an open porch or under some basic cover so that it is not exposed to the elements directly.
Wooden cart shown not included.

Rocket Cook Stove * WORKSHOP
The unit will be built as a team effort during an educational workshop on June 11, 2016 coordinated by the Local Living Venture (LLV).  The unit will then be raffled to support the LLV! 
All registered participants in the workshop to build the unit will receive five free raffle tickets as part of their workshop benefits.  Tickets will be sold to the general public as well. Attendees may purchase additional tickets on site at the workshop if they wish to.
All proceeds will benefit Local Living Venture workshop creation. 

See the June 11, 2016 Workshop details HERE

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    The L L V Mission

The Local Living Venture coordinates near-weekly Resourceful Living Skills Workshops, community events and information exchanges - sharing traditional rural and simple living skills for a healthy and capable community.
We collaborate in presenting these life-long learning events with generous community members who have skills and knowledge to share.

   T h e   L o c a l   L i v i n g  V e n t u r e
Sharing Knowledge from the Past  ~  Building Skills for the Future

The Local Living Venture is coordinated entirely by volunteers.
With a small staff, and your support, we make big things happen!
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Email us: LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com

A 501(c)(3) non-profit, made possible with support from North Country Savings Bank
Website made possible by the Northern New York Community Foundation