Treeline Terrains Launches Crowdfunding Campaign to Fund Larger Workshop

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Treeline Terrains, a topographic 3D map business, launched its first crowdfunding campaign.

Topographic 3D maps business Treeline Terrains today announced the launch of its first crowdfunding campaign. The $15,000 in funding will help purchase machinery to outfit a larger workshop the growing small business will move to. Backers will claim rewards such as a topographic 3D map of Vermont or an epoxy resin wall art of Lake Champlain.

“We want to thank our generous friends and supporters who have lent us tools and space, at little to no cost, for the last year,” stated co-founder Alex Gemme. “Thanks to our community’s support, Treeline Terrains has grown from a college passion project to a full-time Vermont business.”

In one year, Treeline Terrains hired two part-time (paid) interns, purchased more CNC machinery, and added a laser engraver to the shop. Gemme explains, “we’ve outgrown our current space, which includes basic woodworking tools. But for the new workshop, we have to purchase all the tools ourselves–hence the Kickstarter campaign.”

How Else Does This Funding Help
The crowdfunding campaign allows backers to pledge $15 to over $1,000. The funds will help Treeline Terrains outfit a larger workshop with power tools, workbenches, and a state-of-the-art dust collection system. Backers will help fund a table saw, chop saw, joiner, planer, shaper, belt sander, and drill press so the business can grow beyond the tiny space it currently leases.

The funding will also support work with non-profits to create public-facing topographic maps. For instance, Treeline Terrains partnered with Vermont Adaptive to create a topographic 3D trail map of Sugarbush Resort for visually impaired skiers to interact with the ski mountain in an entirely new way.

About Treeline Terrains
Treeline Terrains carves topographic maps to celebrate the landscapes its customers love. The small team of Vermont artists uses locally sourced hardwoods to craft art that is meant to be touched so that customers’ loved ones can enjoy their favorite place in an entirely new way.

The first mountain was a surprise gift for our wonderful supervisor, back when we were ski instructors at our local Vermont mountain. Many gifts later, our work has developed into a business connecting customers across the nation with the landscapes they love. We sell one-of-a-kind gifts and meaningful home decor in select stores throughout Vermont and online at http://www.TreelineTerrains.com.

Highlights from Our First Year in Business

  • Selling 500+ custom maps and 1000+ standard maps
  • Meeting Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy and presenting him with the Vermont Outdoor Business Alliance's first annual Trailblazer Award--an award we were commissioned to design and create
  • Partnering with Porsche to create corporate gifts of driving route topography ● Attending a trade show in NYC, NY Now Gift Show, where we met wholesale buyers
  • Creating a 3D topographic ski trail map of Sugarbush Resort for Vermont Adaptive's visually-impaired athletes
  • Representing Vermont at the Big E, a 17-day fair featuring all New England states
  • Hiring 2 paid, part-time interns
  • Purchasing 2 new CNC routers and a laser engraver
  • Receiving press coverage from Vermont Public, Seven Days, ThinkVT, Vermont Business Magazine, Forbes, and more!
  • Supporting young entrepreneurs by presenting to the University of Vermont's Entrepreneurs Club, Middlebury College's Innovation Hub, and Mt. Abraham High School Entrepreneurs Course
  • Exhibiting work at the Henry Sheldon Museum in Middlebury, VT
  • Displaying a diorama at the main lodge of the Middlebury Snow Bowl and Sugarbush's Mt. Ellen
  • Designing a welcome center diorama for the Dead Creek Wildlife Area Visitor Center and the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area
  • Selling in over 15 gift stores across Vermont and New Hampshire
  • Growing our Instagram following from 500 to over 20,000 followers (@TreelineTerrains)
  • Creating a custom urn featuring the Green Mountains topography as the urn lid

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