Auction #19 for Freethoughtblogs Legal Debts

This is to help defray FTB’s legal debts from Richard Carrier’s defamation lawsuit. Details and rules are below:

The Oak 3 Branch Bowl

Auction Closed at $200 – the winner has generously offered to pay the full amount of their maximum bid if I convert the bowl to a yarn bowl. Thank you!

Dense and heavy, with incredible grain structure, this bowl has complexity in it that you can stare at while meditating, or pondering the fate of western civilization. I probably could have turned it thinner but I was happy with it, and it was happy with it, and so it came to be. It is called the three branch bowl because it’s from a piece of the tree where 3 branches grew out – that makes the grain on the inside of the bowl kind of crazy.

The thickness and heaviness of the bowl is a plus: it would make a great knitting bowl for a knitter (if you want me to, I can add the curly cut for the yarn) or you could use it to store smallish rocks for throwing at police officers. Don’t throw the bowl, itself, because it’s a felony.

Bidding starts at: $20

You can bid in the comments, or bid by emailing me [link]. If you email, I will assume that you wish to remain anonymous and will post a comment in the bidding section that reads something like: “Anonymous bid in the amount of $___” I do not live glued to my email so it may take a while for an email bid to register.

Whoever bids the most for the Oak Bowl wins it for $1 more than the second highest bidder bid. For example, if I bid $75 and Joe bids $5 and I’m the highest bidder, that makes Joe the second highest bidder, and I win the thing for $10 – the bidding start price. This is a variation of the Ebay bidding algorithm and, while it is less effective at milking money from the bidders, it discourages people from feeling that they need to log in at the last minute and try to bid over someone else. At the time when bidding closes, whichever bid is the highest, whether it’s email or a comment, wins.

Since we don’t have an automated bidding system like Ebay, I’d like to discourage “auction sniping.” If you want the thing, bid what you’re willing to pay for it and just see what happens. If you simply must have it, bid $1million for it and if the second highest bidder had bid $50, it’s yours for $51.

If you do not win, you owe nothing!

The winner is expected to donate the agreed-upon amount to the defense fund and send me suitable proof (a screenshot or whatever) and give me a shipping address, at which point I’ll box it up and send it along! I will cover shipping unless you are on the moon. Bear in mind that international mail service is “all fucked up” right now because of COVID so it may take a month or more to get your loot if you are outside the US. It may take a month or more if you are inside the US, too.

How To Pay:

You can donate directly to FTB’s [paypal] which is my preference, or to the collective GoFundMe which divides the money between FTB, Skepticon, and other defendants in the lawsuit.


------ divider ------

My comment settings require manual approval for the first comment from a person. If you comment and don’t see it, I’ll get it, fear not. If you email me and do not get an acknowledgement, and you are gmail user, check your spam box. Google’s spam algorithms don’t like me for reasons I have never cared to figure out.


  1. Jazzlet says

    James if your wife has trouble with balls of wool etc roling around as she knits she can solve the problem entirely by starting the ball from the inside, it’s one of those tips for which I have been enormously grateful as it really works.

  2. says

    @Jazzlet #3
    If I get this I intend to give it to Tina as I surprise gift. So I conveyed your advice as a “I just read a bit of interesting advice on the internet…” kind of thing (sorry I didn’t credit you) I was promptly told:

    James, I always pull yarn from the inside”

    After thinking about it and hearing Tina once say that she wants love a wooden knitting bowl (since the common ceramic ones will definitely shatter if one of our cats gets too curious) I am going to up my bid to my max.
    I will pay the full amount (not just second highest + $1) to also have the curly cut made and sanded smooth.

Leave a Reply