New YouTube Videos.

by | Feb 27, 2015 | 24 comments

Who knows what's being held?!

Who knows what’s being held?!

We have a quick announcement today. We’ve been working on this new idea for a while but didn’t want to mention too much on the blog before now as we’ve had an unpredictable last year which has made us conscious of false promises. We know now that things are ready to go, we have the first video all filmed along with the second and the third so we thought it time to give you a heads up. I’m calling these YouTube videos but of course they’ll also be posted on here, we’re considering them more as a video blog rather than project videos and each will delve in to a kind of pub rant on woodworking, hand tools or a technique; whatever’s on the mind at the time. We anticipate a gradual evolution of the format so will be very welcome of your feedback and ideas.

We will touch on the odd small project from time to time along with demonstrations, but for the most part these are chats. Blog posts which are spoken rather than written. After a long time off from creating any YouTube uploads we’ve had time to reflect and figure out what we should do next. Our previous project videos were time consuming to make and so unrealistic to bring them out consistently so we’ve planned for this new content to become possible as a weekly event.
The idea behind the video blogs is expression. Don’t be expecting the Queen’s English, but a conversation can come with far more clarity when sharing an opinion. The written word can be detailed and specific, but if read in the wrong tone the interpretation can be off.
There’s going to be a large focus on discussion and comments. We get a great input on our blog posts in this regard and always enjoy reading every one of them. We don’t like to interrupt the discussion with many ‘thanks for your comment’ comments, and more often we have so much to say in response it seems we would be writing something longer than the post itself. We find these videos to be a great solution to responding to comments in an in depth discussion which will more often than not go off an a tangent and inspire further thoughts.

The first video will be uploaded next week. Please let us know your thoughts and suggestions. One that we’re hoping to incorporate down the line is weekly diary, with footage from our working week. In depth project videos are also being produced which will become available for sale, but that’s a different matter which will be detailed further down the line. And as a final note… we are planning to finish Part Three of The Wall Cupboard.

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  1. Paul Chapman

    Sounds good 🙂

  2. Ken Haygarth

    Wow great job guys, looking forward to this kicking off 😉

  3. Allan Solomon

    Sound’s interesting. Looks like you are holding a nest egg?

  4. Chris

    Woohoo!!! New videos with a new format,sounds great. all the best

  5. Micheal Kingsley

    Sounds Great, Can’t wait! Looking forward to it. 🙂

  6. Vic Tesolin

    Looking forward to it you two. I miss Richard’s dulcet tones. 😉

  7. bob

    ive loved your videos in the pass and in general i enjoy a video more then just typed words, its just who i am, ive always enjoyed that type of contact with a friend, so i am looking forward to the videos….bravo mate…and thank you…

  8. Chris Bailey in Cheshire

    Looking forward to it…..
    Keep up the good work guys.

  9. Mike in NZ

    Great news, really miss you guys…

  10. Thomas Linow

    Great Great Great:-)

  11. Roger

    Looking forward to it!
    Any sneak peeks on the first topics to look forward to?

  12. Peter

    Good news! Sounds like good fun.

  13. John

    Good to hear that you are feeling up to it! Looking forward to watching you bring more projects to life. I always learn so much from watching your videos and I can;t wait to find out what’s in store.

    Thank you in advance for what I know will be great content!


  14. Steve Symes

    Looking forward to wall cupboard part 3…

  15. johnnny rowell

    Looking forward to seeing what you have in store

  16. Chris Penny

    This sounds very woodtastic,what’s your email address pls I need some advice pls

  17. Joe Vogler

    Your rants and chats are always a joy for me. Bring it on. Thanks,

  18. Gary

    Sound good with chat and technique. Looking forward to them. Maybe even have Helen show what she’s learned.

  19. David Nighswander

    My first videos were long processes of many takes and written formats involving far too much time.
    After asking for criticism from friends and family, a process that is at best humbling and often painful, they told me that it came across better if I just spoke about what I was doing while I was doing it. Considering my meager following perhaps it makes my channel a niche presentation but the videos are a much more fluid process to create.
    I do keep the content restricted to antique tool repairs and day to day shop projects. So my chances of raising anyone’s hackles is much less than a channel expressing opinions on movie stars.

  20. Robert V

    Thanks, Looking forward to new projects

  21. Richard C

    Hi to both,

    Give it a try. Beware though – there’s nothing so boring as someone just prattling on about a pet subject. Not that there’s any evidence for this in your previous blog posts, I’m glad to say. But there are some on Youtube that are dire.

    As you know, “a picture is worth a thousand words” and a moving picture more so! So, unless you include some practical demonstrations to keep up the visual interest I reckon you’ll need to keep the talks short and snappy and/or very witty / controversial. (In order to keep viewers interested. So I sort of concur with David Nighswanders comment.)

    Or you may wish to try a format in which the two of you enter into a debate about a topic – that should improve the dynamics and could prove excellent viewing – especially if you strongly disagree with each other! Or some videos could take the form of Richard instructing Helen.

    Anyhow I’m sure you have ideas of your own. So, good luck! I shall be watching with interest.

    All the best!

  22. Mike S (UK)

    What’s being held?

    Hhmm, ideas include:

    1) The structural integrity of anything made with pocket hole joints.

    2) A baby tawny owl found in the barn.

    I look forward to the new video blogs.

  23. Fred Ippolito

    Sharing your knowledge and skills with the world is very much appreciated. I know you need to keep a balance, so whatever works best for you is AOK with me. Glad to see you back mate.

  24. Pete Aron

    I think that if the word “video blog” can become “vlog”, then a cooper’s video log might be a “clog”, a sawyer’s a “slog” and a founder’s a “flog”, but I wouldn’t call them that to their faces as they’re usually a hairy-knuckled lot and may suspect you’re questioning their masculinity.


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