Since announcing about our online videos at the beginning of the year we’ve been taking advantage of every spare moment we can find to bring our plans together. We’ve kept pretty quiet about them for a while now as we wanted to get our ideas clear and create something concrete to show you rather than just talking on and on about them forever.
The exciting news is that we now have a fair bit of footage to share and we’d like to bring you the first look at ‘The English Woodworker Online Videos’ here next week. There’s a full mix of content that we have planned and we’re going to pick out one from the ‘Tips & Techniques’ hat in a hope that this might entice more people to come along ready to enjoy the project builds that will follow.
Here you can see our ‘film set’ as it started to come together (it was actually my office but I’ve been pushed out to make way for the videos). A few mismatched floor boards and some old unwanted cladding were used to transform the room; it wasn’t elegant but in the spirit of make do and mend it was just the right touch to create a setting for the ensemble of hand tools which now hang from every crevice.
This isn’t a very big space but we had various reasons to set up here as it was easy to manage the sound and lighting. We also loved the idea of it being very down to earth (this room is much smaller than a single garage) but were able to show how it is ample space for hand tool woodworking, and if we didn’t have the filming equipment to worry about there’s also room for a small band saw and planer / thicknesser.
The videos will be varied so we’ll also be nipping to our main workshop from time to time to show how we might speed things up or take a different approach over at some of the machines. We hope that the consistent theme throughout all of the videos will be that ‘down to earth’ feel; this is about doing woodworking for the enjoyment and for making beautiful and practical creations that you can be proud of.