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Blog entry by CharlieK posted 01-05-2016 04:23 PM 1388 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I started my website and posted my first YouTube video about 7 years ago. Over that time I did what I could to maintain them and keep them fresh, but there are only so many hours in the day. Consequently,I maintained the site fairly well, but I didn’t do much on YouTube. Honestly, I didn’t get in the shop as much I wanted to either.

I recently retired from my job of 31 years. Now I finally have more time, there is STILL never enough time, but I do have more time for some of the things that I really WANT to do! A few of the things that I really want to do are to spend more time in the shop and to add more content to my YouTube channel.

Lumberjocks is such a great community of woodworkers and I am so happy to be a part of it!

I will still post entries and videos about projects, tools, workbenches, and other things wood. The intention of this particular blog series is to post entries about the trials, the struggles, and the successes of my life as a woodworker, a YouTuber, and a guy running a very small woodworking business.

A while ago I decided to conduct a series of face to face video interviews with prominent woodworkers. So far
I have interviewed George Vondriska of the Woodworkers’ Guild of America. George is a great guy and I spent an entire afternoon with him. We did three separate interview videos, one shop tour of his 3000+ square foot shop, and we also did a video where he talks briefly about workbenches. George likes ADJUSTABLE HEIGHT WORKBENCHES, he likes them so much that he has THREE of them! The ones that he has are different, and honestly not as nice, as the one that I designed but he really likes the ability to adjust them.

I am very slow with the video editing process and I only have one of the George Vondriska Videos on line so far.

I also interviewed Tom Caspar. Tom is another great guy! He was editor of American Woodworker magazine for many years and he was also the editor of Woodwork magazine for a few years. Tom is also a woodworking instructor and he teaches at the Center for Craftsmanship in Maine. Unfortunately, I had problems with my microphones and was unable to use any of the footage.

Wow, I didn’t know I had so much to say!

Another guy I interviewed was Matt Cremona. Matt is fairly prominent on YouTube and he also does online woodworking classes for the Wood Whisperers Guild.

Right now I am on my way to Reno, California, Vegas, and Denver to interview more people! This is turning out to be quite an adventure!

Here is a Shop Update Video that I recently posted. Let me know how you like the video and what you think of this blog series.

Thanks!!
Charlie


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-- Adjustable Height Workbench Plans http://www.Jack-Bench.com



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Reaperwoodworks

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#1 posted 01-05-2016 07:47 PM

Good stuff Charlie! I’m looking forward to watching all your interviews. I subscribed to your Youtube channel. I just recently started my own channel as well. I’m confident as I continue, I’ll get better at it. The editing is causing me troubles at the moment and I have ok and better days at it. It’s a learning process, and I think that’s what makes it so fun. Different! Keep on posting content!

-- Website: www.reaperwoodworks.com, Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_ognomZyK6V0VwdokBcixw

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#2 posted 01-05-2016 09:50 PM

It is tough to get started but it looks like you are doing a great job.

What kinds of problems are you having with the editing?

I use Power Director and for the most part I like it. I had tremendous problems with audio and microphones. I think I have much better handle on that now, but I still have my fingers crossed.

Other than that it is just getting past the steep learning curve with this kind of software. It helps to have a good computer, oh and LOTS of time.

I am on my way to Reno now to meet with Zac Higgins. This is shaping up to be quite an adventure.

-- Adjustable Height Workbench Plans http://www.Jack-Bench.com

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#3 posted 01-05-2016 10:14 PM

Charlie, I guess if you’re going to make pictures, California is one of the places to go. ha ha. Retirement is a wonderful thing. You can do a lot more of what interests you. Of course there is still never enough time. Keep us posted of your travels and keep finding new techniques.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 01-05-2016 10:29 PM

Thanks Dave!

-- Adjustable Height Workbench Plans http://www.Jack-Bench.com

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Reaperwoodworks

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#5 posted 01-05-2016 10:41 PM


What kinds of problems are you having with the editing?

I use Power Director
- CharlieK

I’m using Sony Vegas for editing. Mostly just learning the software and figuring stuff out inside of it. My last video, I tried my hand at some simple stop animation. While I was editing, I had sped up that section of the plat back to make all the (what seemed like thousands) of pictures to look like the item was moving. However, after it rendered, it wasn’t sped up, so it (I) looked dumb. :) Ha. I’ll figure it out.

I bought a really cheap lapel mic (sony brand) off of Amazon, and a simple Sony (am I a Sony fan boy!?) to go with it. I record all my audio that way, then just sync it to the video. This became a lot easier when I used the “clap” method, start your camera, start your audio recording, then CLAP in front of the camera, sync up the noise and the motion, boom, off to the races. Made a huge difference for me audio wise. My last video I didn’t have my mic on, completely forgot it, so went with the audio from the camera, yuck. Oh well, live and learn!

-- Website: www.reaperwoodworks.com, Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_ognomZyK6V0VwdokBcixw

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#6 posted 01-06-2016 04:30 AM

Oh yeah, live and learn all right. Once or twice I forgot to turn the mic on. Whoops.

I like the Sony video cameras. I started out with the camera mic, then went to Adzen wireless lavalieres. The Adzen’s worked great until I moved around or got more than 12 feet from the receiver. Then I bought the Rode Pro shotgun mic. I wasn’t sure if would work for two people and I ordered two sennheiser lavalier microphones. The senheisers are good, but maybe overkill and I am not sure yet if they actually sound any better than the Rode. It sounds like you are doing well with the Sony mic, but if you ever want to switch then I would recommend the Rode shotgun.

-- Adjustable Height Workbench Plans http://www.Jack-Bench.com

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#7 posted 01-06-2016 04:02 PM

The next purchase I make for Youtube is going to be a good DSLR camera. I’m leaning towards a Cannon T3i (I think thats the model). Looks like I can get a used one on Ebay for about 350.00. I need to hammer out some little crafty items and make a little cash to pay for it.

-- Website: www.reaperwoodworks.com, Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_ognomZyK6V0VwdokBcixw

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CharlieK

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#8 posted 01-07-2016 12:04 AM

I think the T3i is a popular camera with YouTubers.

-- Adjustable Height Workbench Plans http://www.Jack-Bench.com

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