Video Woodworkers I Watch #1: Alain Vaillancourt AKA The Woodpecker

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 11-06-2014 06:34 PM 3734 reads 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I decided to start a series about the video woodworkers that I enjoy. The vast majority of them are on YouTube, because that’s what’s available to me. They are put up in no particular order, so there are really no favorites.

First up is Alain Vaillancourt, AKA the Woodpecker. I guess one of the things that attracted me to Alain’s channel was that he produces his woodworking videos in both English and French. He’s located somewhere in the Montreal area, but does take ‘vacations’ to a cabin somewhere near a lake. I think I like watching woodworkers who have some adversity in their hobby, whether it’s limited space, limited tools, or limited skill. Allain has been working in a windowless basement for many years and stores some of his tools and wood in his house. Perhaps it’s because I’m aware of language issues, but I find his accent in English interesting.

His YouTube Channel is here: link

Last year he announced that he was going to build a nice semi-traditional post and beam workshop on his property. You can see the journey of his shop build on this playlist that I’ve created on my YouTube channel.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#1 posted 11-06-2014 07:12 PM

100% agreement on this one. His shop build is a tremendous undertaking, but makes for great videos. I’ve been watching his channel for some time now, like the detail on his shop construction, and I’ve noticed he has a great deal of support from his wife. She’s not worried about a little sawdust in the house!

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 11-06-2014 07:49 PM

Oh, his wife, is quite the trooper. I remember in the episode where he’s making the window frames, she’s way in the background hauling their firewood away from the shed. Not many wives would put up with that kind of commitment to a DIY project like that.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#3 posted 11-06-2014 11:16 PM

The videos of his shop build are great.

-- Julian

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#4 posted 11-07-2014 12:42 AM

Agreed! The woodpecker is a great site

Be sure to check out Matthias Wandell on his web site

This guy is AMAZING! He seems to have an engineers background and a keen mind. All of his shop / home woodworking undertakings are absolutely fascinating.

I bet his kids can’t wait to see what he has come up with every day on the way home from school

-- So Much Wood - So Little Time! --

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#5 posted 11-07-2014 01:20 AM

We’ll get to Matthias in good time.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#6 posted 11-09-2014 04:59 AM

Been watching Alain Vaillancourt for a long time and what originally attracted me to his channel was that he didn’t edit out mistakes but instead showed how he fixed them. He makes fewer mistakes as time passes but his videos are no less entertaining and informative. His new workshop is incredible and makes me jealous but happy for him.


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#7 posted 11-10-2014 06:00 AM

I like him as well!


-- Chris Pine

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