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Video Woodworkers I Watch #10: Jerry Brown AKA Polly Wants a Crafter

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 01-13-2015 11:23 PM 2628 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I just discovered Jerry Brown today via the Drunken Woodworker. Jerry is trying to put out 365 projects in 2015, that’s a project video every day! I’m watching them, but I thought others might be interested in this endeavor since the projects will likely be much simple. A nice way ro get a project du jour.

Jerry’s YouTube channel is here [link].

I’ve begun putting his daily videos into a playlist which is available here. [link]

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!



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#1 posted 01-14-2015 12:53 AM

HI Dave,

I have seen some of his videos. I don’t know how anyone could produce 365 videos in one year! That would be an amazing feat.

Actually, I am thinking about ramping up my YouTube channel. What do you look for when selecting YouTube videos?

Thanks,
Charlie

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

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#2 posted 01-14-2015 01:41 AM



HI Dave,

I have seen some of his videos. I don t know how anyone could produce 365 videos in one year! That would be an amazing feat.

Actually, I am thinking about ramping up my YouTube channel. What do you look for when selecting YouTube videos?

Thanks,
Charlie

- CharlieK

Charlie,

Hmm. That’s a good question. While I grew up watching Norm Abram with his ultimate power shop, I think the kind of videos I’m more likely to watch are the ones with a make-do methodology, those with shops similar to mine with a few power tools and a lot of improvisation (drill press , non-dado set table saw, benchtop band saw, etc.) I’ll usually give anyone a chance unless the videography is very poor (and it would need to be real bad to put me off.)

A few things that do drive me away are videos that are 30 minutes long with titles like ‘Sawing a Board part 13’ or if the woodworker repetitively tells what he’s going to do before just doing it.

A few things that attract me are projects that I might build (usually simple stuff), jig builds, well done music backgrounds, or a fast pace. I’m also a fan of vocal accents if that helps.

Hope this helps,

Dave

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#3 posted 01-15-2015 01:04 AM

HI Dave,

Thanks for the info. I like to watch woodworking videos that are interesting even if I might not build the project. The Wooden Gears guy is an example of that. The guy is a genius. I am not likely to make my own bandsaw anytime soon, but I do enjoy watching his videos.

I am lucky to live near Tom Schrunk and to have him as a friend. He is an amazing guy! Veneer artist extraordinaire, teacher at Marc Adams School, and inventor of the Stop Loss Bags. Stop Loss Bags

He uses a technique to flattening veneer using hot plates from an oven. I filmed a video with him on the hot plate technique a few weeks ago. I am going to edit that video and post it on YouTube after I upgrade my computer. Soon I hope.

I will let the gang on LJ know about it when it is ready.

Thanks,
Charlie

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

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#4 posted 01-15-2015 01:11 AM



HI Dave,

Thanks for the info. I like to watch woodworking videos that are interesting even if I might not build the project. The Wooden Gears guy is an example of that. The guy is a genius. I am not likely to make my own bandsaw anytime soon, but I do enjoy watching his videos.

I am lucky to live near Tom Schrunk and to have him as a friend. He is an amazing guy! Veneer artist extraordinaire, teacher at Marc Adams School, and inventor of the Stop Loss Bags. Stop Loss Bags

He uses a technique to flattening veneer using hot plates from an oven. I filmed a video with him on the hot plate technique a few weeks ago. I am going to edit that video and post it on YouTube after I upgrade my computer. Soon I hope.

I will let the gang on LJ know about it when it is ready.

Thanks,
Charlie

- CharlieK

Woodgears. I love that guy. His drill powered scaffold was awesome. I know what you mean about a computer upgrade. We bought a new laptop for Christmas. That should help the frequency of my video attempts. -Dave

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#5 posted 01-20-2015 10:14 PM

Hi Dave,

I saw that video about the drill powered scaffold. At first I wasn’t sure how he was going to make it work, but of course he pulled it off beautifully!

Charlie

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

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#6 posted 01-22-2015 12:19 PM



HI Dave,

I have seen some of his videos. I don t know how anyone could produce 365 videos in one year! That would be an amazing feat.

Actually, I am thinking about ramping up my YouTube channel. What do you look for when selecting YouTube videos?

Thanks,
Charlie

- CharlieK

Charlie, I just remembered one more tip to make woodworking videos more interesting. If you’re showing a long process, vary the camera angles. It fools the brain into thinking that something like sanding is interesting. -Dave

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#7 posted 01-23-2015 12:32 AM

HI Dave,

Thanks for the tip! That really makes sense. It is probably too late to use this on my veneer video, but I will keep it in mind when making future videos.

I got the new computer and I think it is up to the task, but I really haven’t put it through its paces yet. I spent a lot of time loading software and getting things running.

I am just now starting to work on the veneer video. I will let you know when I finally launch it.

Charlie

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

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#8 posted 01-25-2015 05:03 AM

I’ve watched some of Jerry Brown’s videos and it will be impressive if he can pull off 365 videos. I couldn’t do it without burning out and hating woodworking and videography forever more.


What do you look for when selecting YouTube videos?
- CharlieK

Personally, content, camera angles/work, editing for time, then production (lighting, sound). Content always trumps, I can fast forward or skip through an unedited video. Poor camera work can ruin a video with great content. There is a group whose videos have awesome content but their cameraman will not stop playing with the camera. He zooms in, zooms out, moves the camera, often loses the subject, it’s unfortunate.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#9 posted 02-24-2015 11:29 PM



HI Dave,

I have seen some of his videos. I don t know how anyone could produce 365 videos in one year! That would be an amazing feat.

Actually, I am thinking about ramping up my YouTube channel. What do you look for when selecting YouTube videos?

Thanks,
Charlie

- CharlieK

One more tip: If you can’t put up a video on a set schedule, then don’t pretend that you will. There’s several channels that have more apology videos than real content.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#10 posted 02-25-2015 12:01 AM

HI Dave,

I agree completely. I think keeping even a weekly schedule would be tough. I am pretty happy with how my new video is looking, but I am biased! Who knows how others will like it. Currently I am having “technical difficulties” with Google and I can’t upload anything. For sure I will let you know when I get it figured out.

Thanks,
Charlie

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

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#11 posted 02-25-2015 04:19 AM

There is almost too much woodworking content now, on youtube.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#12 posted 02-25-2015 10:57 AM

I doubt that could ever be true.

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#13 posted 02-25-2015 10:35 PM

HI Rick,

I love all the free content on YouTube. Why do you say there is almost too much? Is there too much low quality, or too much to pick from. Seriously, what are your thoughts?

Thanks,
Charlie

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

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#14 posted 02-26-2015 05:05 AM

Too many videos. My youtube watching time is finite and the more time I spend sorting through videos, the less I have to watch them. Unfortunately Youtube is pretty focused on the “weekly show” concept.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#15 posted 02-26-2015 11:50 PM

HI Rick,

I agree about the weekly show focus. Even some of the guys I really like watching occasionally put out videos that are just filler pieces. “Oh hey, no project this week…, but I got a new video anyway” To me that is a quality issue. I am not concerned with an overabundance of high quality videos. But, I see your point about how all the filler pieces make it harder to find what you really want to see.

Thanks,
Charlie

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

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