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Video Woodworkers I Watch #11: Steve Ramsey

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 01-18-2015 07:50 PM 2592 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I think I first found Steve Ramsey’s videos on YouTube while looking for videos of or about Norm Abram. Steve had put up a short video, a vlog post really, about Norm’s retirement.

Steve is a YouTube woodworking superstar. He puts out a project almost every week (occasionally he takes a vacation week,) and he’s the one who sets the standard for style and popularity. He definitely does not need any plug from me, but I knew I’d need to acknowledge him eventually. One of my favorite project videos from him is where he tries to turn a top on his lathe and it doesn’t work out on his first 2 tries.

Steve Ramsey’s YouTube channel is here: [link]

Steve also had a vlog channel where he does news, chatter and announcements [link]

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!



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wooded

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#1 posted 01-19-2015 03:12 AM

STEVE, like several others used Lumberjocks as a springboard for their enterprise then abandon it. In my humble opinion some do work that looks better to the general population than it did in Lumberjocks. That’s a complement to the Lumberjocks community as intended….. .;-j

-- Joe in Pueblo West, Colo.

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Dave Rutan

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#2 posted 01-19-2015 11:52 AM



STEVE, like several others used Lumberjocks as a springboard for their enterprise then abandon it. In my humble opinion some do work that looks better to the general population than it did in Lumberjocks. That s a complement to the Lumberjocks community as intended….. .;-j

- wooded

Steve’s official reason for no longer posting here was the difficulty in posting videos. There are still several YouTubers who occasionally post here, but to me it seems they’ve mostly gone over to Facebook and other social media that touch the public generally. It’s a shame when you consider the overwhelming support this venue gives for even the simplest projects.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#3 posted 01-19-2015 10:23 PM

I for one like Steve’s videos. And yes, I remember the reason he left here was because of the SNAFU regarding embedding YouTube videos. I don’t blame the guy. Video is his deal, and LJs wasn’t doing him any favors in that regard.

Yeah, most of the projects are simplistic, but that’s kinda the point. It’s a show aimed at entry level hobby woodworkers, and we’ve all gotta start somewhere, right? Even though most of the stuff he makes is stuff that I have no interest in doing myself, I like his videos because of the positive attitude and a very pronounced lack of ego. He knows it’s not high art, but what’s wrong with a little fun?

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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#4 posted 01-20-2015 01:26 AM



Yeah, most of the projects are simplistic, but that s kinda the point. It s a show aimed at entry level hobby woodworkers, and we ve all gotta start somewhere, right? Even though most of the stuff he makes is stuff that I have no interest in doing myself, I like his videos because of the positive attitude and a very pronounced lack of ego. He knows it s not high art, but what s wrong with a little fun?

- BTimmons

I couldn’t agree more!

I’ve always liked Steve’s videos, and was sorry to see him go. I don’t have enough time to bounce around to lots of websites, and like to just stay here, so I don’t see his videos any more…......

(By the way, is it that difficult to post videos here?)

-- Dean

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Dave Rutan

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#5 posted 01-20-2015 01:39 AM

Yeah, most of the projects are simplistic, but that s kinda the point. It s a show aimed at entry level hobby woodworkers, and we ve all gotta start somewhere, right? Even though most of the stuff he makes is stuff that I have no interest in doing myself, I like his videos because of the positive attitude and a very pronounced lack of ego. He knows it s not high art, but what s wrong with a little fun?

- BTimmons

I couldn t agree more!

I ve always liked Steve s videos, and was sorry to see him go. I don t have enough time to bounce around to lots of websites, and like to just stay here, so I don t see his videos any more…......

(By the way, is it that difficult to post videos here?)

- Mean_Dean

With some help, I managed to do it a few days ago. The problem is that YouTube changed their software and Lumberjocks didn’t keep up. To embed videos now you have to plug part of the video URL into a third party website to generate a code that works. Adds about 10 seconds to the process once you have the site bookmarked. I’ve been thinking of putting up a blog entry about it to help spread the news around.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#6 posted 01-23-2015 03:41 AM

I watch Steve pretty regularly, Love how he will poke fun at his own projects and is honest about his mistakes. He is getting a bit of flack about commercialization lately in some places but I can’t blame him too much as he has basically turned his videos into his full time job. He does a lot of basic projects but is dedicated to trying to get as many people as possible interested in woodworking while letting them know they do not have to be an expert.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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Dave Rutan

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#7 posted 01-23-2015 12:21 PM


I watch Steve pretty regularly, Love how he will poke fun at his own projects and is honest about his mistakes. He is getting a bit of flack about commercialization lately in some places but I can t blame him too much as he has basically turned his videos into his full time job. He does a lot of basic projects but is dedicated to trying to get as many people as possible interested in woodworking while letting them know they do not have to be an expert.

CtL

- clieb91

I always watch Steve’s videos. I think he’s one of the main reasons I felt I could actually do woodworking. As far as the ads go, he has a short one at the very beginning which I don’t mind. The others are usually near the end and not bothersome. I’d have a problem if he were plugging all kinds of tool gadgets and filling his shop with every specialized tool imaginable. I always liked his make do approach to solving problems.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#8 posted 01-24-2015 04:25 AM

I watch him for awhile and it was entertaining but then I got board with him. Can’t really put my finger on why. If nothing else he is enthusiastic.

-- "Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art." Frank LLoyd Wright

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#9 posted 01-24-2015 07:48 PM


(By the way, is it that difficult to post videos here?)

- Mean_Dean

Try it. Last time I tried, been a few months, there was no way to embed a video. Youtube changed the scripting for how their videos are embedded a long time ago but still offered the legacy scripting to give sites time to change over but many never bothered. LJ is somewhat stuck in the early-mid 2000’s, not mobile friendly, not video friendly, that’s ancient history in internet years.

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

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#10 posted 01-24-2015 11:02 PM

But maybe not so bad in dog years….....?!

Thanks for the info. I don’t have any videos to share, but if later I do, maybe LJs will be more up to date.

-- Dean

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Dave Rutan

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#11 posted 01-24-2015 11:03 PM


View on YouTube

Luckily there is a workaround that only adds about 10 seconds or less to the process. I’ll address this in a blog post, maybe later tonight after supper.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#12 posted 01-25-2015 12:28 AM

As promised:

How To Embed a YouTube Video into Your Blog on Lumberjocks

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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Rick M

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#13 posted 01-25-2015 04:51 AM

Thanks Dave, didn’t know about that website.

Back on the subject. I watch Steve Ramsey not so much for his woodworking but because he’s personable and makes a good show. I also give him credit for the popularity of woodworking content on Youtube. These days I probably enjoy Mere Minutes more than his regular episodes. I’ve trimmed down the number of youtube channels I watch but I will probably watch Steve Ramsey for as long as he continues making videos.

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

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#14 posted 01-27-2015 01:20 AM

Dave, great job on documenting the posting process!

You really need to post it in a blog/forum of its own. It’s too important to just hide out here!

-- Dean

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wooded

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#15 posted 01-29-2015 03:30 PM

Please note that I never implied that I didn’t “like” Steve or his vids. I commented on Quite a few of them in a positive way…... ;-j

-- Joe in Pueblo West, Colo.

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