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Blog entry by John Blunt posted 03-09-2013 02:39 AM 1599 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

HOW ISGOOD IS GOING TO MAKE A GOOD THING MUCH BETTER

I am just about to begin something that has waited a long time to germinate. The first shoots are out of the soil. Teaching comes naturally to me, and my years of experience with many employees and very large very complex projects has taught me much about how to get an idea across clearly and simply.

Now imagine that you have a very large well constructed oak table completely covered with a disassembled automobile, down to the last part. You need to explain how a car works to your friend from the depths of the Amazon. He has seen a car, and that is all.

The first thing you will have to do is organize the parts into piles that go together, and then group those into smaller piles. He also will need to know basic principles such as “nuts” and “bolts”. It will be very hard to explain anything at all otherwise.

To teach him well, it is best to give him both the “container” and the detail that fits inside it. When you teach “carburetor”, unless you have first explained “fuel system” he will say: AH! Very good! A “gasoline sprayer” for make big fire! I do now?

I really do appreciate and enjoy all the woodworking videos I find on line. I think “Stumpy Nubs” (not his real name) is the greatest thing to happen to woodworking since, well, wood. There is a lot of knowledge imbedded in his videos. Put all the videos on line together and there is a lot of information there

What we are missing is a way to easily connect the dots from basic to advanced, and to easily choose the teaching YOU need.

As the first step in a major project that I am funding at Indiegogo, I will be building the stand up desk with computer tray that you see above. As I build it the process will yield all nine videos above. Each video will have links in it to the next level down, for instant access to prerequisite learning should you need it.

When this is completed it will be a complete teaching system useful to everyone from complete beginners to seasoned masters. The main instructional set will be made by us, and I am very open to crowd sourcing projects, with credit and links to your places.

I will post these videos here, starting with the machine basics, as the work progresses. YOUR feedback will be very very helpful.

This library will be free to all. It is ambitious for a two person company to set this goal. To speed things up we are running a funding campaign at Indiegogo. There is a lot more interesting community growth going on here at IsGood. It is worth visiting the campaign through the BANNER below just to learn what else is going on.

-- Seattle John, http://www.isgoodwoodworks.com/index.php



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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 03-09-2013 04:18 AM

Sounds very ambitious. I will be very interested in the finished product. I am sure I can learn from it.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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stefang

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#2 posted 03-09-2013 09:49 AM

Sounds like a good approach. I have always felt that many how to articles lack essential information, especially for novices to properly complete a project. It seems that with your method, the less experienced can get the info they need from the other videos while the more experienced can skip the basics and just carry out the work. When I started woodworking I found that not only did I not have the skills, but that I also lacked the tools needed for the projects I wanted to tackle, and most articles had no alternative methods.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Kaleb the Swede

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#3 posted 03-09-2013 01:56 PM

As a new guy to woodworking who never has had any real instruction, these will be invaluable. I will definitely check them out

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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JesseTutt

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#4 posted 03-09-2013 03:15 PM

Thoughts:

1. Make sure that the in-depth videos are sufficient for a complete beginner in that particular area / technique. (For me that would be veneer and bending wood.)

2. Don’t focus so much on the complete project that the details suffer.

3. How do you plan to handle individuals with questions? IMHO this is where any form of non-classroom training falls short. There is nothing like being able to call the trainer over and have them show you what you are doing wrong. Try asking a book or a DVD a question.

I do not want to discourage you, actually I encourage you to take the plunge, but at the same time try to overcome some of the recurring problems that others have.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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John Blunt

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#5 posted 03-09-2013 04:45 PM

Hi everyone!
Thank you for your comments. This is exactly what I want to see happen. I will take all of your advice, and more as others comment and paste it into word to help me plan my library. This is a great site for collaboration.

This project will be both learning for me and developing teaching tools for anyone.

Stefang, I do intend to have a group of videos that are based on working with hand tools, and alternatives such as how to flatten a board with a band saw or router, etc. I will probably link to those videos from the basic machine videos.

Jesse, The library will actually start with the basics, as separate videos that you can link to directly from the next level up. Beginners can choose a project, then link down to the videos that give them the basics. That way a pro can start at the top and not have to wade through a bunch of stuff they already know.

As for questions, I know the videos cannot cover what you learn from a teachers and books. However, they CAN be used by any shop that wants to teach to construct a curriculum using the videos as course material. You have got me thinking about how I might connect users to both formal and recreational teachers.

Thanks everyone!

-- Seattle John, http://www.isgoodwoodworks.com/index.php

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konaman

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#6 posted 03-09-2013 07:13 PM

I really look forward to seeing the videos. Your basic concept is something that I would benifit from as I’m sure others would. Good luck!

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