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Teaching system #1: The First of a Vast Library of Teaching Videos

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Blog entry by John Blunt posted 04-08-2013 05:34 AM 1543 reads 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Like the first seed sown this will grow. Each addition will help what came before, and will support the next to come. This will become an integrated system of videos that entertain AND teach. It IS slow to start, and in many ways that is good.

I seek advice. I know what this is. It is a first step, made with primitive tools, no experience, and an unbending intention to make good for woodworkers, small independent businesses, and resilient local economies.

This video is part of something more than just another woodworking series. We have a shop that incubates and nurtures woodworking start ups, supports hobbyists, is available for anything from one hour to permanent full time residency. The teaching library will be the glue that ties everything together, including our nascent program of local classes.

If you like this, and feel moved to support our efforts there is a link to a crowd funding campaign at the bottom of this blog post. Not to worry, this WILL happen, and support will simply speed it up. Your comments and advice are a great contribution as well.

This is the Link to Our Crowd Fund Campaign. It is worth visiting just to learn about the many ways we can and do help the woodworking community to thrive.

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



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Picklehead

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#1 posted 04-08-2013 01:45 PM

Congratulations and good luck. I love the woodbending in the intro. I thought you were going to build a bentwood rocking chair freehand, in the air (but maybe that’s coming?).

The only constructive criticism I have about the table saw video would be to stress keeping the hands away from the spinning blade, and allowing the blade to stop, or move away from the table saw, before you test fit that miter joint you cut (especially with that little cutoff dancing around against the blade). I know we all get relaxed in the shop and don’t always follow “the rules”, but newcomers would be well served to be overwarned about the many hazards they are surrounded by.

Again, best wishes in spreading the woodworking word.

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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stefang

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#2 posted 04-08-2013 04:30 PM

Beginning from the beginning will be a great way for folks new to woodworking, so your video is a good start. I agree that stressing some key safety points at the same time might be helpful. On the other hand, I do realize that too many points all at once can also create info overload to the point where nothing is learned. My guess is that you plan to cover ALL of the relevant points, but at the appropriate time. I do like your idea of tying the learning experience together for a good overall learning experience. I’m sure many of us who consider ourselves fairly experienced will also learn some new things. Good luck with your venture!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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helluvawreck

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#3 posted 04-08-2013 04:54 PM

John, if you don’t mind, could you explain or elaborate what your relationship is to Indiegogo? Where do they fit in? Your video was quite good and this is interesting and intriguing. Thanks

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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John Blunt

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#4 posted 04-09-2013 01:50 AM

Picklehead and stefang, I agree about including safety. AFTER i finished the video and watched it I did some more research of what is out there. All the professional high view sites include safety as they go along, and that will be added. Things that I do not personally always do will be there in the videos to come. Eventually I will re-do the video above. Thanks for the feedback.
I am also thinking that I need a standard closing with a mention of safety, a disclaimer, and some encouraging words. What do you think?

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

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Jorge G.

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#5 posted 04-09-2013 01:55 AM

Good start, I hope somewhere in there you give us a tour of your shop, looks quite impressive.

-- To surrender a dream leaves life as it is — and not as it could be.

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John Blunt

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#6 posted 04-09-2013 02:18 AM

Charles, Indiegogo is part of a relatively new genre of on line places for people to seek funding from the general public. I am a just a user of the site along with (at present) about 33,000 others with projects they are asking help with. If your project reaches the right people and is well presented and worthy you can do pretty well with lots of small contributions.

Thanks for the compliment on my first effort.

I love your set of hand tools. I have a decent set, and often must go for the power solution for the sake of the dollars. Keep on developing those hand skills. When building really fine furniture the difference in time is not as great as many people think. I would love to see shops like mine all over the country so that people with small garage or basement setups could have access to production equipment when and if they need it without the huge investment.

Thanks again, John

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

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