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10-13-2015 04:41 PM

I recently came across this on the TWW website. Is this “Guild” more for follow along & build projects? Do you know if there are other aspects of the subscription such as on demand videos to learn from?


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#1 posted 10-13-2015 06:09 PM

You should probably ask in their forum or send an email to Mark Spagnuolo; but I believe they have both those things. Similar website is 360woodworking. No affiliation with either.

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#2 posted 10-13-2015 06:31 PM

Yes, you get three projects per year’s membership that is for subscribed & paid-up TWW Guild members only. Marc posts his next scheduled projects, so if they interest you sign up. I promise you that you wont regret it. IMO he is the most thorough instructor on YouTube. Put it this way Matt Cremona is a TWW Guild member and he does some outstanding work. Additionally, Marc will occasionally release free videos to Guild members first before publishing them on YouTube for all to see. I believe that TWW rates are very competitive and may even be amongst the lowest.

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#3 posted 10-13-2015 07:21 PM

My membership has lapsed, but I intend to renew at some point.

There are quite a few potential benefits to joining, depending on what your needs are.

- Inspiration and motivation.
- Excellent quality videos that discuss not only what to build, but often times multiple approaches.
- Lots and lots of instruction, tips, techniques.
- Discussions with other members during the build.
- You’re building something that has been thought out, built, discussed with others and sometime modified based on that feedback.

You can follow along with a build in real time, of trail behind them (see the last bullet point).

I enjoyed supporting Marc and the Mrs. They offer some of the BEST value and product out there IMO.

Look in my projects and you’ll see the walnut blanket chest that I built through the guild. I NEVER would have been able to do that w/o.

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#4 posted 10-13-2015 10:05 PM

Occasionally, he has specials on some DVDs of the projects, so you could try one to see if you want to invest more. I just got the wall hanging cabinet and G&G mirror frame for $40. The cabinet is on 3 DVDs!

I plan on getting the Morris chair, but wanted to see what they were like before spending $85.

-- I always suspected many gun nuts were afraid of something, just never thought popcorn was on the list.

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#5 posted 10-14-2015 01:15 PM

For me, I’m thinking “3 project videos for $127.50 and that’s 50% off?”

Unless there’s a whole bunch more stuff, personally I would pass and just buy the videos you’re interested in.

I’ve learned from the likes of Mark, Charles Neil, Cosman, etal. I would rather spend my money on a live class.

Aside from that, I’ve found alot of the instructional videos to be very repetitive, especially Paul Sellers, who I love.

I watched Tommy Mac before he became a superstar.
His video log of building the Bombe – for free – is a classic, but unfortunately much as been taken down.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#6 posted 10-14-2015 01:54 PM

Not sure what you mean by 3 videos for $127.

You get a year subscription which gives you access to every video and project that he makes that year. It’s A LOT more than 3 videos. And the guild is much like a class in that the videos are rolled out as you go and incorporate your questions and suggestions. There’s also a forum to discuss. Finally, Marc provides free personal consultation as part of your membership – which I’ve used.

The way I look at it, Marc’s not a millionaire pillaging wallets. He’s a two-man business making a decent, honest living. That’s an intangible factor when considering a membership like that.

Kind of like buying an expensive Lacer skew. It wouldn’t cost nearly as much if it were mass produced, but it’s a one man show making a custom skew and it’s going to be expensive.

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#7 posted 10-14-2015 02:20 PM

Todd,

Marc recently changed how the subscription works so you are buying projects in bundles instead of for a year. The good part of that is you can skip upcoming projects you are not interested in.

Marc is a really good instructor and his videos are very high quality. For around $40 each when you buy them in bundles they are a good value in my opinion between the videos and sketchup plans which are also very well done. You get a lot of video for that value and he really does do a good job breaking down complex projects like the sculpted rocking chair he just finished into smaller pieces that seem more approachable.

In the end the value of things like this is really up to you to determine. I have been subscribing to The Wood Whisper Projects for a few years now and have never built any of the guild projects directly but I still find the videos very useful and inspirational. I am getting ready to start building the Split top Roubo workbench and have been referring to his plans, cut lists and videos a lot so far. The Wood Whisper and The Renaissance Woodworker are two of my favorite video bloggers.

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#8 posted 10-14-2015 02:24 PM

I wasn’t aware of that change. You know what, I think I like that idea. The reason I didn’t renew was because I wasn’t interested in the upcoming projects. I’ll have to take another look at his site.

I never heard of the Renaissance Woodworker. Just bookmarked his site for a peek when I get a chance.

Your point about inspiration cannot be oversold.

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#9 posted 10-14-2015 02:47 PM

I haven’t seen or subscibed to Marc’s guild but can only imagine he has a quality production. I’ve been a member of Charles Neil’s “Mastering woodworking” for years and I’ve been very pleased with the great projects Charles has had for build alongs and his great knowlage aquired over 30 years as a professional craftsman. Charles and Marc are totally different as to their presentaion . I believe Charles has a low monthly charge so you don’t have to subscribe for a whole year.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#10 posted 10-14-2015 02:51 PM

I like the idea of the WW Guild, Charles Neil’s gig, and 360woodworking. I belonged to Charles Neil’s for about a year. For me, even though I really like the ideas, b/c of the limited amount of time I have to do WW, and b/c I have my own list of projects I want to do, I don’t want to build the projects they choose. I kind of wish I did, b/c I think I’d learn a lot, particularly from CN and 360, but I’m just not built to watch a video presentation every week and stay on task.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#11 posted 10-15-2015 02:27 AM

Thanks for all the input. Sounds to me the subscription is worth the money if you are interested in the builds.

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#12 posted 10-15-2015 02:42 AM

I do not have his but imagine it would be good as I like his vids. I like this concept and there are good ones out there. The 360 is ok, and a fried had it and I think it will be great. I love Charles Neil’s been there since the beginning ( have to renew as I think I lapsed). I remember the day when there were some really good ones on hgtv, and diy. All those are gone.

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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#13 posted 10-15-2015 03:00 PM


Not sure what you mean by 3 videos for $127.

From the Website:
$127.50
Get the current project and the next two upcoming projects for an entire year’s worth of education and entertainment and a whopping 50% OFF the regular price!

= #42.50 per project.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#14 posted 10-15-2015 03:07 PM

I’ve watched most of his videos and listened to most of the wood talk pod casts. They are great on flights and waiting in the airport.

I feel I owe him just for that.

-- I always suspected many gun nuts were afraid of something, just never thought popcorn was on the list.

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#15 posted 10-21-2015 09:22 PM

I like Charles Neil too...
... he is probably one of the BEST experienced woodworker out there…
In the business for many many years…

He is just FULL of Technique Tips… Great Projects… etc.

I really like him… he always seems to come up with something New… always teaching you something!

Charles Neil is a great woodworker...

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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