|Forum topic by paratrooper34||posted 1220 days ago||640 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
1220 days ago
Hi Fellow LJs!!!
Well, I am taking a hiaitus from woodworking at the moment because I have been reassigned back to the USA. So while all of my stuff works it way across the pond, I cannot do anything (except some learnin’!)
Ok, so I got caught up with some podcasts that I watch on woodworking and I saw one the other day that bothered me personally. I am not going to name the particular podcast. So the guy had to use a hand plane for flattening a wide board which was too wide for a joiner. He had some video which showed him doing this operation with a number 5 jack plane. He looked as though he hadn’t a clue how to use this tool. Maybe he did, maybe he didn’t, but it sure looked like he was holding something in his hand that had never been there before. It seems to me that a guy who is teaching some woodworking should have at least the working knowledge to use this particular handtool. I turned off the podcast and thought about this.
So why would it bother me? Well, I watch podcasts in hopes of learning. I buy DVDs of woodworking instruction or watch past episodes of PBS shows for the same reason. I like to think that the people who are in the various forms of woodworking media are skilled and at least minimally qualified to be trying to teach us things. After watching a guy who is supposed to be teaching stuff use a hand plane as though he had never held one before, I am going to start looking a little harder at the skills of the “instructors”. Maybe my skills are starting to develop a little more and I can now determine bad or poor skills in others? Maybe, I am not sure yet.
I guess the thing I am interested in knowing is other than books, because books have been around for an awful long time and sharing the woodworking world ever since, what media or particular video/podcast/what- have- you, do you like to watch to help develop your skills? Or maybe it isn’t even that, maybe you prefer actually taking a course or workshops.
And lastly, I don’t like to be overly critical to others, so if I am being too hard on the guy, let me know. Happy Woodworking!!!