Recently I was put in a situation that forced me to step back from my woodworking and rebuild, while both enjoying and being frustrated with this chain of events it gave me a lot of time to focus on the direction I have been taking with my woodworking, what really matters to me and what message I want to relay to my viewers. When I think of the guys that I enjoyed to watch and still watch names like Norm Abrams, Roy Underhill, David Marks, Tommy Macdonald and Marc Spagnuolo are just a few that come to mind and it's not because of fancy camera angles, good music or the less than ten minute video it's because I know that when I get done watching their show I will walk away with an education of how to do it, why to do it and the best way to do it, it being that weeks project. I feel it's really a matter of entertainer or woodworker. To be an entertainer is to entertain the masses, interesting camera angles, fancy video editing, catchy music, easy project then screw it and glue it together and edit the video down to as short a time frame as possible as to not loose your viewer. To be a woodworker the focus is education of the project, the wood, the joinery, the technique, the attention to detail, the finish then editing the video not for time but for content, because if your like me I will watch someone like Frank Klausz explain how he creates a dovetailed cabinet forever but I loose interest very quickly watching a ten minute video of how to build a screwed together cabinet buried in fancy editing and catchy music, entertainment versus woodworking. I am not an entertainer nor is this something I wish to be, I am a woodworker and that is all I wish to be. I'm not out to capture a viewing audience of hundreds of people with my video editing skills and fancy camera shots, but if I can show one person how to create a mortis and tenon joint I'm pretty happy with that.
Woodworking with Tommy P