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Cutting Board Conclusion

Part 3 and the concluding episode of my Contrasting Cutting Boards series was uploaded to YouTube on Sunday night. Already, I’ve had a very welcome response and, although they’re not everything; at the time of writing this post, I’m averaging one Like for every ten views… And I do like this! 🙂

It’s been quite an enjoyable series to film and I do feel that my editing skills have improved somewhat in the two-years since I made a set of beech cutting boards (another popular series). I found myself with more than one hour’s worth of footage to sort through for each one and I’m pleased that I was able to essentially quarter each of them.

I imagine I’ll pick up more tricks with practice as I can’t imagine the ‘pros’ (highly popular woodworkers on YouTube) allow themselves to climb such a mountain, each and every Friday. Steve Ramsey made an interesting comment recently (it might have been on Keek or in his most recent Mere Minutes video) where he basically stated how and why he tries to keep his videos short (between 5-10 minutes each). With longer videos, he’s found in the past that views tend to ‘drop off’. He also mentioned how the average viewer can kind of ‘make up’ the bits that you don’t show, in between scenes and I certainly feel as though there are only so many times in which someone can sit through a sequence of planing or ripping timber.

I’ve personally received a lot of praise for the detailed, descriptive nature of my content and I want to reassure anyone reading this that you’re not about to lose that in future videos! I do plan to highlight some shorter tips and ideas around the workshop, in between whatever projects I can muster between now and ‘the move’… I’m thinking about the possibility of doing a ‘rundown’-type video on this series. Again, similar to Steve’s Mere Minutes and it’s also something that Laney Shaughnessy and Alex Harris do quite regularly. I’d keep it within the same channel but it might be useful to just sit and look back on things, even if I don’t have many questions to explain or answer.

I’m reluctant to spend any fortune (big or small) on new filming equipment with the uncertainty that lies ahead but I am keen to try and add a narrative to some future videos, to try and counter-act the issues I sometimes have with my voice and speech.

Thanks again to everyone for watching, liking, subscribing and for being here to read this post. 🙂

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5 responses to “Cutting Board Conclusion

  1. Trialanderror 04/06/2013 at 19:09

    The boards look great! I’ll definitely look back over your videos when I get around to making one of my own.

  2. Andy Williamson 06/06/2013 at 20:27

    Those chopping boards were quite an undertaking and the end result looks great! I’m always uncertain about which woods to use which come into contact with food and especially for chopping boards. The finish is important too. Whenever I search the internet there is so much conflicting advice that it often doesn’t help.
    I must admit that I would not have put so much trust in the courier company and would have added much more packing around the sides to protect the precious contents! Hope the boards arrived safely.
    Keep up the good work!
    Andy

    • Olly Parry-Jones 16/06/2013 at 12:53

      Thanks, Andy.

      The only issues I’m aware of with both walnut timber and also walnut oil are that they may not be ideal for someone who suffers from a nut allergy.

      All seven boards did arrive safely but I do also feel that I should’ve added more packaging. Packing a box yourself is one thing but it’s than hard to know how the couriers are going to handle it (literally) for the rest of the journey.

  3. joeabbott 16/06/2013 at 16:46

    Excellent work, as always, Olly. Thanks for the detailed video. I used to work for UPS (United Parcel Service … a courier company) back in college, so I ALWAYS pack thoroughly. Very few workers are intentionally negligent, but there’s a lot of boxes and miles and opportunities for things to happen … especially for very heavy packages!

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