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The 2×4 House

This month, woodworkers from around the globe are participating in the now-annual 2×4 Challenge, as organised by Brian Gidney at Summers Woodworking. You’ve probably heard of this or something similar; the brief is to make something using one single length of 4x2in softwood, 8ft long. Entries are beginning to filter through, with the deadline now only a fortnight away. While I’m unable to participate myself this year, I would like to instead share the following video:

Before going too far, the woman’s name is Linn and not Darbin, which is actually the name of her dog and also her business. Her channel is one I’ve only very recently begun to follow after YouTube recommended it to me under their What to Watch page. I’d like to help to raise awareness of her channel because even though some of her videos are less-wood related, it’s distinct that she holds a great skill within the world of working with wood.

If I filter through the seemingly-endless list of channels I’m subscribed to, there are very few of whom I would declare ‘professional’ woodworkers. Please don’t get me wrong. There are some incredibly talented people out there, sharing their content without an asking price. Beside the obvious ones, there just doesn’t seem to be as many professionals sharing their wares and I look forward to seeing Linn’s channel develop.

At some point, I’ll expect you’ll also be able to visit Brian’s website and see a complete list of all video entries to the 2×4 contest. Best of luck to everyone who is taking part and thanks for reading!

You can also find Darbin’s Linn’s blog by clicking here.

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Magnetic Knife Block Video

If you’re subscribed to my YouTube channel then you’ll already know that I recently uploaded a video on the making of my magnetic knife block from last year. If you’ve noticed this upload appear twice in your subscription feed then it’s because I have re-uploaded the same video – in the first edition, I was made aware (by several viewers who left comments) that there was an issue with the narration running out of sync and beyond the end of the video footage; prolonging the length with an additional minute of black screen.

This has been corrected in the second upload. I’d like to leave the original video in its place because it’s already received a number of interactions. What I realised was that I made a mistake in recording and positioning the segments of narration before a final edit of the individual scenes – let that be a lesson to any other YouTubers or video-uploaders out there! It seems as though the strips of narration are not attached to the video timeline and so, as that shifts, the audio remains where it was.

So, from now on, this is the kind of schedule I’ll be following when editing a video for uploading. It is a lengthy process and I like to save as many individual versions of the video in as many states as you see listed below:

1. Initial edit and trimming of scenes.

2. Adding transitions between scenes.

3. Playing through the video to check and increasing the play-speed of any scenes where appropriate.

4. Recording and adding the narration.

5. Adjusting the sound levels between scenes and narration before a final check and then, the uploading!

Thanks for reading and I hope you like it. πŸ™‚

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Bandsawn Bowl

This video was released (released?) last weekend and I do have a new one planned for the next couple of days (if I can fit it in, with the 20-mile walk on Sunday and all). I seem to be saying this quite frequently but it’s had possibly the best reception for any video of mine so far, when you look at the limited time at which it’s been available.

Woodturning without a lathe, while working along the basic lines of the construction of a bandsaw box… The kind of challenges I relish, as a bandsaw man!

I am also a ‘stats man’ and, within the first 24 hours, it received almost 200 views (big for me) and almost 20 clicks on the Like button, which again is a huge one for me personally! At the time of writing, it has received twice as many views and an extra dozen Likes so, I’d like to again say a big THANK YOU to everyone who has already participated in watching, liking, subscribing and sharing.

Hours before I uploaded that video, I passed the 800 mark for the number of subscribers to my video and so, another THANK YOU is in order for you all. πŸ™‚

This video was inspired by another that I watched maybe a year ago. The main reason I didn’t use a log myself was because I didn’t have one to-hand and, to be honest, I’m never sure of what you can take in the woods and what you can’t… Plus, there’s often the issue (while I’m out walking) of carrying something very weighty back to my vehicle (I also remember finding lumps of driftwood on a beach near Burnham, but having parked several miles away). Not to mention the stash of offcuts I hold on to!! So, this is the video that inspired my approach:

Thank you all for reading and for watching.

I’d also like to spread my gratitude to everyone who has recently started following my page on Facebook, where we’ve just crossed the 60 mark. I don’t think I had even half this many followers 6 months ago so, another big THANK YOU to you! πŸ™‚

YouTube Update – August 2013

Since my last video update, I seem to have added two more films to my YouTube channel – I guess this delay in notifying you is another reason for you to PLEASE SUBSCRIBE to my channel, so that you find out before… You do?

I’d like to say a big THANK YOU for everyone has already subscribed because I have just this week passed the 600 mark – at this rate, I might just make it to 1,000 before 2014! πŸ˜‰

My first video is the making of the toilet roll holder, which has already soared to almost 1,000 views in less than one week! It’s a ‘silent’ film, in the sense that I don’t narrate over or talk through any part of it. Some people dislike that but most seem welcome to it, judging by my current response. I’m always welcome to hearing what more people think and I’m keen to keep trying new things in future videos.

After that, you have a near-ten-minute film on setting the knives in my Axminster AW106PT, which I use solely as a thicknesser. I do talk through that one (a non-narration) and again, I’m always welcome to feedback on that as well.

I’m aiming to have a brand-new project-based video out by… Let’s say Monday night, as it is a Bank Holiday weekend! πŸ˜‰

Thanks for reading, watching, subscribing, liking and have a great weekend! πŸ™‚

Picture Frame Video

This video was uploaded very late on Saturday night. It might even have been close to midnight, as I remember waking up on the end of my bed (I must have fallen asleep prematurely) at 1.15am, to discover that I’d already received 3 likes and my first comment on YouTube! I’ve taken a lot of positives from this one since, as I’m almost now up to 20 Likes for this one video, while still under 200 views in total.

As I say in the beginning; it was my first attempt at a narration and clearly, it works very well. I was actually hoping that I could’ve cut the footage down to around 8 minutes for this but I’m satisfied with 11.30 and, according to the statistics and comments; so are the majority of the viewers so far.

Tomorrow night, I’m hoping to upload the jig-making add-on to this, where I show you how I made the jig for my mitre saw. Then, over the weekend, I’m aiming to have another small project for you to view.

Enjoy and thank you!

A Prior Engagement

This weekend, the National Trust are opening many of their doors around the country for free to the general public. If you read this in time and you’re interested in visiting a property, a recommend you have a read through this link and their terms and also, you need to print out a voucher to hand in upon your arrival.

I tried to participate in this a year ago but on the Sunday, when I went to Bath to meet up with a friend for the day… Upon my arrival though, it started hailstoning and the skies were anything but clear! That put paid to our plans to spend a little time outdoors and so, we ended exploring some of the city’s interiors (meaning an art gallery, a cafe, pub and restaurant).

The Georgian City of Bath, south-west UK.

So, this weekend has been desired for a very long time and, with clear skies and sunshine forecast for Saturday (today), I arranged plans with another friend to achieve the day I was hoping for a year ago.

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Spring Show Purchases

This post is going to be a brief recap of the few items I purchased at the Yandles show yesterday afternoon. I have driven all the way down there, looked around and then come home again without spending a penny in the past… That’s not easy to do! But then, I’m not one for splurging a small fortunate in a moment of madness (unless I’m sat infront of my laptop, perhaps…).

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Walking Backwards

If I’m going to make a better effort to include some of my other interests on this blog then, I may as well start by giving you a glimpse in to some of the walks I went on and places I visited in 2012. There’s a basic ‘list’ of twelve in the slideshow below (enough to inspire someone to visit one a month) but there are several more I’ve not included here. I don’t intend to go back, digging through all my photos to write about each of these in the past tense. However, I do expect to revisit many of these sites (and more) in 2013 so, I’m sure you’ll get to read more of them in the future, if not now. πŸ™‚

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Please feel free to ask me any questions you might have about these places. Most offer free parking facilities nearby; others may be run by the National Trust or a similar organisation. I’d quite like to go back and shoot some (brief) video footage of some of these places and I do wish I’d thought of that ahead of my birthday walk this past weekend.

I’d also like to send a reminder to all woodworkers near Somerset in the UK that Yandles’ annual Spring Woodworking Show takes places this weekend, on both Friday and Saturday. I’m planning to make my way down there on Friday afternoon and, if I can remember to grab my camera, I’ll take some photos of my own and perhaps also some video footage of various demonstrations (it’s usually very busy and crowded though).

Thank you. πŸ™‚

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