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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! πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

This Little Light of Mine…

In an effort to get myself back in to the swing of things and to make use of the workshop while I still have it, I’m trying to tie up a few ‘loose ends’ while I still have a few days before I return to work. This means that I’m trying to sort out a few videos that have been on my to-do list for too long (one was uploaded last night) and I’m also trying to get various bits and pieces together that I can eventually submit for magazine publication (tool reviews and tests, hopefully some small projects, too).

I was going some photos with my current camera (Nikon S8200) last night when I finally found a practical use for a small item I bought from Rutlands over a year ago:

Magnetic LED Light Mine from Rutlands

It’s a magnetic LED light mine and I only really bought it because, when it first arrived in their catalogue, it was on sale and available with free delivery. I was hoping to use it with my bandsaw but, even when I got the positioning right, the light wasn’t always strong enough. So, it’s been sat on top of bandsaw for far too long since then. But, where another LED device has since failed (possible dust ingestion), this little light is still working fine.

I could’ve done with this while filming some of my video sequences but this thought never occurred until I’d starting photographing things afterwards.

If you follow me on Twitter then, you’ll have noticed that I’ve been watching a lot of videos on making bandsaw boxes. Certainly, they kept me occupied far beyond my bed time last night! That’s something I’m looking at experimenting with soon and it’s given me new hope for another inspiring idea I came up with back in… August, I think! πŸ˜‰

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