Friday, April 6, 2018

Virtual Live Video Prep Continues

Here is a recent video I did showing a laptop stand I made for my shop. So who needs a laptop stand in their shop? Anyone using webcams to video with since the feed goes straight to a laptop instead of to memory card. 

I still need to do more playing around with it. The switch  on my cheap mini portable keyboard broke after a few uses but after the Amazon 30 day return period. Oh well. Did I say it was cheap? About $15 so not a big deal. Trying to decide on a replacement. I can still use an awl to turn it on and off so still useable - sort of.  I need to make more videos with this setup. The setup takes a bit more effort than simply using a camcorder since I now use three webcams instead of  a single camcorder. And I need to bring the laptop back to my office for editing any video I make.  And perhaps my Blue Yet Mic if I need to do any voiceover.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Live Demos Over the Internet

Isn't technology wonderful! It is now possible for demonstrations to be conducted live over the internet with the demonstrator operating their own equipment in their shop and presenting to a chapter across the country. One of my clubs, the Gwinnett Woodworkers Association had Lyle Jamieson do a presentation like this and I was impressed. It was absolutely like he was there in person.
Advantages to a club:
  • The opportunity to see a demonstrator they could not get to their club meeting.
  • Lower costs because there are no travel costs. 
  • Often, better video than a club gets with their own camera operator and equipment because the demonstrator has a better lighting and video setup than a club might have.
Advantages for the Demonstrator
  • No travel
  • No packing and unpacking
  • Using their own equipment with more options to show tools and have backup if there is some type of equipment failure
Here is a link to a presentation by Alan Zeinrich who is a woodturning pioneer in this area. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnxKFbc0tnk

Is your club interested in having me do a live video demonstration? 
I would be interested in working with your club to make this happen. I have two virtual live club demonstrations scheduled. The biggest constraint is the club must have a broadband internet connection and a laptop or tablet they can connect to a monitor. The club also needs a champion willing to work with me to make sure we are both fully operational.  If you have some interest, let's talk. You can message me through my Facebook page, my Youtube channel (send me a message through my About tab), or look me up in the AAW Membership directory. 

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Back from John C Campbell Folk School

Part of my compensation from taching a weekend class at the John C Campbell Folk School last September was a paid up weekend class. So I took a class with John Keeton on "Turning an Ogee Bowl with Bling." I had a great time and now know the secret to achieving the elusive true ogee bowl shape. The band is textured with some acrylic gel medium and then highlighted with acrylic paints.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Woodturned Miniature Birds

I have been turning a few miniature birds for bird house ornaments. They are so cute! I think they are much improved over the expensive and hard to find minature birds I have used in the past. Here is what I am talking about. I show how to make these in part 2 of my two part series. https://youtu.be/fngoGEPRaW0
I have started mounting them on the roof instead of the perch for added interest.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

My Amazon Shop

 Click here to go directly to my Amazon Shop. This blog and my YouTube channel are about sharing my passion for woodturning. I want to provide woodturning content that will teach and inspire. I release a new video each Friday and a woodturning tip on Tuesday.  I am pleased to announce that I have become an Amazon Influencer. What the heck does that mean you ask?

Well, Amazon has a new program where folks like me who have put in a lot of effort to create a successful YouTube channel and a community of like minded viewers, can actually get compensated for their efforts.  Here is an example.  A couple of years ago I created a video called How to Make Your Own Parting Tool. In the video I explained how I found the HSS blank I used on Amazon. Now if anyone wants to make that parting tool and buy the blank from Amazon, they can do so through my Amazon shop.  I don't expect this to be a big deal as I am only going to list a limited number of woodturning products that I have used and can personally recommend. 

Your trust is important to me. I do not do what I do to make money! Believe me there is very little in the way of revenue for a small channel like mine. I could make far more money in less time as a part-time Walmart Greeter! But covering my hobby expenses is nice and earning a few bucks from Amazon will allow me to continue to improve the content on my channel and perhaps upgrade my camera and sound equipment.

I welcome your comments and continued support.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Granddaughters Are Special

Granddaughters are special. I love being able to make things for them. I turned a Harry Potter wand for Pepper and did not know that she planned to dress up as Harry Potter for Halloween. She loved the wand as an accessory. And she loved playing a cameo role at the end of the video I made on turning a wand.



My younger granddaughter, Poet, was going trick or treating as a police officer so I turned her a billy club. So gratifying to sea their pictures on Face Book enjoying something their grandpa made!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Portland 2018 - AAW Symposium

I am excited to announce that I have been selected to demonstrate at the national symposium for the American Association of Woodturners! This will be held in Portland, OR on June 14-16, 2018. I will have a couple of rotations on Add Pizzazz with Texturing Tools and Add Pizzazz With Hand Chased Threads. This is a great honor and the second opportunity to demonstrate at the national level. I previously demonstrated in Atlanta at the 2016 symposium.