Saturday, August 19, 2017

YouTube Creator Day Atlanta

I attended a YouTube conference today in Atlanta. It was fun but don't feel I got as much out of it as the one I attended more than a year ago. I have gained a lot of experience in the YouTube channel management process in the past year. Making the video is just part of the process. Then there is the upload process and creating an intriguing thumbnail and title along with a description that all support discovery. Then comes posting and adding to appropriate playlists and metadata that will help YouTube appropriately place the video. And adding Cards and End Cards to promote other videos.

Here is a picture of me and my new 50 best friends! Can you spot me with the Got Wood T Shirt left of middle toward the back?

Here are the "YouTube Celebs" that did a panel discussion. One, Roberto Blake, the gentleman with the hat, is someone I subscribed to a while back and watch quite a bit as he is quite an expert on managing YouTube channels.

Friday, August 18, 2017

What is an ‘Ussie’?

I attended the Georgia Association of Woodturners meeting last night because I did not want to miss Eric Loftstrom's last demo before he flys home to Seattle. I asked to take a "Selfie" with him and he of course said yes, but explained it was really an "Ussie."

I never heard that one but did look it up and found this explanation:
According to the urban dictionary, Ussie is  ‘A self-inflicted group photo; when the participant of a group photo also acts as the picture taker’. The number of participants in an "Ussie" is not limited. Though not always, the background in an "Ussie" is often the focal point and subject matter of the picture. In simple words, people have started calling ‘group selfies’ as ‘Ussies’ (Us-Selfies). It has other variations too, which depends on the number of participants, e.g. Twofie (for Ussie with comprising of two people), Threefie (for Ussie with three people) & so on. What more? Ussie is already a hashtag on Instagram. Ussie is definitely the new fad!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Eric Lofstrom Workshop

I had a great time participating in a hands on workshop with Eric Lofstrom! Eric flew in from near Seattle, WA to do some demonstrations for the Georgia Association of Woodturners and a couple of related clubs as well as conduct our workshop. It is never too late to learn and I picked up some great tips on sharpening tools to a razer sharp edge. Eric has a strong background in physical healthe and provided tips on the bio-mechanics of the "turners dance". You can learn more about Eric at his webiste http://ericlofstrom.com/
If you have an opportunity to get some instruction from him, you will not be disappointed.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Cremation Urn

Brian David Peace, age 41, of Marietta, GA, passed away on Sunday, July 16, 2017 at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. He was born April 23, 1976, in Birmingham, AL, to Michael and Barbara (Smith) Peace. He was a 1994 graduate of Greater Atlanta Christian School and a 1999 graduate of the University of North Alabama with a degree in Theater & Communications. He married Heather Caughman on May 19, 2002, in St. John, U.S.V.I. and later created two amazing children. Brian worked at several restaurants in the North Atlanta area and was known by many as the best bartender around. He brought countless people joy while ‘performing’ behind his ‘stage’, mixing the best margaritas, telling the best stories and, most of all, being a good listener. He was also a musician, able to play a variety of instruments, and could cover Bob Dylan better than anyone. But his oldest friends know him best as an amazing stage actor with a talent and spirit that couldn’t be contained.

He is survived by his wife, Heather; his two daughters, Pepper Lily and Poet Annabelle; his parents, Mike and Barbara; his grandmother, Thelma Smith; his brother Jason (Grace) Peace and many aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends.

I turned this cremation urn several years ago while getting some instruction on hollow forms from Wes Jones. I kept it in my office joking it would be my cremation urn if I did not get around to turning a better one. Sadly, it now holds Brian's ashes. He had gone into the emergancy room at Northside Forsyth and we were told he would need a kidney transplant. We were so blessed that he was accepted into Emory where he got world class care from a dedicated, caring group of specialists at the Transplant ICU. Despite all of their efforts, Brian had picked up an infection that they were unable to overcome.

We had a Celebration of Life for him at the clubhouse in my neighborhood. It was wonderful to have some many family members, neighbors and close friends of Brian's attend. He was  a special man and touched so many lives. We miss you Brian.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Woodturn a Bird

I turned this cute multi axis duck several years ago for my granddaughter.

I thought it would be a great project for my club's hands on woodturning session that I facilitate each month. As I prepared for the workshop I recognized that it was a bit more challenging than I initially thought. I could not remember exactly how I had turned it. The problem is every time I tried to duplicate it, I got a catch on the tail feathers.


Serendipity! I happen to run across  a picture on internet of a bird that had been turned on a wood lathe that got me intrigued. Especially since I announced the multi axis duck project which appeared doomed to failure! So I played around with the concept of an off axis woodturning to create a pretty cool bird. I made a video that will be out this Friday on my YouTube channel, but here is what they look like.

Let me know what you think.

Friday, May 26, 2017

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. 
  • In many instances, 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
  • 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 you to make this happen. I have not done one yet but do not think it would take too much effort to set up for one. The biggest constraint is the club must have a broad band internet connection and a champion willing to work with me to make sure we were 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. 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Tip of the Week! New YouTube Channel Feature

I am now posting a weekly wood turning tip on my YouTube channel. I have been experimenting to find the best time to upload and have settled on Wednesday at 7 AM EDT. If you have not subscribe, do so and "Ring the Bell" so you will be notified whenever I release a new video. Go ahead, it doesn't cost you anything!

This is an addition to the weekly regular woodturning tutorial I release on Friday morning at 7 AM EDT.