This website was launched nine months ago as an experiment. We wanted to see whether we could really help to train people using online videos as a medium. It has developed and grown in some great and unexpected ways. Along the way many of the members have acknowledged the fact that there must be more than just Paul to make all this happen. This is very true. There has been help and support along the way from many ‘behind the scenes’ people who I hope to thank publicly on this blog in the future.
I am excited to introduce Phil Adams who has been helping out from the very beginning and who joined us in an official capacity a few months ago. Phil has been working with Paul as an apprentice for about eighteen months and his first interest is in woodworking. He has worked with Paul assisting him in classes and, in the early days, attending all the classes himself. Phil is in the position that many on this site would envy. He works with Paul on a day-to-day basis, learning as he goes.
When we were looking to hire someone to help us to continue to make this site and the videos even better we could have looked for someone with a degree in film studies or someone with broadcast experience. However, it didn’t seem quite right. Based on what we hear from members and students there is no need for over-produced videos or insanely artistic but useless camerawork. Our goal right from the beginning has been to try to give members a taste of being in the classroom with Paul. We couldn’t think of anyone to develop this better than someone who is already interested in what we want to convey, pure woodworking.
Phil has been working to develop his media skills beyond what they already were, a sideline interest. He has already worked on many of the videos you see on this site. He has worked in as many aspects as he is able to. He has done camerawork, lighting, audio monitoring, editing and website admin.
He is going to continue to hone his woodworking ability and hopefully his work on Woodworking Masterclasses can become a way that he can share his own experience of working as an apprentice from a master woodworker.
His username is @phil. Feel free to ask him questions.
P.S. There are more introductions to make but I will do them one at a time.