Hello Woodworking Masterclasses subscribers,
As many of you will have noticed, we have been making (more than usual) significant changes to our presenting, filming and editing process. This has been particularly evident on our longer projects, but will be seen across all of our content. I thought it might be useful to provide some insight into the thought processes that have been going on behind the scenes here at Woodworking Masterclasses.
We aim to continually improve the quality of our woodworking instruction without losing the core focus of equipping people to craft beautiful, functional furniture with a limited set of hand tools and accessible methods.
There have been a few areas where we are looking to put this into action:
- Continue to create essential instructional videos to provide a more complete foundation in woodworking, as a possible stepping stone to more advanced projects.
- Test out new and different forms of video production that might improve the quality and clarity of our content, as well as engaging a greater variety of people.
- Present larger projects that include all the necessary details, without unnecessary repetition, while still showing succession of work. We want to avoid excessively long series and episodes that are over detailed and unsuitable for the majority of people.
With those aspects in mind, we recently employed Eloise as a videographer, who has taken over the technical side of the filming process, as well as editing of all the videos. She has also taken the lead on the production of certain projects such as the Fibonacci Spiral Shaving, which was developed from Paul’s idea into one of our most popular YouTube videos.
This has freed me up to work on the production and directing of the Woodworking Masterclasses videos with Joseph, in order to produce what we believe to be more succinct, engaging and complete instruction. This in turn affects all the content that we produce. As far as timescale is concerned, any change that we make can take anything from a few days, to a few months in the case of the premium projects, to come to fruition. So keep an eye out for upcoming content.
We are very grateful for all of your constructive, critical and encouraging feedback. We do take it all into consideration and it helps to steer our content to hopefully meet the needs of all of you. We are hoping to continue the discussion of content and video production techniques away from individual project videos, so we can keep those for project specific woodworking questions. Please do feel free to comment in the comments section below, or email us through the ‘Contact’ link above if you have suggestions or comments to share on this topic.
Many thanks from the whole team,
Manager of Woodworking Masterclasses