It has been five years!

Just over five years ago Paul and I decided to start this site. It was the 1st November 2012 that Paul posted our announcement of the site, precisely five years ago today!

To celebrate, we are releasing a new video series on bench building. You can see the introduction here. This is a free project which will run alongside our usual paid videos with new instalments every other week on Fridays.

Thank you to you all for support and faith in our project over the past five years. We probably tried to present a bit of a slicker image than we really had back then. You see, to begin with, it was just my dad and me. He presented the videos between trips in his busy teaching schedule. I built the website, answered emails and shot and edited the videos. We are a bigger team now (check out our About Us page) but we are very proud of the small beginnings and to celebrate this milestone Paul and I sat down to watch through our first episode. Here is a video of our chat as we watched.

47 comments on “It has been five years!

  1. Happy 5th anniversary … and many more!

    At roughly the same time you were getting started, I was in Joseph’s role helping Mary May start her online woodcarving school. So, I have a first hand appreciation for what it takes to build a successful online school. Other than the sheer knowledge and skill in the subject you teach, perhaps the next most important ingredient is persistence. Persistence in working through all the details and stumbling blocks to getting something working, catching the attention of your intended audience, and providing enough value to keep them coming back.

    You persisted then, and continue now with frequent incremental improvements, that at any particular moment might seem small, but overall builds an excellence that brings us a superb result.

    As Paul says so often: “Perfect!”

  2. Congratulations on your successful journey and praying that God blesses you in many more years to come. I just recently found your site. My 15 year old grandson is consumed with learning traditional woodworking, so it has been a joyful experience to get reunited with hand tools, working with him and finding old reliable tools and restoring them to better than new condition, ready for use, using your video’s as a guide and inspiration. I also have worked with my son videoing and producing a hunting video tract, he learning and doing all the editing and production, promoting Jesus Christ as our Savior and God’s only Son. Watching your video I can relate with the growing experience of video production. Great job and congratulations again. Jim Light, Goshen, Ohio. USA

  3. Watching this video made me think that if you were to do a bloopers video of over the past years not only would it make us have a good laugh but it also would let the viewers know that your just like us, that the mistakes we make are just as normal as everybody else. This is of course that you still have the clips and if there were any. Heck with 50 years plus you very well might not heave any bloopers. Just a thought. Your teaching’s have certainly changed my life that’s for sure. And for that I’m truly grateful. I look forward to another five years and can’t wait to see what’s in store for the future projects. Thanks a million.
    C.M.

  4. Looking back over many many episodes (yeah, from that first clock episode onward), and having taken lessons learned in the videos into the shop, I know from experience that you are teaching MUCH MORE than woodworking skills.

    As a newbie, the thirst is for skills. But as the skills build something else, much more important, emerges: confidence.

    In the video you talk of building skills and interest, but it really goes much farther. You are building confidence, something far more valuable than simply skills.

    THANK YOU for the confidence!

    • Amen and for sure – after watching your first DVD’s and the subscribing to Masterclasses the day it started, I decided to atten WIA show in Fort Worth in March 2013 to see you do it in person and verify it was as natural as it looks. Two days of sitting through your classes hooked me permanently – haven’t looked back since. Many thanks !!

  5. Congratulations on your 5 year accomplishment.

    While I haven’t built many of your projects, I have incorporated lots of your techniques into my projects and become much more confident when using my hand tools. I use them all much more than I used to.

    Thanks for the information and encouragement that has come from your videos.

  6. I checked my Quicken records and my first NewLeagcy monthly charge of $12:75 hit my credit card on 11/4/2012 😊😊👏👏✅✅. Y’all are awesome. You haven’t stopped being you but like the entrepreneurial spirit here in Texas you figure there’s always a way to do it just a little better. Bill in Kerrville.

  7. Happy 5 year anniversary! I think my favourite videos of yours have been the original workbench videos on YouTube. While they aren’t part of the Woodworking Masterclasses, they’re the first videos of Paul’s that I saw and I don’t know how many times I’ve watched them. Even after I built my workbench along with Paul, I still go back and watch those videos. There’s just something great about hearing woodworking outdoors while the birds are singing and you hear children playing.

  8. Congrats on 5 years.

    I was there from the beginning when I had to connect via a slow satellite connection on FOB Ghazni in Afghanistan….. Best thing that happened to me all year! Very timely.

    This father and son duo has changed my life. Peace and prosperity in the years to come.

    – jbd

  9. Congratulations, gentlemen, and THANK YOU! Your masterclasses are exactly what I’ve been looking for and I now spend far more time on the blog and the videos than I probably should 😁.
    I started with the sharpening and refurbishment videos, and restored the saws, planes and chisels I inherited from my Dad. Moved on to the sawhorses and am now halfway through my workbench. Couldn’t be happier in a nice quiet shop listening to the sound of a perfectly sharp plane on a nice piece of wood. Best to you both from beautiful British Columbia here on the Canadian west coast.

  10. Thank you for all of the hard work you have put into this endeavor. I remember how I discovered wood working master classes… I was searching for a method to cleanly crosscut wood with a handsaw. I came across a YouTube video that mentioned the “knife wall” technique and referenced Paul’s work. From there, I found Paul’s YouTube videos, his blog, and of course the woodworking master classes. I’ve since build dozens of dovetailed boxes, a few tool chests, my workbench, chairs, tables, and much more. Thank you for giving me this gift to create things with wood as it has truly changed my life.

  11. Your videos and production inspired me throughout my Heritage Carpentry course at Algonquin College in Perth, Ontario, Canada. I became a Paul Sellers evangelist and successfully used your teachings to improve my craft. By watching your techniques with hand tools, I learned that many operations are quicker and more accurate than with power tools. I am a carpenter now with a lot of skills and knowledge and I thank you for opening my mind to the possibilities. Not that I don’t love a good power tool (my Dad was a mechanic), but my hand tools bring me closer to my work. All the best for another 5 years.

  12. Thank you! I love those videos filmed in your garden – I built then my workbench…which I use today. I watch your videos from day one here, on Woodworking Master Classes. I discovered a Great Man, a True Master.

    Thank you Paul Seller! Thank you!

  13. You all have done much more than present videos on Paul’s skills and teaching ability. I can tell the difference in the polish of the presentations, but the meat has been left , fortunately for the world, untouched. I know Mr. Sellers has dreamed up heirloom pieces and brought them into reality. But the legacy he and you all are constructing will out last them all.

  14. I am late comer to your masterclass, a late comer to the use of handtools.
    You might say that I’m a very very late blommer on the subject of woodworking with hand tools.

    Your site, videos, blogs have been, and are of invaluable help to me as I slowly improve myself in the different areas ok knowhow/knowhowtodo on and around woodworking.

    I hope to be one of your avid learners for the years to come

    Thank you both of you

  15. Thanks for the five years! Like your practical wisdom as well, like life has knots, etc. And on this video, seed in the dark basement in the jam jar. greg, new Jersey, USA, early subscriber

  16. Congratulations!!!

    That you so much for the skill set you have given me from your Masterclass series. It’s funny that the clock was your first project for your sight. That was the first project I built when I stumbled upon your website. Keep up the great work and I look forward to more videos.

    Once again Congratulations

  17. Congratulations Paul …Joseph and family…..also Phil and co

    Thank you Paul ( don’t forget George and his pencil )

    I made a clock cabinet but it turned into a key cupboard for our daughters 40th.

    Best wishes to you all ….John 2V

  18. Paul and Joseph. I absolutely love the videos. Paul, you are an amazing teacher. I am new to woodworking and you have converted me to the old hand tools and using true joinery. I wish you all the best on many more years and projects.

  19. As it happens I only just watched this series 2 days ago and while it’s clear it’s an older video, the quality is still very high.

    Paul has always seemed comfortable in front of the camera and as you say, that’s quite probably due in part to his years teaching. So many productions like this look a bit slapdash and slipshod but these videos are all excellent (I’ve now consumed everything you’d uploaded to Youtube), and make you want to watch the next, and the next. Its very easy in a quite time to sit back for a few hours and watch Paul work, talking and explaining what he does and laughing out loud when he performs what looks like a magic trick with a saw or a chisel in front of your very eyes.

    5 more years would be wonderful as I’m only just starting out myself.

    Regards,
    Darren

  20. Congratulations to the whole team!

    I fondly remember building that wall clock in my dining room! The workbench I built it on was also created there. FYI… a workbench doubles up nicely as a serving table when positioned next to the dining table.

    Thank you for all your work on WWMC. I’ve learned an incredible amount from the videos. I’m not as active as I was in the past (now with two young children!) but I am still managing to get a bit of time in the workshop and create the occasional piece.

    Keep up the good work!

  21. Paul and Philip:

    First, thank you for all your efforts. Spending time with you through your videos has been absolutely fantastic over the years. Paul, I’ve commented before about how much I enjoy your style. After a few minutes with you, I’m calmed from the stress of the day and my outlook on life is transformed to one perhaps pre dating my time on earth…a simpler time and focused on the work that awaits me on my bench.

    Also, please accept my very best wishes for you in the future that includes many more years of having fun producing your amazing videos.

    All the very best to you and yours.

    Col Kent Hansen, USAF

  22. I’ve been watching your videos since you made the bench in the garden with the train going by. The production is second to none, and it’s alway a must-see when woodworking masterclass pops up in my email!

  23. HaHa i bet i was one of those hundred e-mailers reporting that the video was late. i used to sit at the computer waiting for the email notification. although i don’t have nearly as much time to do that these days i do still try to keep up with each project even though i don’t get to build them, long may it continue i will be a subscriber as long as WWMC continues .

  24. Guys you have changed my outlook not only on woodworking, but on life. That is not hyperbole. I’ve never had a mentor in my career trade, being the first in my family to do what I do. I immediately was intrigued and invested into your ethos of life, beyond just the physical skills and the tools of craftsmanship. Thank you Paul, Joseph, and all your team for giving us a pathway to truth and honesty through our work, and integrity through our decisions. May you all live long, healthy, and fulfilling lives. Most sincere thanks,

    -Stephen

  25. Congratulations, both of you. I’m from Brisbane, Australia. I discovered you nearly 5 years ago. I had decided to learn woodworking ahead of retiring from full time work as an engineer, with the aim of making fine furniture upon retirement. To find an online resource, I cast the net far and wide on the web but found myself going back to the Paul Sellers philosophy of woodworking more and more. So, now I am a “rusted on fan” and even had the privilege to meet Paul during a visit to Oxford in July last year. I’m only sorry I missed you Joseph. Maybe another time. Your success is well earned.

  26. Thanks for giving back. I have all the power tools and at the time, none of the real talent. I do have many, many poorly made dovetails and a few that I would share.
    Slows the world down and fills the soul.
    Much appreciated!
    All the Best,
    Bill

  27. After watching this video, it started to make my think about the last three years odd. Personally I have a lot to thank Paul and the others behind the seen’s who have made Woodworking Masterclass what it is today, because of what I learnt from watching Paul I felt capable of having a go at jobs on my wife & I home when we did a major refurbishment.
    Doing that gave me the confidence to go back to college and re-train. Which was a big step for me as I am no spring chicken anymore.
    I got Distinction for my first year and I am now half way thorough my second year (City & Guild’s Level 2 Bench Joinery). I hope to do the Level 3 next year all being well, to leave college as a joiner, with my papers.
    All this is due to you Paul, thank you seems to be not enough to express just what doing this has and does mean to me, how happy I am in my world right now. But Thank you is all I can say;
    “So Thank you Paul, you have change my life!”
    John.

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