As I am sure you are all aware, we are in a global pandemic. I wanted to let you all know a bit about how we are handling this as a team.

Thursday last week we started working from home rather than in our office/studio/workshop. Our team are all healthy so far, but we wanted to put the health of our team first and do our part in isolating ourselves to stop the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Because the rest of us are working from home, my dad can continue working in his garage workshop without increasing any risk to himself or others as he is also self-isolating.

We have filmed a few months in advance so our team will be able to continue to work remotely on upcoming episodes.

This will no doubt mean we have to shift direction on a few behind the scenes projects but we are going to spend our time planning, learning, and organising.

If we do end up needing to pick up our filming again while this virus is in full swing we will do so in such a way to maintain social distancing, keep our team safe, and be responsible to do our part to prevent the spread of the virus.

We already have some ideas and we think we can be responsible and still provide videos with instruction, encouragement, and support for the foreseeable future. This challenge will push our team’s creativity and we are already planning for multiple possible scenarios.

We encourage you all to stay safe and if possible spend some time woodworking. We have so many different projects that we think you will be able to find something to make even if you have to work with wood you already have on hand. We have always taken a minimalist approach to tools and techniques and we think this will stand you in good stead at these times where travelling to buy wood and tools is restricted.

Thank you all for your support and encouragement.

Best wishes from all of us to you. Get in touch if you have any questions. Happy woodworking!

– Joseph Sellers

11 Comments

  1. joemonahan on 24 March 2020 at 10:39 am

    Thanks for the communication. Prioritize health. We’ll catch up on the other end of this as long as we stay healthy. No need to stress.

  2. Ecky H on 24 March 2020 at 6:18 pm

    Thank you for letting us know.

    And as @joemonahan wrote: health comes first.
    Wish you all being well.

    E.

  3. rayc21 on 24 March 2020 at 8:35 pm

    Thank you for keeping us up dated.
    With the knowledge you have given us in All the past years I’m sure there is plenty for us to look though. There’s going to be more than enough to keep myself busy and plenty more for others, in this unusual time.
    Thanks again and keep safe.

  4. meyerma11 on 24 March 2020 at 10:07 pm

    Thanks for the update Joseph and you all stay healthy!
    As rayc21 said “we have plenty of videos to keep us all busy!”
    Good health to all in these times!

  5. Ian Hemphill on 25 March 2020 at 3:30 pm

    People before product. Stay safe and well. There’s more than enough existing material on the Masterclasses site to keep us discovering new tips and techniques for a long while. Thinking of you all with great appreciation as I work, by myself, in the shop. Building a new adjustable baby/toddler high chair for my grandsons birthday, and I hear Paul’s voice over my shoulder at each step 👍.

  6. mark leatherland on 25 March 2020 at 5:11 pm

    Thank you for the update. I’m glad to hear that you’re staying safe. I’m with the other guys here – so much content already on your site… don’t sweat!

    I bet Paul’s happy in his workshop alone – as am I in mine :-). Thanks for introducing me to woodworking, it’s a great hobby to have at this crazy time.

  7. Terry Southgate on 25 March 2020 at 11:34 pm

    Hi all: I’m living in Mexico on the the lower Baja end of the peninsular. Very little sign of the epidemic so far. Have just moved To a new area and will be setting up shop soon. Good luck all. Terry Southgate.

  8. dusttilldawn on 27 March 2020 at 3:05 pm

    Thanks for the update and I hope you are well and stay safe

  9. Caio Rosa on 1 April 2020 at 2:21 pm

    Stay safe, specially Paul, since he would be at the high risk age group in woodworking-years alone (I mean that in the best and most respectful possible way! =)) As others pointed out, there’s plenty to keep us busy. For the current AND the next pandemic. And if there wasn’t, there’s always more sharpening and shop-cleaning to do.
    Wash your hands, cleanup your deliveries bags, boxes and containers, and dont forget to wash your hands again! Best wishes for you all!

  10. Michael Bode on 2 April 2020 at 3:38 pm

    Good decisions- stay healthy. More than enough films to catch up on.

  11. steve Eastwood on 2 April 2020 at 6:56 pm

    Thanks for updates, be safe, see you on the otherside.

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