We've got a great team here at Woodworking Masterclasses, this page will help you get to know us a little better.
The perfection of hand tool woodworking techniques has been Paul’s life’s work. His enthusiasm for the craft is highly infectious and his skill is second to none. Having made his living as a furniture maker for many years, Paul has latterly turned to teaching as a means to bring the benefits of the craft to the lives of people around the world. Presenting on video comes with its challenges, and Paul has had to learn how to make complicated pieces to camera in such a way that the processes are easily visible to the viewer. Working this way sometimes involves making things back-to-front. You can find out more about Paul on his blog.
Paul is an amateur woodworking enthusiast, who enjoys photography, walks in nature and wood-based architectural archaeology.
An accomplished craftsman himself, and being very familiar with Paul’s approach to teaching, it was Joseph who picked up a camera(phone) and got the ball rolling on our current mission to provide clear woodworking instruction, where the form follows the message. Joseph’s first video of Paul, recorded on a now severely outmoded iPhone, can still be seen on YouTube. Nowadays, Joseph’s professional life consists of equal parts of corralling the rest of us into order and maintaining a vision for the clear communication of a practical approach to woodworking.
When not working, Joseph enjoys thinking about work, keeping abreast of the latest developments in technology and teaching his cat, Felix, how to be British.
Ellie is in charge of the video side of our operations, keeping things ticking over with the deft touch of a filmic ninja. As well as shooting and editing video in perpetuity, Ellie keeps watch over our release schedule, making sure that each of our films is ready to launch right on time. She also keeps our vast accumulation of footage organised and, as an unashamed camera nerd, Ellie is well placed to ensure that our video hardware is always up to scratch.
Ellie is a folk-rock star, intrepid explorer and one third of Britain’s premier ice cream selling team.
Mark doesn’t just create spreadsheets, he creates impressive spreadsheets. With splashes of colour and formulas that double check his sums he keeps track of stock, makes sure customer’s orders arrive and keeps our books tidy. Each week he sends out friendly reminders that videos are ready to view and makes sure that he deals with any issues swiftly.
Mark is an accomplished cartoonist and fills his lunch breaks, evenings and weekends creating fantastic worlds filled with friendly monsters and accident prone pirates.
Content Marketing and Growth
With at least three different websites and a YouTube, we have a plethora of potential avenues through which interested parties can pursue woodworking perfection. Izzy is here to make it as easy as possible for folks can find their way to the information that is most useful to them. This involves answering questions online, as well as keeping everyone up-to-date through Instagram and facebook. Izzy worked with Paul and Joseph to write up all of the information on Common Woodworking and she continues to look for ways to improve all of our sites for ease of use and general comprehensibility.
Izzy enjoys photography and loves to get out in the world, seeking exciting new adventures to write about on her blog.
Natalie works with Ellie to bring Paul’s tutorials to you with beautiful colour and an utterly seamless edit. Natalie can often be found behind the camera or editing together footage of Paul’s escapades. She works on our motion graphics and makes sure that the colour balance is right for every shot, keeping each scene readable to the audience.
Natalie loves the cinema and enjoys editing film from a range of sources, especially when music is involved. She has been described as a crazy cat lady, although, having never met any of her cats, we are only in a position to verify one half of this descriptor.