1. Not as thrilled with all the angle changes, for changes sake, especially with the close ups. Feel like I am missing something when I don’t see the full tool postions and grips. There is a lot of little stuff that Paul does that gets missed in the close ups.

  2. I am a bit miffed by the fact that plans may come out only by the end of the series (as hinted in the introductory description). This episode starts with Paul saying he will walk us through how to get to the dimensions of the back legs etc., which we see are already cut, but doesn’t go over it, and assumes we have the plans to work with. Some of the aspects are similar to the previous rocker chair but there are some nuances here that I would have preferred Paul to go over while referring to the plans.

  3. Really enjoyed another great video, thanks Paul and team. Looking forward to making this one, not sure where it will end up “living” as I have already made the previous one.
    Looking forward to seeing the drawings.

  4. I am a tremendous fan of Paul and team. As far as when to issue plans for a project, I feel that it makes sense to offer them at the beginning of the video series. I think it serves the audience better.
    As far as having content in the teaching video that is more romantic and less informative for the construction. I’m a romantic at heart and I’ve been truly inspired by Paul’s life. I love watching his occasional blog videos that he does. There is a “peace that passes all understanding” that I appreciate and aspire to. On the other hand, I think that it best serves the audience to follow the tighter regimen of filming for the purposes of documenting the technical instruction of a build. In other words, keep the technical videos simply that…
    This is all very subjective and of course any single member can come and go as he/she pleases. I appreciate the chance to offer thoughts; I’m also very appreciative of Paul and his staff continuing to teach and produce during the pandemic. Keep up the good work. You mean more than you know to so many, I’m sure.

  5. I personally enjoy the new video style on show here. I watch these videos for entertainment just as much as for educational purposes and the new editing style is a big step up aesthetically.
    Regarding the lack of plans from the beginning, it doesn’t bother me too much because I like to watch the entire series before I begin building. It gives me a better understanding of how everything goes together. On the other hand, I do see how this could be frustrating if you do want to build along with each individual episode.

  6. I really like the camera work in the montage scenes. It shows the details of the joint building process in great detail and clarity that is difficult to see when filmed in the traditional manner. I watch Paul’s videos as much to unwind and relax as I do to learn new techniques. Nice work team.

  7. Hi Paul and team – There look to be two common themes developing in the comments thread – closeups and plans. My two cents worth on those: (a) I’m finding the closeup camera work really useful. There are now a TON of videos on the site showing overall general techniques for the joinery, and I find the closeup views reflect what I’m seeing while I work and how I want MY cuts and chisel work to look (some day…). Excellent camera work. (b). I understand the thinking behind not putting the plans up at the start, but I have to disagree with it. In (now 3+) years of membership, I have NEVER actually started one of the masterclass projects until all of the videos are available for reference. I watch them as they come out, but start the project after I have the whole thing in mind. For me, having the plans available as I watch helps when something in the video isn’t quite as clear as you might be hoping, and referencing the plan helps me resolve those things in my mind before ever picking up a tool. I should close the comment with (yet another!) thank you for all you are doing. I started out with you with the sawhorses and the garden-build workbench and never looked back! I’m currently working on my first guitar!! It’s going swimmingly, and I NEVER EVER could have even started such a project without all I’ve learned from you. Merci beau coup. All the best from Canada.

  8. Piling on the feedback about the videography: What I thought were the best shots of the entire video was the layout marking at 34:40. It almost felt like first person point of view. I’d love more of that. The part of making the tenons felt confusing.

  9. I love the new music, intro and camera angles. Since I am very new to woodworking I cannot gauge how difficult this project really is so I could be way off base in what I am about to say. With the technical aspects deemphasized I get the impression that the build is intermediate to advanced. If this is true, I feel that the content in the videos is comensurate with the skill level required for the project.

    Great job Paul on another wonderful build and great job to whomever spent the hours and hours editing the videos! I know how time consuming it can be.

  10. Have to be honest, I’m only 4 minutes in yet I feel I have missed half an episode. Not particularly keen on this. One of the things I like about Paul’s video’s is that you got to see every step. Missing steps out like at the beginning of this video is a move backwards in my opinion.

  11. I have to agree with Ian. I have been watching Paul go over every single technique in hundreds of videos for years now. I think the close ups reveal a different angle of things and I can always review the older projects –which I do all the time, and always learn or remember something useful every time–for more detailed instruction on how to hold the saw or how to cut the mortise. I think this reflects a new stage in the journey of instruction. The students are evolving and doing incredible things, so Paul’s teaching is evolving, too.

  12. Paul, I am a huge fan of the video editing and music style. It gives me a sense of relaxing, and enjoying the process. If me, or someone else wants to get a lesson on the techniques you are using, they can go to one of your dozens of already published videos about technique. Most of us don’t want to watch a lesson on mortise chopping on every project. Keep up the good work!

  13. Nice videos!
    Q: when cutting out the back legs, how do you orient the piece with regards to the grain direction?
    What I mean is, preferably you would have a bent piece to begin with so that the grain could flow through the whole lenght of the finished leg, and not run out over or under the knee.
    Normally what I can buy from the lumberyard is relatively straight, so what is the optimal placement?
    Peace, Tomas

  14. I do enjoy the aesthetic and spiritual facets of these presentations, but my dominant reason for subscribing to Masterclasses is to learn and get support in building fine furniture, with an emphasis on hand tool woodworking. As such, I find this series frustrating and not as clear or useful as Paul’s many earlier presentations. Gorgeously filmed closeups and soothing music do not serve the main purpose of explaining and demonstrating the step being worked on. Rather than music, I’d like to hear Paul’s commentary on what he is doing and why. One specific suggestion: put the aesthetic emphasis in the first and last couple of minutes, and for the rest of the video let Paul do what he does best.

    1. I need to modify the comment I made above and admit I erred in speaking out prematurely. After deciding to build this chair, I have reviewed the entire video series a couple of times in order to start immersing myself in the project. In doing so, I have come to appreciate that the blend of instruction/aesthetics actually makes for a deeply satisfying and challenging experience. I think my initial discomfort stemmed from my expecting Paul to hold my hand at every step in my first venture into chair making, when in actuality, what I have always enjoyed most is being challenged to advance my skills in all aspects of woodworking while utilizing and enjoying the skills I have already acquired from challenges such as these. The steps and drawings might not be entirely clear at first glance, but with closer study, it’s all there. This is an outstanding and soulful series.

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