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This week on Shop Talk Live, we debut an experimental new segment that just might "take the fun out of Fine Woodworking."
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This week we welcome our new editor, Tom McKenna onto the show, and get the scoop on his background, where we’re going, and more. Plus, we tackle a variety of woodworking questions this week–beginning with tips on working with furniture-grade plywood, and moving on to bandsaw wisdom, how dumpster diving can get you into trouble, and more.
Should we Straighten Up?
Finally, we admit to perhaps getting a little too goofy from time-to-time on the show, after a listener complains of too much humor. That said, a bit of fun helps make the time go by that much faster. Is it true? Do we need to stick to woodworking technique and steer clear of the gentle jibes, subtle humor and inside tidbits that make the show what it is? We try an experiment with the introduction of a brand new segment at the end of the show that might just “take the fun out of Fine Woodworking.”
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Hi guys-- just want to say how much I'm enjoying the podcast. I think it is the perfect balance of insight and humor. In listening, I feel I am part of a informal conversation between knowledgable woodworkers who also happen to be good friends. I learn a lot from each edition and really enjoy Mike's perspective. I work alone most days, and the podcast helps me feel connected to a broader woodworking community. Keep up the great work! Many thanks.
There is too many inside jokes and too much useless chatter, not that any is too much but you need to control the amount.
I love the magazine, you do a great job on it and it is the best hobbyist magazine I have run across. But the podcast does not live up to it. If you are trying to be the car guys don't present it as part of the magazine.
The never ending teasing of Matt for his "Baby furniture" projects is actually making fun of your own articles, are you aware of that?
I noticed that you did not make fun of Richard Raffan for his Turning of Toys.
It will be interesting with Asa gone if this improves or slides further downhill.
I also agree with WoodworkingDaddy and was very disappointed by your response to his comment. It showed no respect for another point view..
Some joking and banter is good for us all but the inside jokes and jabs don't add a thing to the show. Please try to keep all in balance.
Count me among the "don't change a thing" camp.
Sure, sometimes the humor falls a bit flat, or the show bogs down a bit, but even then, its worth every penny I'm paying for it.
And, I fear the alternative would be worse: trying to turn this podcast into a no-nonsense informational presentation would leave it as dry as my mother-in-law's Thanksgiving turkey. If I want a program that information-packed, but bone-dry, there are plently of DVDs in the store to fit that bill.
Ed, Mike, Matt, Asa--thanks for all you do. I look forward to every episode.
dandegennaro: Oh, man - that was a baaaadddd punnnnn! LOL
Anyhow, there's always room for construction criticism on the show - but that doesn't mean we won't have a little fun at the critic's (as well as our OWN) expense;)
Just adding my support, again, for the podcast in its current form. I enjoy the banter, sound effects, and even Ed on occasion... ;-) It's the best woodworking podcast out there.
You're doing a fantastic job, Ed!
Keep up the good work. Your humorous comments are the lignin (at least 25%) that holds the podcast together.
I have to agree with the posting from BStev. I welcome some friendly banter and joking. I feel that I get plenty of facts and information from the podcast too. I look forward to a new episode coming out every two weeks. For just facts I go to the Fine Woodworking website or open the magazine. I normally listen to the podcast while I commute to work. It tends to put me in a good mood for the rest of the day and gives me ideas to search for on the computer during my breaks.
Keep up the great work guys! Don't change a thing.
I don't mind the banter.
And you always hear something new.
It's like having a couple o' mates coming around and you don't
even have to supply the beer.
If someone wants just information, then they should Google.
It's all out there anyway.
This was the first podcast I listened to and I admit that I walked away about halfway through to do some sanding because it seemed more interesting.
I guess I am with rupps and WoodworkingDaddy - but then I am not complaining because when I don't like something, I just don't tune in again. So you may not be getting this comment very often simply because those who don't like it are not listening.
1. I don't listen to woodworking . Video is enjoyable AND useful, not talk.
2. I shun large corporations such as Apple. My life is more enjoyable without them.
3. If the Taunton staff were to ask for help with video, DVD production, internet hosting and hardware I feel sure it would appear from members, page visitors and their friends for reasonable fees or for free if it resulted in a lower fee wider audience..
Why not make downloadable video available for a $1.00 ?
Home Power's entire archive and a 3 year subscription is available right now for $38. No, I don't receive any money for mentioning them. It's just a really good example that folk who are of working class income can still buy great work for a reasonable price.
In the D.C. suburbs where I live the bloody lawyers, doctors and assorted others with too much money have supplied the greed of sellers raising the price of wood working tools and materials so that it's now rich hobbyist dominated.
There must be two distinct kinds of people listening to these podcasts. Those that think they should be entirely filled with woodworking facts and knowledge and have no banter distracting from the factoids and those that actually enjoy listening to the interaction between the various personalities and the humor they express toward each other and the field in general.
Personally I would find the fact only version terribly boring and hard to listen to for any period of time but I truly enjoy the playful banter these guys engage in and occasionally laugh out loud at the jokes and name calling.
Keep up the good work. Maybe you could add another podcast that is fact only and has no personality and see if the numbers add up better for that version. I would bet money it dies by the road after a very short run.
I've wanted to say the same thing WoodworkingDaddy wrote in about your podcast but thought it would not be taken more than just a complaint that would be simply ignored. He said it much more eloquent than I would have anyway.
There is ENTIRELY too much chatter and side talk. It had been months since I tried listening to the podcast due to this. It is currently painfully full of drivel. I listen to it and read articles to gain knowledge, not to hob knob with you all. The chatter provides nothing to the podcast. It actually takes a LOT away from it. Please go back and listen to EVERYTHING WoodworkingDaddy said and consider tightening things up.
Thank you for listening.
Carl Swensson's woodworking skills go very, very deep. But they go wide as well.
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In this video Michael finishes the first of the three boxes. Gluing-up, planing, sanding and finishing bring a new piece of art to the world.
In this video Michael starts work on the second box, a carved and painted Saddle lid box.
Michael begins carving the saddle lid box with his ripple pattern along the top. Then turns to his 5/30 gouge to texture the sides of the box. This isn't work…
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