Makers on YouTube (HPR Show 2202)

Dave Morriss


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Introduction

I have always enjoyed making stuff. I was born and brought up in the 1940’s and 1950’s when the UK was recovering from WW2, and in my experience everyone I knew repaired and made stuff. Most of them grew their own food as well.

I have never been particularly good at making stuff, but I have built some basic furniture, built storage solutions for the house, built a rabbit hutch and run for my children’s pets, and so on and so forth.

In high school, even though I went to a Grammar School, all boys attended mandatory lessons on metalwork and woodwork. We learnt how to use hand tools and some power tools, make joints in wood, we also learnt to do basic metal work like soldering and brazing, and so forth.

Learning this stuff at school was great but I have used the woodworking techniques more than the metalwork - other than soldering.

I stopped watching TV in 2013, preferring reading and listening to podcasts. In recent times I have subscribed to a number of YouTube channels which share woodworking and metalworking techniques and projects. In general these people are Makers and Artists who can turn their hands to many skills. I thought I would share some of my favourites via HPR.

Some of my favourite Maker channels

A lot of the makers I have subscribed to earn a living on YouTube, but not all. In the list below I have included all or part of the channel description from YouTube and have given my impressions. It was difficult to make the list any shorter than this. I am subscribed to quite a few more channels.

  • Paul Sellers:
    • Channel description: Woodworking videos and instruction. This is Paul Sellers’ channel where he shares his woodworking experience. The videos are mostly to show what you can do with wood but partially instructional as well.
    • Country: United Kingdom
    • This was the first channel I followed. I was interested in making a workbench from the basic sort of wood available in UK DIY stores, and Paul Sellers had a series on how to do this using largely manual methods. His episodes are usually long and very detailed.
  • Frank Howarth:
    • Channel description: Architecture at a small scale expressed through woodworking and film making.
    • Country: United States
    • Frank’s woodworking and design skills are superb, and his video skills are amazing too. Many of his videos use impressive stop-motion techniques. He trained in architecture, which probably accounts for some of this. He has what to me is the best workshop I have ever seen; I recommend watching the series on how he created it. He collects and refurbishes old workshop machinery and has built his own very large CNC. His website is here.
  • Jimmy DiResta:
    • Channel description: I make stuff for a living, what you see me do here is my Job. I have been using tools for over 40 years. I have developed my comfort level with tools through years of experience. DON’T DO THE DANGEROUS THINGS I DO. Thank You for watching and subscribing!
    • Country: United States
    • Jimmy is one of the few makers to have a Wikipedia page. He is a very skilled maker, artist and designer from New York who seems at home making anything in any medium and solving any problem. He also teaches.
  • Matthias Wandel:
    • Channel description: Videos about woodworking, taking more of an engineering perspective on things. This channels started out as a place to have videos to go with the articles on my website (http://woodgears.ca). However, since then, the videos have taken on a life of their own. But most videos still have a corresponding article on my website - see links in video descriptions.
    • Country: Canada
    • Matthias trained as an engineer and is now primarily a woodworker, but will turn his hand to many forms of making. In particular he has built many of the machines in his workshop and invented a device called a Pantorouter. You can find details of other projects on his website. I particularly like the way he makes gear-powered devices using plywood for the gears, which he draws with (Windows) software of his own.
  • I Like To Make Stuff:
    • Channel description: I like to make all sorts of stuff, with all sorts of materials. I have lots of projects including woodworking, metalworking, electronics, 3D printing, prop making and more! These videos are my attempt at teaching, inspiring and empowering others to make the stuff that they want to have. Hopefully you’ll see something here that will inspire you to make something that you’re passionate about!
    • Country: United States
    • Bob Clagett, the channel owner, is a maker who is constantly experimenting with new ways of building and making things. He has programming experience and uses Arduinos in projects he builds. He has learnt to weld and makes metal-based items as well as building with wood and various other materials.
  • Matthew Cremona:
    • Channel description: Hey everyone! My name is Matt and I love woodworking. I build fine furniture using my own blend of hand and power tools and I start with cutting down a tree. My designs have a clean straight line look but I also really enjoy building period pieces. My videos aim to motivate others to challenge themselves and try something new.
    • Country: United States
    • The host is an exquisite woodworker. He has skill in felling trees and milling them into boards and has been building all manner of beautiful items from the result. In recent times, having learn to weld, he has been building his own huge bandsaw mill capable of cutting up amazingly large tree trunks.
  • Jay Bates:
    • Channel description: These videos are for entertainment purposes only.
    • Country: United States
    • Jay is primarily a woodworker. He also does some impressive workshop and DIY projects. The maple and walnut boxes he has recently made have been particularly beautiful.
  • Jon Peters Art & Home:
    • Channel description: Jon Peters Art & Home teaches and inspires you to make art, woodworking, and home improvement projects at home. Whether you’re a beginning artist, a practical do-it-yourselfer, or a professional craftsman, my instructional videos will provide a how-to guide to great projects that anyone can create. I will show you the tools, plans, and tricks of the trade to bring art and design to your home. New how-to videos every week to provide “Inspiration for Creative Living”. Enjoy and get inspired!
    • Country: United States
    • Jon is a woodworker and artist and is also skilled in metalwork. His projects are very high quality and good to learn from. There is quite a range of subjects on his channel, from beekeeping to painting, cooking to making furniture.
  • Make Something:
    • Channel description: Woodworking projects for the beginner and advanced woodworker. I show that making and building is fun and rewarding for all skill levels. I focus on design and originality and show you that anyone can be a creative woodworker.
    • Country: United States
    • David Picciuto, the channel owner, is a woodworker who has some very original ideas and designs for projects. He also uses a CNC, a laser cutter, and recenly a 3D printer.
  • Alain Vaillancourt:
    • Channel description: No description
    • Country: Canada
    • Alain, also known as The Woodpecker (L’gosseux d’bois in French), produces videos in French and English. As a hobbyist he built himself a large workshop, which is documented on his channel. He works mainly in wood making a wide variety of projects - and is not afraid to document his mistakes!
  • April Wilkerson:
    • Channel description: I am an obsessed DIYer and Woodworker. I’m not professional or have any training, so I just pick the project I want to tackle and figure it out step by step. I picked up my first tool in January of 2013. I couldn’t afford to buy the things I wanted around my home, so I decided to try my hand at making them instead. I was hooked after my first project so I just never stopped. I put out a video as well as a written tutorial on all the projects I do to improve my home and workshop. You can find my website at Wilkerdos.com
    • Country: United States
    • It has been fascinating to watch April develop her wood working and more recently metal working skills. She seems to take on more challenging projects each time.
  • Nick Ferry:
    • Channel description: Making things is what I like to do. I am going to put build videos on Fridays showing how to make a variety of things. Wednesdays I do my vlog or “talkie talkie” going over previous builds and talking about general shop stuff. If you are a builder, maker or DIYer this channel is for you.
    • Country: United States
    • Some interesting projects, mainly in wood, with lots of very useful hints and tips.
  • Darbin Orvar:
    • Channel description: My name is Linn and this is the Darbin Orvar channel. I build stuff and make videos.
    • Country: United States
    • Linn, the channel owner, originates from Sweden. She makes a wide variety of projects, often in wood, but also creates a number of other things such as leather items and electronic devices.
  • Marius Hornberger:
    • Channel description: Videos about woodworking, homemade machines, wood-turning, making jigs and more stuff from me out of my small basement workshop. I try to post one video a week, or at least one every two weeks…but I don’t really care about a fixed upload schedule, because I produce my videos with a lot of editing. And I spend as much time as it takes until I think the video is finished. So yeah, I upload when I upload. You probably will see more videos about making tools for woodworking than actually woodworking projects…that’s kind of my interest.
    • Country: Germany
    • I have only recently found Marius’ channel. He is very skilled for someone so young, making very impressive equipment and tools for his workshop. His videos are very well made and often quite humorous. He is currently at university studying Engineering.
  • Laura Kampf:
    • Channel description: Watch me make all kinds of stuff in my shop! Build Videos on Sundays. Vlogs every other week.
    • Country: Germany
    • Laura has only been on YouTube since 2015, and I have not been subscribed for very long. She makes a wide variety of projects which embody impressive artistic, design and construction skills.
  • Get Hands Dirty:
    • Channel description: This is all about inspiring you to build stuff with your own hands! I’m Cristiana and I make pretty much everything you see and hear and I love developing my work on lots of different medias and processes.
    • Country: Portugal
    • The channel is run by Cristiana who trained as a sculptor but has developed some impressive skills in woodworking and making videos.
  • John Heisz:
    • Channel description: Videos on woodworking and workshop related projects. Check out my website for hundreds of cool projects: www.ibuildit.ca. Me and my shop are in Ontario, Canada. I’m a carpenter by trade and have worked in commercial construction since 1985.
    • Country: Canada
    • John makes devices and tools, mainly from wood. He has some very original solutions to common workshop problems. He has two other channels.

Podcasts

A few of the makers also produce podcasts. There may be more than the following list but these are the ones I listen to.

  • BrainPick:
    • Feed description: The audio only version of the BrainPick video series. It’s a live Q&A, hosted on YouTube, with Bob Clagett (Iliketomakestuff.com) and a special guest.
    • This series seems to be on hiatus at the moment, but the interviews to date have been very interesting to listen to
  • Making It With Jimmy Diresta, Bob Clagett and David Picciuto:
    • Feed description: Making It is a biweekly audio podcast hosted by Jimmy Diresta, Bob Clagett and David Picciuto. Three different makers with different backgrounds talking about creativity, design and making things with your bare hands.
    • This is quite a long-running podcast, but I have only started listening to it in the past few months. I think it’s excellent, and covers some great topics.
  • Reclaimed Audio Podcast:
    • Feed description: Weekly podcast that discusses upcycling and making with reclaimed materials. Hosts: Phil Pinsky, Tim Sway, and Bill Lutes
    • This is a relatively recent addition to my podcast list. I am following the hosts’ YouTube channels as well but don’t have much to say about them since I have only recently subscribed. It’s an interesting and often very amusing podcast.
  • The Woodworking Podcast:
    • Feed description: The Woodworking Podcast
    • This one is fairly new, having just reached episode 27. I follow all of the hosts’ YouTube channels and have included them in my earlier list. I enjoy the dynamic of these three in podcast form.