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I haven't seen many posts about who watches who on youtube but I assume many on here do watch various makers on Youtube from time to time. I wanted to create a thread to find out who people watch for inspiration and what you find interesting about their content. Really im just interested to find more youtube channels and I thought others might find this interesting/enjoy it too.

The current youtubers I watch are mostly American, this is my current most watch list in order of my most preferred:

Alm Fab (Michael Alm) - I only discovered this channel quite recently but find his content and things he makes very inspiring and clever. He also does it with more basic/less machinery than some of the others below (not all). He also documents some of his mistakes, the same sort of things I do which I find good instead of these "perfect" woodworkers as it is more relatable.

Foureyes (Chris Salamone) - I watch Chris mostly for his designs as I love his interpretation of Mid Century Modern furniture. It was also this channel that got me back into woodworking. He does everything with a lot of machinery though that many dont have access too although its still entertaining. The recent addition of Shaun Boyd to the channel is nice too.

Kobeomsuk Furniture - there is no commentary on this channel but the level of woodworking is extremely high and has a nice balance of machinery and hand tools used. Some of the joinery is amazing, the maker is very skilled.

The Woodwhisperer - If I have a woodworking question that needs answering, it generally has been answered on this channel. Again the balance of machinery to handtools is nice too even though the level of machinery is next level.

Bourbon Moth - potentially polarizing on here, i dont know if others like him but i like his dry humour and his wide variety of projects is fun, such as his recent boat build. He also seems like the sort of guy I would get on with.

Peter Millard - I have started watching his channel after seeing it mentioned here a lot (also inspired me to do this post) I haven't been watching long enough to comment but what ive seen is great with good ideas and tips.

Couple of other mentions:

3x3
Rag 'n' Bone Brown
Blake Miller

I look forward to your recommendations!
 

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Most of them drive me absolutely nuts, waffle waffle waffle and dangerous, the only one who I rate at all is Mike Siemsen’s school of woodworking. His workholding on a viceless bench is a masterclass on how to hold timber on your bench to work on safely, he’s not actually suggesting you don’t have a vice by the way. He uses bench holdfasts, a centre stick and Doe's feet all very simple and inexpensive. Ian
 

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Yes I appreciate not everyone enjoys watching YouTubers, if you dont then thats absolutely fine. I don't watch them to copy them, I watch for entertainment, learning tips and tricks and for design inspiration. I generally prefer watching woodworking over most other dirge thats available. I find it at least is educational in some case.

As for the waffle, I agree this is a pain and its generally why I prefer Alm Fab and Kobeomsuk Furniture. Alm Fab has a lot less waffle than many others and focuses on the job and any talk there is is generally advice and useful knowledge and Kobeomsuk has absolutely no talking at all, purely the woodwork.
 

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I watch probably too many but for entertainment mostly. And some ideas. I do like Foureyes furniture designs though and it has given me some ideas.

The Wood whisper computer desk build with the LED lights looks great and I'm going to do something similar but out of Birch Play.

Another good one is Mike Farrington, not how-to just build videos with pleasant narration.

I wonder, if you do this lark for a living that you're less inclined to watch YouTube videos about woodworking.
 

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I watch probably too many but for entertainment mostly. And some ideas. I do like Foureyes furniture designs though and it has given me some ideas.

The Wood whisper computer desk build with the LED lights looks great and I'm going to do something similar but out of Birch Play.

Another good one is Mike Farrington, not how-to just build videos with pleasant narration.

I wonder, if you do this lark for a living that you're less inclined to watch YouTube videos about woodworking.
Yes you’re right, I do this for a living and I very rarely watch them as I end up screaming at the screen! Ian
 

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I wonder, if you do this lark for a living that you're less inclined to watch YouTube videos about woodworking.
This is my exact same thought. I wonder if professional woodworkers find many youtubers annoying.

I will check out Mike Farrington thanks.
 
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As a relative novice I find Rex Krueger to be at the right level for me. His stuff is totally unplugged, affordable and very well explained.

Also good for new starters is Steve Ramsey. More mechanised than Rex Krueger but very organised and logical. That's his website link but he has loads of stuff on YouTube. Look for Woodworking for Mere Mortals.
 

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I've always enjoyed watching Ishitani Furniture videos but he has not posted anything for quite some time now....? His last video was 10 months ago!
No talking or commentary on his vids and the attention to detail is really good.
A mix of power tools, machinery and traditional Japanese hand tools.
All round, a good watch.👍

Also, the Sampson Boat Company which is about a British guy (Leo) rebuilding a 110 year old wooden sailing boat over on the North West coast of the US.
 
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I've always enjoyed watching Ishitani Furniture videos but he has not posted anything for quite some time now....? His last video was 10 months ago!
No talking or commentary on his vids and the attention to detail is really good.
A mix of power tools, machinery and traditional Japanese hand tools.
All round, a good watch.👍
Absolute love that channel - I’ve watched the videos many times, pure therapy to me. It’s the perfect woodworking porn if you ask me :)
 

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i like jackmanworks, burbon moth, tww, peter millard, chris salmone, rag'n'bone brown, fishers shop, john maleki, samurai carpenter, pask makes,blake weber, and a few others that i cant remeber
 

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When I just started my journey into woodworking 6 years ago, for some reason I assumed that whatever channel I find it is going to teach me something good and right. And arguably, when I knew nothing anybody who is on youtube knew more than I did. However, this approach did mostly disservice to me.

The channels that you listed are all known to me and I enjoy them too, but now I view them with a grain of salt - they do something their way and it might or might not be right, might or might not be safe and might or might not suit me. This is probably obvious for many, but for me it wasn't.

There are also channels which are real masters of what they do and they can teach you. In a sense how a woodworking school teaches. Each time I watch such a video I see new things that I couldn't understand before. And you get system of knowledge with how, why and when rather than just know-hows. I think I praise scientific method a lot :)

Since power tools didn't workout for me in my apartment, I can name some hand tools channels - The English Woodworker, Paul Sellers, David Charlesworth, Peter Sefton. Also like for that matter videos of David Weaver (aka D_W here) and some others in German and Russian that also strive for scientific approach to what they do (knowing many languages definitely helps).

Now, when I have gain some understanding and have enough experience I can enjoy a lot of channels for their design ideas, tool reviews and commercials.
 

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Peter Follansbee: https://www.youtube.com/user/MrFollansbee
The Woodwright's shop is now getting put on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJlBuV_9w816re7vsHyLPBg
Paul Sellers: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCc3EpWncNq5QL0QhwUNQb7w
Crimson Guitars (I don't want to make a guitar but some of the tools and techniques are really interesting): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdD1Cqxr8aINzWs1agg3tEQ
Adrian Preda's stuff is nice and relaxing and precise : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0HkNaD01K5VNzE87eMAEvw
If you like Kobeomsuk you'll love Ishitani Furniture: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7FkqjV8SU5I8FCHXQSQe9Q
KRTwood does some very nice boxes: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrI3NWmFF45LwKwk5TEYihQ
And Slovenian Woodworker has some interesting work as well: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6NxeqYCz1a9cJvhuunEufw

For more framing/joinery level stuff-
Scott Brown Carpentry: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_JILA9Hg517dKdMb3n2OrQ
Essential Craftsman: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzr30osBdTmuFUS8IfXtXmg

For woodturning-
I like Colin Wey's stuff from the Axminster channel over the last year, it might be very axminister sales based, but it's the kind of advertising I can get behind because it's solid basic and intermediate stuff, just done with a single supplier and he's completely open about it: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNxSzJFIA0FCaIl4KzTKuExEYCfFgCehp
Martin Saban-Smyth's stuff is good: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpHZv5j6vdMmFjXHDBxPLxw
Rebecca DeGroot's stuff is just excellent and quirky art-level stuff: https://www.youtube.com/c/RebeccaDeGroot
I like Stewart Furini's approach, it's less "perfect" and more "fun" : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCImOAiKvAcBdt8O02CdIpXg
And for full-on "I'm just having fun", Peter Brown is good: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3CrzXzBFVqEopj5T1jiRtA
Glenn Lucas is one of Ireland's better turners at the moment, very classical sort of stuff: https://www.youtube.com/user/GlennLucasWoodTurner

A bunch of clubs put up videos of demos which are fun to watch : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXRe8cRxrPL8kV6Tp5PbbsQ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnMM35L4_Hor3tEEcKF394Q https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnMM35L4_Hor3tEEcKF394Q https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCa6tD41AOW1-9Hsw5F-RB2g https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2bphd5GbouJMwfSXYsf97w

And of course, Doucette and Wolfe for pure unmitigated filthy dirty porn : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjatELwdjLj3_03Q80iTc_g
 

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The Yanks are inveterate posters on YouTube and I have to say I'm a bit envious of all the space and equipment they have. Just look at April Wilkerson ! Planning laws in the 'States seem a lot more liberal than here.
Most are self taught craftsman and you rarely see a first class cabinetmaker. Look for Andrew Pitts who makes some very tasty furniture.
 
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The Yanks are inveterate posters on YouTube and I have to say I'm a bit envious of all the space and equipment they have. Just look at April Wilkerson ! Planning laws in the 'States seem a lot more liberal than here.
Most are self taught craftsman but you rarely see a first class cabinetmaker. Look for Andrew Pitts who makes some very tasty furniture.
I got to admit, i spend half the time having full on workshop envy with many, the space they get to work with is amazing.

If you like Kobeomsuk you'll love Ishitani Furniture:
thanks, i will check him out, a few recommendations for this now.
 

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I have a hard time finding a youtube channel that has anything to do with the way I work.

Most seem to be either the happy chap with his cheap and cheerful hobby tools in a shed or the wealthy tool conoisseur with every machine that is known to mankind and every plane in the Lie-Nielsen catalogue.
Most also seem to live in a world of four side planed timber ordered to strict specifications.

All while my woodwork often starts either by selecting rough sawn out of a stack at the timber yard or simply from a tree in the forest and my tools and machines are a mishmash of everything that has been on the market at some point between the end of the Napoleonic wars and the day before yesterday with plenty of home made stuff mixed in for good measure.
 

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I have a hard time finding a youtube channel that has anything to do with the way I work.

Most seem to be either the happy chap with his cheap and cheerful hobby tools in a shed or the wealthy tool conoisseur with every machine that is known to mankind and every plane in the Lie-Nielsen catalogue.
Most also seem to live in a world of four side planed timber ordered to strict specifications.

All while my woodwork often starts either by selecting rough sawn out of a stack at the timber yard or simply from a tree in the forest and my tools and machines are a mishmash of everything that has been on the market at some point between the end of the Napoleonic wars and the day before yesterday with plenty of home made stuff mixed in for good measure.
Sounds like you need to check out Frank Howard, he works in a similar way to his you describe albeit with a collosal workshop with about 4 of each machine 😂. But he makes his own lumber and had a collection of machines which are ancient, not the latest bling.
 

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Matt Estlea is a name I don't think I've seen mentioned yet. He is a young guy and does a lot of tutorials. He edits his videos well to so theyre not too amateurish. Bags of enthusiasm and fun to watch, I enjoy them anyway. Taught me to sharpen.
 

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The ones on my subscription list are

Peter Millard
Gosforth Handyman
London Craftsman
The Natural Workshop
Stumpy Nubs
Shop Nation
Hooked on Wood
Badger Workshop
Fishers Shop
Steve Maskery
Rings Workshop
Woodshop Junkies
Inspire Woodcraft
Cosmas Bauer
Rag n Bone Brown
New Brit Workshop
Marius Hornberger
Paul Sellers
Mattias Wandel

Lots of enjoyable content out there both from an educational perspective or a how to perspective or just entertainment. I realise though that lots of people really don't like Youtube at all.

Not on a woodworking side I strongly suggest
Bad Obsession Motorsport for their ongoing Project Binky - the quest to create a 2 litre, turbocharged, 4WD Austin Mini. Incredible detail for a car they are likely to locate hedges with.


Hi,

These guys are incredible;


Kind regards, Colin.
They truly are. The UKW health and safety team will have a heart attack though 😂
 
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