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Why I stopped posting as many videos as I used to

Many of you longtime fans of woodworking
for mere mortals have been asking why I haven’t been posting as many videos on
YouTube as I used to well the short answer is because I’ve
been making videos lots and lots of videos for my next online course the
weekend workshop in fact I’ve been completely transforming my shop
all summer long and I can’t wait to give you a shop tour that’s going to be
coming up really soon but of course there’s a lot more to it than that and
in the interest of full transparency I wanted to talk to you about it if you’re
interested in boring nuts and bolts you to be stuff then stick around if not
check out my next woodworking video today if you want to get notified when I
post it you can try subscribing or clicking the notification bellow that
sort of works there’s still a certain quaint charm about the subscription
model I suppose I also have over eleven years of content you could check out
whenever you like first I want to talk about the youtuber life cycle curve
Derek over at veritasium close did a great video back in May describing this
phenomenon I’ll have a link down in the description where you can check it out
if you’re a creator you should definitely watch it basically nearly all
YouTube channels will rise to a peak of popularity then decline there’s a few
exceptions but this is universally true for almost all creators you could look
at the channel history of any channel that’s been around for a while and
you’ll see how the numbers follow this curve if this were TV most older
channels including mine would have been cancelled long ago people lose interest
and they move on and with fewer people watching a creators videos youtube has
no interest in recommending them remember youtube is only interested in
watch time if you are a creator who can make a bare minimum of quality content
quantity is gonna be far more important the peak of a channels popularity seems
to occur somewhere between four and seven years I started on YouTube back in
2008 and for me the peak was around in 2015-16 I was churning out not just
videos but project videos on a weekly basis all year long naturally this is
unsustainable for independent creators there are so many creators on YouTube and so
much competition today especially in the woodworking slash maker arena that
creator burnout is inevitable of course YouTube couldn’t care less about burnout
its algorithm will simply move on to the next creator who is starting to crank
out content on a regular basis quality of content is largely irrelevant this
could be disheartening for creators especially when our skills as presenters
filmmakers editors and specifically woodworkers continues to improve just as
content creators really start to hit their stride and their quality improves
the youtuber life cycle curve is already heading downward there’s a point of
diminishing returns then comes the overall demise of how-to
content on YouTube at one point YouTube was very interested in educational shows
I even attended a meeting at YouTube once to discuss the future of
educational channels it looked very bright but the reality is that it’s
impossible to make a living creating instructional videos on this platform
alone the numbers just aren’t there so what works better is a lean back
experience these are the vast majority of woodworking and maker channels the
watch me build something you probably won’t channels this is the maker version
of the gaming’s let’s play video it’s it’s the let’s build video minimal
camera shots with high-speed footage giving viewers an overview of the
project that the Builder made sometimes with voiceovers recorded after the
project is completed and I want to make it clear that I’m not trying to minimize
this style in any way i watch those videos too and they’re a lot of fun my
project videos followed a similar pattern they all contain educational
elements a tip here and there but the primary goal isn’t to teach woodworking
in any kind of concise meaningful manner most people are satisfied to simply
watch other people make things I think it’s kind of like football most of us
enjoy watching football but we’ll never play football ourselves and there’s
nothing wrong with that YouTube Adsense it doesn’t really pay
much not enough to earn a living wage at this level at least where I live so
enter the sponsorship system I did my first sponsored spot back in 2013 it was
an audible ad back then audible was kind of like Squarespace Skillshare or
Nord VPN is now everybody was doing them over time more and more sponsors came to
me making offers that anyone would be crazy to pass up I always tried to make
my ad spots fun something people would enjoy watching I was very proud of those
it was good money I had a lot of creative freedom and they were actually
a lot of fun to make but eventually advertisers started
demanding more and more control over their messages presentation requiring a
list of bullet points to be met with every ad specific language for me to use
as well as demanding a minimum number of views per video which dictates the type
of video you make they needed to approve every 60 second spot and expect edits I
was spending an inordinate amount of time working on these ads instead of
building things out of wood not only that but they started to require a
mention at the very beginning of each video – this left a lot less room for
creativity which is why almost every sponsors spot you see today on YouTube
sounds and looks nearly identical keep in mind that these are permanent ads
once the video is posted the ads can’t be removed
aside from re-editing the video and then re uploading it and this is something
that some creators are now doing and I’ve been considering doing that myself
today sponsored spots and videos are ubiquitous some guys plug multiple
products in the course of a single video which is kind of a surefire way to
destroy any community you have it’s good short-term income but sponsorships begin
to erode YouTube channels look at the reality what do you do when you start to
sense an ad coming on you skip over it we all do I’ve gotten pretty good at
that 10-second fast-forward DoubleTap most viewers understand that sponsored
ads are important for the lifeblood of creators and to
keep creators in business but there’s still an inconvenience for viewers that
we tend to skip and when I began looking into my own analytics this became very
clear when viewers skip large chunks of a video the overall viewer engagement or
the audience retention rate goes down YouTube sees this as a sign that people
just aren’t interested in your content and they begin recommending your videos
less and less and right now viewer retention is pretty much the most
important metric that the algorithm sees even though the strategy for advertisers
is just to blanket the entire platform with as many creators as possible to get
their messages across I have a suspicion that the sponsorship bubble will
eventually burst for all but the very largest channels as YouTube comes to
resemble TV more and more an unfortunate byproduct of the sponsorship model is
that creators begin to tailor video content to fit the product I’ve done
this myself I mean every time a maker gets a like a free TV or a motorized
lift you could expect yet another TV stand or every time a creator gets a new
mattress we get a new bed project I’ve done three of those myself or we begin
to just crank out videos just for the sake of getting something posted to
appease an advertiser obligation we shift our focus from making content that
appeals to viewers or even ourselves to third party interests bottom line this
simply became a game that I was no longer interested in playing so in
December of last year 2018 I completed my final sponsor obligation and I
haven’t included a sponsor in a video since almost immediately I began to see
my viewcount subscription rate and engagement increase it was pretty
dramatic I’m not gonna say that I’ll never do a sponsor spot again I probably
will but if I do it’s gonna need to be pretty lucrative of course my annual
income took a huge hit but it left me free to promote my own products instead
of somebody else’s all the while providing honest
value to viewers of woodworking for mere mortals so there was another interesting
thing that I began to notice a few years back project videos videos where I
actually build something were the videos that generated the least views
videos where I discussed woodworking topics perform much better as a
woodworker this is very frustrating because making things is what I enjoy
doing the most I’m sure the same is true with the maker channels too – there’s
nothing more deflating than working many long hours to build a project and edit
it into a cool video and have hardly anybody watch it and one of the problems
here is just saturation there are hundreds of woodworking channels and
over a thousand maker channels now it’s a lot of competition for eyeballs and
there are only so many variations on a coffee table that you can make I mean I
joke about this a lot but seriously I think we’ve reached peak River table the
funny thing is for most projects people post on YouTube I could just look at the
thumbnail picture of the project and know enough about it that I don’t really
need to bother watching the video I mean a picture is worth a thousand words
right so my Maker subscription feed is basically Pinterest so as creators we
start to play the thumbnail game adding as many circles arrows and YouTube
screen face poses as possible one explanation point isn’t enough now
you need three exclamation points the other route is to make projects that are
just outrageous enough that people want to watch I mean especially projects that
involve knives or bullets or other weapons let’s seem to be good choices
here a more power to those people who can consistently create this kind of
stuff again these are lean back experiences you might pick up a few tips
here and there and a lot of people consider these inspirational videos but
mostly the look what I can do videos exist for fun and entertainment so when
I looked at the numbers on my project videos I noticed that
although they are my least viewed they have my most highly engaged viewers
these are the people who are motivated and seriously want to try woodworking
this was a lightbulb moment for me I realized that these are the lives that I
want to impact I refined my channel to focus content even tighter for the
beginning woodworker I no longer wanted to showcase my ego projects but I wanted
to provide a genuine service to an underserved community new woodworkers
without massive dream shops and expensive woodworking tools that are so
common on YouTube and as you know that’s what I created my own product The Weekend
Woodworker back in 2017 as a way to offer honest structured comprehensive
step-by-step woodworking instruction for beginning woodworkers from a guy with
years of experience since then I’ve affected over 10,000 lives members who
didn’t know anything about woodworking are now building all kinds of things
this is the most personally rewarding point in my career I absolutely love
teaching finally I’m able to produce the kind of content that I love to make
educational products that go beyond videos and plans but with structured
training modules understandable plans tips and community but the best part is
is that I’ve discovered a lot more about myself and why I enjoy woodworking so
much I’ve embraced life with fewer and fewer tools I’ve purged over half my
shop since June and I’ve been having an absolute blast reworking my entire shop
into a super efficient more minimal system that frees me from thinking that
I need more or better tools or I gotta have more space to be happy for the
first time ever I can actually park a car in this space not that I would make
a habit of this but not everybody has the same privilege
as me if I’m gonna preach about small space woodworking I’m gonna live it and
embrace it and I’ve been able to pick some of the most kick-ass projects ever
with less clutter less clutter in my brain and fewer distractions I feel more
energetic and excited about woodworking than ever before my relationship with
YouTube has evolved over the years just like creators evolved one of the most
cliched comments that all youtubers get at some point is I miss the old you and
what those people are really saying is that they don’t understand how people
grow and change I remember hearing Joe Penna mystery
guitar man joking about this back in 2013 or so when he started changing his
content and pursuing new professional goals and look what he’s done
this year he made a feature film called Arctic this is one of my favorite films
of the year and it wouldn’t have ever happened if he had stuck to only making
those really fun music videos that he was making onto YouTube oh and while we’re
talking about cliched comments that all youtubers get sometimes when I don’t
post videos what people say and I’m sure all woodworkers and maker channels
get this when they aren’t churning out content is well I guess you just run out
of ideas and most likely this comment comes from people who have never really
done anything creative in their lives I mean ideas don’t really work like that
people aren’t just born with an allotment of ideas and after you used
them but no more ideas ideas are fluid and constant I have more ideas and goals
now than ever even if they don’t end up on YouTube for me to produce the
high-quality educational content that I want to make and put it on YouTube for a
very small audience would be a really really ill-advised business decision so
there you go that’s why I don’t post as much on YouTube I simply don’t have
enough time because making the videos that I love making
and reaching the people that I want to impact the most but I still love YouTube
I watch videos all the time I mean if you want to be successful on YouTube you
kind of have to love YouTube you got to be a dedicated engaged user of the
platform and you got to be willing to support user made content and don’t
worry once I wrap up the weekend workshop course I’ll be able to get back
to a much more regular upload schedule but on my terms hyper focused on
providing value to my viewers rather than chasing an ever-changing
algorithm thanks for watching everybody

100 Replies to “Why I stopped posting as many videos as I used to”

  • Wish there was something other than the 'thumbs up'…thanks for the honest description of what the YouTuber experience is really like. I look forward to any and all of your future videos…even if I selectively view them!:-) Cheers!

  • Wow, Steve. A video about the YouTube/creator relationship that is not angry or vitriolic? The understanding you bring to the mechanics of building, seems to extend to the mechanics of YouTube, something few people understand, and the frustration is showing all across the platform. Cheers to you for your levelheadedness and your intellect, this stuff is NOT easy to comprehend or explain.

  • Just a prediction: When WWfMM comes back full force, will include a paid membership button, with members only content. Probably worth it.

  • I find it's you and your presentation that make me want to watch. It doesn't matter if it's a project, tips or a shop tour, it is you that makes it entertaining or useful. I watch different people for different reasons. I like Stumpy Nubs because he's funny, Paul Sellers because he's really experienced and he's very encouraging and I find him uplifting. No matter who it is or what they're doing in their video, I watch because I like THEM not the content.

  • Sounds good! I'm new to your channel and interested in learning a thing or two about woodworking techniques and design.

  • If I had to chose between world peace or having every YouTuber who uploads an extreme-facial-expression-thumbnail immediately have their right arm catch on fire… I might go with the fire thing.

  • Way to complicated "YouTube", easier to take a woodworking class at the local community college than figure this out. I want to build things!! 😎

  • I only recently subscribed to your channel after hearing some other creators say they were inspired by you. I gotta say this video and all the others I've seen have been great.

  • Respect! I’m here to learn not buy a bunch of consumer BS that I don’t really need. I can safely push wood through a table saw without a $70 plastic product.
    Props my man. It’s about the craft not the crap.

  • Thanks Steve for the update. You pretty much hit the nail on the head with folks changing. I am actually only subbed to just a few woodworking channels now. Obviously you made the cut but Jimmy, Izzy, Mark and several of the other big makers didn't when they went more commercial or whatever. One guy I would love to see you hook up with is Shaun Boyd! I think he is near you out there on the left coast. Anyway, best wishes and I look forward to your next video.

  • Steve, I know for myself as a 45 yo who always found woodworking to be too daunting, I found your channel, and from there I built your Mobile Workbench and never looked back, you have inspired me beyond anyone else that just said woodworking is easy, which I never understood, but after watching your videos, I completely understand now and I have built more than several things for this, so my hats off to you sir, I for one Thank You!!!

  • Steve! I learned how to make a platform bed with storage shelves underneath by watching your Woodworking Basics videos. I started with zero tools (not even a drill) and zero knowledge of how to do anything with wood. I didn’t even know the difference between wood screws and any other type of screw. I didn’t even have a space to build the darn thing, haha! I ended up constructing it in the back courtyard of my NYC apartment. But none of that would have happened without your Woodworking Basics videos that taught me what I needed to know and gave me the confidence to go out and do it. So THANK YOU for your superb content. Keep up the great work and good luck on your next big adventure!

  • Seems to be that Utube should be seen as a way of developing other offshoots that are sustainable, like yourself with the courses. Great video mate. Appreciate it as I am still very much in the learning/growing stage.

  • Interesting that you've been paring down your tools. I have too many in a small space. I'll be curious to see what you've kept and why. I took one of your courses, and thought it was valuable, though I'm not a beginner, it was good to see how you did specific things in ways different from me and changed some of the ways I did things. A good format, having the projects in your classes. Glad you found what you are most passionate about. Seems a key to happiness to find and do that.

  • One of the biggest things that separates this channel from so many other woodworking channels is that it's more about learning the fundamentals than it is showing off your awesome tools that nobody can afford.

  • Love your haircut 🙂 I've watched so many of your videos my 1st thought was "Yeah, i can see myself making that hair(cut) with the proper router bit" xD

  • Lets face the facts that utube has been getting to radical of what person posts this country has a thing called the constitution amendment#1 freedom of speech utube thinks not its their rules though they should be fined billions for violating peoples rights, hopefully sooner then later they will be sued fined & if need be shut down completely…

  • I'm curious if this peak coincides with a lot of these paid promotions videos that people make? I know that creators need to make a buck, but it seems there is less how-to content and more look at what I made with this sponsored product.

    Interesting insights none the less!

  • Steve, you got me really into woodworking. Which became a fun hobby that has helped ease the stress of everyday life. Do what makes you happy! And I’ll continue coming what I can by watching, liking your videos! If I can ask a question, what is the best way to advertise your woodworking serves / products to consumers?

  • I have only subscribed to 3 youtube channels, and it seems that they all have slowed their content. Was beginning to think it was personal.

  • Fantastic honest video Steve. I’m a professional carpenter but watch your channel and signed up to the weekend woodworker because I really like your presentation style. Though corney I loved your paid spots. Hope the next ww is as successful as the last. Really looking forward to it. Cheers.

  • Thank you for being you and for what you do! As a beginner to the craft, I appreciate your authenticity very much. So many great channels as you’ve said, but all with “dream shops” and it makes it easy for someone like me to feel like I never have enough money or space to get into woodworking. So again, thank you.

  • "There's only two songs in me, and I just wrote the third" – TMBG. Anyways, great video. The curve is something I've suspected and think I've noticed over the years, but from the perspective of a viewer rather than a creator. Truth is, there's a million people uploading interesting content and we only have so much time to watch. So you start binging on one channel, you get your fill, and you move on to something else. I'm glad that being on the downward trend has helped you to focus more on what's important and enjoyable to you. I remember when you got to quit your regular job to do this full time. Even if your viewership and engagement decreases, I hope you are able to continue doing what you love for a living, as that's an absolutely fantastic gift.

  • If I see another river table…

    And I guess I am in the minority(nothing new there) as I prefer project videos for the most part. For some things, if it is a topic I am not overly familiar with, then some basics are nice, but I'm far more interested in seeing all the awesome things I can achieve with my palm router over knowing how it works or the latest jig I can make for it. Though the jig videos can be fun and the really good ones are, in themselves, mini projects but just like those river tables…

    I have been away from the wood working videos for a bit as I dove head first off a cliff back into electronics, but I do still enjoy creating mounds of saw dust and I hope to see some more of the videos you want to make in the future.

  • Bravo Steve, it’s very courageous to be that frank. i love your videos since a long time and your channel state of mind is unique in the woodworking youtubers universe. wish you all the best (a french fan)

  • What a surprise money and popularity ruining something else in the world! I've always liked your videos, they seem real and have good content!

  • Thank you Steve, this was a very non political statement where fake news and alternate facts have no place. More appreciated than you will ever know.
    My journey into woodworking was accelerated by your inspiration and some of your projects. I am a sub to both your courses so far and even if I have only ever built the bmw my projects have tips and tricks of you built all over them… thank you so much and please focus on quality and not quantity… love from NZ..

  • I have another educational channel with 300K subs, I understand what you are saying. and I agree with you 100% .
    thank you for your videos I always watch them all. and you inspired me to start my own small workshop

  • I have watched, and continue to watch every single video you put out. You're my favorite wood worker on YouTube. I just don't have much interest in moving to another platform. I was definitely satisfied watching you make things, but when you were at your peak, I was also at my peak interest in wood working. 🙂

  • I still refer back to the weekend woodworker videos for reminders – they remain extremely helpful for this garage based (with parked cars) novice woodworker. You made the experience of getting started so much easier than I could have imagined. I hope you stay in the game for many years to come. Thanks much!

  • I just wanted to say that I found and fell in love with your videos while looking for cat tree ideas about 4 years ago, all I use for power tools are a skillsaw, a jigsaw, a drill, a very old sander that used to belong to my dad and from time to time an angle grinder for some metal work, my latest project was a wall mounted computer using a french cleat, all I can say is that you inspired me back then, and continue to do so. So thank you, thank you very much.

  • Unfortunately, "social media influencer" has become an actual job, and it's become absolutely disgusting to me, especially when these people start demanding from the audience that they keep them popular, that they pay attention to them, that they even pay them through some posh sounding "patreon" account attached to their videos. My favorite YouTube videos are the ones where people just want to post something helpful, and not expect to become a new mogul, easily, without skills, without paying THEIR dues.

  • I’ve especially been drawn to the real and personal feel of your channels content. Thanks again and congratulations on making your passion the focus and giving your community real value.
    All the Best!

  • This was one of the most intelligent understand-youtube videos I've seen in a long time and from one of the most genuine youtubers.

    Look forward to your new uploads Steve

    Ian, Birmingham, UK

  • Generally if its NOT a project video my attention span is shorter. I also invest in a lot of ad blocking addons to skip all ads. I use Patreon to support people on YT instead.

  • Thank you for your truthful advice
    Enjoyed a lot and learned still..
    Appreciate all your thoughtful words.

  • Steve- you have produced the most concise and thoughtful look into the YT phenomenon that I’ve encountered. YT is just following the arc of any commercial enterprise that becomes a victim of it’s own success. Example – 30 yrs ago The San Antonio Riverwalk was a cool funky and uniquely Tex-Mex destination, popular but not overcrowded. A hidden gem. Today it’s a nightmare of chain restaurants, tourist traps, and an endless crush of wall-to-wall gawkers. It could be mistaken for Las Vegas, Times Square, Orlando, or anywhere else with a “Bubba Gump Seafood” and a “Rainforest Café. With all those people and all those dollars come the darker side of life as well. Pan-handlers, Mountains of trash, and a dumbing down of the entire thing in order to serve the lowest common denominator. That’s where YT is currently. It’s the same arc as Scripps/HGTV and other how-to cable channels have taken: What were once filled with programming from David Marks and Amy Devers actually teaching woodworking, welding, home-improving… are now all forced into the swamp of mindless “reality” TV that teaches nothing and is anything but “real”.

  • Of the countless wood working channels, you're the first I saw, the first I subscribed to and the one that inspired me to start trying my hand at the craft. Will always click on your bait! 😜

  • You're a good man Steve, I've always enjoyed your vids! Life changes sadly but that's the way it goes. All the best to your endeavors!

  • That’s why I subscribed, you are a real person and make woodworking fun. I’m that new woodworker you mentioned. Even if it’s not as often, every video is fun to watch,. Your genuine love for woodworking is what keeps me learning.

  • Awesome post Steve, will definitely look more into the mere mortals videos once i set up my wood working area. Love your content.

  • Damn man. You nailed it so well. God I wish everyone could see this. I wish there was a better platform for you because your videos are so valuable

  • Everything you say sounds so familair. I quited my previous channel wich i had since 2007 and started this woodworking channel early 2018. I lost the fun of it although i had multimilion views and thousands of subscribers. Now i make what i like and slowly gaining subs and views. But all of those subs and views ar from enthousiasts. Wich motivates to continue 👍 Thanks for sharing your similair experiences!!

  • Hi Steve !. I agree with all your thoughts on the Analytics indicators. In fact everything that goes up an hour goes down. Certainly, the issue of sponsorship is important, which eventually is not compatible with those who have ideas and create content. Working for the sponsor must be terrible and deadly for those who create content and love to work in woodwork. I have been following you for many years, I am one of those you mentioned who learned from you. You have a lot of talent and surely this new endeavor will also be successful, but also, just like everything else, it will have a cycle, an important cycle for us that accompany your beautiful work. Go on … always.

  • Steve this is one of the most interesting videos I've seen on YouTube is ages. I work/invest in edtech & your edu focus and ethos is something I really agree with. One of the issues I see with lots of channels and even TV series like This Old House (another favourite) is they are all trying to build out subscriber deals like This Old House Insider, but these only work in one country and aren't generally even available to join from outside (e.g. the UK or Australia). This seems counter intuitive given the international nature of YouTube and interest in DIY/Maker content. It's interesting to see someone like Matt Cremora appearing at international events (courtesy mostly of sponsors) but I do think an international dimension to channels is an under developed area, albeit not for every channel/maker.

  • That and if you have a channel about something forbidden such as firearms education or anything that communist tube disagrees with, your screwed.

  • Top shelf video! Thank you very much for making it and speaking up about the politics within the youtube creator culture.

  • Your channel helped me to kick start my woodworking hobby. When I started, I had limited tools from my dad and was slightly intimidated with the vast amounts of knowledge out there. I don't think I could have built my knowledge foundation as quickly as I did without your channel and I thank you for that!

  • that's too bad. your channel seems to be the only place where I can find projects that don't require a festool domino or a drum sander

  • I really admire you for staying true to yourself and getting rid of the sponsorship when it started infringing on the quality of your content and your joy in making it. Looking forward to more marvellous, inspiring and helpful woodwork videos from you.

  • Eye opening video … I'm glad you seem to have found a direction that you can continue to put your heart and sole into, good luck. I know I'll be lurking around because I always learn something from your content. Cheers

  • Totally understand. I feel privileged to watch whatever you want to turn out. You have to do what keeps you going, rather than what others may expect of you.

  • I don't care if we only get 1 video per month or even less, as long as you keep teaching/showing us new stuff. I not only learn a lot from your videos, but they are also entertaining and it is a pleasure to watch them.

  • Hi Steve.

    I completely understand your reasons for migrating from Youtube to the online course model. Your career on Youtube has also touched and changed the lives of many people, including mine.

    I remember one Lady who sent you an email thanking you for the piggy bank project. She said her husband was debilitated and could no longer use a measuring tape or set square to build a project. She said that both were very happy when he was able to build from your project based on a simple design.

    You have auctioned off your projects to donate to charities caring for sick children. You mobilized the whole community when you asked everyone to make planes of any kind of material and post the photos. All of the sponsor's money, and yours in particular, was donated to needy children. You also motivated the community to pass on one of their tools to others just starting out in woodworking. Outside the work environment, you beat cancer and changed your life for the better by changing your eating and other habits. You ran marathons and proved that any change in life is possible as long as there is commitment to the goal. Anyway, there are so many good things your channel has brought to so many people that I could spend all day writing about it.

    I myself have changed a lot from your examples as a woodworker and as a person. I didn't produce anything manually, making the same excuses as so many others: "I don't have all the tools I need", "I don't have a workbench", "I don't have room to do my projects", etc. You made a lot of videos with projects that only required a few tools. Projects with recycled wood. Projects made on sawhorses without bench. You told us that you lived in an apartment, just like me, and that you took your tools to the roof to build your projects. Currently, I still have few tools, limited space and have managed to build some projects of yours and also some others. I did some projects for my dog, my house and also some to give to friends. I also had a near death experience. I had a hard time, but I was inspired by your example and also changed my lifestyle by not abusing my body with things that might harm it. You have already reached your goal with your channel touching and changing the lives of many people. With your current courses, many more people are being able to safely start woodworking. There is nothing left but to applaud you, thank you, and wish you all the best that life can give you. Many thanks and greetings from Brazil.

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