These past 3 years I've really enjoyed my time guiding classes as students taught themselves to woodwork with just a few hints on how to make blades and grain dance.
Teaching has been the motivation all along for running the school. While I'll continue that task online (and possibly in print) numbers on the screen telling you of the millions of views and thousands of followers doesn't seem to match the one person across a workbench going wide eyed as they discover their hands can do such wonderful things with a chisel, plane, or saw.
Having said that we have finally gotten the last episode of our "Intro to Woodworking" class up on YouTube. This first lesson consisted of 3 videos and was basically made up of what I taught in the free weekly class and the first "Tools-n-Technique" class ($40) along with ancillary education I'd provide in the teen version of those classes. I'll continue that pattern of content for the rest of the 12 lesson series over about 30 videos that I've already outlined. These also correspond to the 12 chapters in a textbook I'm working on. So basically you can look forward to a full semester of education coming from wortheffort over this next year.
These past few month I've been busy applying and interviewing for positions that will still allow for a taste of the teaching experience both locally and nationally, just nothing has clicked yet. But there is a position here in Austin at the university that I've got my fingers crossed. I'm highly overqualified and would be dramatically underpaid at it but there would be some stability, longevity, and benefits. And since the position would be limited to 40hr/week it would provide time for content creation and maybe reopening the school on a one day a week schedule. So wish me luck!
This past month we did not have enough enrolls in any one class for them to 'make' so I've decided to go ahead and liquidate the last of the benches and school appliances that I've build and also donate some of the hand tools given the school to a local group that helps younger kids explore their imaginations building stuff. The rest of the items will be oiled and stored in a few plastic tubs for I do hope that in the future maybe I can try again with a little school.
This means we have our last two workbenches going up for sale now at a really inexpensive price and I'm including lots of accessories to make life with them more efficient, effective, and easy. You can learn more below.
Once again, thanks for all y'alls interest over the years of what we attempted here at wortheffort. Hopefully you'll hear from us again in the woodworking education world.
OMG - Quick Sale Prices!
We've got bills & postage to pay (last of Indiegogo) plus I'm going to SWAT (Southwest Area Turners Symposium) in Waco, TX this week and would really like to get a 3/4" Thompson gouge so... SHORT TERM BLOWOUT SALE!
I have 3 maple and brass Krenov style smoothing planes left. All using the tall 4" hock blade at the 2" width which I like because the radius can be made much smoother. Normally I've got them undercutting competitors at $250 but for a short time these are only $110 + S&H!
We have our last 2 student workbenches up for sale. These have been used for the past 3 years and everyone has had positive comments about them. Made up of poplar and built to be able to host 4 students (one on each corner) these can easily hold a board on it's edge, end and face.
The tops were re-flattened and toothed this week and all the faces sanded smooth. They're practically new looking but will perform the same as always. I do apply a light coat of Danish Oil just to help with glue squeez out clean up.
Included in the sale are lots of accessories and appliances to make the bench even more functional including: leg vise, twin screw moxon style vise, 2 hold fasts, English and French squares, and some other special bonuses.
The past four of these benches have been selling within a few days of their announcements because of the incredible value. So if you're interested contact me when you can. Delivery in Texas and surrounding states could be arranged.
Our new short-form, less edited weekly update series has proven immensly popular. We'll try to keep them going and might even integrate some other quick lessons into other social media such as Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat. Look for us on those platforms in the future.
This past month in these 'Monday Lunch Discussions' we've covered: micro-bevels, hand plane cure all, wood bruising, shop tour, and finishing.