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The impending trade labor crisis. With Ethan James (Ep 61)

Within 5 years, the U.S. is likely to reach a critical juncture where is will be difficult to hire anyone to fix a leaky pipe or worse, repair a structural problem with your house. Ethan James is a leader at the forefront of research and education on...

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The impending trade labor crisis. With Ethan James (Ep 61)

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March 17, 2023

The impending trade labor crisis. With Ethan James (Ep 61)

Within 5 years, the U.S. is likely to reach a critical juncture where is will be difficult to hire anyone to fix a leaky pipe or worse, repair a structural problem with your house. Ethan James is a leader at …

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March 3, 2023

Morgan Eckroth's radical approach to videos. Café culture and the art…

Morgan Eckroth is the reigning US Barista Champion who finished second in the 2022 World Barista Championship. is a blend of real world experience, practical advice, art, education, business, and pure entertainment: all revolving around coffee....

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Feb. 17, 2023

The Art of Metalsmithing with Basia Adamiec (ep 59)

Basia Adamiec is a metalsmith and silversmith who crafts fine jewelry and shares her work with the world on her YouTube channel, The Art of Metalsmithing, a great resource for learning the tools and techniques needed to make your own …

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Feb. 3, 2023

Music and hand tools. Ben Sinclair of The Beths (EP 58)

Benjamin Sinclair is the bass player for , as well as a hand tool woodworker. He also plays saxophone and keeps a detailed online journal of his experiences touring on the road. In this episode, we talk about art, performing …

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Jan. 20, 2023

Why is woodworking on TV so bad? With Jason from Bourbon Moth (Ep 57)

It was fun to catch up with Jason Hibbs from Bourbon Moth Woodworking and talk about the life cycle of woodworkers on YouTube, the Airstream cult, and why TV can't draw any audience for woodworking shows. We also have a …

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Jan. 6, 2023

Will AI replace human artists and makers? With Jon Grim (ep 56)

Jon is a graffiti artist and teacher whose videos transcend mere education and touch upon other topics and philosophy in the world of art. In this episode we get into the future of art and how artificial intelligence can create …

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Dec. 23, 2022

Stories told with sand: Kseniya Simonova. (ep 55)

Help support The WTS: Kseniya Simonova's art is engaging, challenging, emotional, and inspiring…and she does it all with sand. Real-time stories, performed with sand. I first discovered Kseniya back in 2019 when I saw her...

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Dec. 9, 2022

Justin McElroy explains how to fake an interest in woodworking (ep 54)

Justin McElroy is a comedian, voice actor and podcaster known for long running podcasts such as Adventure Zone, Sawbones, My Brother, My Brother, and Me, and more. Woodworking has been his life’s work since late May of 2020. In this …

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Nov. 25, 2022

Can You Encase a Human in Epoxy? Blacktail Studio is back. (EP 53)

Support the podcast at: Cam Anderson from Blacktail Studio is back for the 3.5th time to talk about epoxy, big slabs of wood, and YouTube. Blacktail Studio is still the most popular woodworking channel on YouTube, recently passing...

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Nov. 11, 2022

Living art, with Darren George (Ep 52)

Bonsai is an artform unlike any other in the amount of time, dedication and patience it takes to see results. It’s a form of sculpture that can take years to see how your efforts will take shape. Bonsai trees can …

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Oct. 28, 2022

The art and science of clean. Anne-Marie Faiola of Bramble Berry (Ep.…

Anne-Marie Faiola has created a soapmaking empire with Bramble Berry, a company she founded in 1999 in a 400 square foot space. Today she is CEO, the company has more than 100 employees With over 60,000 customers, Bramble Berry is …

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Oct. 14, 2022

Tricking out Halloween with Wicked Makers (Ep 50)

With the Halloween season upon us, I’m happy to have Jaime Nakae and Jay Grenier joining me back on the podcast. Their YouTube channel, Wicked Makers, is THE place to go for all your DIY Halloween decorating needs. You can …

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Sept. 30, 2022

Yeah, you CAN take better photos. Tips from Jared Polin. (ep 49)

Jared Polin started posting videos on YouTube in 2008 and has been grinding ever since. His channel Fro Knows Photo is a great place to learn photography and keep up with the latest cameras, gear and photography news. In this …

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Sept. 16, 2022

Florian Gadsby crafts ceramics that sell in one minute (Ep 48)

Support the podcast by becoming a WTS+ member: Florian Gadsby is a ceramicist who creates hand thrown stoneware and pottery out of his studio in North London. He’s made thousands of exquisite cups, mugs, bowls, vases, jars and more...

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Sept. 2, 2022

What makes GREAT ART so great? With James Payne from Great Art Explai…

Enjoy the podcast? Become a WTS+ member! What exactly was Andy Warhol trying to say with his Marilyn Monroe series? Why are people emotionally moved, sometimes to tears, by viewing a large, geometric shape of color painted by Mark...

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Aug. 19, 2022

The ultimate DIYers: The Adams family and their killer movies (Ep 46)

Please help support the WTS! This is one of the most kickass stories you’re going to hear on this podcast. Of all the artists and makers I’ve talked to, none have embodied the DIY spirit of this show more than …

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Aug. 5, 2022

Construction myths, with Grady from Practical Engineering (Ep. 45)

Please consider supporting The WTS and becoming a WTS+ member. Grady Hillhouse is a civil engineer and creator of Practical Engineering, a YouTube channel devoted to explaining the man-made infrastructure of the world surrounding us. His...

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July 22, 2022

Is social media ruining the joy of DIY? With Psychologist Sam Raimond…

This week I talked to Sam Raimondi, the DIY Huntress, in her professional capacity as a psychologist to see if she can offer us all some strategies for dealing with the funk we all seem to be in after the …

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July 8, 2022

The fantasy world of Nerdforge (Ep 43)

Martina and Hansi are the Norwegian duo behind Nerdforge, a YouTube channel devoted to creating art and building projects often with a fantasy and swords and sorcery focus. In this episode we talked about how they make books, armor, models,...

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June 24, 2022

The art and ethics of graffiti: Jon Grim (Ep 42)

Jon Grim is a clear voice and advocate for graffiti culture, as well as an art mentor drawing on the history of the medium to teach and refine techniques used by graffiti artists. On his youtube channel, The Artist Block …

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June 10, 2022

Movie props with Propmaster Scott Reeder (Ep 41)

Scott Reeder is a Hollywood prop master who is responsible for everything actors touch on a film or television set. A big part of his job is sourcing or creating realistic objects that look like the real thing, but are …

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May 27, 2022

Biggest mistakes you can make when painting. With Chris Berry from Pa…

Chris Berry is a professional house painter who's been posting videos on his YouTube channel, Paint Life TV for the past 11 years. It's a show where you can learn everything about painting your own home, or how to become …

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May 13, 2022

Unnecessary Inventions with Matty Benedetto (Ep 39)

Matty Benedetto is the host, creator, and evil genius behind Unnecessary Inventions, where he showcases his totally unnecessary inventions. Inventions that solve problems that don’t exist, but actually seem kinda practical. In this...

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April 29, 2022

Dan Harmon, creator of Rick and Morty, tricks out his house (Ep 38)

Dan Harmon is the writer, executive producer and creator of the Emmy award winning animated series Rick and Morty, but he's also a maker and woodworker who's systematically turning "his friend Dylan's house" into a batcave. Follow Dan on...

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April 15, 2022

When to SAY NO to DIY projects. With Jeff Thorman from Home Renovisio…

Jeff Thorman is the creator and host of Home Renovision DIY, a YouTube channel started on April 3, 2016. He has been a general contractor for over 25 years and shows viewers how to renovate and remodel their own homes …

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April 8, 2022

Scott Brown's advice for starting a carpentry business (Ep 36)

Scott Brown is a professional carpenter who started posting videos on YouTube in February, 2016. In 2018 when he leaned into producing the storytelling, vlog style videos he’s known for today. Today, this series has over 330 episodes and...

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April 1, 2022

Why does everyone love home renovation? Sam from DIY Huntress (Ep 35)

In this episode I spoke with Sam Raimondi about her aproach to building things, flipping firniture, designing retail spaces, and home renovation. She started her YouTube channel, DIY Huntress, in May of 2016 and since then has posted more than...

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March 25, 2022

Battle over River Tables: Bourbon Moth vs Blacktail Studio (Ep 34)

There is no hotter debate in the woodworking community at the moment than the use of epoxy resin in woodworking, commonly seen in river tables. Is epoxy the freshest and coolest new material to work with since the invention of …

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March 18, 2022

Neil Patrick Harris on woodworking. (Ep 33)

This week on the podcast I wanted to mix things up a bit and talk to someone who is a member of The Weekend Woodworker and a super creative individual. Neil Patrick Harris has a long resume going back several …

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March 11, 2022

Jimmy Diresta: he doesn't like kids, but made a kids' TV show (Ep 32)

Start your woodworking hobby today! This week, Jimmy Diresta is back to talk about his latest project, a new series on Netflix called Making Fun. The setup is a group of kids brainstorm crazy ideas of things they’d like to …

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March 4, 2022

How do you define "fine" woodworking? With Keith Johnson (Ep 31)

Keith Johnson has been creating high-end furniture on his YouTube channel, Keith Johnson Custom Woodworking, for the past few years. In this episode I talked to Keith about fine woodworking and what it takes to produce high quality furniture. And …

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Feb. 25, 2022

Laura Kampf: Why making things is important. (Ep 30)

Laura Kampf is a maker who's been sharing an eclectic mix of projects and crazy ideas on her YouTube channel since 2015. Her projects range from fabricating barbecue grills to making unique bicycles and furniture to building her own tiny …

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Feb. 18, 2022

How to build a building: RR Buildings (Ep 29)

Sign up for my free monthly newsletter at Rural Renovators is a custom contracting company specializing in post frame construction, building everything from basic storage buildings, to insulated workshops, and...

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Feb. 4, 2022

Blake McFarland on sculpting and reality TV (Ep 28)

Blake McFarland is an artist who specializes in mixed media sculptures using wood, steel, epoxy, foam, fiberglass, crayons, even ramen noodles. Since 2019 he’s been filming these creations and showing the process on his YouTube channel, BM...

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Jan. 28, 2022

Why are people so emotional about epoxy? With Blacktail Studio. (Ep 2…

I’m pleased to have Cam Anderson join me again on the podcast so we can dive a little deeper into the world of epoxy, big slabs and the insane growth of his YouTube channel, Blacktail Studio. And we'll try to …

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Jan. 21, 2022

Simone Giertz: Beyond Shitty Robots (Ep 26)

In August 2015 Simone Giertz posted an 8-second long, toothbrush machine video, showing a machine she designed to remove the drudgery of manual tooth brushing. It was funny, ridiculous, and got shared just about everywhere. That video would come...

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Dec. 31, 2021

Robert Dunn on weird cars woodworking (Ep 25)

Robert Dunn has two of the most entertaining channels on youtube. His main channel is Aging Wheels, a channel he started in 2014 mainly about weird and obscure cars, and how he fixes them up and drives them around. If …

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Dec. 24, 2021

Matt Cremona talks about home renovation and lumber milling (Ep 24)

Matt Cremona is unusual in the world of woodworking because he not only builds high end furniture, but he cuts down the trees and mills the lumber from those trees to make that furniture. In 2016 Matt built his own …

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Dec. 17, 2021

John Malecki on Epoxy Tables and Football (Ep 23)

John Malecki is a woodworker and epoxier who started his YouTube channel in January, 2016 and had a big breakthrough just two years later when he posted a pair of live edge epoxy table videos within 5 days of each …

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Dec. 10, 2021

Evan & Katelyn: How they work together to produce DIY content (Ep 22)

On March 24 2017, Katelyn and Evan posted their first video to a YouTube channel that they decided to call Evan and Katelyn. In the first 20 seconds of their first video, they established their high energy lifestyle format and …

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Nov. 26, 2021

Rex Krueger on hand tools and furniture forensics (Ep 21)

Rex Krueger a YouTuber, an author, a historian, and a woodworker. Although, we’re going to discover that there is no such thing as a woodworker. He builds mostly traditional furniture in a mostly traditional manner using mostly traditional tools....

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Nov. 19, 2021

Jon Peters on art and design. (Ep 20)

Jon Peters started posting woodworking videos in March of 2010 with three videos showing how he made a dining table, immediately establishing the type and quality of furniture we could look forward to on his channel, Longview Woodworking. Fast...

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Nov. 12, 2021

From longboats to building sheds: The Carpenter's Daughter (Ep 19)

Vikkie Lee is a builder, a DIYer, a home remodeler, a woodworker, a carpenter, a food blogger, and author. She started her YouTube channel, The Carpenter’s Daughter on February 19, 2015 and since then has posted 250 videos showing how …

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Nov. 5, 2021

Bob Clagett from I Like To Make Stuff (Ep 18)

This week I chatted with Bob Clagget, a former software engineer who started his YouTube channel back in May of 2013 and was able to ditch his day job just two years later. I Like to Make Stuff is a …

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Oct. 29, 2021

Inspired home renovation with Danie Berger of DIY Danie (Ep 17)

I can't think of anyone who seems to have more fun with DIY projects than Danie Berger, AKA DIY Danie. Her YouTube channel is a blend of art, woodworking, renovating and home remodeling, all delivered with high-energy and enthusiasm. All...

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Oct. 22, 2021

Fix This, Build That: Brad Rodriguez (Ep 16)

Fix This, Build That, is a YouTube channel created by Brad Rodriguez in 2016. His channel features woodworking and shop projects as well as DIY, home improvement and remodeling projects. His furniture projects are both practical and beautiful...

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Oct. 15, 2021

SPECIAL: Scary movies with Ethan James, The Honest Carpenter. (Ep 15)

Just having a little fun this week with Ethan James of The Honest Carpenter channel. When he was on episode 4, I discovered that he's as big a fan of horror movies as I am, so I HAD to invite …

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Oct. 8, 2021

It's Halloween all year: The Wicked Makers (Ep 14)

Jaime Nakae and Jay Grenier are the couple behind Wicked Makers, a DIY YouTube channel largely devoted to making spooky props and decorations for Halloween. And although all these projects are super professional looking, they are all very approachable...

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Oct. 1, 2021

Jimmy DiResta's approach to making anything. (Ep 13)

Jimmy DiResta has been a staple in the YouTube maker community for the past decade, working with all kinds of materials, tools, and techniques including woodworking, metalworking, leatherwork, and lately digital fabrication. His most popular videos...

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Sept. 24, 2021

Roy Underhill and The Woodwright's Shop (Ep 12)

Long before YouTube, back before most people even had an email address, Roy Underhill set the stage for what a woodworking show might look like. Roy has been the host of The Woodwright's Shop for 39 seasons, beginning in 1979, …

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Sept. 17, 2021

From cop to furniture maker: Matt Outlaw of 731 Woodworks (Ep 11)

On this episode, I talked to Matt Outlaw of 731 Woodworks, who recently quit his job as a state trooper to become a YouTuber. We also discussed the business of woodworking and how to sell the projects you make. Visit …

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Sept. 10, 2021

The business of building fine furniture. Marc Spagnuolo of The Wood W…

On October 18 2006, Marc Spagnuolo made YouTube history when he posted his first video on a channel he called The Wood Whisperer. His woodworking is some of the best in the business, showcasing beautifully crafted furniture, using a combination …

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Sept. 3, 2021

Simple, approachable DIY: Mike Montgomery of Modern Builds. (Ep 9)

Modern Builds has become a leading channel showcasing practical, highly approachable DIY projects made mostly with a modest set of power tools and construction grade lumber. He uses a variety of techniques and materials including woodworking...

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Aug. 27, 2021

Matthias Wandel. The most viewed woodworking channel on YouTube (Ep …

With over half a billion views, Matthias Wandel maintains the largest woodworking channel on YouTube, He is the foremost expert on making his own woodworking machines, including a homemade jointer, a tablesaw, 3 different belt sanders, a...

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Aug. 20, 2021

Designing sleek furniture. Chris Salomone (Ep 7)

Chris Salomone of Four Eyes Furniture designs furniture with clean lines and interesting, sometimes complex shapes. He's a very skilled woodworker, but his passion lies in design. Chris's Four Eyes Woodworking channel: Welcome to the Woodshop:...

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Aug. 13, 2021

Jonathan Katz-Moses. Are robots the future of woodworking? (Ep 6)

In June, 2015 Jonathan Katz-Moses began posting videos showcasing his handmade jewelry boxes and a couple years later was the king of the dovetail joint. He designed the magnetic dovetail jig that makes it easy for anyone to hand cut …

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Aug. 6, 2021

BIG Epoxy, with Cam Anderson of Blacktail Studio (Ep 5)

Cam Anderson is a former helicopter pilot who has been posting woodworking videos on his channel Blacktail Studio since 2018. Cam’s YouTube channel is all about going big! Big wood slabs, big epoxy tables and big money. He is the …

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July 30, 2021

Are tradespeople becoming extinct? Ethan James of The Honest Carpente…

Ethan James is a former contractor who's brought more than 20 years of professional experience and knowledge to his YouTube channel, The Honest Carpenter. In fact, he's one of the few YouTubers with actual real world work experience. His...

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July 23, 2021

Ben Uyeda from Homemade Modern (Ep 3)

Since 2013 Ben Uyeda has been making all kinds of things using all kinds of materials from the Maker Ranch in the desert and posting videos on his channel, Homemade Modern. The range of things he makes is amazing….from DIY …

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July 22, 2021

Jason Hibbs of Bourbon Moth (Ep 2)

In this episode of The Woodworking Talk show, I talked with Jason Hibbs from Bourbon Moth Woodworking. Check out his channel at

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