Conversations with makers, artists, and other creative people.

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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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