Do you review products you receive for free?
Yes. As a very small company, we do not have the resources to purchase the latest and greatest products for review. After all, our job is making educational videos, not reviewing tools. But we are fortunate enough to receive products from various companies who are looking for some kind of exposure on our show. Ultimately, if the product is good enough and if the situation calls for it, these products may be seen in use on The Wood Whisperer. And if I am so inclined (and when requested by viewers), I may even post my experiences with the product as a review on the website. I am a straight shooter when it comes to product reviews and I have burned a few bridges with my honesty. Just because I receive a product for free does not in any way predispose me to presenting a positive review.
How do you make money?
In order to keep our content free, the The Wood Whisperer receives support from several sources: sponsorship (equipment and funding), viewer support, and ad revenue. Sponsors are specifically selected by me, based on the fact that I like their products. This is critical since sponsors frequently send us products that are used on the show, and I will not use a product I do not like. Viewer support comes in the form of product sales, Guild memberships, and our affiliate programs with Rockler.com, Woodcraft.com, and Amazon.com.
A fourth source of support is my wife Nicole’s job. Without her financial support, this little dream of mine would never be a reality!
You've changed shops a few times. What's the story?
Our early videos were filmed at our old house which had an attached 1500 sq. ft. garage that I used as my shop space. I then moved into our new home where I planned on building my dream shop and worked out of my 3-car garage in the mean time. The sale of our old house fell through so I decided to move back into the old shop space until the market improved. Eventually it did and I finally had the opportunity to build my Dream Shop.
What's your favorite glue?
I like Titebond I for most interior furniture projects. For anything involving moisture, I like Titebond III. For projects with long assembly times, I use West Systems Epoxy: Resin, Hardener, Filler. For veneering and bent lamination I use Unibond800.
What respirator do you use?
I currently use the 3m 6500 Respirator with the pink particular filters. This is a lightweight combination for dusty work. Standard organic vapor cartridges suffice for chemical (finishing) filtration.
What is the Wood Whisperer Guild?
The Wood Whisperer Guild is a unique and interactive online woodworking school. We build three projects a year and present the content to you in the form of incredibly-detailed instructional videos. Digital plans are also provided. Learn More!