At my job, I get to speak with a lot of different creative types. During the course of our conversations, one subject that commonly comes up is YouTube.
The following is a list of recommended YouTube channels separated into categories. This list will be updated as I discover new channels.
If you have any channels to recommend, please do so in the comments section below. I’ll check it out and if I think it is worth adding, I’ll do so. I don’t want this to turn into a list of every channel on YouTube so some of them will be rejected.
If you haven’t seen any of Frank Howarth’s videos, then you are in for a real treat. Frank combines creative film-making, projects that are actually interesting, and a shop to die for. A few of the videos that I personally recommend are Lawn Chair 2 and Self-Assembling Table Saw. He gets bonus points for being a local boy. In fact, I believe he lives only a few miles from me.
Paul Jenkins (aka: The Wood Knight)
Paul is one of my absolute favorites. His projects are always well-made and they are actually things that you can envision yourself making, either for your shop or for friends and family. He’s got great technique and you can learn a lot about the craft simply by watching how he uses his tools. My only complaint is that he lives on the other side of the world so I can’t hang out with him.
Another local boy. Carl does some great videos on woodturning. His videos are pretty entertaining and the end results are always impressive.
Steve Ramsey (aka: Woodworking for Mere Mortals)
This is a great channel to subscribe to if you are just getting started woodworking since his projects sometimes don’t require lots of different tools and, unlike other channels whose projects aren’t for everybody, his projects are usually very practical. As a plus, he is a natural in front of the camera and is quite entertaining.
Matthias is more of an acquired taste. He has some great projects if you are into making gadgets or even your own tools. He can be rather opinionated about certain things which can be quite off-putting at times. Still, he’s worth checking out.
I put Ronald in the same category as Matthias Wandel in that his projects can get pretty technical yet fascinating at the same time.
A clockmaker shares techniques on making and implementing gears.
Jay has some pretty interesting projects and he completes them with excellent workmanship.
If you have a long list of projects that your significant other has asked you to work on, then you’ll want to check out April’s channel. She has some cool shop projects as well.
This is one of my favorite channels. Lots of cool projects, techniques, and plenty of personality.
This is another great channel for learning a ton of new techniques.
This is one of the best channels out there. The videos are entertaining and educational. Check it out.
I first discovered Izzy’s video about making a bowling ball on a table saw and from that point I was hooked. He is a great example of someone doing rediculously dangerous things quite safely.
Linn at Darbin Orvar has some pretty good projects that appeal to a wide range of viewers.
Everybody knows about Jimmy Diresta. Just check out his channel. Period.
Down To Earth Woodworks
This is a great channel if you miss Norm Abrams. The videos are well made and thorough. I like to say that it;s like learning woodworking form Mr. Rogers. In particular, I liked his 9-part series on making an outfeed table for his SawStop.
Steve seems to have disappeared. I originally found him hard to watch but ended up really enjoying his content, I hope he returns.
David C. Roy
You have to check out this channel. He makes spring-driven kinetix sculptures. I can spend all day watching his videos and never get bored.
Thintz12 (aka: New Woodworker)
Here’s an interesting one. He’s gruff but you’ll learn a lot. I particularly like to show people his videos on kickback and how they tie in with his review of SawStop,
Chip In Action
Chip is a great example of how you should never underestimate someone by their age. A great example of this is his video where he assembles his SawStop Professional Saw pretty much all by himself.
Here’s another guy I would love to hang out with. He’s always smiling and makes some really fun projects. Like me, he’s a woodworker and a drummer so that makes him even cooler.
John Heisz (aka: I Build It)
This is another standard woodworking channel. A lot of these channels are pretty similar. The value in them is that you often get complimentary or contradictory opinions and techniques. I’m a firm believer in getting multiple opinions on how best to accomplish something.
Al makes automatons, so if you like seeing how to make things move, check him out.
Almost everybody has seen The Wood Whisperer. He can be fairly intimidating to new woodworkers so if I ever recommend his channel I always warn people not to try to hold themselves to his level, but he’s a wealth of information.
This is a good channel for learning how to make cutting boards.
Have any good channels to recommend? Leave them in the comments below and I’ll check them out.