We reached 250,000 subscribers to my YouTube channel last week and I want to celebrate so I picked out one of my #4 Stanley planes as a giveaway. Giving away is not so new to us but it’s not been so public before. For years now we’ve always given away 2 class places in every workshop we’ve taught because not everyone can afford to pay for a class. I’ve lost track of how many that is but it’s been about one in six.
Growing YouTube numbers seems to take on a life of its own after a while and whereas we are happy and contented with organic growth, our goal has always been to widen or audience because we believe our message is worth hearing. Our success is not so much number-based but hearer/watcher based; we encourage people to consider why they wanted to do woodworking in the beginning but then, more importantly, how they do woodworking. We feel the hand tool methods and options as a visual message is an answer people have been looking for but had difficulty finding. It’s one thing having energised financial backers as sponsors selling their equipment and another not really selling anything but telling everything. We do get some income partnering with YT , but really it does cost us considerably more to produce the quality video work than we gain in income. So we do this because of the message and the method and of course it works.
Please go to my YouTube channel here for details on entering the giveaway. I’ve signed the plane in a couple of places and also the handle is name-stamped both sides. Hopefully, it will be worth something to someone. Oh, and it’s fettled and ready to go!