Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Piher Clamps: 2 months of playing, and a trip to Birmingham NEC

I previously wrote about some clamps I got asked to take a look at, so if you want a bit of background on this, the other article is HERE.

comparison clamp-off.
So getting the clamps back to the workshop, the first thing I did was set about examining them to see what was what, and what they would be most suitable for. Piher do a whole range of clamping solutions, for pretty much all applications, most of which are made in their foundry in Northern Spain.
Some products are made by a separate company to strict specifications. This includes the PRL range of clamps, which look rather much like another, "well known black and red brand", yeah OK Bessey.....But don't be fooled into thinking these are just "a copy", there were more than a few surprises hidden within.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Thumbs down YouTube videos: Distracted by the obvious is hindering creativity.

With a 100 hours of video uploaded to Youtube every minute, you could be forgiven for missing a few videos. But not for missing the point, and not a trick or two.

I put videos out fairly regularly, and subscribe to countless channels. I would consider many of the content creators as friends, swapping ideas, experiences and themes like football stickers once were in the school playground.

A topic that seems even more regular than the friday release of your favourite woodworkers latest creation is that of the troll, or the thumbs down. People like and dislike my videos just as I do with my own, and others. But I can honestly say I do not remember EVER hitting the thumbs down on any youtube video.

So why not? politeness? well, I know better than most (at least better than people who watch but don't upload) just how much time and pressure a video takes. I can take upto 3 or even 4 times longer to just film even a simple video than simply build it, then there's editing, with the potential delays and problems that creates. Uploading can generally be left to happen admittedly, but there's always the chance of a mishap midway through. But that's just par for the course. I want to look at the videos. I accept that putting a video out creates far more work than just watching and making, so lets move on.