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A woodworker for most of his life, Carl Jacobson is best known for his unusual and unique woodturning projects. As part of the YouTube Maker community, Carl says that his channel encourages him to try new things and stretch beyond his comfort zone. Carl’s experience with YouTube has led him to venture into education, and he plans to release a series of woodturning DVDs for some of his more popular and intricate projects. Join us as we talk to Carl about:
Experiments turning unusual materials, including automotive paint build-up
The joy of figuring things out for yourself / not following instructions
Intentionally leaving mistakes in his videos
“I don’t know how else to say it but I hate sitting in a classroom. I hate sitting there and having something explained to me. I would much rather, no matter what it is, just get up and do it.”
“Whatever you enjoy making, do that. Don’t try and fit in or do something that you don’t enjoy because it might be popular or something, because it’s going to show.”
“People who buy things out of galleries, they’re actually more interested in the story. As far as going into Walmart and buying something — it’s not why they’re there. They’re there because they appreciate well made handmade things and they want to get to know the person that made it. That’s more important to them than the physical piece. They might love the piece, but if it’s number 18 of 1,000,000, it’s not the same.
Carl’s video on the jellyfish!
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Have you seen what we have cooking?
Music: MANUFUTURE by DJ Derk Jickface
Wordsmithery: Bill Livolsi