Woodchat is a weekly online woodworking chat hosted by Matt Gradwohl (Upper Cut Woodworks), Chris Wong (Flair Woodworks) and Scott Meek (Scott Meek Woodworks) and others in the online woodworking community. Woodchat is affiliated with the Modern Woodworker’s Association, and the hosts maintain a Google+ page. Woodchat is a welcoming and encouraging chat, and it’s very easy to get involved. All the transcripts are saved (see below), and we have video now as well on the Upper Cut Woodworks YouTube Channel.
Here’s what you need:
- An internet connection
- Free time on Wednesdays at 6pm Pacific, 9pm Eastern
- A Twitter account
To connect, you can use your favorite Twitter client and include the #woodchat hashtag in your tweets, but the easiest way is to enter the Woodchat Chatroom. There you can chat with the woodworkers and watch the live video of the hosts and guests responding to your questions.
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Our First Four Woodchat Principles
1. Easy for People to Get Involved
There are lots of woodworkers already on twitter, and it’s easy to sign up, so continuing to use the #woodchat hashtag makes things very easy. No special download, no separate account. So we’ll start on twitter but may incorporate other technology as things progress. Right now, Tweetchat is the easiest way to participate.
2. Approachable for All Skill Levels
If you’re a beginner woodworker, you will be welcomed in to the chat and find people ready to help and encourage you. If you’re a skilled woodworker, you’ll also find encouragement and help, and be asked to share your experience and knowledge by welcoming and being helpful to new woodworkers.
3. Focused on Actual Woodworking
In the past #woodchat drifted off topic at times. We’ll focus on woodworking: inspiration, design, stock prep, joinery, finishing, tool selection, shop safety, or shop layout, for the beginner, part-time hobbiest or full-time woodworking business. No preference towards power tools or hand tools.
4. A Team to Make it Successful
To make sure that chats happen on Wednesdays without one person carrying the workload, we’re going to work together to ensure success. We all have busy schedules with our day jobs and families, but with three (or more) people committed to making this successful I’m sure we’ll establish a regular rhythm.
Woodchat Prime Directive: Woodchat is Yours
Ultimately though, woodchat is driven by those who participate, so we need to know what topics you’d like to discuss, what technology you might suggest that we incorporate, what days and times work best. Let us know on Twitter or leave a comment below. See you all Wednesday night.
Transcripts of Past Shows
If you miss a Woodchat, all chats are transcribed and posted here.
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- Woodchat with the Wood Whisperer: Woodchat Transcript July 18th, 2012 with Marc Spagnuolo the Wood Whisperer
- Woodchat Gorilla Glue Prize Packs: Woodchat Transcript July 11th, 2012
- Woodworker’s Make Woodchat Awesome: Woodchat Transcript May 23rd, 2012
- Woodworker’s Discuss the Appeal of Woodworking: Woodchat Transcript May 9th, 2012
- Woodworkers Discuss Woodworker’s Safety Week: Woodchat Transcript May 2, 2012
- Woodworker’s Share Projects and Pictures: Woodchat Transcript April 25th, 2012
- Woodworker Design Jam: Woodchat Transcript April 17, 2012
- Woodworkers Discuss Projects and Business: Woodchat Transcript March 15, 2012
- Woodworker’s Discuss Online Woodworking Communities: Woodchat Transcript March 7, 2012
- Woodworkers Discuss WoodExpo Success 2012: Woodchat Transcript February 29, 2012
- Woodworker Design Jam: Woodchat Transcript February 22, 2012
- Woodworkers Discuss their Woodshops: Woodchat Transcript February 15, 2012
- Woodworkers Discuss Get Woodworking Week: Woodchat Transcript February 8, 2012
- Woodworkers Discuss WoodExpo 2012: Woodchat Transcript February 1, 2012 with Special Guest Eli Cleveland from Rough Cut Woodworking with Tommy Mac
- Woodworkers Discuss Wood with Shannon Rogers, The Renaissance Woodworker: Woodchat Transcript January 18, 2012
- Woodworkers Discuss Unique Materials: Woodchat Transcript January 11, 2012
- Woodworkers First Woodchat of 2012: Woodchat Transcript January 4, 2012
- Woodworkers Discuss Finishes: Woodchat Transcript December 28, 2011
- Woodworkers Last Woodchat Before Christmas: Woodchat Transcript December 21, 2011
- Woodworkers Discuss Hardware Sources: Woodchat Transcript December 14, 2011
- Woodworkers Discuss Starting a Business: Woodchat Transcript November 30, 2011
- Woodworkers Discuss Thanksgiving, Tools and Adaptable Woodshops: Woodchat Transcript November 23, 2011
- 48 Woodworkers Get Off Their Butts: Woodchat Transcript November 16, 2011
- 46 Woodworkers Chat About Tools: Woodchat Transcript November 9, 2011
- Online Woodworking Thrives with 48 Woodworkers: Woodchat Transcript November 2, 2011
To help the Woodchat hosts know what you’d like to discuss, answer the poll below: