Woodworking & The Maker Movement: In the Shop with Alf Sharp Part 3



what I think is great about the maker movement is that it has reintroduced the idea of woodworking to a new generation of people when I started back in the late 60s early 70s fine woodworking had nearly died there were so few people practicing it and pursuing it that a lot of the techniques a lot of the skills a lot of the ethics were in danger of going away forever well I was worried for a while 10 or 15 years ago that a whole generation was deciding it was not interested again there weren't many young people that appeared to be taking an interest in in woodworking now with the maker movement there are a certain percentage of them are taking it really seriously and moving to the next step of becoming serious woodworkers and I'm very encouraged by that one of the interesting technologies that's out there is this 3d printing they're starting to they're starting to come up with combinations of wood fiber and resin that allow even even more or less wooden things to be made with digital printing woodworking is a subtractive process you take a chunk of wood and you take parts of it away until you ultimately get to what you want but with with 3d printing is an additive process so you can start in the middle of a piece and you add on to it on as you go so you can accomplish things in the middle of a piece that you could barely accomplish in woodworking because you can't get to it and so there are things there things that can be done with 3d printing that that in the hands of the right clever person will will revolutionize some of what we look at some of the finest furniture ever ever made was made you know with the benefit of machines so I feel the same way about the CNC machine it's probably a two-edged sword it's going to be misused and over relied on but it's also being used to incredibly clever ends by very creative people they're not just good for repetition they're good for they're good for all kinds of intricate work that that would take someone months and months and months to accomplish otherwise I have subbed work out to CNC machines now and again I had to do two hundred and sixteen large acanthus leaf carvings for the Hermitage and I had them roughed out on the CNC machine and then I just finished up put the hand surface carved every every square inch of every one of those by hand in the end but I had them all roughed out so all I had to do was make the finishing cuts by hand honor the way I feel about a CNC machine is that is that it's no different than then when the table saw first appeared on the scene I'm sure that when the table saw first appeared on the scene back around 1800 all the cabinet makers who were accustomed to using hand tools to accomplish every job they said oh that's just going to be the death knell of fine woodworking you know and of course it wasn't I've used YouTube for how to do things that especially with lady I'm not a novice to the lathe but I'm certainly not as accomplished on the lathe as I might be in other in other realms I like to watch the YouTube videos on on turning on the lathe if you I learned a lot fun there are a lot of things that you can't you can't really visualize by reading if you've ever tried to read a detailed description of carving an acanthus leaf it's like walking barefoot across hot coals or trying to chew a corncob it's miserable to read and you don't get anything out of it whereas if you watch someone do that you can see you can see the whole process reading how to do that just doesn't translate it just just doesn't work but you when you watch somebody do it you can understand what they're you can understand what they're doing it and replicated the people who commit it to YouTube are doing a great service it's terrific

36 Comments

  • Nickle

    April 14, 2019

    The claws being cut away from the ball – tremendous

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  • Coole Snakes

    April 14, 2019

    What a charismatic gentleman at total peace with the world, you could listen to him all day long and never get bored. A wealth of knowledge, experience and skill.

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  • Hangin with Harv

    April 14, 2019

    Just finished watching the series. Loved it!

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  • Mark Harris

    April 14, 2019

    Watched all three now, and what a special man he is. Great videos, thank you for posting.

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  • Josh Stem

    April 14, 2019

    I bought lumber from alf several times at his warehouse in Woodbury. This interview is fantastic. Learned much more about him than the few times I met him.

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  • David O'Connell

    April 14, 2019

    What a joy to listen to.

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  • Pete Abrahamson

    April 14, 2019

    Great series Brad, well done.

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  • Taylor Hubbell

    April 14, 2019

    Great series Brad, I really enjoyed Mr. Sharps insight.

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  • shanesmaineshop

    April 14, 2019

    Great video and what a shop thanks for sharing

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  • Bob Seddon

    April 14, 2019

    thanks for putting this out…so good

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  • Woodward Builds

    April 14, 2019

    How can ANYONE dislike this!? Another awesome video Brad!

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  • Brian Prusa

    April 14, 2019

    These are so good. I hope you keep making these.

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  • Dark Horse Woodworking

    April 14, 2019

    I’d love to soak up the knowledge from this guy. ????

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  • Taaffe's Workshop

    April 14, 2019

    Excellent video! Off Topic: Great Job on the JET Table Saw video.

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  • John Malecki

    April 14, 2019

    Alf is a beast man, This is awesome!

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  • Abnormal Texan

    April 14, 2019

    I think I could listen to him talk about woodworking until he just ran out of words to say! What an extremely interesting guy, with a great passion for what he does and to see his craft stay alive and strong long after him! I’d love to be a fly in the wall in his shop!!

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  • BusyDadsWorkshop

    April 14, 2019

    What a great view of the CNC and 3D printing as energizing the woodworking space. Once again, nicely done Brad!

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  • Gary Jones

    April 14, 2019

    Brad a truly outstanding series. I've watched it several times. Love hearing from a master. I don't know how to thank Alf but would really appreciate it if you'd pass on my gratitude. Way Cool Brother!!

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  • Gianluca Moretti

    April 14, 2019

    I agree you do a great service by sharing your videos, thanks for your commitment Brad!

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  • Rusty Panels

    April 14, 2019

    Well spoken and presented. It has changed my thoughts on 3D printing and CNC machines.

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  • Tinkering Rocks

    April 14, 2019

    Thank you Brad. This series was awesome and I hope you do more like this!

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  • Sergio Almonte

    April 14, 2019

    Did you add a sound effect at 4:18 when he grabs his chin?

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  • arty

    April 14, 2019

    love this series, look forward to the next biography. thankyou

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  • Are Baloni

    April 14, 2019

    I have really enjoyed these videos! Will there be more videos in this series?

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  • Franks DIY

    April 14, 2019

    I love this guys intellect and his views on Old and modern Technics. Great talk

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  • Once Upon A Workbench

    April 14, 2019

    How have I missed these? I need to go back and watch the other ones

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  • Steven Jarvie

    April 14, 2019

    Thank you for this series!

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  • Make Build Modify

    April 14, 2019

    What a great perspective. In my experience it's tough to find an experienced woodworker like Alf with an outlook as objective as his. These are great Brad!

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  • umbalaba

    April 14, 2019

    What great guy and a great craftsman Alf Sharp is

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  • Michael

    April 14, 2019

    I've really enjoyed this series. Great work.

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  • JMakes

    April 14, 2019

    Amazing series – really great to hear the wise words of somebody who's been making for so long!

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  • WoodyWoodworker Fuller

    April 14, 2019

    Nice !!!! Missed the second part. Gotta go back and watch it.

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  • bigscreen bird

    April 14, 2019

    Nice job my man! Does Alf live around middle TN area?

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  • Modustrial Maker

    April 14, 2019

    I have really enjoyed this series. Alf is great, and you did an amazing job of capturing his thoughts. Any chance you'll get him to let you film a build of his for a follow up?

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  • Sow the Land

    April 14, 2019

    I am a visual person and I totally get when he says watching someone doing it. It's like we are in the same room as them watching various makers build something on youtube. It is an amazing time in today's world where you can sit at your desk or couch watching makers and creatives build something amazing! Thanks for sharing this , along with all of your amazing creative content!

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  • Ady Unixmoment

    April 14, 2019

    this is superb n amazing

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