YouTube has changed woodworking forever. Guys like Steve Ramsey, Jimmy DiResta, Matthias Wandel and Jay Bates have changed the way that our community shares information and, perhaps more importantly, the way that we learn our craft. They have brought new people into the community and inspired all of us.
Those guys have between 150,000 and 500,000 subscribers on their channels. But you know what they all have in common? They all started small. Each one of them started on YouTube by uploading a video and hoping someone would watch it.
So it’s reasonable to think that there’s someone out there who is just getting started on YouTube who will be the next big thing. And I think it might be one of the ten listed below.
As of this writing, each of them has about 15,000 subscribers or less. They are working hard and putting out great content so check them out and if you like what you see, subscribe to their channels.
Martin is a woodturner from Hampshire, UK, who likes to experiment on camera. Most of his videos are him doing something for the first time. One of his experiments was with airbrushing a piece on the lathe and that video inspired Carl Jacobson to give airbrushing a shot.
He has a goal to have a full-time career as a woodturner and is documenting his progress in a series called A Turner’s Journey.
This channel is a little different in that they regularly cover two unrelated topics. They release weekly videos pertaining to personal finance and DIY. The videos are not related and do not overlap so if you’re not interested in the personal finance series (but why wouldn’t you be?), just skip those.
Mike does most of the DIY videos and he’d probably be best described as a maker instead of strictly a woodworker. While he mostly does woodworking, he also tackles projects like making a vintage-style whiskey chiller and building a DIY spot welder out of a microwave.
You know what a luthier is? Yeah, I didn’t either. A luthier is someone who makes stringed instruments like violins and guitars. And now you know.
Suso Caamanho runs this channel from Galiza, Spain. Given the name of this channel, it’s a little surprising that there are not many videos about making instruments. However, he has some incredible, very in-depth builds in the Matthias genre. Check out his 8-part series on building a 3-D router, then be sure you see the homemade router and saw table that he built. It’s obvious that Suso puts some serious thought into his builds. He also has plans available on his website if you’d like to build one of these projects.
Giaco Di Muro is an artist, a woodworker and a film maker, and it shows in every video. He has already developed a very distinct style in his videos and they are truly a pleasure to watch. Many of his projects are simple, but I particularly enjoy that he lets us see him working through the design phase. Also, the way he uses the lighting is different than pretty much any other woodworking videos that I’ve seen.
If you are in the hand tool camp, you’ve got to visit the Dutchhorse channel. This is a young woodworker (not sure of his age, but probably in his 20’s) who is completely committed to hand tool woodworking. He loves vintage, old-school tools and his passion really transmits well through the screen.
Though I personally am firmly planted on the power tool side of the fence, I still enjoy watching Dutchhorse do his thing. I think it is because many of the hand tool guys come off as snobbish whereas this guy has a humbleness that is very appealing.
There’s also something refreshing about seeing someone from the younger generation display the attention and patience required to complete a project using these tools. I think I’m about 10 years older than him and I don’t think I have that kind of patience.
Kevin has been a professional woodworker for over 10 years and it really shows in the quality of his builds. His business is making jewelry boxes so there are a lot of boxes on his channel, but he also does artsy stuff, woodturning and toys.
I like how, though he makes his living building boxes, he regularly things outside of the box (see what I did there?). For examples see his trapped wire segmented bowl, his copper tack stipple band saw box, or his wall art from scrap wood.
Chris McDowell makes high quality how-to videos. He is a musician who turned to woodworking in the last few years. Then he started making videos as a way to give back after he had learned pretty much everything he knows about woodworking on YouTube.
He does a lot of shop projects and, not surprisingly given his background, he managed to work music into a project by making a cigar box guitar. But the first video I ever saw of his was the rustic one-legged stool. It’s a good one!
Andy Glass is 25 years old and is admittedly obsessed with woodworking (but aren’t we all?). Somehow this “kid” has already amassed a shop full of very nice tools so if you are prone to bouts of tool envy rage, you might want to skip this one.
He’s done a lot of great videos, but his most popular upload to date is the giant Nike Air Jordan shoe box.
Steve Hay is an Australian with incredible woodworking knowledge and experience. This is a true how-to channel with very in-depth series on most of his builds. Like details? This is the channel for you. Love Australian accents? This is the channel for you.
I believe these videos are actually from a TV series that is broadcast in Steve’s home land. They have a much more professional/TV feel than most of the YouTube channels out there.
Who did I miss?
What’s the channel that you love, but isn’t well known yet? Help get the word out by commenting below.