I have had a project sitting on my bench for a few months that I haven’t worked on because I get frustrated on how little progress I make on it when I do. After listening to the latest podcast, I’ve realized I idolize making something with ‘all hand tools’ when I think I’ll enjoy woodworking more when using ‘some hand tools’. Also, the reminders that it doesn’t have to perfect is great as well. This motivated me to get back out there on my project this past weekend and I had a great time. Keep up the great Pod!
Started listening to pass the time of my commute and thoroughly enjoy it...educational, entertaining and relevant to my avocation of making furniture with hand tools. Awesome combination!
I was initially turned off with the constant “how to sharpen my hand tool” repetition, it’s been great. More content variety has take things up to a whole new level.
Woodwork talk Nirvana
OK, I am relatively new to woodworking, but I am also a podcast junkie for many years. So I think I understand what works in a podcast and what doesn’t. Now, when I start a podcast I always start at the beginning, and so I’m only up to episode 18 so far. A comment by a listener was read on this issue, and the listener was upset by the fact that it was “just a bunch of guys randomly talking about woodworking”, and wasn’t “focused enough“ for this listener. I have to completely disagree. Although I am early into this podcast, I find this style of podcast very refreshing, because as a woodworker, I don’t want to “jump to the end” and see a polished finished piece of furniture podcast, I want to know the nitty-gritty dirty details, and to be honest, that can only happen when guys and gals, who are woodworkers are just randomly talking about the pieces they have built, tools they have used, techniques they have used, etc. etc. So, to the podcast guys doing the talking, y’all are doing great! Don’t listen to the detractors, if a few people are offended by a bunch of guys sitting around talking about woodworking in a informal fashion, then they have obviously not spent a lot of time around guys doing guy things. So, keep up the good work! Also, I am SO jealous of you guys, if I could be on the staff of your magazine I think I would have died and gone to heaven! The perk of getting a complete set of Fine Woodworking Magazines upon hiring is worth it by itself!!!! OMG. So jealous. Thank you for making my work day a little better! My day job is an accounting job, so I listen to your podcast to help me through the boring days, so I can get home and handle some wood, or surf for new tools. You can never have enough tools!!!
#197 Great Pod (as are the rest of the episodes)
Loved the discussion on miter joints and shrink and swell. Kept it coming.
Everything a woodworking podcast should be!
Currently on episode 26 and love every bit of it! They are super informative and also crack me up when they get off topic!
I just signed off for the unlimited access for FWW and can’t wait to dive into the content.
Thanks for making a woodworking podcast and making it surprisingly comical!
Like spending an hour with friends in the shop
Patrick G. Woodworker
I’ve been listening to STL for years now, and the best part is that it inspires me to get into the shop regularly. It’s like spending an hour with fellow woodworkers, which is important for keeping going in such a solitary pursuit.
Mike, Ben, Anissa and their rotating cast of guests keep it fun while sharing great pro tips to make everything from the basics to more esoteric topics approachable.
There’s only one element I’d like to see improved, and it’s a complete nit. Ben, you can do better than the tinny <bass><snare><hat><hat><snare> loop under the ads section - like the happy-jangly intro and intro music.
Keep up the great work!
This is a great podcast. I have a stupid long commute - 1.5 hours - and I love listening to shop talk live as I drive. I've always wanted to get into woodworking, but have never had anyone to show me how to do anything. This podcast has helped me learn the language of the shop and figure out how to get started.
I like it all
Hack and saw boy
I for one like the banter mixed with the good advice. Having no adult shop classes in my area, I yearn for expert advice and opinion. If I were taking a class with any of these fine folks I'd expect it to be fun, not dead serious. If you want a dry podcast, feel free to make your own. Good luck with that! Five stars to the guys and gals at STL!!!
Focus on the Topic
I feel the hosts spend too much time at the beginning of the show on nonsensical discussions that are unrelated to the advertised topic. When they focus on the topic, I gain valuable insight. I’m not interested in their joking amongst themselves. Sometimes this is 8-10 minutes of the start of the broadcast.
going down hill
I have been a faithful listner and subscriber to Fine Woodworking for many years, i have always looked forward to new podcast but now the show has steadaly declined. Don't understand the purpose for the ending when sound bits are mixed, come on guys you are grown!!
Another vote for weekly show
I enjoy the show and like the rotation of participants and guests. One of the most instructional, thoughtful and refined woodworking programs out there - stick with that, that’s not boring, it’s refreshing! I look forward to each new show - would be great if it were weekly!
I work out of town remodeling grocery stores. I usually go home every other weekend. This is the perfect listening material for The long drive and when I’m JonesIng to be in my shop. I had to become an unlimited subscriber even though I have no clue what I receive. I can’t get enough fine woodworking. A++++
Great for Work
I just finished some heavy audio books while working in the shop. This show is a welcome relief!
Shop talk, shop palls.
Most days I end up working long hours in the shop alone. For the last week I just let this podcast play on the Bluetooth speaker. I’m catching up on past episodes, but it’s kept me company much more than music alone. I’ve enjoyed my days much more now that I spend it shaking my head, rolling my eyes and routinely chuckling. Thanks for keeping us entertained.
A woodworking podcast?
Are you freaking kidding me? How is THAT going to work?
All questions I had when I stumbled onto FWW’s Shop Talk Live.
Thankfully, it not only works but I’ve found it (after around thirty episodes) truly thought provoking and I treat the crew as a Greek chorus to either challenge or confirm my solo woodworker biases or ferret out and learn new approaches.
If you’re a woodworking enthusiast you’ll love this.
Conversations I wish I got to have with my friends.
Honky tonk slim
This week there was a great conversation about favorite thicknesses (totally agree with Mike, 3/4 is garbage. 3/8 for life. Ride or die) and it was a conversation i wish I could have with my friends! Also, I really want to meet Ben and have him call me by my Instagram name instead of my real name.
Love this podcast
I used to know when my payday are at work just because I liked getting the money. Now I know when they are because it’s the same day as this podcast comes out. I love the information and tone of this podcast. As someone who lives somewhere without lots of local professionals, it’s very helpful to listen to how professionals think through their problems. I also love the interview episodes. Highly recommend. Now to just get them weekly.
Not liking the new intro
Been listening since day one. I enjoy the podcast but the recent changes to the beginning don’t do it for me. Going around introducing the hosts and getting a little humor in there was enjoyable.
Love me some Shop Talk
Joe in NebraskA
Still one my favorite podcast. For the 200th show let’s do a reunion and invite Ed, Asa and Matt back!
Easy to listen to and informative
I have been listening to STL for a couple years now and always look forward to the new episodes. These guys are easy to listen to and frequently have good info for the fine woodworker. 👍👍👍
Going through the older episodes and loving the frequent interviews with professional furniture makers and tool makers. It seems they’ve gotten away from that a bit. Still a great podcast, one of my favorites. Thanks.
Jay WebsterSorry to say, this is becoming the most boring woodworking podcast. Sorely missing Matt K
After years of packing my woodworking tools around the country, Montana 1974, to Oregon 1977, to New York 1979, I finally have a beautiful shop for everything. During these past 36yrs. in NY my wife and I built our own post and beam house and raised 5 kids. I made my living as a tool & die maker, but have always loved woodworking. I first got excited through your magazine in 1975 and still have the first issue around here somewhere. Over the past year, and anticipating retirement, I have been moving into and organizing my dream shop, a 24x24 pole building. I really enjoy the podcast as I travel for work during the week. It has re-energized my love for the craft. Keep up the great work.
I own a custom furniture/woodworking business in LA and I’ve really enjoyed this podcast. Im fairly self-taught and have really liked hearing that I’m not the only one facing the same problems/frustrations in this craft! Really informative, funny, and helpful tips and conversations. Keep up the good work!
First time first time
Coming in hot on episode 179 and I’m glad I did. I’m newly subscribed to Fine Woodworking and I am so happy that the comment from the guy who really really wants Bens job was addressed in the most graceful way possible. Can’t wait to get through the back catalogue.
A reflection on the nature of work (with good jokes)
I’m a 20-something woman brand-new to woodworking after a lifetime of wanting to get into the craft but having no one around to teach me.
I started listening to Shop Talk Live to at least get some context through osmosis. I was so pleased to quickly make the podcast a part of my daily commute. The podcast is relevant for anyone interested in exploring the nature of work, listening to humans talk deeply about their craft, and gaining inspiration to get better at anything in life.
The podcast is friendly to newcomers and gave me the confidence to finally jump in, and after a month I’m about to finish up Mike’s cursed dovetailed tea box. Perhaps I should have started with something simpler. Thank you for all that you do, and looking forward to years of learning in the shop with you!
Informative, funny and when are you going weekly?
Great podcast, lots of useful information, and not dry and boring like some out there. I miss the random stats segment and weekly would be fabulous! Keep up the good work and stay cool in the shop.
Pepperidge Farm planes
My favorite place to listen to the Pepperidge Farm guy talk about the price of Stanley planes
Love this Podcast!! I am, however, saving my 5 star rating for this to go weekly! More content and weekly cast would get my 5 star review! The friendly banter and sarcastic remarks just make it very enjoyable! would love in depth project discussions or mor deep dive sections!
Great show guys. Ben, you may be the novice but you make the show 5 stars.
Love it. Miss matt.
Love the show. Miss matt.
Wood geekery appreciated
I am a woodshop teacher and love listening on my commute. The show gets me going to share my wood geekery with my students. Thanks for sharing your mistakes and successes in such a fun way. I thought a podcast on woodworking would be dull, but you have honed it in. Keep it up
Great work on the podcast!
Keep it up
Best podcast for woodworking
When Matt is on, I don’t have to hit rewind five times on Mike’s detailed multidimensional descriptions on how to do something to figure out what he is saying, because Matt just cuts to the chase. So this doesn’t always translate to a podcast, like when Anissa draws something on paper and says it should look ‘like this,’ but I still don’t feel like I have wasted time catching up on the 170+ episodes. Funny that I just finished a queen bed that only took me 18 years to finish and when I actually finished it, the whole headboard was lost by thick mattress/box spring and pillows. Exactly the last podcast. This podcast gives an unpretentious assessment of all the mistakes you will ever make and has great suggestions and encouragement.
Like old Friends
If you tried this podcast when it was new and were unsure please give it another listen. Kudos to Ed who got the ball rolling and to Tom and now Ben as they have done a fabulous job not only growing the podcast but refining it as it’s matured. I’ll stick with my opinion from my first review that these guys and gals feel like old friends and I’m sad when faces change but the show keeps improving. The hosts, especially Mike and Matt have really changed the way I spend my time in the shop and it feels like we could of hang out in the shop if they dropped by. Thanks all.
Been keeping up with the new shows as well as starting at number one and catching up. Played hours on a road trip with my wife and realize how patient she really is. You need to have Anissa on more. Though her words are few when she speaks it is always valuable information.
Why cant i give 10 stars.
I love this pod thank you guys. I often im chuckling to myself at work with ear buds in, the looks i get when sharing a funny story (from the pod) with coworkers is priceless. Keep it up.
knox tn woodworker
Mike is the reason I still listen. Matt is gone?!?! I hope the show doesn't continue the slide that started with Ed and Asa leaving.
If Pekovich leaves we riot.
Huge fan of this show and it makes a great companion to the FWW magazine.
Love all the tips I can get in a single episode. Much of what I know from woodworking I learned from this podcast.
Thanks for the content.
Please stop putting Anisa on the show. Nobody can possibly think that’s working.
Shop Talk Live #169
Love the podcast guys (and gals)! Super informative, and I feel like I know Mike, and Ben, and Matt, and Anisa as friends! (is that weird?) Really... I look forward to each and every new release! Keep up the great work!
Catching me up on missed years
At 27, I would seem young to many. However, I only discovered fine woodworking in the last half year, and feel major FOMO for the lack of time spent in the shop. With no woodworking family members, I’ve been working hard to teach myself how to do basically everything. After spending months watching videos on YouTube, a cabinetmaker neighbor recommended FW magazine, and I found the podcast through that. I’ve been listening whenever I’m in the car, when I’m cooking or cleaning, and getting ready for bed. I’m at the point where I’m comforted by the voices Tom, Matt, Mike, and Ben when I’m home alone, so maybe I should stop for a while. Also, they don’t help curb my constant urge to buy new tools. Either way, I have to thank them for all the advice and tricks that I would never figure out on my own. Btw, Ben, I was just gifted funds for Texas Heritage apron for my birthday. Thanks for the tip!
Shop Talk Live
This podcast is a welcome respite from the solitary pursuit of woodworking. Like having some buddies in the shop with sound advise, sage wisdom, and friendly banter. OK... occasional snarky remarks and jabs. Every episode adds to my knowledge and enjoyment of the craft.
I binged all of the episodes over the course of a few months, and then started the whole thing over again! The information is great and the guys are fun to listen to.
If you are just a beginner or an expert woodworker this podcast is for you but we miss Ed
Thanks for all the wonderful knowledge you impart and for keeping it entertaining in the process. And now, just like everyone keeps telling you, make it once a week. Thank you in advance.
I love the show, but I have one complaint. When you talk about your favorite tools, I often want to buy them and sometimes I do. My wife is not happy with you guys.
Really really excellent work on this. I'm a fairly new woodworker but I get TONS of information from this podcast every episode. The guys do a nice job of balancing banter and real information. I look forward to every episode and am usually chomping at the bit to get into my shop by the end!
The Best of the Best Woodworking Podcasts
Less is more....the title says it all!!!!!
Keep it up!!!!