- Subpar effort by PWW Review by Adam
I was looking forward to this DVD as I wanted to learn how to create "pins first" dovetail joints. While I think that Glen is both a great teacher and outstanding woodworker, and the overall contents are worthwhile , the production values of the DVD are unacceptably poor. This DVD was recorded during a class where Glen addresses the audience and the class was taped using two cameras. There are vertigo inducing scenes where the handheld camera records close up shots of the workpiece with significant camera shake. The camera angles are suboptimal because the camera would have blocked the view of the audience members had it been positioned to demonstrate the workpiece optimally. This is a poor effort by popular woodworking and seems like an afterthought. Interestingly, at the same time I bought this DVD , I also bought two DVDs from Robert Millard who is a highly skilled professional craftsman who's workshop happens to be a tiny garage and his excellent DVDs are recorded with a single stationary camera without the help of a dedicated cameraman yet his DVDs are absolutely clear and comprehensive.
Bottom line: I'm disappointed with this DVD and until PWW releases a purpose made properly produced DVD with the same content, I would hesitate to recommend this DVD. If you want to learn about hand cut dovetail joinery , consider DVDs by Rob Cosman or Chuck Bender. For power tool dovetail joinery, check out the dovetail DVD by Stephen Hammer from Fine Woodworking .
(Posted on 8/19/2013)