You heard it here first…

Well, for the past two months I’ve been doing my best at daily vlogging the YouTube channel. It has been a lot of work, but I’ve sorted out a lot of tips and tricks that have made filming and editing much more efficient and streamlined. That is a huge bonus. At the best of it, I had 56 consecutive days of uploading a video to YouTube. That’s a lot of work.

Minimalist EDC Knife

One issue that kept creeping up, is that I would get behind on my knife orders, and then kind of rush the video and at the end just stopped making videos for days in a row until I caught up with my knife orders again. And then I’d be back on the daily videos but at the same time again, losing ground on keeping up with knife orders. I realize that this is kind of a vicious circle that I don’t see a way to get around. Daily videos, and full-time knife maker. They just don’t go smoothly together and still give some sense of a life for me and my family.

I’ve decided to shift the focus of my energy. I’m going to concentrate on one build video per week, as well as still doing viewer’s knives and maybe a weekly update vlog. The idea with the weekly vlog is a single video where I can dump any of the interesting little bits that happened during the week. This should allow me to focus a few blocks of time during the week to filming a knife build, free up the 3-5 hours per day that it took to produce the daily vlogs, and still allow me to keep with my knife orders.

I’m not saying this is how things will stay for sure 100%, but part of life is changing, adapting and trying different things until you find something that works well. And then eventually you’ll probably have to go through that cycle again and again and again. So we’ll try this. See how it works. See if this is a better fit. I hope so.

One other benefit is that it might free up a little time to actually work on this blog a little more. I love writing and blogging. I blogged long before I ever made YouTube videos and I still love doing it, but it just seems so hard to post here after I’ve spent hours posting to YouTube.

Tomorrow I will post a video on YouTube explaining all of this but figured I might as well post it here first.

I’ll close this post out with two of my last daily vlogs where I made a minimalistic EDC. Thank you all for your support and encouragement. Cheers👍

Part 1:

Part 2:

A bunch of new videos on the YT channel!

Ah! I’ve forgotten to update posts here as the new YouTube videos have been coming out. But the videos are coming out! With some of the changes to the new YouTube algorithm, it seems that YouTube likes to give favour channels that update very regularly. Like, daily.

So that’s the new game plan. Daily videos. It’s a lot of work but I’ve made some changes to my schedule that are really helping me accomplish the goal of daily videos, while still have a bit of a life. The secret: EARLY MORNINGS. I’ve been getting up at 4:30am to edit the footage, allowing me to be done with editing by around 8am. That way I still have the whole day to make knives, shoot new video and still have evenings free to enjoy some R&R and hanging out with my sweet wife and wonderful kiddos. Balance. I’m incredibly productive in the mornings and everyone else is sleeping, so starting nice and early really is the perfect way for me to squeeze an extra few hours out of the day.

Anyway, to play catchup here, these are the videos that I’ve forgotten to share here on the blog. Have a look. Watch one, watch them all! Either way, thanks for stopping by.

Cheers👍

Tool Time Tuesday – The Metal Lathe

What would you do with a metal lathe?
What would you do with a metal lathe?

Just uploaded a new episode of TRIPLE T, on the metal lathe. A metal lathe is an awesome addition to any shop it has allowed me to make all sorts of jigs and fixtures that I use not only in my knife making, but also for all sorts of other projects around the homestead. From bringing hair-brained ideas to life to making simple repairs that otherwise would require buying (often expensive) parts, having a metal lathe at your disposal opens up a whole world of possibilities. If you’re patient, you can find HOT DEALS on used ones. Check out the video!

DIY Leather Stitching Pony

Super handy DIY project!
Super handy DIY project!

I’ve been getting more and more into leather work and now offering leather sheaths available for most of my knives. That’s a great option but it also means some upgrades to current tools/processes.

One thing that is super handy if you are doing a lot of leather work is a stitching pony, or stitching horse. It’s basically a clamping tool usually made of wood that hold the piece that you are sewing so that you can have both hands free from the leather being sewn. It also helps keep the leather rigid and prevents it from flexing while sewing.

I checked out a few options that are commercially available and decided it would probably be cheaper just to build one . All in it was a 3 hr project (made good use of my milling machine) and it’s going to save so much time! There are easier DIY versions of a stitching pony out there but I wanted something that was a little unique, and I wanted to find a way to use only materials that I had laying around and not have to buy anything for this build. Check out the build video!

Win a Foredom!

Win THIS Foredom!
Win THIS Foredom!

If you’ve followed Simple Little Life on YouTube for a while, you probably know that I like to celebrate milestones by doing giveaways! Well, I’m keeping that trend going and we are coming up no one hundred thousand subscribers! 100K! That’s nuts! Never did I ever think this would happen, and I am so excited and honoured to be a part of the maker community on YouTube. More than just a number, it represents a growing community of friends, idea sharers and people wanting to learn to make things, make knives and just improve their skills over all.

For this GAW, I reached out to Foredom Electric Company, and they have donated a Foredom power carver set to be given away once we hit 100K subs on YouTube. Huge thank you to Foredom for getting behind this GAW and supporting the channel in this way. I am so grateful and amazed at their involvement.

I love my Foredom and use it in so many projects, including every knife that I make.

Here are two videos you can check out; the first is the GAW announcement video (please note, this is not the video that you enter to win on, that one is coming soon😀) and the second is a Tool Time Tuesday I did on the Foredom.

I would like to say a huge thank you to all of the support that you have shown in the past year that have made this channel grow, and it is such an amazing community to be involved in. Hopefully we’ll be launching the GAW soon and get this awesome tool into one of your hands!

Cheers👍

 

Tool Time Tuesday – 1-2-3 Blocks

Okay okay, we’ve been pretty slack at updating this website lately, but all of that is changing. We’ve been busy re-vamping our YouTube presence and part of that is keeping up to date across all of our other Social Media Platforms as well. Including here.

So, with every new video that comes out, so will a new post. Also, I’ll try and get a better write on each post with some additional photos. Thanks for tuning in!

My favourite YouTube channels

The list was released as a “holiday gift guide” on my YouTube channel but since it’s a list of other recommended YouTube channels and not a list of stuff to try and get under the tree before Christmas morning, I figured it’d be fine to save this one for a little later on to post to the blog.

Anyway, here is a very condensed list of some YouTube channels that I really enjoy. Keep in mind this list is incredibly abbreviated as there are so many great people sharing what they do on Youtube. But, for a quick place to start, here are some you may have heard of and maybe some you’ve never seen before. Check them out and enjoy!

Trollsky: https://www.youtube.com/user/Trollskyy
Ekim Knives: https://www.youtube.com/user/EKIM1428
Walter Sorrells: https://www.youtube.com/user/slappybu…
NuManXplore: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClCh…
BlueDogGarage: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYSw…
Green Beetle: https://www.youtube.com/user/greenbee…
Jimmy Diresta: https://www.youtube.com/user/jimmydir…
Laura Kampf: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRix…
The King of Random – Grant Thompson: https://www.youtube.com/user/01032010814
Izzy Swan: https://www.youtube.com/user/rusticma…
NYC CNC: https://www.youtube.com/user/saunixcomp
Wranglerstar: https://www.youtube.com/user/wrangler…
Life in Farmland: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG3f…
Wilderness Outfitters: https://www.youtube.com/user/wilderne…
Hickok45: https://www.youtube.com/user/hickok45
Joe Robinet Bushcraft: https://www.youtube.com/user/josephal…
Sensible Prepper: https://www.youtube.com/user/Sensible…

Our YouTube channel reached 20K subs! That means there’s a giveaway!

Pretty stoked to reach this milestone over on the YouTube channel. Honestly I’ve been putting most of my social media focus on YouTube (and sadly at the expense of blogging here) but I suppose you can only do so much. I like the video communication, and so far it’s going fairly well.

Way back when I had about 2K subscribers, I announced a contest for a knife giveaway that would happen once I reach 20K subscribers. Well this past weekend we hit 20K and now the GAW is open. Check out the video for all the details.

Cheers!

Preparing the pasture for the horses and cows

fencingThe little bottle-feeder cows we picked up a few months ago are really starting to fill out. We have completely weened them from the bottle and have been eating just hay for about a month now. With that being the case, it’s time to get them out to pasture.

A few weeks back our neighbour had rented a post pounder for a long weekend. He had  mentioned that he’d only need it for a day at the most and if we wanted to do any fencing, we were welcome to use it as part of the same rental. Sweet! The entire fence on the front of our property was in really rough shape (missing posts, most of wire gone) and we also wanted to get some cross fencing done so we can use our land to feed some of our animals.

The horses are really loving all the open space they now have
The horses are really loving all the open space they now have

So I helped my neighbour with his fence  posts and he, along with my father-in-law, helped put in the fence posts for all of the fencing that we had wanted to do. That was a few weeks maybe even a month ago.

Fast forward to last week: time to finish off the fence. Part of the process was simply stringing and stretching the wire and part of it was to install two gates that we were given and were trying to re-use. Gates are expensive and when someone is just throwing them out; it seems a shame to just let them get tossed. I’ve had this sitting our land for about a year, and it’s great to actually have them put to use.

Lately we’ve had a whole lot of rain here (5 inches in just over a week) and that made for some boggy conditions for fencing. With the quad it wasn’t too bad, but with the bobcat, that things was getting stuck like crazy. Especially with the post auger installed. I ended up having to get quite creative with how I installed the first gate. Working alone usually leads to some interesting/hill-billy solutions.

Getting creative with machines, slings and come-alongs. The joys of working alone...
Getting creative with machines, slings and come-alongs. The joys of working alone…

But, after a concentrated effort last week (I was shocked it took the better part of a week) it’s great to have the cows and horses running around and grazing in the newly fenced pasture.

Here’s a little video from our YouTube channel about it. Cheers!

DIY Calf bottle holder

With our 4 calves now needing to be bottle-fed 4 times a day, it was high time to make a bottle holder. They are getting stronger and much more rambunctious during their feeding times. With all their head-butts and jerks on the nipples, it is getting harder and harder to keep the bottle under control and in hand while they slurp away. So, I decided it was time do a little homestead “automation”. Basically, a wooded frame that I cobbled together that will hold the bottles even when the calves are getting a little excited during their feeding. So far it’s working really well and has made feeding these little calves so much easier. I didn’t use any plans but just kind of slapped it together with material I had lying around. We are still getting in with them when they feed (the trust and reliance that they develop with us when they are young will make them much easier to handle when they out-weigh us by X-number of times) but it’s nice not to have to wrestle a bottle every time they need to eat.