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:

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!

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👍

 

Our YouTube Channel has been Hacked!!!!

First of all, thanks so much to everyone for all of the notifications and messages about the situation. It is an amazing feeling to have so many people looking out for us and very quickly letting us know of what was happening. Thank you.

Recently the Simple Little Life has joined the Studio71 Network, and this hack was a complete hack accross all members of the Studio71 team. Including some really big YouTubers like Good Mythical Morning, Roman Atwood, Wranglerstar and many many others.

We’ve been told YouTube is working on fixing the situation and we should have all of our titles, descriptions and everything else back to normal within a few days. Apparently this hack is just a way of #OurMine flexing their muscles and proving that there are security issues. Which obviously there are. Uploading new content is still working just fine and from what we’ve been told the hack has been neutralized.

So now it’s just a matter of waiting until everything gets put back to normal. Again, thank you so much for all of the heads-up messages. They are most certainly appreciated.

Cheers!👍

YouTube Sponsorship and Sharp Knives

Up on the vlog for today is a bit of an explanation of how I got my wicked edge knife sharpener. And a quick look at the speedy sharp sharpener.

 

Tool Time Tuesday – Back to the basics of setting up a decent shop

In setting up a useful shop, one of the early tools that should be considered would be a decent bench vise. Regardless of what you plan on doing in your shop, in most instances you will find a bench vise to be an incredibly valuable tool. It’s a tool that will be equally as useful to a person just getting starting in there fixing, building, making journey as it is to a master craftsman who has years of experience. Yup, I think bench vises are awesome.

ZanFlare F1 – Flashlight review

IMG_7167Winter. It’s cold and dark (at least for those of us in the Northern part of the Northern Hemisphere). Working outside at this time of year often means working in the dark. That being the case, I’m a huge fan of flashlights. I probably have 40 of them. But not all lights are created equal. Especially when it comes to hard everyday use. Most of the lights that you can pick up at the big box stores store just won’t last very long when you’re using them hard everyday.

About a month and a half ago I was contacted by ZanFlare, a new flashlight company, and they asked if they could send me their F1 flashlight to test out and review. I’v been beating on this light and using it hard and I have to say that I am very impressed. For the full info, check out the review on my YouTube channel.

ZanFlare is currently selling their lights on gearbest.com and they have offered a coupon code for followers of this blog and viewers of my YouTube channel. The F1 sells for $39.99 USD but if you use the coupon code simple at checkout, you will receive $5 off! Hot Deals!

Knife Maker’s Sanding Block is now shipping!

Last week I posted a video on YouTube and the response was overwhelming. Since then I’ve been playing catch up on making these little sanding blocks, and I’m now getting to shipping them out to customers. I still have them on homesteadknives.com and they are set up to allow back order. Right now I’m 3 behind in production, but I’ll be cranking out about another 30 or so in the next week.

Thanks to everyone who ordered and they are on their way to you! Your support is sincerely appreciated.

Cheers!

We’re having a giveaway!

Want a chance to win a handmade bushcraft knife? We have a contest going over on our YouTube channel where you can! Simply subscribe to the channel, live in North America (we wanted to keep shipping options as simple as possible for our first give away) and we’ll make the draw in May 9, 2016. Sweet deal! Check out the video below for the full details.

You could win this knife!
You could win this knife!

Good luck!

Our First Giveaway!

win this handmade knifeWell, to get things moving further over on the youtube channel, I have decided to give away a handmade knife. We haven’t really shared much on the knife-making front here the blog, but it does happen and it happens fairly often. What started as a hobby and a way for me to have all the knives I wanted without having to drain the bank (knife collecting can be an expensive habit) has turned into a fun little side hustle that is starting to gain some momentum. It was about 3 years ago that I tried making my first knife, and since then they have steadily been getting better.

I’ve started to sell a few here and there and I am now getting orders for one-off custom knives from collectors in the United States. It feels nice to have people want and appreciate things that you make by hand. Anyway, I did a video on making a bushcraft knife and showed all the steps involved. That video is here:

Part of the reason for making that blade was so that I could have that exact knife to use as a giveaway once the SLL youtube channel reaches 2000 subscribers. We’re at just over 430 now so it’s a bit of a ways to go, but I think that it’s a fairly attainable goal. Especially if we can keep putting up half decent content for people to watch. There are tons of channels on YouTube that have multi-thousands of subscribers, and some in the millions, so really, 2000 is not by any means a big YouTube channel, but I think it’s a pretty decent start. Anyway, here’s the announcement video of the contest. Make sure to subscribe, and comment on the video that I will put up once we reach 2000 subscribers and you could win this knife!