Friday, September 21, 2012

Any Interest in Tutorials?

In the past, I have had a fun and exciting time carving and producing a couple of tutorials including the Archer and the Study Stick.  I’m not sure if many people realize the time and effort it takes to publish something on this scale.  There are several carvers out there who record video of themselves carving and demonstrating how they do things.  I certainly do not discount the value of their contribution to the carving community.  I, myself, enjoy watching the techniques of other carvers as they perform their art.  But, in my opinion, a written explanation and still photos is still the best way for someone to follow when trying to duplicate a tutorial.  It allows the student time to pause and study the process and each individual step.

I have received a few positive responses about the tutorials I have published from some wonderful people.  It pleases me greatly to know that someone has benefited from these small publications.  I love helping people.  Serving others is a source of true and lasting joy for me.  I do, however, have to ask myself, are there enough interested carvers out there to make producing more tutorials worth my while?  I value my time greatly since I work a full time job as a mechanical engineer, make and sell carving tools out in my small workshop on weekends to help make ends meet, have a large, young family with all of my children still at home, and am active in my church and community.  As you might suppose, I get very little leisure time, and what small amount of time I’m allotted, I want to get the most of.

I do not charge for access to my tutorials; some things in life should still be free.  A monetary value cannot be placed on the joy I get from helping someone over the hump of a carving question.  That feeling is far more valuable that a few extra dollars in my wallet.  I am willing to continue making new tutorials and taking my followers along in the passenger seat on my personal carving adventures, but only if there is enough interest for me to do so.

I would certainly appreciate it if you would leave a comment on this post or send me an email at and let me know your feelings on the matter, so that I may make an informed decision.  If I find that there is still enough interest, I will revisit the Study Stick Tutorial and complete the other two steps, as well as look at some new subjects for future ones.  I will continue to post the progress on my personal carving adventures and take you along for the ride.  If not, that’s alright too.  I’ll dedicate my time to something else that is competing for my attention.  I will still keep the old tutorials available and post photos of my finished carvings to show them off to the world.

Thank you all for your interest in The Old Stump Blog.
Brandant Robinson


  1. I know I have enjoyed your tutorials and have a copy in my reference file of the study stick. I will follow along, download, and study the tutorials you publish.

    It saddens my heart to hear about how much effort goes into them - especially given I don't make any contribution to them. With all you have on your plate, I am all the more grateful for those that you have published.

    Please don't let me add to the burdens of getting through your week. But know that I will enjoy and study your tutorials.

    Thanks for all you do for your fans!


  2. Brandant,

    I am new to carving (10 months) and I found your articles on the study sticks early on and find them very useful. I myself am grateful for the time that you and many others put into helping others to learn the craft. The internet certainly has opened many doorways to learn. If it were not for learning many tips and techniques not just from people in person in a carving club, etc but using the internet as a tool to expedite the learning curve. I certainly understand the time balance issue and making wise use of your time but I can tell you that your efforts definitely are worth the time that you put into if teaching others. Sorry for my long way around of saying "Thank you". Keep up the good work that you do and not just on the tutorials.


  3. Brandant, I am another that has benefited from you study stick tutorials. Thank you! I would love to see you finish the series up. I have one problem tho. It may be due to screen settings on my computer, but for some reason, the pics often are hard to see clearly. Especially when looking for details. Any ideas why this might be?

    1. Chris, try downloading the PDF document to your computer instead of viewing it online. Looking at it online really messes up the resolution.

  4. I am another that has benefited from you tutorials. Thank you! I think many others have also benefited from them But many people are reluctant to reply online do to some crazy fear of the internet. thanks for what you have done so far and please keep up the good work. steve

  5. Hi Brian, A tutorial on eyes carving would be welcome to comple the study stick... I am going back to sources these days, and after the mouth and nose, the eyes are my next thing to work on... Thanks
    Gilles C.