We thought we would go back through our video archives from the year and pick a few of our favorites to share. But, before we do...
We'd like to thank everyone who participated in our 2014 video contest, including the winner Paul Fuller. And, to let you know to get started on your video because we'll be doing anothervideo contest in 2015 with more great prizes. So, spend some of your holidays in the shop shooting some footage!
Now, enjoy a look back at some great videos from the past year.
Best Video by a Festool Customer:
2014 Video Contest Winner, Paul Fuller
We'll start at the top, with the video selected as the winner of our 2014 video contest by the live audience and viewers of the Festool Connect live video cast.
Our grand prize winner was Paul Fuller of Fuller Banjo for his testimonial video. Paul is a luthier and furniture maker who really appreciates the advantages of Festool sanders and HEPA dust extractors. Did you notice that the bench he's sitting on while giving his comments on Festool is the same bench he's building in the video? Pretty clever.
Of course, the music in the background is him playing one of his instruments. Well done, Paul!
Best Made Up Vocabulary:
Smallerizing it with Ben Riddering
We get asked periodically if the people in our videos are actors, Festool employees or given a script. Not at all. Ben Riddering is a good example of someone just saying what comes to mind while he talks about himself, his company and his family. When we first saw the footage, and heard him talk about "smallerizing," we were sure that others could relate.
Well said, Ben!
Best Use of Useless Timber:
Beetle Kill Pine, Azure Woodworking
Laying waste to countless acres of Colorado forests, the pine beetle has found an unlikely ally in Corbin Clay, owner of Denver based Azure Furniture. Corbin's team takes this Beetle Kill Pine, an otherwise value-less lumber that has be burned off to prevent forest fires, and converts it into heirloom furniture. Listen to his story to see how he finds value where others do not.
Best Analogy Between Marriage and Woodworking:
Sorek Minery, Blue Ridge Woodworks
Sorek Minery of Blue Ridge Woodworks delivered our second place video, showcasing a dark box he built for use in wet plate photography by 179 Pictures. Enjoy this brilliantly produced piece about a man and the tools he uses to put his passion to work. And stick around till the end to hear Sorek's take on how marriage and woodworking can be viewed through the same lens.
Best Soon-to-be-Reality TV Personality Using Festool:
The Organic Bed by Jory Brigham
Set your DVR for Framework, an upcoming TV series from Spike TV debuting January 6th, featuring Jory Brigham, a frequent contributor to the Festool video library. Framework is set to showcase some of the country's best furniture designers and builders going head-to-head in a competition to see who's best. Tune in to see what Jory and the rest of the contestants can do under pressure, especially when they're armed to the teeth with Festool.
Watch the Spike TV trailer for Framework.
Best Saving History with Festool:
Saving Canada's Oldest Sailboat, Tony Grove
Tony Grove has been a shipwright for more than 30 years specializing in wooden boat restoration. He has also been teaching boat building for about six years. Over the course of his career, he has had experience with a variety of brands and quality of tools and seen various advancements. With that wisdom, he has learned the importance of investing in quality tools.
Currently, Tony is restoring Dorothy, the oldest sailboat in Canada, for the maritime museum. Watch this piece of history come back to life on the website "Between Wood and Water".
Best Company Promotional Video Featuring Festool: Warline Painting
Warline Painting, Ltd. of Vancouver produced this amazing promotional video for their paint business. Touting the fact that they're not your typical painters, Heidi Nyline talks about what differentiates Warline from other paint companies. The owners and employees of Warline share a pride in their work and a passion for their craft. Festool is honored to be the tool of choice for their company and to also be associated with such premium craftsmanship.
Best Scientific Study Featuring Festool:
Peter Lawton of LeadSMART talks about his experiences with various dust collection solutions for RRP work. In the video, he discusses the regulations and requirements for lead-based paint and compares the options. Backed up by third party lab results and extensive field testing, he sorts through the relative effectiveness of various RRP dust containment solutions.
Best Project Series Featuring Festool:
Building Kitchen Cabinets with Eric Clevinger
Eric is a great contributor on the Festool Owners Group forum, sharing his passion for woodworking and video production. He recently filmed a 21 part series, featuring quite a bit of Festool in action, showing how he planned, constructed and installed a set of kitchen cabinets. Be sure to check it out to learn some good tips that may help you get more out of your own tools.
Best Over-the-Top Acting & CGI:
Spencer Ratliff, Saving Cats with Festool
You might recognize Spencer as the winner of our 2013 video contest. He impressed our viewers with his quirky sense of humor as well as his video review of the Trion Jigsaw, during which he somehow figures out how to saw through a two-foot thick log. Well, kind of. Since then, he's also made a very nice bookcase and at least one sandwich with the TS 55.
In his latest video installment, his quick reactions save a precious cat from losing one of its nine lives.