Woodworking Goes Web 2.0 with TheWoodWhisperer.com

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Marc Spagnuolo, AKA The Wood Whisperer, takes you into his fresh vision of woodworking through video podcasts, chatrooms, and even a live streaming shop web-cam. TheWoodWhisperer.com was picked as Best of iTunes 2006 Staff Favorites and is the first website of its kind, allowing people of all ages and skill levels to learn, watch, and interact with others interested in the age old craft of woodworking.

Marc really got into listening to podcasts after I bought him an iPod

When you think of woodworking, do images of plaid flannel and graying beards come to mind? Get ready to throw away those old-fashioned notions, because one intrepid Internet entrepreneur is cutting a new groove in the woodworking mold. Marc Spagnuolo, AKA The Wood Whisperer, takes you into his fresh vision of woodworking through video podcasts, chatrooms, and even a live streaming shop web-cam. TheWoodWhisperer.com is the first website of its kind, allowing people of all ages and skill levels to learn, watch, and interact with others interested in the age old craft of woodworking.

The Wood Whisperer originally started out as a fun project that joined two of Marc's passions, woodworking and technology. "Marc really got into listening to podcasts after I bought him an iPod," said Nicole Spagnuolo, Marc's wife and frequent guest-star on the podcast and live stream. The iPod brought Marc's attention to the video podcasts and the massive Web 2.0 trend. Simply and inexpensively generated audio and video content was, to Marc's enjoyment, filling his iPod and entertaining him while he worked in his shop. He soon realized that there was a lack of quality podcasts for woodworking, and it wasn't long before Marc and Nicole decided to make their own show. With a polite nod to Cesar Milan, the Dog Whisperer, the first Wood Whisperer episode was made. While continuing to produce The Wood Whisperer podcasts, the couple added other unique features to the site. After the addition of a webcam to the shop computer, The Wood Whisperer viewers could now catch live snapshots of Marc in action. The webcam experience was enhanced later as a live stream when, after listening to one of Marc's favorite podcasts, Leo Laporte the Tech Guy, Marc was introduced to uStream.tv. Emphasizing the growing "mashup" status of the site, Nicole stated, "We now have live streaming video, as well as interactive chat, that provides our viewers a unique opportunity to learn directly from a professional woodworker."

Marc originally started woodworking as a hobby. With a degree in molecular biology, science was his primary focus. It didn't take long for Marc to realize that what began as a hobby was quickly becoming near-obsession. He spent his every spare moment practicing and teaching himself the core techniques needed to build fine custom furniture. Realizing the value and need for formal instruction, Marc enrolled in various classes and eventually had the good fortune of apprenticing with David Marks from the DIY television program WoodWorks. A move to Arizona presented Marc with a unique opportunity for a career change. He left the biotech industry and began woodworking full-time. Marc is now fortunate enough to follow his two passions, making fine custom furniture and sharing his knowledge and techniques with others. In addition to producing The Wood Whisperer video podcast, Marc is a contributing editor to FineWoodworking.com.

Because of current technologies, it is now possible for woodworkers to interact with communities of other woodworkers and get a direct look inside a professional woodworking shop. What really sets apart the Internet as a media platform, though, is the interactive aspect. Not only can a visitor see what Marc is doing in his shop, but the chat room discussions often spur Marc into impromptu tutorials directly from viewer requests.

"The Wood Whisperer is a tremendous resource for me and the best woodworking site I've come across. The website has been another tool for me in my quest to become the best woodworker I can be, and the chat room friends I've met along the way are an inspiration. I get to watch a professional in his shop, see his mistakes and how he fixes them. From time to time, he even stops everything and answers viewer questions or gives an impromptu class live from the website," says Victor Hubbard of Pasco, WA

The Wood Whisperer is an award winning podcast (Best of iTunes 2006 Staff Favorites) that is released semi-monthly. Founded in Nov. 2006, The Wood Whisperer podcasts have been download over 1 million times and can be found listed in the top 5 hobby podcasts in iTunes. To watch the podcasts, or for more information, please visit TheWoodWhisperer.com

If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Marc Spagnuolo, please call Nicole Spagnuolo at 623-853-1320 or email Nicole at Nicole @ thewoodwhisperer.com

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