I don’t listen to a lot of podcasts. Yes, there are a lot of great podcasts out there, but the time I have available for listening is pretty limited, so I have to choose my podcasts with care.
That said, I’ve recently run across a podcast that I’ve really enjoyed: Hand Tool Book Review, by Ray Deftereos.
Most episodes are 20-40 minutes long, and each one focuses on a different book about hand tools. While most of the books he reviews are fairly new, he does also take note of older classics. Ray gives detailed overviews of the books, and he reflects on which parts he has found most useful in his shop. He’s honest about each book’s strengths and weaknesses, but he tends to focus on books that he can strongly recommend.
Thus far, he has been publishing one podcast a week, which is a pretty impressive rate of work given how much reading, writing, and editing obviously goes into each podcast. To date, he’s published 21 episodes, but I’m still a few episodes behind. I don’t know how long he’s going to keep up this production schedule, but he’s already made a lot of great material available.
If you’re into woodworking at all, and you enjoy reading (which I hope covers a lot of subscribers to this blog), I think you will find the Hand Tool Book Review podcast to be really engaging.