This Friday is the last day to claim the $5 off coupon for our latest online course, The Makers’ Marks: An In-depth Study of Handmade Furniture. If you’re a subscriber to the M&T Daily Dispatch, you will find the coupon code under the “membership” tab or in many of the recent posts about the course, such as this one. If you’re not yet a subscriber to the Dispatch, why not use this opportunity to try it out? It’s $5 per month to get a $5 coupon good for each of our four courses. Signing up will unlock all of our previous posts there so you can begin to wade through the videos, photos, and discussions we post each day. There’s a lot there, and even more in the Dispatch forum. You can unsubscribe whenever you want with the click of a button.
Mike and I have been quite excited about both of these new formats: the online courses and the Dispatch. In their own ways, they broaden our publishing efforts and complement our twice-per-year hefty publication. Yes, that’s right… despite appearances, we are decidedly not luddites. Just because we love hand tools and print, doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate the benefits of digital technologies. There are strengths and weaknesses to each form of media, and if you’ve been around here awhile, you know we are always trying to take advantage of every form we can. One such benefit to the course platform is that we can add other kinds of media (PDFs, etc) to the lessons. We’ve got links to further resources. We also appreciate that the course is broken up into separate lessons that are checked off as you complete them. This makes for a much more user-friendly experience than watching a single 3-hour long video. Oh, and you can submit questions below the videos. There’s a lot to be excited about with all this new publishing.
But the past couple months have been absolutely insane, demanding every ounce of our attention to keep things running smoothly. Issue Thirteen is arriving at our subscribers’ mailboxes, The Makers’ Marks is live, the house project is storming along, we’ve just completed our first annual Apprenticeship summit, and there are a thousand other irons in the fire that would bore you to read about. That said, the dust is beginning to settle a bit, and we’re looking forward to getting back to regular programming. We’ve just published a new podcast episode and are gearing up to revive the blog and YouTube activity.
We’ve got a few more things up our sleeves for the next few months – items we had to push aside to stay focused on the tasks at hand. So, stay tuned for more real soon. More everything.
p.s. After all my rambling here, I wouldn’t want you to forget that there are only two days left to redeem The Makers’ Marks discount code. $14 for 6+ hours of antique furniture examination is a pretty sweet deal.