A couple of years ago I spent quite some time looking for good video DVD tutorials.
Eventually I came across the DVD's that we now supply from our website.
They are good, very good, and the quality of production is very professional, just what you would hope them to be, and Ime not intentionally plugging these DVD's, if there were better DVD tutorials around I would be supplying them.
But what grieves me is I have to go to America to find them!
I saw the offerings from the Society of Bookbinders & Book Restorers, they supply one rather good DVD on cloth case restoration, and that's it.
I wrote to the society twice expressing interest in the DVD, I got no reply on both occasions. I was told that the organisation of SOB is rather amorphous, and no one person is in charge of the distribution of DVD's....what!
If bookbinding is going to survive and thrive there has to be a source of well produced, high content, video DVD tutorials.
DVD learning is second only to one on one tuition in my opinion, there is a whole world of people out there involved in bookbinding, and many of them, for one reason and another, cannot obtain one on one tuition, So there is a ready market for good DVD tutorials.
The Society of Designer Bookbinders should get of its collective backside, put aside individual ego's and get down to the task of building a professionally produced series of video tutorials, it would only have to be done once and the DVD would be around a long time...is it profitable?
I speak regularly with Michael Chrisman in America about his DVD's and he is delighted that his excellent range of DVD's is selling all around the world, he has virtually no competition.
So wake up UK bookbinders and write to these organisations, contact them and ask them why they have no organised supply of quality DVD tutorials.
OK, rant over.