I have just changed the format of my Hand Saw Foundations course from a fixed price to Pay What You Can. In essence, it is now completely free to enroll in the course, with the added option on the course page to offer a donation of any amount, if you are able and so inclined.
There is no obligation to donate in order to take the course. I realize that not everyone is in a position to do so. However, the course reflects about six months of work for me in planning, organizing, building, filming, editing, producing, uploading, hosting – you get the point. My hope is that by changing the course from a fixed price to donation based, more people can benefit from the months of work that I put into it and the hours of information that resulted from all of that work.
Perhaps a bit selfishly, using donations to track the usefulness, desirability, and perceived value of courses like this will also provide me with some feedback on my efforts. I had originally planned for Foundations of Traditional Woodworking to be a six course series. The return on my efforts for Hand Saw Foundations, though, was just short of abysmal in a fixed price format (the sales of the course did not break double digits – not even enough to cover the cost of the video hosting subscription). It was a bit disappointing after all of the work I had put into the project.
I do blame myself, of course. The performance of this first course is almost certainly due to my pitiful salesmanship and reluctance to “advertise”, and not the quality of the content itself. The reality is that I’m just not very good at promoting myself – it turns my stomach to do so. However, before I put in the years of effort that it will take to complete the six course series, I want to make sure that the time I will need to put in will be worth it. I’m hoping that making the courses donation based will add the additional value and allow me to reach more people. While deep down I know that my efforts are not wasted if I can help just one new woodworker, it’s hard to justify spending months to years on a project for it to only be seen by a handful of people.
So if you have been on the fence about enrolling in the Hand Saw Foundations course because of the cost, that barrier has now been removed. You can now sign up and take the course free of charge on the Hand Saw Foundations course page. If you are able and inclined to make a donation, I thank you in advance. If not, that’s OK too. I hope you find the course helpful to you all the same.