Essential Craftsman Podcast

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 Jul 27, 2020


In depth discussion of Essential Craftsman videos, related topics, spec house series, and more.

Episode Date
Shop Talk: Q&A, Voicemail, and Updates

Show Notes:

:35 Update on the spec house

3:55 Raymond asks about decking preferences

9:15 Steve asks if EC accepts a trade instead of money

12:50 Tom asks about the fate of ECs sawmill

18:15 Ben asks about anvils for beginner blacksmiths

23:05 Dominic asks Nate how he categorizes B roll footage

23:35 Heath asks if Mike Rowe can be on a podcast guest

27:05 A viewer asks about construction site etiquette

If you want to ask Scott and Nate a question, click this slink and record a voicemail.

Sep 17, 2020
Oregon Forest Fires

The forests of Oregon, Washing, and California and burning displacing thousands and destroying untold in lives, property, and dreams. This discussion covers the a bit of the history of fighting fires, the issues that have made forest management challenging today, and the effect of the fires in our local area. 


Video here

Sep 12, 2020
Career Path to Pilot: Dustin Ruth

Nate interviews Dustin Ruth, a good friend who has had career experience as a musician, as a mechanic and is currently an airline pilot.

Show Notes:

2:30 Dustins' music career

10:30 Advances in music recording technology

11:45 Dustin works with his dad doing auto repair

16:22 Dustin gets his private pilots license

18:20 Becoming an instrument rated pilot

29:38 Flying in Alaska

38:00 Advice for anyone wanting to become a pilot

42:15 Dustin currently flies for Horizon Airlines

Find Dustin: YouTube:

Instagram:  @Dustin Ruth 

Sep 10, 2020
Growing A Leather Business: Tanya Van Der Water

Nate interviews Tanya Van Der Water, the CEO of Buckaroo Belts, the company that makes the tool belt EC wears and loves. Join us for a discussion about how Tanya is taking the Australian-based company her father created to the next level of quality and production.


Find them at:

On instagram: @buckarooleatherworks

Sep 03, 2020
The Future of Essential Craftsman

Nate gives an update on the future of the EC2 channel.

Aug 27, 2020
Dixieland Jazz with Jon Brand

Scott and Jon Brand were in the band Jazz Minors together in the 70's playing dixieland jazz, touring the USA and performing for President Jimmy Carter on the White House lawn. In this podcast, Scott and Nate sit down with Jon to take a trip down memory lane.

If you like the music from Scott's band, here's a slink to their songs. Enjoy!


Show Notes:

2:36 Jon comments on the spec house

6:34 Dixieland Jazz resurgence in the 70's

10:56 How the Jazz Minors were formed

15:58 Scott and Jon join the band

23:33 Scott deconstructs Dixieland Jazz

25:16 The Jazz Minors' star is on the rise

29:56 The band tours the US

35:53 The band performs for President Carter

39:41 A Tiger Rag showdown

44:50 Scott leaves the band at the time they sign up with Disney

47:25 Jons' life after the band

50:54 A discussion on music

54:54 Jons' life as a musician and landscape architect

57:28 Scott and Jon give advice to anyone considering a life in music

1:04:02 The benefits Scott and Jon have gained from being in the public eye musically

1:05:41 The benefits of actively chasing your dreams, growing your talents and following your passions.


*We are still searching for the slink to the Jazz Minors performing for President Carter.

Aug 07, 2020
Live Stream Q&A

Scott and Nate answer dozens of questions during a YouTube Live Stream session. 

Aug 01, 2020
Building A Starter Tool Kit

Show Notes:


:44 Scott's acorn table

2:15 The excitement of buying new tools

4:50 Buying new vs used

6:55 Tools you should have

7:00 Cordless drill

8:10 Socket set

10:50 Wood cutting tools

14:50 Nail sets

15:25 Hammer

16:24 Plumbing tools

17:03 Crescent wrench

18:27 Utility knife

18:38 Extension cord

19:10 Saving money for tools

19:50 Used tools

20:30 Tools and Mrs EC

23:00 Harbor Freight

25:10 USA vs Chinese made tools

Jul 30, 2020
Voicemail: Battery Tools, Carhartt, Carpentry and More...

Questions and Topics Discussed:

:59 Carpentry / Building Question

4:39 Opinions on battery tools

8:52 How to plan content strategy for YouTube channel

13:32 What's a good formula for a YouTube channel

19:41 Thoughts on Carhartt clothing

23:59 What traits do you look for in an apprentice carpenter

28:46 Loves carpentry but is being told to become an electrician or plumber instead

33:40 How to handle advice/critique from older guys on the job site

38:12 Fertilizer advice for Scott's garden

Jul 23, 2020
Legacy of a Carpenter: Mila Haun

Nate talks with Mila Haun about her late husband Larry Haun and his amazing life and accomplishments.

Jul 10, 2020
Dealing With Weather

Nate and Scott discuss the challenges of getting the job done in all types of weather.

Jun 25, 2020
Bio Carpentry: Foot and Ankle Surgery with Dr. Brandon Bishop

Scott, Nate and Brandon discuss foot and ankle surgery and how it overlaps with carpentry.

Jun 18, 2020
Getting Paid, Pick a Trade, Landscaping Thoughts

Scott and Nate answer questions from viewers on Speakpipe. If you would like to leave a message, go to and you will find the speakpipe voicemail option.

Jun 11, 2020
Book Review: Empire of the Summer Moon by S.C. Gwynne

Nate and Scott review one of their favorite books. 

Jun 04, 2020
What To Watch on YouTube

Scott and Nate chat about what they love to watch on YouTube.

May 21, 2020
Voicemail: First Aid, Mentors, Asking for a Raise

Scott and Nate answer questions from viewers on Speakpipe. If you would like to leave a message, go to and you will find the speakpipe voicemail option.

May 13, 2020
Keeping Bees and EC in line: Kelly Wadsworth

Happy Mothers Day! Nate interviews his mom, Kelly Wadsworth, AKA Mrs. EC. In this podcast, we learn a little about Kelly herself, a little about her life with EC, and A LOT about beekeeping!

May 10, 2020
Spec House, Side Jobs and Small Business

Nate and Scott chat about the status of the spec house, side jobs for tradesman, and the reality of running a small business.

May 06, 2020
Andrew Camarata

Nate chats with Andrew Camarata about heavy equipment, YouTube, how Andrew learned how to repair things, and more!

Apr 29, 2020
All About Logging

Nate interviews Scott about the basics of the logging industry.

Apr 22, 2020

Scott and Nate discuss the art of negotiating.

Apr 15, 2020

Scott and Nate discuss health tips for people in the trades.

Apr 11, 2020

Scott and Nate discuss the nature of recessions and what Scott has experienced in the past when times got tough.

Apr 08, 2020

Scott and Nate chat about what they are doing during the Covid 19 quarantine.

Apr 01, 2020
Zane Cook

Scott and Nate chat with Zane Cook, an instructor at the Northwest College of Construction (a trade school in Portland Oregon). They discuss NWCOCs amazing program and all that it has to offer someone working in any construction trade.

Mar 24, 2020
Living History - Comments on Coronavirus

Scott and Nate talk through their thoughts and feelings about Coronavirus.

Mar 20, 2020
Social Media Pros and Cons

Scott and Nate discuss the good, the bad and the ugly of social media.

Mar 17, 2020
Overcoming Obstacles

Life throws us curve balls, and sometimes it's for the better. Scott and Nate discuss overcoming obstacles and the positive outcomes they can have.

Mar 10, 2020
Being a Crane Operator

Scott and Nate interview Ron Covey, the crane operator who helped with the spec house.

Mar 03, 2020
A Carpenters Life Book Review

Scott and Nate review Larry Haun's book A Carpenters Life.

Feb 25, 2020
Modern Media, YouTube and Reading

Scott and Nate discuss education and the pros and cons of media.

Feb 19, 2020
Learning Curve

Scott and Nate discuss their opinions about different ways to learn and the benefit of continued education.

Feb 11, 2020
Spec House Review - Ep 55-58

Scott and Nate discuss viewer questions about the spec house.

Jan 09, 2020
Cy Swan: Meat, Hang Gliding, and Fathers

Nate and Scott sit down for a chat with Cy Swan.

Jan 02, 2020
Spec House Review - Ep.52

Nate and Scott discuss viewer questions about the spec house series episode 52.

Dec 16, 2019
Phil Rokus: Customers, Machining, and Advice for Young Tradesmen

Nate and Scott chat with Phil the Plumber about running a small business, advice for young tradesmen and other topics. 

Dec 05, 2019
Spec House Framing...and Beyond!

Scott and Nate discuss screws vs. nails, lumber vs. concrete/brick, Kia vs. Ferrari, Larry Haun and whether or not math is a superpower.

Also, we are in touch with a member of the Haun family and hope to have an interview very soon about Larry and his legacy - thanks all!

Nov 19, 2019
Radio On The Job

Scott and Nate discuss their opinions about music on the job site and other topics.

Nov 13, 2019
Spec House Subfloor

Scott and Nate answer questions about the spec house subfloor. 

Nov 04, 2019
9. Vegas in the 80s

Nate and Scott discuss Scott's experience working in Vegas in the 80's and other topics.

Oct 28, 2019
Tool Brand Loyalty ECP8

Scott and Nate discuss brands of tools and whether or not Scott has any favorites.

Oct 24, 2019
ECP 7 Plumbing with Phil

Scott and Nate sit down with Phil to discuss plumbing and other topics. 

Oct 22, 2019
ECP 6 Block Stem Wall

Scott and Nate discuss the spec house block stem wall and other topics.

Oct 03, 2019
Mistakes in Construction ECP1

Mistakes happen all the time in construction, including in our spec house project. 

Sep 18, 2019
Heavy Equipment ECP5

Scott and Nate discuss big machinery and other topics. 

Sep 18, 2019
Back Pain, Exercise, Health ECP4

Scott and Nate discuss the "hazards of the job". Back pain! And some things that have helped over the years.

Sep 18, 2019
Concrete Footings ECP3

Scott and Nate discuss the spec house and other topics.

Sep 18, 2019
Foundation Discussion ECP2

Scott and Nate discuss the spec house foundation and other topics.

Sep 18, 2019