Many of you may remember that just before last year’s Annual Footwear Dinner in the Saddlers Hall on April 11th, there was a presentation to launch the Bespoke Orthopaedic Shoemaking video series.
These 23 videos including an introduction, were made of Liveryman Bill Bird in three lengthy one-day sessions in September and November 2018 and January 2019.
The project came out of an idea by Past Master Richard Paice when he met and saw the work of David and Lynwen Brown of Artisan Media, a small film production company specialising in filming craft industries. Not only did PM Paice have the idea, but he also sponsored the 250 hours of filming and editing himself, and then put them under the care of the Pattenmakers. He made them freely available to all in order to pass on this knowledge and to inspire the new generations of bespoke shoemakers to develop the skills needed for orthopaedic work. His idea and his generosity will surely be appreciated by the 933 individuals worldwide who had subscribed to the video channel by April 1st.
The launch at the Footwear Dinner showed the introduction video followed by short talks by PM Richard Paice, Liveryman Bill Bird, as well as an insight from an ex-serviceman of the British Army, who was injured in Afghanistan.
The video series was uploaded onto YouTube on May 1st 2019 and the take up worldwide has been extraordinary. Many of us will be used to seeing interesting video shorts with viewings of several thousand, but these videos are on a very specialist technical subject and range in length from five minutes to half an hour.
The most popular, a 13-minute video on how to measure the foot for bespoke orthopaedic footwear, had over 112,000 viewings by April 1st. In fact, the total viewings of all the videos totaled over 43,100 hours of watching. Given that there are only 7,946 hours in 11 months, on average there have been between five and six people, presumably many of them shoemakers, who have been watching the videos at any one time worldwide, 24/7. Bill has received appreciative emails and Facebook comments from shoemakers from as far away as Turkey and Australia.
The following list compiles the videos which together cover the core principles of Bespoke Orthopaedic Shoemaking, presented by number, description, length, number of viewings and finally the time that has been spent viewing them. Some of them set-up the information needed before watching an instructional video. These have fewer viewings but it is the instructional videos that have been watched over and over again to get the techniques right.
4:59 minutes 2,269 views 189 hours of viewing
8:36 minutes 2,929 views 415 hours of viewing
11:17 minutes 2,127 views 400 hours of viewing
13:30 minutes 112,659 views 25,348 hours of viewing
12:43 minutes 21,611 views 4,538 hours of viewing
11:09 minutes 9,685 views 1,790 hours of viewing
8:46 minutes 7,828 views 1,135 hours of viewing
14:13 minutes 6,810 views 1,611 hours of viewing
6:23 minutes 6,575 views 695 hours of viewing
6:48 minutes 5,114 views 580 hours of viewing
5:33 minutes 6,085 views 558 hours of viewing
3:30 minutes 3,836 views 224 hours of viewing
31:13 minutes 4,450 views 2,308 hours of viewing
27:57 minutes 2,985 views 1,388 hours of viewing
15:42 minutes 1,971 view 516 hours of viewing