YouTube – Jack’s Country

How did a Toy Maker become World Famous.

Frank Whittington's "Forest Toys" were hand made in his small factory located behind his home in Brockenhurst, Hampshire UK. The factory started at the end of World War I and ...continued until the start of World II.
Forest Toys attracted visitors from all over the world who would flood in to Brockenhurst in the New Forest to see the toys being made and buy them.
After it shut Frank and his toys have been largely forgotten but many still exist all over the world and have to collectors they have become very sort after.

About Jack's Country:
I used to work as and editor on Out of Town with Jack Hargreaves and then went on to make 60 programmes with him called Old Country for Channel 4 as producer/editor.
Jack mainly lived in Hampshire and Dorset and most of his programmes were shot in these two counties. They told the day to day life in the countryside and introduced us to many of the country crafts that still existed in those days.
I am making a series of films on YouTube about the subjects that Jack would have included in his TV programmes. I am not trying to recreate Out of Town or Old Country as this would be impossible without Jack's wonderful story telling but what I am hoping to do is make films on subjects that Jack may have chosen to make programmes on.
I do hope you enjoy them and if you have any suggestions on subjects you would like to be covered please let me know in the comments section.

Dave Knowles - director, cameraman, editor.

"The New Forest Book" edited by James O'Donald Mays
no longer in print may be available from

"The Forest Toys" by Janet Gent available from her website

"A New Forest Christmas" compiled by Georgina Babey
no longer in print may be available from

#BrockenhurstNew Forest #FrankWhittington #ForestToys

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Epidemic Sound -
MusicBed -
ArtList -

Rev (video captions) -
Storyblocks Stock Footage -
Shutterstock Stock Footage -

🅾 Dave Knowles - Filming Equipment
Sony Z90
Canon EOS R6
Canon EF 16-35 f2.8
Canon EF 24-70 f2.8
Canon EF 70-200 f4
Canon EF-EOS R adapter with drop in variable ND
Cage: Andoer
SD Cards: Sony M Series 128GB UHS-II 277MB/Sec SDXC Cards (128GB and 64GB)

Matte Box: Tilta Tiltaing Matte Box
Teleprompter: Listec

Tripod: Leofoto Ranger LS-255CEX
Tripod head: Sirui AM-5V

Sennheiser MKE 400 Microphone (on camera)
Sennheiser 416 (for interviews)
Rode NTG VideoMic (on camera and backup)

Audio Mixer:
On camera JuiceLinked
Off camera: MixPre 3

Batteries for camera:
6 x Canon LP-E6NH Battery

Atomos Ninja V

Camera bags Portabrace

🅾 Dave Knowles - Editing Equipment
MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2018)
Processor: 2.9 GHz 6-Core Intel Core i9
Memory: 32 GB 2400 MHz DDR4
Graphics card: Radeon Pro Vega 20 4 GB

Davinci Resolve Studio
Audient externalSound card

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