Bozeman video blogger attracts worldwide following


BOZEMAN, Mont. - Pete Sveen is working on a summer home improvement project in his garage -- a patio bar set and stools.

"Test, test, test, test," Pete says, while looking at sound levels on a camera. He's also filming himself as he builds because he's making the patio set for potentially tens of thousands of people to see.

"Today, I'm going to show you how to build a patio bar set," he says, addressing the camera.

Pete started making do-it-yourself videos around a year and a half ago, designing and building home projects on a budget out of wood, metal and concrete.

"I try and go into each step from start to finish," he explained, "and to break it down one thing at a time."

He sets up the camera to record himself building the projects, stopping every once in a while to reposition the tripod and check the LCD screen.

Then, he posts the videos on his website, which he says has built up a following around the world.

He says people from 152 countries have listened to his DIY Pete podcast alone. Some of his two-dozen videos have more than 100,000 views.

It's now sparked interest from well-known companies, who are stepping in to sponsor his projects -- from Minwax stain, to concrete brand Quikrete, to tool and light companies.

"They'll supply me with the materials," he explains, then from there he'll figure out a project to take on using those products.

He's also getting recognized for his work. Sveen says one of his projects will be featured in a magazine in September.

In August, famous home improvement expert Bob Vila picked a DIY Pete video as one of his five favorite projects for the month.

In fact, Sveen is now in a nationwide contest to decide which of the five projects is number one. But turning his hobby into a full-time business is tough work.

After filming his projects, Sveen heads upstairs above his garage to spend hours at the computer sifting through the footage. He combines still photos and footage to show the process from start to finish.

The room is quiet, except for the occasional click of the mouse or punch on the keyboard. It's a stark contrast from the constant noise of tools in his garage.

After putting all the clips together, he voices in the directions.

"The next step is to assemble the mold," he says into the microphone, following along with the footage.

The editing process, he says, takes two days alone. A whole video from start to finish -- up to two weeks.

But once posted online, Sveen says the goal is to help and inspire weekend warriors.

"I break it down, make it easy to show that anybody can really do it," he says.

Building and breaking it down from his garage in Bozeman, to homes across the globe.

"Go out there, have fun in your garage, be creative," he said, adding, "anything is possible."