Wow this sounds like a lot of work. I am thinking maybe you should do a video as it would be easier to follow. I just load my brush straight from the puck.
Really? Well, I aint making no video's I can tell you that, I stopped making video's when Youtube proved to me they had lost their flipping minds.
When I first began wet shaving, I was trying to load the brush from the puck, just like I had seen in other's people Youtube video's. But it just took far too long to load the brush, and I always felt like I had to go back for more, cause there was never enough soap in the brush, and I had to transfer more soap to the bowl. I just got tired of it, and I knew there had to be a better way.
This is when I discovered that some folks, use a spoon, or some other apparatus that works for them, to scoop out the required amount of soap, and place it in the bowl. If your going to be a bowl lather, then you have to learn about how much soap your going to need, and balance that out with the required amount of water, to get that desired lather consistency.
If you wanted to make things more simple, well, you'd skip the bowl lathering all together, and just use either a shave stick, or a cream, and spread directly onto your face, and then use the brush to work up a lather from there. IMO, bowl lathering is just part of the traditional experience, its fun to do, what can I say? And it allows me to easily achieve the lather consistency I am looking for.
And there's nothing wrong with facial lathering either, even I do it sometimes when I am just not in the mood to bowl lather. But even I know, when facial lathering, I still got to get the water consistency right, to achieve optimum slickness. You just gotta figure out what is best for you. But at the end of the day, I think it really comes down to experience.
Like I said, I started 7-months ago. I tried it the traditional way, loading from a puk, ended up hating it, started scooping the soap out, ended up loving it. Find what works for you.