This year marks the 30th season of “The Woodwright’s Shop.” This show started when I was about seventeen years old. (Wow! That makes me feel old!) I can’t say that I have seen most of the episodes, but I have seen a lot of them. Even though I watched the show, it was never one of my favorites, because it was all hand tool based, and I was soley a power tool user. That being said, this past year I have begun to appreciate this show more and more. Since I enrolled in the “The Hand Tool School” my interest in the show has greatly increased. I knew that Roy Underhill was was one heck of a woodworker and teacher, but I did not know he was a writer too. I recently read an article he wrote about Roubo in the February 2011 issue of Popular Woodworking magazine, and I have to say that he is a good writer too.
Roy has a workshop in Pittsboro, NC where he offers classes, and my in-laws just so happen to live not so far from there. Perhaps I could sneak in some training the next time we go for a visit.
BTW, I am looking forward to seeing Christopher Schwarz, editor of Popular Woodworking Magazine, on “The Woodwright’s Shop” when he will be a guest for a couple of episodes this season!
Side Note: Do you really want to know about working with wood? Then I can not recommend the The Hand Tool School enough. I admitted in an earlier blog that I could not really read grain for planning work. Now I can! I have been woodworking for a long time, and it surprises me how much more I have learned. I am still not caught up with all the lesson plans, but I have been making some gains lately, and that’s okay. You participate at your own pace. I encourage you to check it out. Click on the link above to learn more.