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PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 1:34 pm    Post subject: The woodwright shop Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I just watched the show,,a guy named Roy Underhill,,had a guy on the show that carved a wood bowl with a Hatchet and some hand gouges,,It seems like a good show,I Enjoyed it.Anybody ever watch the show?
 
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 1:37 pm    Post subject: Re: The woodwright shop Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I've watched it off and on for years. Roy is based in NC but at one time, I believe, he was instrumental in restoration work at Williamsburg. I have a couple of his books and always enjoyed them. I like the closing credits where he casts aside a chair he built but didn't like.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 1:53 pm    Post subject: Re: The woodwright shop Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Did years ago when I still had a TV.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 1:58 pm    Post subject: Re: The woodwright shop Reply to specific post Reply with quote

A person can learn from Roy. He's truly an artist as well as intertaining.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 2:23 pm    Post subject: Re: The woodwright shop Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I watched it years ago. Fun to watch and makes you appreciate what it took to make furniture in days gone by, but it takes way more skill than I'll ever have.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 2:41 pm    Post subject: Re: The woodwright shop Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I used to watch every episode, very talented and did everything with primitive hand tools.

Was back in the mid 80s the last time I saw the show.
Had no idea he was still at it until I read your post and looked it up.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 2:42 pm    Post subject: Re: The woodwright shop Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Woodwright Shop is a fun and interesting show, for sure. I try to watch it every week on local Public Broadcasting station from Appleton MN.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 2:53 pm    Post subject: Re: The woodwright shop Reply to specific post Reply with quote

All the time...when I catch it. I like the seeing the technique using the "wedge and edge" hand tools. Sometimes shows how some fancy details were made. Last episode I watched was a edge laminated oval inly type piece, the strips were only a 1/4 tall and maybe half as wide.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:34 pm    Post subject: Re: The woodwright shop Reply to specific post Reply with quote

As a professional woodworker I just find him silly. I could carve out a bowl by hand too but it could be done better and in a fraction of the time with a lathe.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:42 pm    Post subject: Re: The woodwright shop Reply to specific post Reply with quote

CVPost-Retired Farmer wrote:
(quoted from post at 14:53:00 12/30/17) Did years ago when I still had a TV.

Same here.

However, was thrilled when I looked up the show recently to find it was still being aired.

As mentioned, there are faster and more accurate ways to do woodworking these days. On that same thought, there are newer and more powerful tractors, so why would anyone want to keep old ones around? Wink
 
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 4:02 pm    Post subject: Re: The woodwright shop Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I think it's fun to see how thing were made without electricity. I love my hand planes, but I sure would miss the band and table saw. I will say he has the sharpest tools I have ever seen. If he ever starts counterfeiting antiques the experts will be in trouble.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 4:20 pm    Post subject: Re: The woodwright shop Reply to specific post Reply with quote

We have a guy that makes wood bowls like that. He does demonstrations at our local power show. He also sells them finished, Really could not do on a lathe as the shape of the wood and grain determines the bowl.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 4:34 pm    Post subject: Re: The woodwright shop Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The show started in 1979. Been watching for over 30 years. Was instrumental in the colonial Williamsburg restoration.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 4:46 pm    Post subject: Re: The woodwright shop Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I kinda agree with you Stephen, it is easier and faster with modern power tools...however for some things, say restorations for period (before modern tooling) correct details, or historical demos and research one can watch the show and learn how use the hand tools and make the details correctly...Not to mention cases where only the hand tool can do the job.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 5:45 pm    Post subject: Re: The woodwright shop Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Speed and ease with new tools is not the goal here, it is the art of the craft. Admiring and appreciating an item hand made by a skilled craftsman, sometimes done by forgotten methods, cannot be duplicated by machines.
 
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