If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ by clicking the link above. It’s based on a two-week course and focused on woodworking fundamentals offered at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Camden, Maine. Whether your plans call for wood pieces or simply precut wooden shapes or specific types of wood such as balsa wood plywood or cedar you need to understand what is involved. Sure, we want to learn a thing or two, but a half-hour T.V. show is not really a format that suits this kind of education. There might be some safety issues at times on the show but its probably planned that way to show people the dangers. It will be interesting to see what the next generation woodworking show looks like, as this is a void that will need to be filled.
Every project he undertook was made to look simple and achievable with the right tools and his great common sense guidance. Woodworking after all is simply the art of collecting tools and Norm always liked to show us new and better ones. Each of WOOD’s stepbystep plans has been tested in our very own shop to prove the accuracy of all instructions, illustrations, and dimensions. Jon has authored numerous articles for woodworking magazines including Woodwork, Woodcraft, Woodworker West, Woodshop News and American Woodturner. Not to mention I am most enthralled by the 1st of your shows on making new cabinets for your kitchen. Ezduzit94514 writes: Say it aint so!… Norm has always been my HERO in woodworking.
Woodcraft offers over 20,000 woodworking tools, woodworking plans, woodworking supplies for the passionate woodworker. He has lectured for The Woodworking Shows out of Los Angeles and is a consultant to the entire finishing industry. I felt honored to have met him at the loft for Ask This Old House, and will instill in my two sons the patience and skills that I have learned.
Lignumvitae writes: What amazes me most is folks who don’t work with wood and don’t even know how to use a screwdriver know who Norm is. When I discuss my woodworking with those folks they ask if I follow Norm’s show. Designed both for woodworking novices and for more seasoned woodworkers looking for enjoyable projects, the book includes step-by-step directions, complete with easy-to-follow photographs and measured drawings, and an illustrated glossary of tools and terms. My father got me into woodworking with what tools he had and I learned much from him. He works equally in wood and metal, often times making the tools to complete his work.
Lige writes: I had been woodworking since childhood, over 40 years, when I discovered NYW in late 80’s. Sadly, for the first time in 21 years we do not have a series of regularly scheduled TV broadcasts of New Yankee programs to offer our fans around the country. The extensive knowledge gained is an excellent basis for further woodworking education. In 2007, John had the opportunity to hear Marc Adams make a presentation at a woodworking show.
That aspect is often eliminated from other survival” shows where you have large crews, set up challenges, and nights in the hotel room. My sadness is in the lack of woodworking programs to enjoy on television, teaching the most basic skills to the most advanced (David Marks). I’ve got I don’t know how many years of TOH/NYW on tape but I haven’t taped more than two or three shows in the last couple years. I sincerely hope that this course will clear your mind of any confusion regarding the many aspects of woodworking.
Brass parts he cast appeared in the reader’s gallery in Fine Woodworking #174 Winter 2004/2005 (page 89, patterns made by Scott Grandstaff). And if anyone wants to be on TV they need to step it up, or people will go elsewhere. Many talented and formidable figures exist in the woodworking word, Norm will just always have a special place. I am getting ready to ditch directTV and go with a Roku, they offer a ton of hobby programs, including woodworking.
If you have an interest in woodworking and making furniture, this course will provide you with the knowledge to get you going. But the man in plaid, Norm Abram, won’t be retiring his tool belt yet, he’ll still continue working on sister show This Old House , according to a press release. I don’t like the way we are being portrayed here either, but it is a fact of life, even worse than what we witnessed on TV. But this is not how a true Arborist” conducts business.
Dry, seasoned wood is critical to a successful woodworking project and this video lecture covers this subject. I can’t say I’ve seen every episode but if I were to meet Norm I would feel like I was talking to an old friend. What a great opportunity for Fine Woodworking to form a partnership with Norm so that his great advise and inspiration can continue to be available to all woodworkers; from the new hobbyist to the professional, on a repeating basis throughout the years to come. Norm shows you how to remodel your kitchen, step by step, including the design, the cabinets, storage, the built in appliances, countertops and lighting, even the finishes.
Imagine if Tommy approached his Bombay Secretary series in the traditional” TV format. I think you hit the nail on the head though, 30 minutes is not long enough to show how to build some of these advanced pieces of furniture. Each year the options are fewer and fewer and if any shows are aired at all, they are in very specific markets, so most of us can’t even see them.
I have religiosly watched his shows and have bought several plans from him that I built. The array of common woodworking tools for your project depends upon what you want to do. If you’re interested in woodworking only as hobby craft then you’ll likely be looking for hand Fine Woodworking Tv Shows or power tools for the purpose of building ine designer furniture.
By day, she’s a senior research and development scientist with a large consumer-goods company, but her nights and weekends are spent woodworking. Hope this is a sponsorship issue and not a burn-out of the show and its people. When HGTV first started it had tons of good woodworking shows….now it is nothing more than another lady’s TV network that shows how to decorate their homes. He created several television shows about antiques, two of which were nominated for Emmys.
They have a plan of the month club and go way beyond just selling and giving away plans. Chris is a regular contributor to Fine Woodworking and enjoys sharing his passion for traditional woodworking and hand tools with others. Your classes are an excellent opportunity to discover how to operate and use the various woodworking tools. I’m not sure if Treehouse Masters will take off and become a super popular show, TV and Movie database website IMDB has given raving reviews, but just remember that there’s a select few of people tha watch this show. A video lecture on the table saw and techniques on how to use the table saw to improve your woodworking.
Tommy is also younger than a typical PBS host and looks similar to Kevin ‘Connor who This Old House turned to as it’s new host a few years ago and has done a wonderful job attracting a new generation of do-it-yourselfers. Even in the shows by Norm and Saint Roy, unless you are already a master craftsman you aren’t going to finish watching, turn off the TV and head out to the shop” to build what they made. The couple’s home, a TOH TV project, has some glorious but long-neglected woodwork.
I travel a great deal, so one of my favorite pasttimes is to sit at home in front of the TV on Sunday mornings with the fireplace alit, sipping a hot chocolate, and watching Norm work his magic. You have been a great help to a lot of us in our wood working skills and your show will be missed. Scott started coming to Hartzell’s with his father in 1960 when he was only five years old. Here’s a link to the show that re-lit my desire to be a better wood worker and craftsman.
Another PBS favorite of course is The New Yankee Workshop , giving you the projects, the plans and the chance to see it all come together. In Norm Stories , a former editor at Fine Woodworking, recounts how Abram got him into woodworking after an appearance at Good Morning America. When the show started to get smaller the customers started to complain of quality.
As a seventy two year old sawdust maker , I can truly say you have made my life that much better for watching you. Host Tommy MacDonald teams up with an old friend, chef and actor Paul Wahlberg, to make a patio prep station, perfect for any outdoor grilling area. Norm has other available business to create and work on since he has become involved in the This Old House you have seen his input and work has been greatly rewarded and he is expanding his horizons.