The New Yankee Workshop Gloat

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Blog entry by Joe_M posted 04-08-2012 01:04 PM 2601 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m tinkering around Youtube last night watching misc woodworking videos and, of course, Norm shows up in one. I lean over to my wife sitting beside me and tell her how much I miss the NYWS and wish it still aired. She replies “I still have your tapes.” Huh, what tapes?

A decade or so ago I watched Norm every chance I got and recorded the NYWS on my DVR. Back then, DVR’s didn’t have the capacity they have now though and I was traveling extensively so my wife would burn the episodes of the NYWS onto VHS tapes for me so her ‘stories’ had room to record on the DVR. Well, she never threw the VHS tapes away! What a gold mine. I pulled out the first tape last night and started the process of burning them onto DVD’s. The quality is not the greatest thing in the world, but it’s still Norm. It looks like I know how I’ll be spending my next few days. Just wanted to share my rare stroke of good luck with the LJ community, I’m sure there’s a Norm fan or two on here.

“And remember there’s no more important safety rule than to wear these, safety glasses.”

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#1 posted 04-08-2012 01:35 PM

I like Norm.
I like his tools.
I like to have Norm’s know how too.
Fantastic show.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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#2 posted 04-08-2012 01:51 PM

There’s no one like Norm!! ;)

-- ~ Bob ~ Newton, N.H.

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#3 posted 04-08-2012 02:15 PM

What a blessing. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 04-08-2012 05:32 PM

You know that they are playing the old NYW shows at:

They change every Monday. Right now they are going through Season 9. They seem to be playing them in order.

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#5 posted 04-08-2012 08:04 PM

That link says that they just sold a complete set of all the NYW DVDs for $3000. Ouch!! For that much, just buy a whole bunch of tools and figure it out yourself.

-- Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.

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#6 posted 04-08-2012 09:32 PM

zzzzdoc, I saw that also, almost choked. Even though I thought Norm was the end all be all (still do), his website seemed to lack depth, and his prices seemed high. Can’t blame him. He did start a whole herd of Americans down the woodworking path. Sunday afternoon will never be the same.

Check this site out, if not already, unbelievable…

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#7 posted 04-08-2012 09:41 PM

Lucky you; it’s a shame Norm quit doing the show. Now we have Tommy Mac but it just ain’t the same.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#8 posted 04-08-2012 10:30 PM

I had never heard of Tommy Mac. Got it set to record now though – thanks don!

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#9 posted 04-09-2012 04:33 AM

I completely agree with you, there is nobody like Norm

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#10 posted 04-09-2012 04:54 AM

Oh happy days oh happy days ,and remember the most important thing of all, ENJOY!

-- wood crafting & classes

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#11 posted 04-24-2012 10:45 PM

I’ve watched a couple TMac shows now and, although I’ll continue to watch, he is no Norm. My wife says he is easier to watch than Norm though – didn’t know she was interested in woodworking! :|

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#12 posted 05-24-2012 08:05 PM

I like the ‘Rough Cut Road Trip,’ but mostly because of the way TMac says it… Also like that the hybrid style.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#13 posted 05-24-2012 08:14 PM

Norm is very good no doubt in fact I would say out of all of them I enjoyed his shows best of all. I have all his stuff too an vhs not dvd but hey I kept my old vhs player just for moments like this.LOL Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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