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Crazy Stuff Stumpy Thinks About #18: The WoodWright's Shop & The Highland Woodworker... I dunno about this...

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Blog entry by StumpyNubs posted 04-29-2012 11:57 PM 2369 reads 0 times favorited 44 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As an owner of three strands of Roy Underhill’s mustache hair, which I bought off eBay and keep in a frame above my bed, you can imagine how excited I was to hear that Popular Woodworking has signed a deal to offer the original early years of The Woodwright’s Shop on DVD. Actually, more than just excited, I peed myself a little. I love his show. To me it takes everything great about woodworking, and all that is good and pure about television, and wraps it up into one saw-dusty package. I love Roy Underhill like the 25 years older than me son I never had. And the Woodwright’s Shop is the gold standard of woodworking entertainment, even better than a certain other show I know of.

But I am loathe to think what this is going to cost me. I mean, there are 30 seasons of the show, and I absolutely MUST own them all. Popular Woodworking said they will have them available on DVD or Shop Class on Demand. The going rate for PBS shows on DVD is like $20 bucks an episode, and I can’t imagine spending that kind of money for those Rough Cut or New Yankee Workshop DVD’s. Great shows, I especially love Rough Cut, but they aren’t even gold plated! So, at 13 episodes a season, for 30 seasons, at $20 each… carry the one… that’s one honking wad of cash!

(Before I get emails, I am NOT saying those shows aren’t worth that much, I’m just saying the average joe like me has to be satisfied with watching them whenever he can on TV)

If anyone wants to donate to the “Buy Stumpy the Woodwright’s Shop DVDs” fund, I am taking donations…

In other news, I watched the first episode of Roy Underhill’s newest creation, The Highland Woodworker this morning. From the title I was expecting to see some big Scottsman with shaggy red chest hair and a kilt swinging his shillelagh at a hunk of bog ceder. Let me tell you, that is nothing at all what it’s about.

The show is named after Highland Woodworking, seller of all things, well… woodworking. The problem is that the show is clearly designed as a clever 40 minute advertisement. Now, I have NO problem with someone making a few bucks (or a few million) off an internet show. But this one got a little tedious. They visit a lumberyard to “learn about walnut” but you really end up learning about how “fantastic” the sponsor is. Same with the tour of the Whiteside router bit factory. It’s mostly about how great Whiteside (one of the show’s major sponsors) is and how much the “host” would love to makeout with a Whiteside bit. More than once during the episode I shouted “get a room”! They did manage to snag an interview with Roy Underhill, at his beautiful home no less. And that was by far the high point of the episode. But since he is one of the show’s creators, it was hardly surprising.

The show has some potential, and I do plan on watching the next episode when it is available later this summer, but I have two and a half words for them: “Take ‘er easy”. In other words, try to be a little less obvious that the show is about advertising first, and woodworking second…

For a show that is far less professional, with a much lower budget, and a lot less earning potential… but a lot of fun to watch… check out the latest episodes of Blue Collar Woodworking with Stumpy Nubs. And have a cold one on me! (At least I wait until the end…)

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at: http://www.stumpynubs.com



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Rob_n_Wood

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#1 posted 04-30-2012 12:12 AM

Stumpy so here are my thoughts
This seems like an unabashed capitalism plot to raise cash from sawdust
But if that is the case, why not join them Say you could plug the Dvd’s for
say a singed set from Roy just kidding
Does sound like a great set to own but like you I will not be running out to get the series
right away. I have the utmost respect and admiration for Roy
But unfortunately my wife has more respect for our bank account
And by the way Thanks for the cold one … tonight it is Faygo Rock & Rye

-- "I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them." Thomas Jefferson

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DIYaholic

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#2 posted 04-30-2012 12:13 AM

I’ll take a cold one.
I tried to watch the show, but in order to watch it, I would need to spend a day & a half downloading it. Needless to say, I had other internet things to do. I figured it wood be more “commercial” than show, and you proved that.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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StumpyNubs

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#3 posted 04-30-2012 12:14 AM

Love Rock & Rye! I’m out, but I have three cases of Vernors in the shop, so I’m good!

(For those who don’t know what we’re talking about, those are two Michigan sodas that everybody who’s anybody drinks…)

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at: http://www.stumpynubs.com

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#4 posted 04-30-2012 12:17 AM

I watch every Woodwright’s Shop episode I can, most several times. I can’t get enough of Roy Underhill. (Actually the Highland Woodworker episode is worth watching just for the interview they do with him) Who else can wear a silly hat, stand in the middle of a cluttered shop, and talk about Tennyson while freehanding dovetails? I might have to sell that other kidney to buy the DVD’s when they come out!

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at: http://www.stumpynubs.com

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Rob_n_Wood

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#5 posted 04-30-2012 12:30 AM

Vernors works for me Love it over Ice

-- "I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them." Thomas Jefferson

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#6 posted 04-30-2012 12:50 AM

Vernors? Faygo? now I’m hankerin’ for some Sander’s Hot Fudge… (vernors is great over ice cream, tastes like home)

i was having deja vu through that whole highland episode – felt like retreads

anyway, back to grinding the blade on my my $8 scrub plane

-- John - Central PA - http://affyx.wordpress.com

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boxcarmarty

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#7 posted 04-30-2012 12:50 AM

That’s only 391 easy payments of $19.95 plus shipping and handling…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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StumpyNubs

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#8 posted 04-30-2012 12:53 AM

JC... someone may get offended if you go around calling people “retreads”... oh, wait… I though that word was something else…

Scrub away!

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at: http://www.stumpynubs.com

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bandit571

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#9 posted 04-30-2012 01:04 AM

Forget about the soda pop, how about a case of cold Stroh’s???

I did watch that show, mainly for the interview with Saint Roy. The rest of the show? I hit the little icon that shows FF.

My $9 Scrub plane is done. Thank you. Been out rust hunting, maybe a show about how to do THAT? In just under two weeks time, i have picked up:

A Millers Falls/ Mohawk-Shelburne #700 block plane $1
A Union #3c smoother
$5
A Worth 13-1/2” long jack plane @$10.

all three are now restored to almost N.I.B. condition. Three planes@ $16. That’s less than a DVD of St. Roy….. Might be enough for a case of Fire-brewed Stroh’s , though….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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StumpyNubs

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#10 posted 04-30-2012 01:17 AM

When “Stumpy” cracks a cold one at the end of each episode, this is usually what it is…

Well, maybe not Stroh’s…

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at: http://www.stumpynubs.com

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nobuckle

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#11 posted 04-30-2012 01:35 AM

I watched it too. I think that if they keep pushing their sponsors their audience will drop off. I certainly do not want to sit through one long commercial. I’m normally not so curt about such things, but I am not impressed by capitalistic self-promotion. I understand the need for a business to make money but give me a break. Let’s hope Woodcraft doesn’t follow suit.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#12 posted 04-30-2012 01:36 AM

watched the video what parts i didnt ff thur seemed more like a info commercial but liked the interview with Roy would like to try some Vernon looks like it would be good havent seen any down here but will be on the look out. have seen the others thou right next to the Coors.

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#13 posted 04-30-2012 01:37 AM

One day all of this stuff will be stream-able from the internet. All we have to do is wait. Public broadcasting is a dieing dinosaur. Dont get me wrong I love public-broadcasting. They just need to get over the hump and sell advertising space.
Right now the last 6 seasons are free to stream online.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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StumpyNubs

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#14 posted 04-30-2012 01:39 AM

It is supposed to be only a quarterly show (every three months), so I suspect it is intended as a 40 minute infomercial more than anything. I bet the next episode has a “surprise” visit to one of their other sponsors’ factories! We’ll see…

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at: http://www.stumpynubs.com

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#15 posted 04-30-2012 01:41 AM

Eddie- You’ll never find Vernors down south. It’s made in Detroit and only available around here. Same with Faygo sodas like Rock n Rye. I am surprised Stroh’s is available down there!

Vernors is like a strong ginger-ale that makes you sneeze.

Dave- Streaming woodworking shows? I’m way ahead of ya! Blue Collar Woodworking is cutting edge!

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at: http://www.stumpynubs.com

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