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Norm #1: Is Norm Gone!

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Blog entry by Bruce posted 06-21-2014 11:55 AM 1059 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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OMG…I regularly watch old videos of Norm making things and still learning from him 25+ years. I went online to do just that when I got the message that the “web site is temporarily unavailable.” ” Please check back soon.”

“If you are the owner of this website, please log in for additional information or contact us as soon as possible.”

I have gotten similar messages on site I hadn’t been to in a long time. I hope this IS just “temporary.”

-- I think of Jack Nicholson as the Joker in Batman when he says "Where does he get those wonderful toys" and ask WHERE DO U GUYS GET ALL THAT WONDERFUL WOOD?



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abie

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#1 posted 06-21-2014 04:09 PM

Found this on the net
“After 21 seasons on the air bringing woodworking and home improvement education to millions of homes around the country (and around the world), Norm Abram and the crew behind the venerable PBS series The New Yankee Workshop are calling it quits.
I’ve been following the flood of reader commentary this week on FineWoodworking.com, which reported the story earlier this week after learning the news from Patrick Ramirez, a spokesperson for WGBH Boston, which produces the series.
Abram will continue to appear on the station’s sister program This Old House, Ramirez said.
Always a carpenter at heart
Norm was best known for his woodworking, but never let fans forget that he started out as a carpenter, following in his father’s footstep. According to a 1993 profile in Fine Woodworking magazine, Abram worked for three years as a site supervisor of a large construction firm before going into business for himself in 1976 as a general contractor. He was discovered by This Old House producer Russ Morash a few years later, while working on a project at the producer’s home. The rest is history.
Despite his television status, Abram has always been humble about his success: “Master carpenter is a title that Russ gave me,” Abram said in the Fine Woodworking interview. “It may be a legitimate title in the theater, but there’s no such thing in the construction trade, just a journeyman. But I look at the term as meaning someone who is always trying to improve his skills—who continues to learn with each project—as opposed to one who has reached top level, because there’s so much to learn in the field.”
We’d love to hear your thoughts”

Read more: http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/9708/saying-goodbye-to-norm-abram-and-his-new-yankee-workshop#ixzz35I53OYyn
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-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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freddy1962

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#2 posted 06-21-2014 07:43 PM

Norm is my hero. What a class act. The first actual “hands on” TV guy that sparked my interest. He made Bob look bad by being able to do something, as opposed to being able to talk about doing something. The rest is history.

-- JEFF Illinois (Banks of the Mississippi)

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AandCstyle

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#3 posted 06-21-2014 11:11 PM

I learned most of whatever woodworking skills from Norm. I wish there was someone that could fill his shoes on TV today.

-- Art

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Mean_Dean

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#4 posted 06-22-2014 01:00 AM

I think what Bruce is talking about is the New Yankee Workshop website itself that is down. I checked it myself just a minute ago, and it’s still down. I certainly hope that this isn’t the end of the website, too! The TV show went of the air several years ago, and it would be sad to lose the website also…....

-- Dean

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Bruce

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#5 posted 06-22-2014 03:11 PM

I did a follow-up search for New Yankee Workshop and the DIY Network popped up. Tried to look at the schedule but got nowhere. I’m wondering if New Yankee signed a contract with DIY and therefore took down the site. I gave up extra satellite channels including DIY package after they took David Marks’ Woodworks off. Woodworking education should remain in the “free” realm of video accessibility. It seems all I have left is PBS & Youtube. I do subscribe to Fine Woodworking online, but that’s above & beyond my comfort zone.

-- I think of Jack Nicholson as the Joker in Batman when he says "Where does he get those wonderful toys" and ask WHERE DO U GUYS GET ALL THAT WONDERFUL WOOD?

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NormG

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#6 posted 06-23-2014 02:43 AM

A long moment of Silence

-- Norman

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Bruce

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#7 posted 06-23-2014 02:45 AM

HE’S BACK!!!!! I just watched the “Cowboy Sideboard episode for the 3rd time!

-- I think of Jack Nicholson as the Joker in Batman when he says "Where does he get those wonderful toys" and ask WHERE DO U GUYS GET ALL THAT WONDERFUL WOOD?

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Mean_Dean

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#8 posted 06-23-2014 11:56 PM

Yes, the site is back up, and looks to be a bit improved. Probably was down for these improvements—but a note to that effect would have been nice…......!

-- Dean

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