I’d rather spend my time in the shop, but there are days or nights when I could benefit from watching a good woodworking show or read a woodworking magazine. In fact, with the great decline in useful or entertaining programming on the tube, programs like, “This Old House, Hometime, etc. are the few left that make watching the tube worth while. The problem is that even these programs are getting scarce. What is going on? Even “DYI” is switching more to gardening than woodworking. It’s getting hard to find, The New Yankee Workshop, too. I know that Norm is getting close to retirement, but come on, show some of his old shows. I enjoy the WoodWright’s Shop, but that poor guy needed an hour show. He is always out of breathe, no power tools! I was born in the wrong centry, I guess, because I’m drawn to all the neat planes and specialty tools of the time. I can’t afford them, but would love to have them. PBS use to carry these, but have telethons every weekend, now. So, the woodworking shows I use to look forward to have been replaced by something else.
Is this just a Louisiana problem? Are any of you experiencing the same decline in woodworking programing?
Luckily, you guys are here to fill the void and sites like: The WoodWhiperer, The Woodworking Channel, etc. exists.
I can’t believe that the demand for woodworking programs is not there. Of course, even, This Old House has changed. I find they spend more time touring a museum, another house or a manufacturing plant than showing techniques, how to’s and building concepts. I think that they have lost the vision that was there when they first began. Sure it is interesting to see how glass is made, but I need to know how to install a window, a door, a wood floor, and how to repair a loose banister post more.
Maybe I should be glad that these programs are fading? Maybe I’ll spend more time in the shop because of it? Besides, I still have, ShopNotes, ShopSmith,Wood, WorkBench, etc. to help me hone my skills, techiques, and my understanding of joints, staining, and design of furniture, don’t I.
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