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Blog entry by oscorner posted 03-11-2007 05:12 PM 863 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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 So, the woodworking shows I use to look forward to have been replaced by something else.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.

-- Jesus is Lord!



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dennis mitchell

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#1 posted 03-11-2007 05:22 PM

Lumberjocks Network! Alll woodworking all the time!

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Bill

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#2 posted 03-11-2007 05:39 PM

There you go Dennis. Time for us to start making our own shows. I bet Obi will like that.

I agree Os, something has happened to all of the woodworking shows. I think it is part of our move in society where people used to do things themselves, but now pay others to do it. Afterall, if you are paying a gardener to take care of the yard and such, do you really want to know about the plants. Instead, you would rather see a show that designs a nice landscape, and what colors to use.

I think the same thing is happening in woodworking. People do not want to know how to do it, but rather what should they pick to accent their home.

At least we have this site, and those you mentioned. Hang in there.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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David

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#3 posted 03-11-2007 05:58 PM

A Lumberjock show is not a bad idea . . .

There is so much talent represented on this site, not only from a purely woodworking point of view, but the ablity to teach, share and entertain. There is also emense woodworking diversity: the professional custom shops, rustic woodworking, power tools and hand tools, finishing, ect. There are also unique and interesting personalities. All the things needed for such a project to be succesful. That’s why I keep coming back to Lumberjocks every day (sometimes when I should be doing other work!). The quesion is how to capture and deliver this wonderful slice of woodworking.

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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Bill

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#4 posted 03-11-2007 06:05 PM

Well the WoodWhisperer shows us how to do the podcasts, which would be a good way to go. First we hit it big on the internet, then we can move to DIY or some other network. Heck, we might even have to form our own channel, Lumberjocks TV. Hmmm..LJTV has an interesting ring to it..

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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#5 posted 03-11-2007 06:09 PM

I like the LJTV idea Bill!

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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#6 posted 03-11-2007 06:37 PM

PBS is coming out with a program called “Craft in America” starting on May 30th. I think it is only a three part series and covers more than just woodworkers. They are trying to show how culturally significant the world of art and craft is to society. Go to www.pbs.org for more info. I read about it in the “Woodshop News”

I was telling a friend of mine that I was thinking about podcasting, and he directed me to check out “The Wood Whisperer”. I like his sense of humor and style. But, I have a style of my own and I think that would help creat something for everyone. Going to his site led me to you guys.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#7 posted 03-11-2007 06:39 PM

With the show”LJTV” linked to, Obi’s magazine we can’t loose! Each week the show could showcase one of the LumberJocks in their shop and watch the process of turning raw lumber into magnificant works.

Martin, are you up for all of this?

-- Jesus is Lord!

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Bill

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#8 posted 03-11-2007 06:40 PM

Sounds like we can sign Todd up for a show on LJTV. That only leaves us 23.5 more hours of daily programming to cover.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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#9 posted 03-11-2007 06:43 PM

I’ve been reading a lot lately on how cultures around the world are becoming “Americanized” for lack of a better word (no offense to anyone).. and the old ways are being lost. That is REALLY sad and I was wishing that, as a Canadian, I could bring a cultural tradition into my home more but what do we have, really?? We are a multicultural society, all coming from somewhere else.
But.. as I read this I thought about the different craftsman styles that have developed over the past couple hundred years. Yes, they have their roots in another country but I would say that we, in North America, have our unique style of woodworking.
So how do I find out about this? Why I keep coming back to Lumberjocks.com to learn from the masters and the sons/daughters of the masters.

And.. with the shows, wouldn’t it be nice to have a “wannabee” being taught, so that everyone would feel comfortable with giving it a try ? “Why, if that Debbie can do it, so can I !!!”

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#10 posted 03-11-2007 07:05 PM

I have read about a lot of woodworkers in Canada, you have some tremendous craftsmen.

I liked O’s idea of featuring various shops.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#11 posted 03-11-2007 07:49 PM

Thanks, Todd! Bill deserves all the credit, though. He was the one who brainstormed the idea of a podcast.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#12 posted 03-11-2007 07:55 PM

Getting back to DIY, (and not having that channel) I think the focus on gardening is seasonal, with everybody eager to get outside. I Have noticed that the shows in the “Trading Spaces” Genre have scaled back, and changed, if not fallen off the Radar entirely.

Having recently knocked down out Cable to the Bare Bones basic, I’m happy to hear about anything of interest to us on PBS.

I’d also give Todd an hour on LJ TV. perhaps a half hour how-to, and a half hour show and tell of the homes and projects he’s done (and is inspired by). Heck, Emeril is a cornerstone of Food TV, as long as we don’t wear our “personalities” thin, who said we need to limit our time to a half-hour or or hour long show (which is really only 22 or 43 minutes respectively, Max.)

I’ve dabbled in TV a bit (college local access – a few of us got together and did a variety show for 2 years, not for a class or credit, but just cause we could) That stuff is a heck of a lot of work, but so much fun! I’m sure doing a video podcast would be akin to that, but more flexible in that there are no time constraints, (and computers have gotten WAY better in the cough 12 years or so, since I got to play in that format.

Todd, you should do a podcast, not to compete with the wood whisperer, but to add your own spin to whats out there, and help build each other up. (And to give me one more woodworking “show” to add to the Must watch.

Like it or not, Letterman and Leno couldn’t be on top of their game without each other.

Os got it right, there is just more and more nothing on. More time in the shop is great, but it would be nice to have something to watch when we’re unwinding from creating greatness in the shop, or having a midnight snack!

Of the few international woodworking sources I’ve come across, on the newstand, or online, there are some fantastic woodworkers everywhere.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#13 posted 03-11-2007 08:14 PM

If you want to see videos, & information of just about anything in woodworking, & you can pick your own time to watch.
You should check out Fine woodworking online. . You can also search for any subject, & I have hardly ever came up empty. They also have some real good PDF’s of just about anything.
I think it was a worthwhile investment. It’s actually one of my best tools.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#14 posted 03-11-2007 09:28 PM

Like I said, I have my own style and ideas. If you drive down a street and there are a row of restaurants, there really is only an indirect competition. Tonight I’ll eat here – I feel like pizza, or there – I feel like steak or a burger.

The biggest reason that I bought a Mac was for the advertising potential.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#15 posted 03-12-2007 04:05 AM

So happy with my Mac. Were PC’s at work (yes in graphic design, go figure?) for the past 12 years or so, now were back on track. I had a mac in college, switched to PC to be compatible (pre pdf days) and when my second PC was beyond rescue, and a freelance opportunity came up, I got my Mac. I’d love to add to the podcasting universe. I think my wife would just about go insane, unless I was able to clean somthing else off my plate! At least I already have the tools if and when I decide to give it a go.

Good luck with yours Todd… We need to start creating our own infotainment if the major networks our there aren’t hitting this niche.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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