LumberJocks

All Replies on Woodworkers Against the PBS show "American Woodshop"

  • Advertise with us
View Mark D.'s profile

Woodworkers Against the PBS show "American Woodshop"

by Mark D.
posted 1841 days ago


1 2 3 4 ... 6 next »
298 replies

298 replies so far

View a1Jim's profile

a1Jim

111999 posts in 2172 days


#1 posted 1841 days ago

Hey Mark
That’s being pretty tough on that show and PBS, Good for you I have watched 1/2 half of one show and could not believe they would put this guy on the air. The episode I saw he was making a medicine cabinet with butt joints for the cabinet and pocket screws for the door with terrible miters. I would suggest any of the people you have suggested plus Charles Neil and any of a dozen LJ members that would qualify also.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

View jerryz's profile

jerryz

164 posts in 1874 days


#2 posted 1841 days ago

Well, I agree 2000% with the both of you, it is an unfortunate waste of time, I did watch a couple of episodes and frankly I don’t know what is it that we learn with this guy, most of the “techniques” he demonstrates are done very sloppily.
I will not watch it again.

View Don K.'s profile

Don K.

1075 posts in 1921 days


#3 posted 1841 days ago

Ditto to all said…I watched this show a couple of times when it first came out. The first time I just thought it was “New show Jitters” after a few shows I realized my 14 yr old daughter had better woodworking skills than him.

And to think Norm used to be on HGTV AND PBS…now he is off of HGTV and we get a whole year of reruns on PBS…I sure hope they are not phasing him out or that he is not retiring (If he does I hope they replace him with a GOOD quality woodworker). When HGTV first started it had tons of good woodworking shows….now it is nothing more than another lady’s TV network that shows how to decorate their homes.

-- Don S.E. OK

View jerryz's profile

jerryz

164 posts in 1874 days


#4 posted 1841 days ago

Just a quick note on saturday the PBS create channel ran a non stop grilling program I mean c’mon non stop.
A bit much if you ask me

View TopamaxSurvivor's profile

TopamaxSurvivor

14575 posts in 2271 days


#5 posted 1841 days ago

I haven’t seen it in teh Seattle area for a long time. I thought it was a bit below standards when I did.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

View Mely5862's profile

Mely5862

22 posts in 1877 days


#6 posted 1841 days ago

More than the show, I didn’t care for his video demonstration of the new Delta Unisaw on Delta’s website. Such a wonderfull machine with thousands of hours of research and development reduced to that? A bunch of soundbites and in the field interviews from guys who though sincere and enthusiastic didn’t say much.
Unfortunate. It was an opportunity to hook a new demographic (the internet crew) to their loyal customer base. Missed the mark in my humble opinion.

-- “Who wants an orange whip? Orange whip? Orange whip? Three orange whips.” John Candy, Blues Brothers

View Mike Lingenfelter's profile

Mike Lingenfelter

496 posts in 2709 days


#7 posted 1840 days ago

I liked the American Woodshop in it’s early days. I lost interest when he spent most of a season showing them build his new shop. Then it seemed like it was one bandsaw box after another! I watched an episode recently and barely made it through the show. The show really needs a makeover, to compete with what you can find on the internet.

View PurpLev's profile

PurpLev

8476 posts in 2243 days


#8 posted 1840 days ago

it’s time like these that I’m glad I don’t have a TV… I think there’s plenty of good content online as mentioned already. and if anyone wants to be on TV they need to step it up, or people will go elsewhere.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

View tenontim's profile

tenontim

2131 posts in 2339 days


#9 posted 1840 days ago

I don’t get the program, or have ever seen it. You seem to have a majority in agreement with you, so now just forward your letter to the offending television station, so they know, and maybe something will be done. I doubt anyone at PBS is a Lumber Jock.

View dennis mitchell's profile

dennis mitchell

3994 posts in 2909 days


#10 posted 1840 days ago

I move that “American Woodshop” get replaced by “American Craftsman” staring our brother Todd!

View thewoodwhisperer's profile

thewoodwhisperer

601 posts in 2779 days


#11 posted 1840 days ago

Thanks for the mention guys. I really appreciate it.

I have a food for thought question. At what point do we stop looking toward TV for our quality niche content? For years now, woodworking programming has taken a backseat to what I like to call the “least common denominator shows”. Each year the options are fewer and fewer and if any shows are aired at all, they are in very specific markets, so most of us can’t even see them.

With the growth of the internet woodworking community over the past 3-4 years, I am having less and less of a need or desire for woodworking programming on my television. I am even having trouble deciding what advantages it might offer me. Its less flexible and I have to watch what they want to show me. Ok, so the picture is really big…. lol. But there are many ways to get your favorite web videos onto your television for viewing. More and more though, I find myself watching all my videos right at the computer or on my iPhone. Ain’t technology great?

So why watch the chosen few that PBS deems worthy of being on television (with all due respect to Scott Phillips and Norm), when I can watch guys like Charles Neal, Tommy, Todd, Matt V, Shannon, Denis, and numerous other “real” LumberJocks doing real projects, fixing real mistakes. Add to that the option to actually speak with these people about their craft in real time, and you’ve got TV beat hands down.

So I may be a little biased in my opinions, for obvious reasons. But I am a consumer of this stuff just like you guys. And in my house, the TV is for watching movies and cooking shows ( I love BBQ shows! lol). Everything else is on the computer or a portable media device. The whole thing became a lot less frustrating when I stopped expecting the TV to give me something it clearly wasn’t interested in providing. :)

-- For free video tutorials and other cool woodworking stuff, check out http://www.TheWoodWhisperer.com

View teenagewoodworker's profile

teenagewoodworker

2727 posts in 2363 days


#12 posted 1840 days ago

ive watched one or two of them on the woodworking channel and i have to agree. i dont like to beat down on people but when he showed the workbench being build he just glued all the pieces together and then “flattened” it with a belt sander and Ros…. thats not flat at all. then all of the biscuits and but joints and i havent watched a show since.

View reggiek's profile

reggiek

2240 posts in 1865 days


#13 posted 1840 days ago

Luckily, I don’t have time to pay attention to much on tv.

Like you guys though, I think it is criminal when they put on a show that is poorly researched or the technical information is not up to par. Shame on them for using public money to make a show that is so “inaccurate.” I usually support such channels as I would rather see the arts, sciences or a good “how to show” then some inane weekly serio-comic mush with poor writing and more commercials then content. I think my time is better spent in my shop or on the internet…frankly….tv sucks! My oldpa used to say that tv junk kills your imagination and causes brain damage….I think this may show why he said it!!

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

View Mike Lingenfelter's profile

Mike Lingenfelter

496 posts in 2709 days


#14 posted 1839 days ago

Marc,

I think you have good point, and think more people are looking to get their information where and when they want it. As for TV there really is only 1 woodworking show I still watch and that’s Roy Underhill. Even Roy’s show suffers from the TV format. You just can’t squeeze enough good information into a 20 window.

I really get the vast amount of my woodworking information/entertainment from the Internet. My RSS reader is so full of sites, it’s hard to even keep up. I guess that is a good problem to have. I watch/listen to my favorite Podcasts during my commute. Luckily I ride a bus, so I have no problem watching videos :).

I think video/audio programs delivered over the Internet is the wave of the future. The format allows the “host” to totally explore a topic, without the limitations of the TV format. Imagine if Tommy approached his Bombay Secretary series in the “traditional” TV format. It would have been butchered up into something not even recognizable. This New Media revolution has so many possibilities, I look forward to what is coming over the next couple of years. It should be earth shattering!

View SCOTSMAN's profile

SCOTSMAN

5241 posts in 2180 days


#15 posted 1839 days ago

We used to get Norm plus another couple of no-users here in the UK.I liked Norm but they stopped it seemingly he wanted too much money for his half hour show spread out with ads ads and more long ads 6 or seven minutes at a time.Then we got about four years of repeats then it stopped, so we have rubbish and nothing take your pick. I would like to see Norm come back in the UK with some new stuff sorry I can talk for those I don’t know. Best of LOve your brother Alistair

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

View hairy's profile

hairy

1988 posts in 2127 days


#16 posted 1839 days ago

I watch it when I can. I would watch Homer Simpson if he had a woodworking show. For me, a good day woodworking is when I still have all my fingers. I don’t expect to learn from Scott, or Norm or David Marks or Roy or anyone else. It’s entertainment.It’s inspiration. It’s a deviation from the world. To me , the same rules apply to Scott as they do to porn or rap music or whatever—-don’t watch if you don’t like it. The dude is inspiring, even if he has his own way of doing things. This is his 14th season I believe.

-- what a long, strange trip it's been...

View Brian024's profile

Brian024

358 posts in 1995 days


#17 posted 1839 days ago

The first episode of the “American Workshop” I watched was also the last. I can’t remember what it was called he built but it was a desk, I think Norm built one similar to it. I couldn’t believe how unsafe he is, atleast to me he was unsafe. I don’t know if he was rushing or the producer’s were but it seemed like the whole show was rushed. When he used his table saw, he didn’t even let it come up to speed before sliding the piece into it.

View Rustic's profile

Rustic

3126 posts in 2191 days


#18 posted 1839 days ago

most ofwhat I have seen from the American Woodshop has been decent. I have been to a few of his public appearances and he seems really down to earth and I personally didn’t see any mistakes. I like him and the show.

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

View Don K.'s profile

Don K.

1075 posts in 1921 days


#19 posted 1839 days ago

I agree with what Marc says….90% of my woodworking video/watching is off off the net. But like hairy said…if Homer Simpson had a show…I would probably watch it. As long as it was half way good. I still watch Norm and the New Yankee Workshop when ever I have the time…and for several reasons…While I do not expect to learn how to make what ever he is making in a 30 min show…I do find it entertaining…and many times I do pick up a new idea for joints, a jig etc.

So while many of us do use the web for woodworking videos….there are many who only have the TV…or may be exposed to woodworking for the first time by New Yankee workshop…or the “American Wood shop” and while Norm may not be able to show everything in a 30 min show..he at least does quality work AND urges safety…..I can not say the same for “American Wood shop”

-- Don S.E. OK

View thiel's profile

thiel

359 posts in 1887 days


#20 posted 1839 days ago

I’m all for Norm anointing Marc Spagnuolo as his heir and successor. :) Seriously Marc, I’m just a lurker on your site and podcasts and you’ve taught me a zillion things; there are probably hundreds of people like me whose lives you’ve changed and you have never even heard from them!

As for the American Woodshop, there are two things I like about it:
1) He DOES demonstrate that it’s possible to bang something out quickly which is functional.
2) He makes me feel like master woodworker, even though I know I have no idea what I’m doing!

And now, since I have nothing else nice to say….

(crickets)

—David

-- Laziness minus Apathy equals Efficiency

View Jason's profile

Jason

654 posts in 2103 days


#21 posted 1837 days ago

Ditto thiel about Marc. I was exposed to woodworking through Norm, but have learned mostly from Marc.

I have not seen “American Woodshop”, but I agree with hairy about “entertainment”. If the show entertains and inspires I see little fault in it. That little fault being what I’m hearing about his safety practices.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

View Bob #2's profile

Bob #2

3808 posts in 2617 days


#22 posted 1837 days ago

Most of what I want is available on DVD format or soon will be.
If I am stuck with a problem I can come here or a similar venue.
Let’s face it , this is somewhat of a vertical market and TV distributors are looking for the most eyeballs they can gather.
Last month I paid about 90 bucks for television and it was , at best, marginal entertainment punctuated with outrageous commercial advertising.
For the 90 X 12 = $840.00 I can well afford to buy more suitable entertainment.

p.s. I bought a pass to the YMCA for $150.00 for the year. <g>

To hell with mediocre TV!
Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

View rhett's profile

rhett

696 posts in 2262 days


#23 posted 1837 days ago

News media presents fake news, reality shows are scripted and woodworking programs give crappy advice. Welcome to television entertainment. Real info must be searched out. Thank goodness for the internet.

-- http://planeandsimpleblog.wordpress.com/

View Don Newton's profile

Don Newton

712 posts in 2214 days


#24 posted 1837 days ago

It seems that PBS takes longer and longer pledge breaks then they put on crap like American Woodshop!

-- Don, Pittsburgh

View cabinetmaster's profile

cabinetmaster

10874 posts in 2153 days


#25 posted 1837 days ago

I too have to agree with Marc. There is more info on the internet now and you really don’t need the TV for your woodworking needs. I watched that show a couple of times and was not impressed. I quit watching it altogether. I miss Norm and The New Yankee Workshop. Seems I can never find it on in our area any more.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

View Pairodocs's profile

Pairodocs

6 posts in 1837 days


#26 posted 1837 days ago

Norm got me started, and I have used him as my primary teacher. I have also watched many other woodworking shows, and have always picked something up. No doubt about it, Norm is the best teacher on TV, but I fear that he’s going to cash it in here pretty soon. I have, as a result, begun to use my iPod, and the internet for my woodworking education. Most of the shows on TV are pretty poor. I like David Marks, but he is more artistic, and I can’t even draw a stick man, so I probably won’t be making any of his projects soon. Ya, I think we are at the end of the line for quality woodworking educational tv. Guys like Norm don’t come around that often.

-- Pairodocs, Florida, USA

View thequietscotsman's profile

thequietscotsman

15 posts in 1937 days


#27 posted 1836 days ago

is there any way to start a new thread with the websites and podcasts that we do like?

-- "There is a fine line between woodworker and tool collector"

View thewoodwhisperer's profile

thewoodwhisperer

601 posts in 2779 days


#28 posted 1836 days ago

Not sure if this will help quietscotsman, but we have a pretty comprehensive list of blogs and podcasts over at The Wood Whisperer Network.

I made the site because my links page was getting completely out of hand. :)

-- For free video tutorials and other cool woodworking stuff, check out http://www.TheWoodWhisperer.com

View Brad_Nailor's profile

Brad_Nailor

2531 posts in 2552 days


#29 posted 1836 days ago

I have never seen the show, but I enjoy watching these types of shows, more for ideas and entertainment not for hard information and in depth demonstration of complicated joinery techniques. I agree with Marc, the real meat of wood working content seems to be on the internet, but before the ‘net was born us old timers had to learn by reading, by doing, or if you were lucky enough, being taught by a seasoned professional. I like NYW for that reason, because Norm goes into a fair amount of detail. I also like This Old House, and Ask This Old House. They are a little more “fluffy” than NYW, but still offer a decent amount of pertinent information and demonstration of techniques, although they gloss over things a little due to trying to shove massive amounts of content into a 30 minute show!

-- http://www.facebook.com/pages/DSO-Designs/297237806954248

View Kent Shepherd's profile

Kent Shepherd

2697 posts in 1881 days


#30 posted 1834 days ago

I’ve seen part of the show twice. I thought it was very lacking in content and execution (Now there’s a thought!—-the show, not the host) It seriously made me wonder if I should pursue doing my own show. I think I should call it “The Old Redneck Workshop” (Sorry Norm)

Marc brought up some great points about internet. That’s where I get most of my information about technique, desighn, etc. I am not home enough to catch most of the TV shows.

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

View Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor's profile

Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

4927 posts in 1903 days


#31 posted 1834 days ago

I have never watched a TV woodworking show. The internet and a slew of good woodworking magazines is sufficient for me. Besides, an hour in front of the TV is an hour wasted that could be better spent in my limited shop time.

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

View Roscoe's profile

Roscoe

7 posts in 2244 days


#32 posted 1834 days ago

I stopped watching when he did a whole bunch of shows about building his new house. He probably got it paid for by the show. It always seems to me like I’m watching seseme street or something the way he talks like he is speaking to a four year old

-- Greg, Pennsylvania

View davidroberts's profile

davidroberts

1002 posts in 2081 days


#33 posted 1834 days ago

NYW is a class act. Much credit should be given to Russell Morash. I have always marveled at the high production quality of the NYW and the way Norm comports himself. Norm set the bar. The camera shots, lighting and script are all professional. What PBS use to be. In a 30 minute show, Norm demonstrates 90 percent of the major steps used to build whatever is on his mind, even down to the finish. Forget about 200 hand cut dovetails. It’s just good solid furniture and what nots built with really cool equipment. Here’s this unassuming man, in the iconic plaid shirt, who is now the unequalled legend in this obtuse world of woodworking, introducing equipment I had never heard of.

Is there anything woodworking or wood related Norm doesn’t know. I think not. You can just smell the sawdust and glue when Norm gets busy. There are hundreds of thousands of men and women across America who anticipate with relish that brief 30 minute Sunday afternoon interlude with Norm. His projects are well thought out, practical and doable. Only recently has he started using commerical type equipment. But heck, there are a lot of woodworkers out there today with the funds to afford a cabinet saw, 17 inch bandsaw, 8 inch jointer, 15 inch planer and a 36 inch sanders. I’d dare say Norm is the biggest non salesman for the Delta and Porter Cable hobby market. More than not, the average American woodworker, making sawdust in his garage, whatever his skill level or equipment, will give at least some credit to Norm for influencing their involvement with woodworking. Norm was doing NYW episodes when many out there in LJ land were still in grade school.

Times they are a changing. Who can blame Norm for wanting to slow down and smell the roses. I’m sure that I’m not the only one a bit disappointed that Norm laid off this season. And yes I do feel cheated (hehe). How dare he leave such a void in my Sunday afternoon rendezvous. I’m sure there are some young turks out there waiting in the wings. Whoever takes the reins to become the next Great American Woodworker will have some mighty big work boots to fill. It’s usually someone you don’t suspect, or have even heard of. It probably helped that NYW followed TOH, and Norm was already popular.

What Scott Phillips needs to do is shelve his ego and hire a good director and producer. Chill out, slow down, and do some quality work.

-- God is great, wood is good. Let us thank Him for wood......and old hand tools.

View Mike Gager's profile

Mike Gager

615 posts in 1862 days


#34 posted 1830 days ago

weird, i like the show. only seen some episodes online never on tv i think it was season 15 episodes that i got to watch

heres the link

http://www.wbgu.org/americanwoodshop/Episodes/season15/index.html

View Joe Lyddon's profile

Joe Lyddon

7617 posts in 2647 days


#35 posted 1830 days ago

Mark D.,

Yes… and he performs all of that miraclously in ONLY 26 minutes TOO… you forgot that part!
TOO fast to be safe… right?

He covers the material enough to give us the “idea” of what he’s doing or will do.

Sheesh…

... and all he needs to screw pocket screws is his FINGERs too… Right?!

I’m happy he’s there… along with all the rest. :)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

View johnpoolesc's profile

johnpoolesc

246 posts in 1955 days


#36 posted 1830 days ago

only good thing about ‘american woodshop” is it reminds me i have almost 100 hours of norm backup. i like norm, not because i learn but because he inspired a generation of woodworkers..

and your right about HGTV, removed it from my channel scan and i one time i watched it more then any other channel.

-- It's not a sickness, i can stop buying tools anytime.

View Bob #2's profile

Bob #2

3808 posts in 2617 days


#37 posted 1830 days ago

I’m pretty much with Joe Lyddon.

Any group that takes the time to make visual tutorials for woodworking is O.K. in my book.

We must learn to embrace our good fortune and try to stop being too judgemental.

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

View thiel's profile

thiel

359 posts in 1887 days


#38 posted 1781 days ago

The Horror. The horror.

I am watching the show RIGHT NOW. A few minutes ago I saw him tug at the height adjustment wheel of the planer while a board was only halfway through.

But right now… You’re not gonna believe this: He just held up two pieces of cherry he’d cut which were going to be the left and right sides of a desk top. Then, after explaining the cut he’s going to make on BOTH pieces, he tosses one of them (yes, he THROWS it!) on the floor so he has a hand free to turn on the tablesaw. You can hear the piece hit the floor with a loud CLONK!

Oh no. He’s just about to cut down a piece of 24” wide bubinga (not a glue up!) If this wasn’t tivo I’d be calling the cops right now!

-- Laziness minus Apathy equals Efficiency

View SuperDave0002's profile

SuperDave0002

136 posts in 1826 days


#39 posted 1781 days ago

Well…....look at the bright side, you were entertained for 30 minutes

-- David South FLorida http://ahunkahunkaburninlove.blogspot.com/

View thiel's profile

thiel

359 posts in 1887 days


#40 posted 1781 days ago

30 minutes? No way. I had to close my eyes for some parts :-)

-- Laziness minus Apathy equals Efficiency

View interpim's profile

interpim

1123 posts in 2053 days


#41 posted 1781 days ago

I have sworn off network television altogether. I bought a cheap computer that I hooked up to my television, and I can watch pretty much whatever I want, when I want using that. No $100 cable bill, no dealing with crappy show lineups. All I need is a fast internet connection now that my phone goes through the internet too.

-- San Diego, CA

View johnnymo's profile

johnnymo

309 posts in 1801 days


#42 posted 1781 days ago

wow. i thought i was the only one getting tired of those pbs shows :-)
a lot of times i don’t have the time to sit and watch a show when the networks want me to. Don’t get me wrong i like to watch Norm (when I’m home at 5:30 on a saturday). Then I saw the american woodshop and I thought “cool…another woodworking show”, then the show started…well, he does like to rush his projects! Especially when it comes to the finishing! For me, the best thing to do is search the web for instructional videos. Tell you what, I learned a lot from the woodwhisperer website. He has a lot of great videos to learn from. Now I’m learning more from this (lumberjocks) website. Now I don’t have to be at home at a certain time to learn something new about woodworking.

-- John in Arizona (but it's a dry heat!)

View clieb91's profile

clieb91

3250 posts in 2530 days


#43 posted 1780 days ago

Got to admit I agree witht he number here that mentioned this show as entertainment more then anything. I too have cringed at some of the stuff he has done, had no idea he actually redid his shop as I just recently found the show.. based on the way it looks around him I would say he should do it again. My shop does not even look that cluttered.
I much prefer “New Yankee” or “Woodsmith Shop”.
I won’t even get started on HGTV and DIY is heading downhill as well these days.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

View RetiredCoastie's profile

RetiredCoastie

999 posts in 1778 days


#44 posted 1774 days ago

I agree. If they’re going to show me how to do something they should do it correctly. What I don’t understand is the why aren’t there more woodworking shows on and not just on Saturdays. There must be a hundred sewing and quilting shows on during the week, where are the wood workers? Since I switched to Com-cast a few years back I haven’t seen DIY which had a few good shows on during the week. Have they started slipping as well? HGTV only has interior decorators that in my opinion don’t know squat about what looks good and very little woodworking.

-- www.thepatriotwoodworker.com Proud Supporter of Homes For Our Troops

View JasonIndy's profile

JasonIndy

186 posts in 2030 days


#45 posted 1774 days ago

I actually enjoy the show. It does make me feel better reading everybody’s comments, because the first time I watched the show I saw him cross-cutting with his piece flush against his rip fence. I’ve always thought NEVER to cross-cut with your work up against the rip fence, but I figured he knew what he was doing. I’m glad somebody else out there agrees with me on those “WTF?” moments on the show. That having been said, it is just a TV show, and I still really enjoy watching it from time to time.

However, while we’re venting, I’ll share what gets under my skin. HGTV. Now my wife thinks that we redo the bathroom and put new cabinets and flooring in the kitchen in a single weekend. I suppose it’s just a personal pet peeve, but it bothers me that they edit out the part where you have to squeeze a 48” wide bath tub into a 47” wide opening. Or you unscrew an old piece of plumbing and it breaks off in the wall, so now you have to rip out all the new drywall you just put up. Or you go to put in ONE more outlet upstairs and end up having to rewire half your house. Just once I’d like to hear a carpenter on one of those shows drop an f-bomb under his breath. Just once. Compared to HGTV, I really like the NYW guy…

View Julian's profile

Julian

880 posts in 2120 days


#46 posted 1773 days ago

Jason, I am with you on those shows. They make the average homeowner just dangerous enough to attempt the jobs that are usually best left to us professionals. I love watching those shows and pointing out the obvious flaws in their execution of the various home remodeling shows. My wife is always telling me that I should have my own show, and I tell her that it wouldn’t work because I am not a minority, nor do I have an english/new zealand accent.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

View matt garcia's profile

matt garcia

1810 posts in 2267 days


#47 posted 1773 days ago

I watch Scott Phillips only because our local PBS affiliate only shows Norm on Sunday high noon. Since DIY refuses to pay David Marks for any more brilliance, there is absolutely nothing else to watch, woodworkingly speaking!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

View Walnut_Weasel's profile

Walnut_Weasel

360 posts in 1817 days


#48 posted 1773 days ago

If we want to talk about entertainment – reading this forum is it!!

I have not watched any wood working show on TV since DIY yanked David Marks off the air. Every time I catch Norm on it is a re-run and to be honest, a lot of his projects don’t strike a chord with me. I watch TV in general so little that I did not even realize PBS had another wood working show! Several of the shows on TV that I do like, are re-played later on the net which is where I end up watching it…so I guess you could say I completely agree with Marc’s point of view.

Needless to say if it were up to me, Marc, Matt, Teenagewoodworker, and others would be locked in their shops at all times to crank out more great stuff that teaches a newbie like myself what to do! Keep up the great work guys!

-- James - www.walnutweasel.wordpress.com

View Bob #2's profile

Bob #2

3808 posts in 2617 days


#49 posted 1773 days ago

Have any of you sent your compaint to HGTV or you cable company?

Maybe they think they are doing a good job.

Bpb

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

View Karson's profile

Karson

34852 posts in 2995 days


#50 posted 1773 days ago

Of all the TV that I’ve watched I’ve never sat through any of the TV wood working shows. I don’t know if its me or not, but I’ll watch a DVD on a process that I want to learn, but not sit through making a Highboy in 30 minutes minus commercials.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

1 2 3 4 ... 6 next »
298 replies


DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase