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Interview with Eric Gorges, Host of A Craftsman's Legacy

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Blog entry by Todd A. Clippinger posted 09-20-2014 01:43 PM 2551 reads 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There is a new series on PBS that focuses on the American craftsman and how they make a living with their hands titled “A Craftsman’s Legacy.”.

In this video I talk to Eric Gorges, who is the host of the show. Eric gives us some insight to the meaning behind this series and why he wants to throw a spotlight on the under-appreciated craftsman and artisans in America.

To find out more about the new series “A Craftsman’s Legacy” on your PBS station, you can use the location finder at the official website http://www.craftsmanslegacy.com

Eric is a craftsman himself as he works with his hands building custom choppers at his business Voodoo Choppers. To see his work you can visit his http://voodoochoppers.com

I hope you enjoy the interview with Eric and be sure to check out the new series on PBS “A Craftsman’s Legacy.” I think you will find it inspiring.

Your friend in the shop-

Todd A. Clippinger

Share the Love-Share the Knowledge

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



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#1 posted 09-20-2014 05:02 PM

Todd,

Is this on your YouTube account? The imbedded LJ’s video does not expand out. Thanks for the info here. Great exploration.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 09-20-2014 05:14 PM

DocSavage45 – Hmmm, not sure why it doesn’t work for you. It works on the browsers I have.

Here is the link to the YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_b8nwFxLPA

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

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#3 posted 09-20-2014 05:18 PM

Todd,

I’m using FireFox, the video works, just doesn’t expand. I’ll watch again on big screen later w/dinner. LOL! Your recent videos are great new explorations!

I did stop over and send a message to Eric.

HGTV use to do a series like this and PBS did an annual like this. Guess I’m not available in prime time anymore as I’m working on a project. LOL! Or my other work.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 09-20-2014 09:48 PM

Very cool, I hope they give an option to watch it on line. My local PBS station doesn’t have it listed

-- What I do in and out of the shop at http://www.BriansBenham.com

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#5 posted 09-20-2014 10:59 PM

Todd, this is great. Thankfully, my PBS station carries it. Can’t wait to view the show. Thanks for the interview, Todd, and the information about the show.

-- Steve, South Carolina, http://www.finewoodworkingofsc.com

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#6 posted 09-21-2014 04:45 AM

Thanks Todd. Good to see you on here. Too bad neither Seattle nor Tacoma PBS lists it.

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

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#7 posted 09-21-2014 02:03 PM

I know it may not be in a large part of the market yet as it is just hitting the PBS stations for the first season.

It is one of the shows that I think the woodworking community would enjoy. Something I really connected with was the when the craftsmen shared their views and philosophy, which is the motivation behind what they do. They had the same thoughts as I do.

I think that the woodworkers would connect with them and find that even craftsmen that work in a different medium have the same thought process and motivations as well. That is basically the world I live in as I have surrounded myself by a lot of artists and craftsmen. There is a thought process and mindset that is like mine, even though we work in different mediums. Even if another person is considered a woodworker, we work in different styles but we travel a parallel path.

These are the reasons that I surround myself with other artists and craftsmen, and this is literally a peak into my world. In the tv series, by the craftsmen sharing their thoughts, it is a peak into their world, which is just like mine. That is why I connect with the show.

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

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#8 posted 09-21-2014 04:35 PM

Maybe you LJ’s can do an email request on your respective sites? And one for Eric so he knows he has LJ support?

Tod, most of the impressionists had each other to kick the bar up a notch. Ideas are the seeds of new ideas.

Keep on sharing here for folks who do not have the benifit of such a peer group. Like the box makers here on LJ’s. It’s been fun to watch and learn from and with them.

I’m going to see Thomas Hucker this November in Minn/St. Paul which should spark some buried notions in me. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 09-23-2014 04:00 AM

Great interview!

Unfortunately, it’s not on the schedule for my local PBS station…....

-- Dean

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#10 posted 09-23-2014 04:02 AM

Aaarrgh! That is frustrating! It is a pretty good show. Not sure what we could do but start contacting the local PBS stations to let them know we are interested in them carrying it.

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

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#11 posted 09-23-2014 05:53 AM

Todd might be a topic for another video?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#12 posted 01-27-2015 01:27 PM

This should work for everybody:


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