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Forum topic by doyoulikegumwood posted 10-19-2009 10:02 PM 3588 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-19-2009 10:02 PM

well the end of an era in wood working has come. while the show is often ridiculed by nay Sayers one can not deny the fact that threw this show many woodworkers got their start. yes norm oftin used brads where many of us would cringe. and had a shop full of machines that most of us envied.

but i have to say even tho my skills have gone much further past using brads to hold everything together if it wasn’t for TNYW and Norm i may have never picked up the hobby.

so thanks and happy trails

-- I buy tools so i can make more money,so ican buy more tools so I can work more, to make more money, so I can buy more tool, so I can work more

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#1 posted 10-19-2009 10:50 PM

I also hate to hear that he is retiring, but all good things must come to an end. Norm was the reason that I started woodworking. I was watching Norm in High School and thats why I took a class in woodworking. So Long and thanks for giving me a push into woodworking.

-- F.Little

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#2 posted 10-20-2009 06:10 AM

Thanks Norm!

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 10-20-2009 06:48 AM

I’ll echo it again, “Thanks Norm!”,
p.s. must be nice to retire :)

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, you've got an electrical problem!

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#4 posted 10-20-2009 02:11 PM

Delta thanks you, too.

-- Making Sawdust Safely

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#5 posted 10-21-2009 12:11 AM

I’d encourage my wife to watch NYW with me. When she’d see a piece Norm was making that really caught her fancy, I would persuade her I could do the same if I had a particular power tool.
Sure helped in breaking down resistance to my always finding a tool I needed to buy and bring home-LOL!
After a while, my better half would say-”when you come home from a woodworking show, just take the stuff right down to the workshop-I don’t want to see how much you spent.”
Thanks Norm for being such an inspiration and a valuable ally to all woodworkers who lust after the next tool!

-- Gerry

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#6 posted 10-21-2009 09:11 AM

It really saddens me that Norm will not be on anymore. I have watched Norm since the 80’s. And like a fool I have always though that if I had his shop, oh what wonderful things I could make. But reality hits and I realize that he truly is a skilled craftsmen.
I have about 20 of TNYW on my DVD hardrive recorder that I will burn to DVD. I have looked to for his shows on DVD to buy, but have not been able to find them . Hopefully DIY and PBS will show the reruns.
I’m really going to miss the show.
It is possible that the economy will improve and TNYW will return, but I’m not holding my breathe about the economy with this administration.


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#7 posted 10-21-2009 03:22 PM

Norm will surely be missed. He was eye opening to the craft of woodworking for many. I feel quite certain he is happy to be done making “user friendly” projects. There are only so many simple pieces one can make. He did gets lots of flack from hardcore craftsmen, but that wasn’t his audience. If he had shown progressive, more complex projects that matched his years in the shop, he would be making mini-series instead of 30 min shows. I look for him to start contributing more to the mags.

-- Doubt kills more dreams than failure.

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#8 posted 10-21-2009 04:49 PM

All things must come to an end but I’m saddened to see it happen. I know I have Norm to thank (or curse! :D) for getting me interested in wood working. I remember seeing him cut a rabbit in a long peice of poplar and enjoyed seeing the wood being removed so effortlessly that it made me want to try it.

Kudos and thanks to Norm.

Maybe this is sacrilidge, but I wouldn’t mind seeing someone else take over the show (or a very close rip off). No one can beat the king but I’d like to see someone try;)

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#9 posted 10-21-2009 05:12 PM

I hate to see this. Its almost like a death in the family :-) I think Norm was just getting burned out. He must have been really busy with both shows and all the appearances etc. Didnt he build each project about 3 times for each show episode? It must not have left him much time for anything else. Its good that he will still be on TOH.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#10 posted 10-21-2009 05:14 PM

All of us who have enjoyed Norm over the years are saddened to see it all end. We all need to make changes at some time. I have begun to eliminate my shop in preparation to go full-time RVing in a few months when I retire and it is hard to do! So I can feel for Norm in this situation.

-- waroland, Mount Juliet, TN

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#11 posted 10-21-2009 05:22 PM

If it wasent for norm I am not sure that I would have got into finish woodworking, the thing that I enjoy the most, thanks alot Norm, you will be missed.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#12 posted 10-21-2009 06:55 PM

I echo all of your thoughts about Norm, from my first Delta direct drive tablesaw to where I am today. Enjoy your retirement and God Bless you Norm from the bottom of my heart.

-- Jim - Cushing, WI

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#13 posted 10-21-2009 11:17 PM

I grew up watching norm from this old house when he use to work before he became like a host and when NYW started i watch just like the rest of you i think norm is a real craftsman and over the years he caught a lot flack for other woodworker that didn’t like what he was doing and how he did it but no matter what you think norm brought woodworking in to living rooms and to a lot of basement for beginners and he showed what tools to use and how to use them I remember in the early ninety when woodworker store like woodcraft and rockler was just starting to pop up norm help those store owners if they want to believe it or not i also think they owe some of there success to him and i will miss not seeing norm on tv any more thanks norm for all the year of making us all better woodworkers may your year in retirement be has good as your working years and better thanks again norm best of luck to you

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#14 posted 11-23-2009 03:50 PM

NYW is one of the 4 wood shows I watch weekly, I have learned a lot, Norm has been very informative. He has kept his ego in check, never proclaiming to be super at anything. His tools are phenomenol, and I hope to have some of them someday, including a 4 router collection. And I hope to always “remember to wear these, safety glasses”.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#15 posted 12-02-2009 12:48 AM

Well there you go, and I was cursing the TV Station for taking him off the air.

Thanks Norm, loved your work and learned a lot from it. We’ll miss you mate.

Thanks again.

-- If you try to fail and succeed, what have you done?

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