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Forum topic by tinnman65 posted 10-26-2009 03:20 AM 1783 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-26-2009 03:20 AM

I was telling my wife about the end of the new Yankee Workshop (and David Marks Woodwork’s from what I hear) and she pointed out that all the so called “do it yourself” shows are on the decline. The same way MTV (music television) stopped playing music video’s years ago DIY, HGTV,and the like are now all about having some pro’s come in and do all the work on your house or yard, either that or shows about buying or selling a house. Even when the home owner is involved they usually never get into much detail about whats going on. What ever happened to all the do it yourself craft shows on woodworking, fabric arts, gardening,metal work,painting or even auto repair. I do on occasion find a woodworking show on the local PBS station but they are never on for any length of time. Is this true for anyone else or am I just in a bad TV market?

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#1 posted 10-26-2009 04:31 AM

Yes I’d have to agree with you, the same thing here, about the only one left is The American Woodshop. I haven’t seen that Father and Son router show or the Woodsmith Shop or the Woodwrights Shop on PBS in a while either.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#2 posted 10-26-2009 04:42 AM

They are hard to come by.

I set up my Tivo to record anything related to woodworking and for a while there it didn’t record anything.

Lately it has recorded several episodes of The Woodsmith’s Shop but they are reruns from last March.

Other than that I watch The Wood Whisperer podcasts on iTunes.


-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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#3 posted 10-26-2009 05:11 AM

Whoa. When Bothus said that I went and looked at my TiVo and sure enough there are 4 upcoming Woodsmith Shop shows. My Season Pass was set to record them on the 10-1 PBS channel but they moved them to the 36-4 PBS channel. (We’ve got 9 PBS channels here, 10-1 and 36-1 thru 36-8, only 10-1 is 1080i all the rest are 480p. So I left the 10-1 Season Pass to keep the better resolution and set up a Wishlist to grab any remaing. Had done that with the American Woodshop alreadly, now I’ll do it with the Woodwrights Shop too.

The Wood Whisperer had a good interview with David Marks and his wife a while back after the show had been canceled, interesting guy. I liked the story about how he invented the mortise and tenon and the clocks Montgomery Wards were going to sell.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#4 posted 10-26-2009 05:15 AM

I got the same problem. Last week I upgraded my cable so I could get DIY. What a mistake that was, Like you said Tinman it’s either pros doing the work or people who are supposed to be pros doing crappy jobs and covering up mistakes. The other channels are no better. A lot of jackasses flipping houses and doing some really unethical things. I cant believe these broadcasters or show sponsors would promote this garbage. It’s all about the reality shows now. No craftsmanship and not much entertainment.

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#5 posted 10-26-2009 05:17 AM

I only get The re runs of The new yankee woodshop and the woodright . The more interesting shows like David marks are long gone but now I’m watching Charles Neil Has a show he’s broadcasting every Thursday. It’s a subscription show but cheaper than buying DVDs and Charles has 30 years experience and his shows, DVDs, You tube videos are all on the mark and even a guy
with 20 years experience has a lot to learn from Charles.

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#6 posted 10-26-2009 01:39 PM

I, like Jim, only get an occasional rerun or maybe I get to see an occassional episode of New Yankee on PBS. This is quite the bummer. I guess its obviously going to be like everything else, all about the most audience and consequently the biggest bucks.

How many “House Hunter” or “Landscaping” shows does it take to make a good woodworking show?......anyone know?

-- Dave Haynes, Indiana,

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#7 posted 10-26-2009 03:02 PM

I really dislike the the DIY Shows that basically show the start and show the finish after the pros have finished.

One had me screaming at the TV the other day. The people were hippies and they hired somebody to rip out out their 50 year wood old cabinets for environmentally friendly particle board cabinets that were distressed to look 50 years old.

But…I end up watching them because there isn’t anything else on but Law and Order repeats and the History channel trying to link JFK’s, Nazi’s and the Freemasons to a current blockbuster movie.

-- Sometimes... At night... My router tells me to do things to wood. Bad Things.

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#8 posted 10-26-2009 03:44 PM

About a year or two ago DIY or HGTV, I forget which one, advertized that they were going to start showing The New Yanky Workshop. I was looking forward to it because I can’t get any local TV stations. When they finaly did start showing it, they played the same 5 or 6 episodes over and over and over and ….................. for about 6 months and then it disapered.
I’m glad I found this site, and others like The Woodwisperer, and Matts Basement Workshop.

-- Rick, Pa. Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

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#9 posted 10-26-2009 03:51 PM

History channel trying to link JFK’s, Nazi’s and the Freemasons to a current blockbuster movie.

So I am NOT the only one who noticed that? Maybe it’s a conspiracy. Gonna have to go tell the tin foil hat crowd about that…

I guess it was about 2 years ago, HGTV and DIY network both seemed to shift toward pro updates instead of sweat equity. I quit watching.

Likewise, The Sci Fi network became SyFy recently and started showing more stuff that would be a stretch to call science fiction, again I quit watching. MTV hasn’t been MTV since the late 80’s / early 90’s.

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#10 posted 10-26-2009 03:58 PM

I still get the Old New Yankee, Woodsmith occasionally, and Woodturning workshop every sunday morning. I have started you tubing as well with the Wood WHisperer, The Woodsmith has some exellent videos on there site. I think this is the wave of the future. Which is nice cause you can watch it when you have time.

-- ShawnH "In matters of style, swim with the current. In matters of principle, stand like a rock." Thomas Jefferson

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#11 posted 10-26-2009 05:41 PM

Without a TV and with very limited internet the learning has to come from DVD’s, videos, books and Lumberjocks. For those that have been able to watch the past DIY and How To shows I envy you…

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#12 posted 10-26-2009 06:02 PM

I was lucky last November to catch John Sillaots at the Moncton (New Brunswick) Woodworking Exposition, and he was bemoaning the fact that his (and apparently, everyone elses) DIY show had gone the way of the dodo. However, less time spent in front of the TV (even if you are watching DIYs) is more time in the shop…...

-- Gord M, Nova Scotia, Canada

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#13 posted 10-27-2009 02:39 AM

i still have 16 episodes of wood works on my sat. receiver i watch them once and a while i did find that on the diy web site you can watch old wood works episodes
i have to laugh when i look at the show line on on hgtv,diy,fineliving all reality t/v
we are just not a large enough demographic to interest them

-- self proclaimed copycat

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