What should I ask Roy Underhill (We're doing at sit-down at WIA 2015)

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09-04-2015 01:14 PM

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Roy Underhill and I will be sitting down together in front of the audience at Woodworking in America, to talk about all sorts of interesting behind-the-scenes stuff. What would you like to know? What would you ask him if you had the chance? Would it be something about his early years at UNC and Duke? How he got interested in Woodworking because of his sister? Why he chose to get a degree in theater? Would you like to know about how he lived in the mountains with a back-to-the-earth sort of group in the 70’s? What about the time he refused to take “no” for an answer about starting his show so he carried an ax into the PBS offices? What about the time he made a rocket powered skateboard that attacked Washington DC? Roy has a story that a lot of people have no idea about, and it’s really facilitating!

So, give me some ideas. Maybe I’ll get him to talk about it. I’ll have it recorded and try to work out a way to get it online for those who can’t make it. If you are going to be at WIA, you can come see us at 11:00 on Saturday in the “Tool Talk” stage. You only need the $10 admission for this, not the full conference pass.

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#1 posted 09-04-2015 01:20 PM

I meant “fascinating”. For some reason the edit function isn’t working so I can’t fix it…

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#2 posted 09-04-2015 01:38 PM

How do you think you’ve influenced modern day woodworkers?

I’d be curious on his perspective.

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#3 posted 09-04-2015 02:45 PM

What was his first woodworking project?
How does he choose his projects for the show?

On the lighter side (fun, but probably not the best way to use precious time):
Has he ever shaved off his mustache?
How many pairs of suspenders does he own?
What was his worst injury while filming? (I remember an anniversary show where he replayed his cuts and scrapes)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 09-04-2015 02:48 PM

Does he really think a wood worker can make a living (apart from TV, Blog, Living Museum, Artsy and Book gigs) making furniture pieces using only the hand tools and techniques he showcases on his program?

Economics 101 type of question….

This is a sincere question… not poking anyone in the ribs.

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#5 posted 09-04-2015 02:51 PM

“Does it hurt to be that cool?” Just kidding, I would like to know what was his favorite build.

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#6 posted 09-04-2015 03:09 PM

Is the set of his show his real workshop?

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#7 posted 09-04-2015 03:33 PM

Awww, someone beat me to the mustache question….
serious question now;
After so many years doing the show, what are his inspirations for new projects and topics? And, how does he keep from repeating any of them?

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#8 posted 09-04-2015 03:34 PM

At the end of his show they show him sitting out in front of his shop holding a chair and then he throws the chair. why did he do that. Silly question. When I met him a few years ago and asked him about it but in response all I got was a puzzled look ,perhaps it was so long ago he doesn’t remember doing that.

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#9 posted 09-04-2015 03:49 PM

Ask Roy….
What did he do wrong…. To end up with you in the other chair??? ;^)

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#10 posted 09-04-2015 04:28 PM

1. With after over 30 years of your show on the Air, how much longer do you think you will still be doing this show?
2. If you choose to retire in 10 or 20 years who will take over for you.

-- Please help me help other Vets click..> is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#11 posted 09-04-2015 04:47 PM


You know almost everything there is to know about this man. LOL! Does he still have his first tool tote?

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#12 posted 09-04-2015 04:57 PM

Does he use power tools that he doesn’t admit to? Does he ever use anything other than solid wood, like plywood or MDF and doesn’t admit to? Does he use any modern (new) tools, or only vintage tools? Does he use a plan, sketch or drawing of any kind, or is it all in his head?

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#13 posted 09-04-2015 05:01 PM

Roy, do you ever get around to cleaning up and organizing your shop?

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#14 posted 09-04-2015 06:24 PM

Lots of good ideas- keep them coming!

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#15 posted 09-04-2015 06:41 PM

which do you prefer: 12v or 20v Max?
How do you incorporate the Sawzall in your find woodworking?
When will we see a CNC on your show?

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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