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Forum topic by schroeder posted 01-31-2008 02:08 AM 1328 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-31-2008 02:08 AM

Okay, so I’m the first to admit it – I like the Canadian craftsman!;) Lee Valley is my source one! The craftsmanship here at Lumberjocks clearly demonstrates that the Canooks are A-1. But I gotta tell ya, the show “Holmes on Holmes” is something that does all Canadians proud, it has done a world of good for me. Clearly working to teach the young tradesman about (aboot) doing it right, you have to respesct that! This show has had an influence on how I work, (if you’ve seen the show, you know what I mean). But I gotta tell ya, I emailed their web site (granted, I’m sure they get lotsa email)… never got a response – disappointed! If your going to have a website and encourage an e-…you should at least give a brotha a holler back! Just sayin….(whine whine whine;)

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#1 posted 01-31-2008 02:17 AM

I usually spend some time with Mike at the Canadian Home Workshop show every year….he really is a heck of a nice guy. He’s not on the roster this year, but he may just show up….any message you’d like me to give him?


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#2 posted 01-31-2008 02:18 AM

It’s quite impressive what all they do through that show and whatever else Mike does. It sounds like the training that the apprentices get is top notch. Also, the awareness that we the viewers get is priceless.

That’s too bad that you haven’t received an email from them.
How about one from “me” instead :)
At least I’m a canuck.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 01-31-2008 02:21 AM

I’ve got to agree with you about the show – been a fan of it since it started.

now about your winge – yep, it makes no sense to develop a website that invites comments and feedback then not respond.

Try my website (shown below) you will always get a response. LOL

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#4 posted 01-31-2008 03:02 AM

I’m also a big fan of the show. For the same reasons, he does it right.

-- Bob K. East Northport, NY

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#5 posted 01-31-2008 03:47 AM

It’s Canuck, not Canook! Just going with Mike on this. Anything worth doing is worth doing right! Yeah, it’s a good show. Mike knows how to get it done.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#6 posted 01-31-2008 04:24 AM

Ryan – Thanks, no,...not really. I guess keep doing good works, he’s an inspiration for all those coming up in the business. Ms. Debbie! I’ll always take an e-from you! Definit one of my fav “Canouks!” (thanks for the heads up Mot! – won’t make that mistake againe!;)” Don, always good to hear from you, feeling better then I take it eh?

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#7 posted 01-31-2008 01:07 PM

Yes “Holmes on Homes” is definately a good show, but I’d really like to see him drag the previous contractor-weasel into the picture and ask him “Just what the hell were you thinking?”

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#8 posted 01-31-2008 01:17 PM

he went to court once, for the homeowner. Homeowner won the case. The judge said that he was impressed with Mike’s knowledge.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#9 posted 01-31-2008 02:30 PM

I agree that it is a great show and makes the buyer beware. I like it because he explains things well and values quality workmanship and doing things right. I am sure you could do this type of show with many other trades and professions.

-- Hope Never fails

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#10 posted 01-31-2008 02:53 PM

I watch the show religiously! He is a credit to a trade where….unfortunately…there are few where credit is due. Probably the best homes show ever developed and the little extras he does shows he truly cares about his craft and his reputation….hummmm, just like a master woodworker :>) Anyway, Mike doesn’t seem much like the e-mail type to me…LOL Probably runs when you say computer…LMAO. And all this from a Canook, who’d have thought it. LOL But, don’t be discouraged, like you said as popular as the show is they probably get about a million e-mails a year. They may get there eventually. You will get a prompt answer from The Wood Whisperer. Marc is very good at answering, in-fact my question is on his blog this week. Oh, and TOH will never answer you e-mails, but at least they say they won’t answer, just take your questions and maybe have on the show if it makes it above the other zillion questions they get….fat chance…LOL. Hang in there they may answer it yet. Mike is popular, and I’m sure has more jobs than he and his crews can do, not giving much time for internet stuff.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#11 posted 02-01-2008 03:11 PM

I have always thought that carpenters, cabinet makers should be regulated! The fact of the matter is, that anyone with a hammer can call themselves carpenters, and anyone with a table saw can call themselves Cabinetmakers, put a shingle on their door and open a business.

Perhaps if renovators had to post a “bond” before commencing a “reno” would result in 90% of the wannabes declining the project. And/Or ….....regulating the wages of workers like goverments do in countries ie., Germany, Finland, Austria etc. On this side of the big ponds there is no even slate so contractors can pay what they choose to pay to their employees and subs. This way all subs and contracters would have to pay a set wage based on set expeience and qualifications. Nothing would stop them from paying more then the set wage and we would have an even “slate”.

Notice that all electrical trades have to write the same “exam”, they have to have their work inspected and most have to pull their own “permit” which will not be issued unless they are a master electrician. (At least in my neck of the woods). Same for plumbers and HVAC workers. I do understand why those three skilled trades are regulated but I dont understand why the rest are not regulated.

I cant speak for other areas of the USA and Canada but even our post secondary educational system that teaches “woodworking” and “Carpentry” vary so much from one college to the next, yet both producing the same diploma is worrysome. The fact that some courses have a “ZERO” failure rate is also alarming. In my opinion the whole system is bankrupt. In my neck of the woods, those who teach post secondary trades are products of the very eductational system that has failed over the last 20 years or more in producing trades people that know *&it from shinola. The grads might think they know…...........but they dont!

Even grade scholl is a mess. My 12 year son, in grade eight wasnt allowed to attend a week of a secondary school skilled trades course because his grades were too high. Thats alarming to me because it because, in a way, it says that only, and for lack of a better word, the “stupid” can be be a tradesman.

The whole marketing paln is “DO IT YOURSELF”..........we take a short course, offered for free, from one of the big box stores and suddenly we are experts. We do one or two jobs and suddenly we are qualified to take on contracting and then we wonder why a show like Holmes on Homes is such a success. Shows like “flip this house” and some of the disastertous outcomes are of no surpise to me.

I watch Holmes on Homes and I like it, I have personally witnmessed some perfectly good trades people ruined by contractors who are legends in their minds and their minds alone! It all makes my blood boil and yet I loose contracts because I am “too exspensive” to the guy who sold real estate for 15 years and then decided to take up renovations. Sometimes that guy does really nice work and because he only chraged 45 bucks an hour the client feels they are getting a better deal then 5 grand but in the end the job cost them 10 grand and took ten times the time it should have….................buyer beware.

At times I find it a tad difficult to feel sorry for some of the customers. The professional educated kind building the monster home. Why didnt they check out his references?, I dont mean make a few phone calls but personal visits to other customers of said contractor? Why didnt they ask who his sub trades are and do the same thing? guess, because the said contractor was “cheaper” by a long shot from the word “GO”, and then the extras started piling up and did the cost and things spiral out of control.

Now thats off my chest and I feel better.

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#12 posted 02-02-2008 08:23 PM

Hi I am totally unfamiliar with this Holmes and look forward to checking him out.If You would like to see an absolutely sensational woodworker out form Canada look at Michael Fortune’s work it is simply wonderful


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