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Tom Coster

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07-21-2011 12:02 AM

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I am having serious withdrawals. There is nothing better that watching a quality woodworking TV shows, except being in the shop myself. Nobody has filled Norm’s spot yet. Tommy’s Rough Cut show is the only decent one I’ve seen but there is not enough shows yet. Has anyone watched George Vondriska over at WWGOA? I wish somebody would put him on PBS. Maybe if enough Jocks got together? Man, I miss Norm.

-- Tom, MI, SC

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#1 posted 07-21-2011 12:13 AM

Here Here, I don’t know George, but still not totally sold on Tommy’s overall presentation.
Watching Norm you got the “hey I can do that” feeling, and while I really like Tommy’s project quality better than Norms – I don’t feel inclined to order the plan and video or head out to the shop and make one of the same items.

I think that Marc Spagnuolo (our woodwhisperer) would be a good choice, and I suspect he wasn’t tapped for the spot because he isnt in Boston (WGBH) or at least New England – so they can do the roadtrips to Winterhaven or the shaker villages and such.

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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#2 posted 07-21-2011 12:16 AM

I’ve met George and I believe that he would be a fantastic host as well : )
He also has several videos on YouTube.;WWGOA-Original-Videos

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#3 posted 07-21-2011 12:58 AM

I agree. NYW was the best WWing show on.

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#4 posted 07-21-2011 01:09 AM

I miss Norm too. I can only see him on the NYWS site.

-- Mike, Marietta,ny

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#5 posted 07-21-2011 04:56 AM

I’d vote for Steve. I wouldn’t mind getting the show out of Boston either. I don’t think you’d want to put someone in Norm’s shoes though. You’d always be comparing the two. Steve has the audience appeal that none of the shows (including NYW) have ever had or ever will. He is totally RELATABLE, no matter what your skill level is. :) Go Steve go!!!

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#6 posted 07-21-2011 01:51 PM

I vote for ME!! I could call the show The New Bumbling Woodworker. Newbies could certainly relate to the shows content and for all of the woodworkers out there with any experience at all, it would be a sitcom. What more could you ask for?

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#7 posted 07-21-2011 04:50 PM

I don’t know what you guys are talking about … I watch Norm every Saturday morning … online.

Each week they post a new video at

Yes, they are repeats of old shows, but they’re only up to 1995. I didn’t start watching them until around 2004 or 2005, so there’s about 9 or 10 years worth of shows that are still new to me.

And for real fans of Norm Abram, Rod Peterson has put together a pretty interesting site that catalogs Norm’s shop and tools for virtually all of the New Yankee episodes …


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#8 posted 07-21-2011 05:03 PM

Call your local PBS station and get them to show The Woodsmith Shop – put on by Shop Notes/Woodsmith Mag guys…very good show. But I agree, I too miss Norm!!!!

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#9 posted 07-21-2011 05:11 PM

Hard not to like Norm, even with his 48” timesavers in his backyard shop. Flannel + Beard = win.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#10 posted 07-21-2011 05:54 PM

Another Go for Norm !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#11 posted 07-21-2011 06:59 PM

Bertha wrote: “Flannel + Beard = win.”

Hey, I’ve got a beard and wear flannel shirts. Hell, I’d even wear flannel shorts if it would help. I don’t think I’ll even bother with PBS. I think I’ll just pitch The New Bumbling Woodworker directly to the networks.

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#12 posted 07-21-2011 07:44 PM

I agree with DrDirt. I think Rough Cut is well produced and Tommy is decent in front of the camera but the most of the projects hes done just don’t interest me. Its not that they are bad its just stuff I wouldn’t make. Norm’s show had a good mix of projects big, small, simple and advanced.

The only other woodworking show that is on tv in my area is the Woodsmith Shop… I love Woodsmith and have every single copy of both Woodsmith and ShopNotes magazine but I cant get into their tv show at all. The host all seem like robots in the sense that they speak like robots. They could really use a host that was not trying to be a host but rather just be themselves.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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Tom Coster

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#13 posted 07-21-2011 08:32 PM

I guess it’s hard for anyone to go behind Norm. Hard shoes to fill and all that. Woodsmith feels kind of hokey to me, like I’m in kindergarten. I think Dr. Dirt hit the nail on the head, Norm did give you the feeling “I can do that” without making you feel like a moron. George Vondriska is like that too. He can explain something that a newbie would need to know without boring you to death. He comes off as competent but not a know it all. American Work Shop is another show I can’t get behind. Don’t know exactly what it is but I find myself picking apart everything he does.

-- Tom, MI, SC

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Tom Coster

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#14 posted 07-21-2011 08:49 PM

Rance: I’m sorry I’m missing something. Who is Steve?

-- Tom, MI, SC

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#15 posted 07-21-2011 08:56 PM

I miss David Marks

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