Favorite NON "how to" movies & books that involve woodworking or carving?

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Forum topic by ChuckT posted 11-23-2011 05:27 PM 1367 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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I am always on the lookout for stories or movies of any genre that depict characters involved with woodworking or carving or fine craftsmanship. Especially if it is in some way central to the story. Some of my favorites are:

Simple Life of Noah Dearborn
Christmas Miracle of Jonathon Toomy
Pictures of Hollis Woods

I’d love to compile a list and so I am putting the question out there to this community – any others to add to the list?


-- Chuck, Cornwall, NY

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#1 posted 11-23-2011 06:54 PM

One of my favorite documentaries is “Alone in the wilderness.”
Here is a clip:

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#2 posted 11-23-2011 07:01 PM

Interesting question .I can’t recall seeing much in the way of woodworking movies other than pinocchio. I really like Alone in the wilderness. I don’t know that I have seen any of the movies you listed Chuck.

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#3 posted 11-23-2011 07:18 PM

Alone in the Wilderness is wonderful indeed. Saw it a few years ago. Thanks for the reminder.

Jim (et al) I can’t recommend “Simple Life of Noah Dearborn” enough. Sidney Poitier plays Noah – a simple man (a Mr. Fix It type) whose simple life is the secret to his longevity and whose home is threatened by development. The developer’s girlfriend steps in to save the day.

“Christmas Miracle of Jonathon Toomey” was my favorite Christmas story to read to my kids as they were growing up and was turned into a movie a few years ago. Story of a grieving woodcarver out west around WWI time period I think, and a widow and her young son who hire him to carve a replacement nativity the husband and father had given the boy for Christmas before he died in the war.

Pictures of Hollis Woods – is the story of an orphaned girl who tends to run away from her foster care, going to live with an elderly lady who is a bit of a free spirit and artist who draws paints and carves and what happens as she develops alzhimers. Less connected to carving and woodworking (only peripheral to the story) but a wonderful family movie.

So – hopefully there are others out there like these that I don’t know about. I would love to find books too with themes of carving or woodworking that aren’t “how to”. Or documentaries about woodworkers & carvers.


-- Chuck, Cornwall, NY

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#4 posted 11-23-2011 07:27 PM

Thanks Chuck I’ll be on the look out for those two movies.

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#5 posted 11-24-2011 12:14 AM

Your question sparked a memory of a movie called “A Simple Twist of Fate” The main character is a furniture maker and there is a little exposure to woodworking so I guess it counts. Good movie anyway.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 11-24-2011 02:43 AM

I just got an email showing that they sell alone in the wilderness.

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#8 posted 11-24-2011 08:20 AM

Harrison Ford in Witness. Way cool timber framing and a little small stuff.

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#9 posted 11-24-2011 09:36 AM

chuck t, never heard of the movies you listed, and i am a movie buff.will have to look those up

“what happens in Vegas”,ashton kutcher and cameron diaz, his dad owns a cabinet shop in new york,ashton as his son and employee get fired,goes to vegas,wins a million,comes back and starts building furniture of his own.
interesting topic.

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#10 posted 11-24-2011 10:11 AM

“Overboard” 1987, Kurt Russell builds Goldie Hawn a shoe rack worthy of a daily top three for her yacht. Then art follows life and they fall for each other.

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#11 posted 12-01-2011 04:16 PM

La Boheme, oddly enough.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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