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Forum topic by Don K. posted 07-18-2009 07:11 AM 3508 views 0 times favorited 30 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Don K.

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07-18-2009 07:11 AM

I have noticed several different topics with post in them saying Norm has taken this year off. Yet on my local PBS channel….all of the shows are new and dated 2009. I was wondering if differing PBS channels across the country may be dropping him…or just not showing new shows this year to save money. Silly question I know….but when you go to his web site,,,it has a listing of new shows…and all are being shown on my local channel. All PBS stations are privately owned and operated…can they pick and choose what they wish to show ??

-- Don S.E. OK


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#1 posted 07-18-2009 07:15 AM

I heard that Norm has officially retired from NYW, the 2009 episodes were filmed after the holidays up until spring. I hope I’m wrong but my source has a good connection w/ PBS. I guess he could always pull a Brett Favre and return. :)

-- Scott, Colorado

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#2 posted 07-18-2009 07:18 AM

Hey Don
The shows I’ve seen are old shows wih Norm introductioning them as past projects but done this year.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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degoose

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#3 posted 07-18-2009 07:27 AM

I still haven’t seen all the NYW episodes and Foxtel has stopped airing the show except for a lot of the older shows and only once a week.
I must admit that like a lot of folks, I watched and said.. gee I wish I had that machine or tool.. now I watch and say Yep got that one too LOL

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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#4 posted 07-18-2009 07:27 AM

We have 2 PBS stations here in the Sea-Tacoma area. They have different programming. The 2 Public radio stations have different programs too. I don’t know about Norm, I was wonder the same thing.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 07-18-2009 07:32 AM

Norm is a very rich man maybe he want’s to retire early and enjoy life?Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#6 posted 07-18-2009 07:35 AM

Good points all…I guess he could have already taped them and then retired…never thought of that.

-- Don S.E. OK

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#7 posted 07-18-2009 07:36 AM

Local PBS stations can indeed pick and choose what they want to show, Your donation dollars pay for the various shows that end up on the air. Different regions may show different things at the same time as someone in another area, based on what viewers like. The Red Green show is a good example. It airs in some places, whether new or not, and other places haven’t seen it at all, or at least in years.

The understanding about NYW this year is indeed that they are older shows, with new intros. It’s funny that someone claiming to have inside sources at PBS could be so wrong about new shows, as there aren’t any currently new shows.

Norm is only human, he can’t be working all the time. Between shooting/work schedules for TOH and NYW, I wonder how much time off he really has to do things for himself?

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#8 posted 07-18-2009 07:51 AM

Wonder how old Norn is? Swinging a hammer in severe weather locales can take it out of you. Anyone know how much of the NYW setups, clampups, rough cutting, etc. he was actually doing himself? I suspect he also has a full schedule of machine evaluations for the many, many machine manufacturers.

-- george v

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Don K.

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#9 posted 07-18-2009 08:16 AM

Do not know the month he was born in…but he was born in 1950. So he is around 60.

-- Don S.E. OK

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#10 posted 07-18-2009 08:59 AM

Just got the Sept 2009 issue of Wood Mag. (192) It features Norm on the cover, and has a 5 page article about him in it. No where in the article does it say anything about him retiring or not making new shows. It does say at the end of last season they lost 2 of their underwriters, and only have Delta- Porter Cable left. Maybe with the loss of funding they had to scale back the market. I haven’t read it word for word, but a quick scan shows nothing to support this.

-- Jimmy, Oklahoma "It's a dog-eat-dog world, and I'm wearing milkbone underwear!"

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#11 posted 07-18-2009 09:20 AM

I read some where he does the whole thing himself as far as the building goes. Most of the shows are filmed in one day. He always has a proto-type doe too.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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bayspt

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#12 posted 07-18-2009 09:21 AM

From Norms website.
“Welcome to a new season of The New Yankee Workshop

The New Yankee Workshop returns to PBS with a compilation of 26 episodes. Each program will feature a popular project from a past season with new introductions by host Norm Abram. “

-- Jimmy, Oklahoma "It's a dog-eat-dog world, and I'm wearing milkbone underwear!"

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Lenny

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#13 posted 07-18-2009 12:35 PM

Here is a Biography section from the Wood article bayspt mentioned. It shows him to be 59. Quite frankly, I am a bit nervous that a man with all those tools lists the Sopranos as his favorite show!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#14 posted 07-18-2009 12:58 PM

Wow. Same age as I am. I thought he was older. No wonder I always wanted to watch his shows….........LOL

I hope he doesn’t retire just yet. I reall like his shows.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#15 posted 07-18-2009 04:21 PM

We can discuss this to no avail, If we write , E-mail PBS corp, our letters asking about Norm, and asking Norm to return next season in all its glory, will do more than anything else. so, i “urge you to send a nice positive response to PBS.

-- Saved, and so grateful, consider who Created it ALL!!!

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