On Wed, 28 Jan 2004 00:32:14 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (Dave Mundt) wrote:
| Greetings and Salutations.
|On Tue, 27 Jan 2004 23:00:59 GMT, Brian Henderson
|>>There sure are a lot of Norm disparagers. One of their biggest
|>>complaints is that he uses a power tool for just about every task, and
|>>that makes him a mechanic instead of a craftsman. Well, I like the
|>>power tools I have and am unashamed of them. They do the jobs faster,
|>>more easily, and in some cases, much, much better than I can or care to
|>>with my hand tools. I can't easily joint a couple of boards as quickly
|>>or easily as I can with my tablesaw and jointer, but sometimes I do it
|>>by hand anyway because I want to work quietly, or maybe it's cold in the
|>>shop and I need to work up a sweat.
|>It isn't really that Norm uses power tools, but that he goes out of
|>his way to use power tools to the exclusion of all else. He'll use a
|>power tool even if it's easier to use a hand tool. The reason, of
|>course, is that the tool manufacturers are paying for the show so
|>he'll do the Tim Allen "MORE POWER" thing just to get more air time
|>for the manufacturers.
| And actually, it got to the point that even HE joked about
|it on the air. I recall him making wry remarks about using a
|utility knife, and a dovetail saw on different episodes. I don't
|know how "manufacturer driven" the show is...I do know that the
|stuff that he seems to LIKE stays on there for a long time
|and the tools that don't work well disappear quickly. After all,
|look at his compound Miter saw, with the laser pointer. He kept
|that on even after Delta had discontinued it....
| As I have said before, I like Norm and his show, and, I
|think they occupy a valuable place in the world. Not only
|does it show folks that it is possible to do it, and, might
|generate interest in the hobby, but, it helps as a benchmark
|for how long a project might take, and, how many steps it has.
|There is room for both Marks and Abram on the air...and let's
|enjoy both the shows!
I got to chat with TOH's former host, Steve Thomas once. (Even have
his autographed book around here someplace.)
When asked about the show using materials that no one else could
afford and so forth, he replied that we must keep it in context, and
not forget that it's a "Television Show" and that means "Entertainment
for the average viewer."
I watch Norm and am entertained. I doubt that I would ever build one
of his projects. I'm in Tucson and most of his furniture will never be
at home in my house, and I 'm damn sure not going to put a garden
bench in my cactus patch.
Likewise after watching TOH I won't be laying any $10/sq ft Vermont
Bluestone slabs outside either. Brick pavers to match the floors in
the house maybe. And I don't have much trouble with ice dams either.