I was just pondering the idea of "gurus" & I thought the following questions
may hopefully make some interesting & entertaining discussion:)
Including people in this newsgroup & others in the field, whom do you
consider to be the present-day "gurus" in woodworking? ...I mean the people
who guide others, are inspirational & highly respected for their work &
contributions in this field.
Who is your favourite guru & why?
Please take the question in a light-hearted way. Maybe this is just a chance
to honour someone you respect. Maybe some readers will check out your "guru"
and also enjoy them.
IMO, the only TV handyman who makes any sense at all is Red Green. I'm not
sure those other guys know what they're doing at all.
I get my inspiration from Chippendales Director, Hepplewhites Guide, and
Sheratons Design Book, especially Geo. Hepplewhites. Also books that are
collections of photos of museum pieces. American Painted Furniture
1660-1880, Little Books About Old Furniture, Kaufmann Collection. And books
that show how the old pieces were constructed
I've always appreciated John White from Fine Woodworking. He's the
author of several books on how to fine tune woodworking machinery and
has been a great source of information on the technical side. I
appreciate the jigs he comes up with to fine tune powertools without
going into fancy and expensive tuning (and rarely used) devices.
On the woodworker's side, I think Norm Abram is certainly an honest
source of inspiration despite his carpenter tool belt and his horrible
finishing abilities. I don't want to start a religious war and I don't
think I'm a "Norm follower" either but there's one thing for sure: Norm
is certainly the person who had (and still have) the most powerful
impact on me on the weekend mornings after I watched his show. I get a
sudden urge to head to my shop and build something (or complete an
unfinished project). I've never built anything he's done and find most
of his projects not very interesting but he's for sure THE one who gets
me in my shop every weekends. Just seeing him milling, shaping,
cutting, rabbetting, routing, gluing, assembling, fitting, and all that
with a relative ease gives me the kick to do woodworking.
Tony Burch wrote:
Nahmie!! I learned most of what I know from watching him on TV. I just saw
a rerun of the "Mission Style Desk" and I have a real craving to try through
tenons for the first time.
I also like David Marks. He introduced me to floating tenons and I never
looked back. All his shows are reruns? Are they making Woodworks any
As an educator - Roy Underhill. Unmatched enthusiasm for sure. His
emphasis on the wood itself, it what I appreciate the most - I guess
you need to understand the wood if you don't have electric motors.
I like both of these guys, but I don't watch the reruns much any more.
And David Marks is purely in reruns on DIY now. They pretty much ran out
of material to cover that was new. You should see the normal run of
artwork David does in his workshop.
who could use some good turning guru on the tellie...
He shows up on Houston TimeWarner channel 328. Pretty sure some of the episodes
are dated 2006, but
I don't often pay attention to that. Been saving the shows to HD since SWMBO
bought the DVD
recorder earlier this year. Somebody posted 3-4 DVD's on alt.binaries.dvd about
a month ago. Time
and date keep shifting around. Saturday is recording day - Norm, Roy and the
router guys. Dave
Marks usually in the evening along with Woodturning. I plan to watch all these
when I retire and
can no longer afford to buy wood.
My gurus are Norm and Roy. I like Norm's personal style. He's the guy that
inspired me to take up
woodworking again, and try to break out of the home improvement mould. He is a
good teacher and
does a good job explaining techniques. Norm's tastes run toward Colonial,
Shaker and Craftsman
styles which are also my favorites. A version of his clamp stand rolls around
in my shop, and we
have a version of one of his sheds in the back yard.
I like Roy for his cool name and his interest in old time methods. Just like
him, I've made bows,
arrows, a flute, kids stuff, candle lanterns, camp gear, stools, knapped flints
and done some
blacksmithing. I tell SWMBO it's his fault I have all these wooden hand planes
(it's a slippery
slope). I also cut myself a lot. We must be related.
I enjoy watching David Marks build. He is another good teacher. I don't care
for most of his
designs, but I seem to learn something new or understand something better after
watching one of his
my lovely bride. She sees something in a magazine or on TV and says, "I
want that, now go and build it!". I tell her that I may need a new tool or
two and she say's "Fine, just build it for me.".
Life is good!
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