My wife and I enjoy watching the PBS show, A Craftsman Legacy. Each is a
short introduction to a craftsman in their shop. Interesting folks and
stories. This weekend was about Alan Kaniarz, The furniture Maker. He
really is a multitalented, old school woodworker. But teaches at an art
college and fully embraces modern tools and processes. He designed a new
line of very modern (futuristic) furniture. It is cut on on a cnc router
machine and he hand sands (with Festool sanders) and assembles it. It is
striking to look at, commands big bucks and would be impossible to build for
a profit without that cnc machine.
Anyway, it was an interesting look at a craftsman who is doing well by
combining old and new. He does a lot of different things. Lots of custom
work. If you can find it online or on pbs, it is a good show. He has a
You can see his furniture there. Again, not my taste, but there is a market
for it and he is doing well.
On 1/25/2016 5:50 PM, Unquestionably Confused wrote:
AND a lot of these series are not on the local main channel, the ones
that providers let you see. Typically they are on the alternate channels.
I'm suppose to be able to see WoodSmith Shop on my local PBS and did for
several years. Now the local PBS has switched it to a station that my
DVR does not recognize.
Remember that most PBS stations have some discretion (and budget limitation
s) that dictate some of their optional programming. Off and on over the ye
ars there have been shows that were shown in other areas of the state that
NEVER came here. We also have 4 PBS stations, one is pretty much a rebroad
cast of the main channel, one is a "greatest series" channel, and one is al
l arts/crafts/gardening. The last is VEME, which is PBS in all Spanish.
I have seen the Craftsman legacy show, and it is worth a look. It isn't in
structive, but it is a nice snapshot of different types of craft work. I e
njoyed the episode where they visited the clock maker that started out maki
ng his clocks with sheets of brass to cut gears.
As a thought, for those that can't get the series you might check PBS.org a
nd see if they have them online. Probably somewhere in here for those that
might be interested:
On Mon, 25 Jan 2016 15:33:06 -0500
"Lee Michaels" <leemichaels*nadaspam* at comcast dot net> wrote:
do they share the techniques used by the craftsman or is it more a show
on the people
i prefer shows where i can learn something
i recently watched an old episode of new yankee workshop and
found it ridiculous how little details he shared
i think they were trying to sell plans so they did not reveal all
Then watch Craftsman Legacy instead of running it down!
Just pick an episode that interests you. I've watched the gunsmith,
knifemaker and woodworker. Found plenty of interest and learn a few
things from each episode that I did not know and will file away for
It's the same thing with "NYW" and "This Old House" and "Ask This Old
I seriously doubt that there's any one of us here who is so smart and
experienced that they cannot learn SOMETHING from one of these shows or
who can't be entertained.
And don't under estimate the entertainment value. My wife and I enjoy very
different types of TV shows. There is only a couple areas where our
interests overlap. And these types of shows are one of those areas. One
rule of a good marriage is to find activities that you both can participate
in and enjoy. I enjoy these types of shows twice. Once, for the
information presented and an opportunity to vicariously experience a fellow
craftsman's life. And secondly, my honey is sitting right there, enjoying
it too. I am certain her interests and responses are very different from
mine. But the mutual enjoyment is very real and palpable.
You can watch this show directly off the internet from this site...
Registering with the site gives you access to full videos, and other
things, for as often as you like from anywhere. Good stuff!
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