Yesterday I was watching uh.... I don't recall. I do not think it was the
New Yankee Workshop, so it had to be an older version of TOH... I have not
seen him on TOH lately..
Anyway Norm went to the Miniwax plant to observe the making and
explanation of how Miniwax products and packaged. I did notice that there
was no time spent showing the testing laboratories though. Maybe there are
not tests of their products.
Anyway, the man that showed Norm around and answered every question that
could be asked about Miniwax products and wearing an official looking
Miniwax logo shirt was none other than Bruce Johnson. For me personally
that explained a lot about the TV show "Wood Working" which Bruce Johnson
hosts, Miniwax products in general, and why some of the finishes that Norm
uses detract form the beauty of the project. Norm taking advice from Bruce
Johnson on finishing compares to a beginner telling an old seasoned
woodworker how to work with Shellac.
I saw the same episode and felt the student/teacher thing was way
backwards. Although I am kind of a newbie at wwing, even I can tell
when someone isn't qualified to have a show involving a table saw or
other power tools. Just my .02 Mark
Choose your spin:
From here is the contact info so you can ask him directly.
Think thrice, measure twice and cut once.
Sanding is like paying taxes ... everyone has to do it, but it is
Well I found out just the other day that ol Bruce has been around longer
that I knew of. I was at the bookstore and actually found a woodworking
how-to book by him and he looked like he was about 30. I had no idea he was
an author too. Kind of interesting.
Not badly done, just in poor taste. He even admitted on the show one time
that the crew had told him to finish the one for the show differently than
the first one because it looked so bad. He seems to have a thing for
extremely dark stain and green or grey paint.
BTW, Leon, did you get my email?
I'll have to look at deleted items. I get so much spam lately that I am
going to have to figure out some kind of filtering system. It probably got
lost in the pile. That new antispam law works good doesn't it?
It seems some of Norm's finishing is dictated by what was done
historically in terms of color choice, etc. As pointed out, I'm sure
television has its demands as well as Norm's schedule. I think he gets
an awful lot done with the two shows.
As far as Minwax goes, I've used that in my home and matched the 100
yr.old wood near perfectly using all Minwax stain and finish.
I've used it also to do antiques and while you can't really see what
I've done there, using Minwax stain and Natural Oil in a hand rubbed
finish, I'd think it is comparible with a lot of good quality finishes.
I use Natural Oil and build up a finish. It takes 4-6 hand rubbed coats
which I polish inbetween coats. It's a repariable finish too.
Now, while I also like David Marks work immensely, all he ever seems to
use is Tung Oil. While that certainly has its place, he only does one
thing. Norm does use a greater variety of finishes. I don't like
water-based finishes either. I think they lack depth and subtleness.
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