Caught a new show on DIY - "Freeform Woodworking". Hosted by a
young gal and boy does she have the the TOOLS! A huge disk
sander, a Delta TS, Jet 16" bandsaw (could be 18"), drill
press, Festo circ saw, sander, guides, a metal cutting
bandsaw - also Jet - and a sandblaster!
She was making a CD holder. I thought I'd be interested in
it, but she started to use stuff I'd never own and to
be honest, I didn't like the finished results.
Anyone catch it? What do you think?
Here's a link:
I happened to catch that episode last night as well. I agree, she has some
nice tools, but I wasn't nuts about how she assembled that particular
project. How about you?
I do like the contemporary flair she seems to have (which is a refreshing
change from some of the other legacy shows out there). I'll be giving this
show a chance...
I looked ahead in the showguide on the website. Perhaps
the other projects will be more interesting. She has appeared
on other DIY shows - I think she was one of the lead
carpenters/furnituremakers for one of the makeover shows.
I was with her until she did the brackets. I think something else
would have been better then aluminium. Perhaps stainless?
I'll stay tuned and see what happens. With Norm pretty much
gone from HGTV and DIY and Dave Marks in re-runs, she's
about it for now? Wondering if they are pitching this show
more towards women?
there may be some of that. but there is also a genuine loosening up of
the rigor mortis of gender roles. I think it's a good thing.
I see no inherent reason that one gender would produce superior
woodworkers than the other.
I agree with the sentiment about gender roles. The only thing I
was questioning was this show being pitched to women?
DIY seems to have a male/female sense of shows. Lots
of jewelery making, scrapbook making, then on the other
hand - rebuilding classic cars, RC Hobbies and the best
show, in there lineup - Warehouse Warriers - tho
they haven't seem to have filmed any new shows in
This new show seems to be short on techniques and more
on "let's just get this done".
So.. I'm all for women furniture makers, tho I'd like
see more of the kind that are featured in Fine Woodworking
or Woodworks magazine.
Sorry, guess "the movement" has made a lot of weenies out of formerly
These are paid actors. Dollars to dogturds they have nothing in their
background in the way of tool sense. They were chosen because of their
gender, not in spite of it.
Wonderful book called _The Language Police_ explains how it's done in
textbooks. Too obvious in advertising to even bear mention.
I haven't seen the show, but, from her website (www.amydevers.com) -
sorry, no direct link because it's needlessly Flash-heavy:
She..obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis in furniture
design from San Diego State Univeristy, and has completed her Master of
Fine Arts degree in the field of funiture design at the Rhode Island
School of Design.
A fine artist as well as designer, she has exhibited internationally
in galleries and museums.
In addition to her artwork, she is currently operating a freelance
design/build studio on Los Angeles and...is also preparing to launch
her own modern furniture design show on [DIY].
She may not have much in the way of tool sense - and may be much too
"artsy" for most of us here, choosing design flair over solid
construction. Without having seen her work at all, she may be one of
those "wood artist" type people who are in fact wholly unconcerned
about construction details and are perfectly happy putting
L-angle-brackets on the backsides of everything if it meets their
design from the front. Or, she may not be, I can't tell from her
Presumably her gender (and looks) has had something to do with her
being on TV. But I wouldn't say it's fair to characterize her as a
wholly affirmitive action hire who has no knowledge of wood or tools
outside of television. Further, it looks like her specialty is in
furniture design (heck, she has a BA and Masters in it, so she's spent
a lot more time thinking about it than I have), and, from the show
description it looks like the point of it is the *design* of furniture,
not the *construction* of furniture.
Anyway, I haven't seen the show, and it may or may not be any good (and
may or may not be the sort of thing you or I would like). But it does
seem like she has qualifications quite beyond "actress."
Still uneasy in locker rooms, are we? It's a law, you know, that if there
are two men in a locker room, their lockers will be side by side.
Sounds to me as if they found someone with a good background to do the
peripatetic Vila routine, remains to be seen if the producers searched out
someone who was a woman and schooled, or someone who was schooled and a
woman. Or if they made their choice because they wanted a particular
demographic, or because they wanted a particular design emphasis.
Until I see her swing a hammer, I'll continue to believe that she was chosen
more for gender than appeal to an audience which is predominantly male, even
if some of those males go out of their way to tell us how unbiased they are.
I still remember early Jo-Ann on Hometime. Sure couldn't swing a hammer.
Speaking of which, what do you think of the new distaff member?
I'd assume you mean Miriam? She's young, can talk clearly, interested
in what's going on (or so it seems). She's no Robin or Jojo, but the
show has shifted. Use to be that Dean had a "TV" wife (Jojo, Robin)
and the two of them would do the renovation. I always thought that
Hometime was the more "authentic" show over TOH after TOH went
for more major remodeling and Dean and whoever did a lot more
work then Steve and/or Norm. Now Hometime is doing this style
of show where they interview the homeowner during the process.
Kinda not interesting at all. Less is shown of the actual
process and more highlighting of specific products. Oh, and
about 3 years ago, it seems that HomeDepot became a major
underwriter because the show hosts spend a LOT of time in
----and, from the show
description it looks like the point of it is the *design* of furniture,
not the *construction* of furniture. ----
As someone who enjoy's designing my own projects instead of using
preprinted plans I have come to learn that you can't disregard or
diminish the importance of construction materials and methods during
the design process.
of course, ultimately they go together. time was when furniture was
designed by craftsmen and architects _were_ builders. modern society
is more specialized, for better or worse.
most of us are stronger in one area than the other, and approach what
we do from that perspective. there are things to be learned
everywhere. it's interesting and useful to have teachers who tend
strongly in one direction or the other, either towards or away from
our own tendency.
add to that the pressure on television producers to take things to
extremes to give their shows an identifying character, and you get
things like the instant makeover shows, where you just know that when
the cameras are gone the owner will have to gut the place and spend a
bunch of money to make it useable again.
but there is plenty of room for a woodworking show with an emphasis on
design. that is, assuming that the designs are any good....
and hey, there's plenty of room for woodworking shows with female
hosts. the parameters determining whether or not the show survive will
be different from those for a show with a male host, but that's TV for
you... and human nature, I guess.
I for one wish her luck.
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