lol, I remember watching an episode he had a while back with bloopers and
outtakes. He royally cut his finger and had it wrapped in gauze the rest of
the show but there was blood soaking through and getting on stuff. It was
pretty funny in a gruesome sort of way.
A truck carrying copies of Roget's Thesaurus over-turned on the
I helped Mr Underhill set up for an appearance at the local
Woodcraft store. (He's a Washingtonian and his parents were
still living in DC at the time, maybe still do.) Anyhow,
after taking a look at the shaving horse I said, "The blood
cleaned up real well didn't it." He replied "Yeah, I hose
it down after use."
The worst injury he has had, which resulted in a very ugly
thumb for several weeks, happened when he dropped a heavy
piece of equipment (I disrememeber what) while moving it.
Roy is a complete spaz. I saw an episode where he applied stain to the
inside of a cabinet by splashing the entire can of stain into the
backside. As though he was putting out a fire. Then he rapidly tried to
spread it out, but it didn't work very well.
What a dope.
Have you ever seen him in person, doing a presentation? He seems pretty
good on TV to me, but in person he's a lot better.
As far as those commenting on his lack of coordination or knowledge, it
would be interesting to sit them down with some of the tools Roy
Underhill uses and ask them what they're made to do. Don't ask them to
use the tools, just ask them to identify them.
These guys should have a flag: you recall they old "Don't Read On Me"
snake flag of the American Revolution? Maybe they could use a cobra
ready to strike, with something along the line of "Dipsticks United for
Less Knowledge of The Old Ways".
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Actually the flag read "Don't Tread On Me"
Sorry about the typo.
Haven't watched him much, but I gotta give him credit for his enthusiasm.
That's got to count for something in holding the interest of some viewers
that otherwise would have a borderline interest in hand tools. He's got
about 10x the personality of Norm. (on television, at least; can't speak
from any personal meetings).
As far as cuts, scrapes and dings, I'm just a part-time hobbyist, and I get
my share of cuts. Doesn't seem to me to be an indication of Underhill being
It's a good system, and they're very fussy about who receives this
accolade. You certainly don't receive it just for appearing on TV.
I believe a Living National Treasure might have seen some of my work,
in a field similar to their own. So that's _another_ country I'm now
too embarassed to ever visit.
Agreed. Although I suspect that the old world tools that he uses may not
have the "Government Mandated" safety devices that would prevent a lot of
his injuries. :~)
He seems to butt in on his guests too much for my liking.
I always figure he is trying to move the show along. They don't edit
it a lot and he needs to get through the whole thing in a half hour.
Besides, he definitely suffers from ADHD.
I really enjoy Roy and look forward to watching him every week. I think one
of the first things we all look for at the beginning of the show is how many
blue finger nails and cuts he has before we look to see what project he is
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