Lee, it's "The Woodwright's Shop" (http://www.pbs.org/wws /) and without a
doubt is it a must-see.
You might not learn what not to do though. Last week I smiled when close to
the end of the show he finally noticed the cut I'd been watching since
halfway through. "Look at that; I've cut myself again." He seemed annoyed,
as if he thought he was on a roll for a new record (an entire show without
cutting himself), and missed it again.
- Owen -
Not on any DishNetwork stations per se. It's a PBS program and not all
PBS stations carry it. If you're eligible to get the PBS National Feed
(hard to do with so many local channel markets now available), it's on
there. Otherwise, you'll have to get the local channel package for
your area and hope the local PBS operator carries it. I get three PBS
stations in my local package, and only one carries Roy.
Look into digital TV. By 2009 regular TV will not be broadcast any more so
the conversion is in progress. With digital broadcast often PBS will have 3
sub channels of broadcast.
You can get cards to plug into your PC and hook up your antenna and watch
the digital TV on your PC.
I think it will be great when everything is switched over, I live in a deep
fringe area and I get fuzzy reception with regular TV and with digital it
has a "cliff" effect, if you can get any signal it will be clear. Yahoo no
cable, no dish and best of all no monthly bill.
Now here's a very scary thought. Imagine for a minute, Roy Underhill, in a
modern day woodworking shop full of power tools. They would have to
dedicate an entire emergency room staffed with surgeons and lots and lots of
blood on hand for transfusions.
If anyone has not watched Roy Underhill, they should. I find it amazing
see what can be done with just a hatchet and chisel. He does things
with simple tools, that we think we need equipment costing hundreds of
dollars to do.
I have been a fan of Roy's since I watched him go out in the woods, find
the right tree, cut it down, and then, when it is in the shop, split two
2X 12 from the log using a wedges. He used the planks to make the
carving horse he uses in his current shows.
We forget in this "safe at any cost" society what it was like to do
simple jobs 100 years ago. I believe anyone using those tools and
techniques that would also be a walking advertisement for Johnson and
Johnson. Have you ever watched a blacksmith working around a forge?
Ed Walsh wrote:
The guy is amazing. Great talent. I think a lot of his injuries occur
because he's trying to do things fast for the TV. He's also narrating
what he does, which is quite distracting.
But yes, it's reality TV at it's best.
My guess is that he has a lot fewer accidents when he's doing work at
his own pace and off camera.
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