Roy Underhill Contemplates The Ax


One of the highlights of the Woodworking in America conference in November 2008 was Roy Underhill’s keynote address. Underhill, the hero to many hand-tool woodworkers, touched on a lot of subjects. But one of the best parts of the speech was about his own personal history with the ax.

Two personal notes. Roy had been drinking (Red Bull) this night, which helps explains his particularly animated delivery. And my only disappointment with the speech was that Roy didn’t decimate that podium with the ax. That thing was a piece of press-wood junk!

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– Christopher Schwarz

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One thought on “Roy Underhill Contemplates The Ax

  1. Mattias in Durham, NC

    Chris,
    Thanks for posting this! This speech alone, in full, would have made the trip to KY worth it. I kept wondering if he would give that lectern a really good whack with the axe.

    I hear, by the way, Roy Underhill is opening a woodworking school in North Carolina soon.

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