Roy Underhill

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What’s Your Favorite Roy Episode?

Recently, I had the distinct pleasure of watching some of Roy Underhill’s earliest episodes of “The Woodwright’s Shop” – a PBS show he’s been filming since 1979 at UNC-TV in Chapel Hill, N.C. The photo to the left is a screen capture of Roy from what I think is the first season – possibly...


Get Lubed Up in 19th-century Style

Ever since Roy Underhill wrote about the joys of mutton tallow as a tool lubricant in Popular Woodworking Magazine in the August 2010 issue, readers have been asking where to purchase the stuff. Or, even more alarming, how to render it themselves. The good news is that Lee Valley Tools has started to carry...

This is Edgar’s friend, a stunt chicken.

Roy Underhill’s Woodshop of Old Curiosities

Roy Underhill’s The Woodwright’s School is filled to the rafters with vintage hand tools, bacon-powered machinery, solid workbenches, piles of wood and more (you can read about the school in Christopher’s Schwarz’s August 2009 “Great Woodshops” article). And just about everywhere you look, there are also curiosities. While I was at the school to...