First the bad news: All of the spots at Roy Underhill’s new woodworking school in Pittsboro, N.C., are all filled. But here’s the good news: He’ll be scheduling more classes soon, as soon as he gets the next television season’s shooting schedule finalized.
And more good news: I’m traveling to the school next week to shoot some photos for an upcoming article that Underhill is writing for us, and I’ll give you a full report on the facility, the tools and the workbenches.
The school , called The Woodwright’s School , has been in the works for some time now, and Underhill says it is a logical extension of what he’s been doing his entire adult life.
“I began teaching woodworking over 30 years ago and continued , in a way , when I was master housewright at Colonial Williamsburg,” Underhill wrote in an e-mail. “Now I’m returning to it with my own place equipped with vintage hand tools and an atmosphere that takes you back to the 1930s.
“The Woodwright’s School will give me a chance to learn from my students and from the other craftsmen who join me there. I look forward to working with folks of all ages, and I’ll know that the school is a success when I have as many young people as I do retirees in the classes. Another step forward for subversive woodworking!”
If you want to sign up for his e-mail newsletter so you can be notified of future classes, click here. In the meantime, enjoy these photos he sent along of his facility.
– Christopher Schwarz
One shot of the exterior of The Woodwright’s School.
Roy Underhill looking ready to work in the new school.
A nice romantic shot of Pittsboro, N.C.