Get Ready for Roy!

So…those of you who last week asked if we might have something up our collective sleeve? Well…I’ll admit it now. You were right. I’m delighted to announce that Popular Woodworking has negotiated an exclusive deal to bring back all the episodes from the first 28 seasons of “The Woodwright’s Shop.” We plan to bring out each season on a multi-disc DVD set and broadcast individual episodes on a special “Roy Underhill Channel” at ShopClass On Demand.

We’re starting off with the first three years and Season 20 of  “The Woodwright’s Shop” (Roy says Season 20 is among his favorites). Later in the year and into next year, we’ll be releasing more chunks of Roy (as it were) for your viewing pleasure and traditional hand-tool edification.

I don’t have much else to report at this point – but I can promise you that the DVD sets and the Roy ShopClass channel will be reasonably priced (the only gouges you’ll encounter are those Roy uses at his lathe).

So hang in there – vintage Roy is on the way. And below, please enjoy this short clip from the first episode of “The Woodwright’s Shop” – an amuse-bouche, if you will, for everything to come.

— Megan Fitzpatrick

62 thoughts on “Get Ready for Roy!

  1. lawrence

    Sure… re-releases… and bringing in the bucks I suppose.

    With new computer-generated pole lathes and Roubo benches added in. I’m sure there will be a scene where Roy “conveniently” has a saw drawn on him first before he pulls his out and takes out the bounty hunter in the cantina in Mos Eisley.

    …oh wait.. never mind… that’s Star Wars’ re-release…
    AWESOME!!! I can’t wait to watch the originals and am so very very excited. Roy is not just one of my favorite woodworking personalities, he is one of my favorite entertainers/teachers. His charisma and personality on his shows make me feel like I’ve known the man for years even though I’ve (to my dismay) never met him.

    I have to go now as my wife (while reading over my shoulder) has just commented just how nerdy I am and that “no one will get the jokes… woodworking nerds are different than star wars nerds”

    I beg to differ and make her watch the first five minutes of “the spirit of woodcraft”.

    Bravo to PWW, and though I look forward to getting to know the younger Roy, I am pleasantly unsurprised that the sparkle in his eye and the joy in his voice has not changed one bit over the years.

    Always aim at the chopping block…

    1. wrduffield

      We’ll get the jokes. I still laugh whenever I think about one old episode, in which Roy went to Scandinavia to visit a reproduction Viking village. When they rolled the end credits, on one line was “Norway by Slartibartfast”. I don’t know if Roy, himself, or one of his production crew was responsible for the gag. I have the episode on video tape somewhere, but alas I no longer have either a TV or a VCR to watch it again, so this is fantastically good news.


  2. MHomer

    Wow just look at how nice and “freshly” built his tool tote looks. I am so stoked, I can’t wait

  3. MHomer

    I think I just broke everything in my house with excitement I’ve been bugging and bugging PBS to put out a DVD THIS IS THE GREATEST THING IN THE WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I AM SO READY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Marlon1

    I remember that intro he had. Seems long now. I’ve been waiting for someone to do this. I thought the old shows were history. Glad you bringing them back. Count me in the bunch that’s wanting them!

  5. anselth

    Megan, Great news. I’ve been getting back into woodworking, and a lot of it was driven by finding Roy on PBS again one day. Question though: Why are the most recent seasons left out? Is it a licensing issue that somewhere down the line they’ll become available?

    1. Megan FitzpatrickMegan Fitzpatrick Post author

      Yet another question to which I don’t know the answer. But, you can watch the current season on the “Woodwright’s Shop” web page (just clink on the link in the post)

    2. kireland123

      PBS corporate has rights to the three most recent seasons and you can watch them online at

  6. Tony Z

    Thanks for the clip!

    I forgot how much I enjoyed the original intro, with steps through the creek, on the RR tracks. Megan, during your next visit with Roy, you have to convince him to start using this intro again!


  7. Niels

    SO GOOD!
    I’m glad to see that over the years Roy’s weekly town&country commute has gotten a little shorter. 🙂

  8. jeffreyi

    Forgot a question…will there be a commentary on these DVDs? Updates and interesting trivia and insights?

    1. Megan FitzpatrickMegan Fitzpatrick Post author

      Seriously – I know no more than what is above. But I’ll try to find out (that would be a nifty addition).

  9. switzforge

    It must be Christmas. I can’t wait to own the whole series. Roy is the reasson I became interested in woodworking in the first place and the same reason I became a blacksmith.

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