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Woodwright's Shop Season 5

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Episode Guide Season 5

  • Rustic Rockers — Roy starts off the “Making Things From Nature” season by giving us some history of rustic furniture and walks through the steps necessary to make a Rustic Rocker.
  • Bark Bottoms — To finish up the Rustic Rocker, Roy takes us into the woods to gather hickory bark, and then heads into the shop to create the woven bark seat for the rocker.
  • Baby Cradle — Roy takes us into the shop to finish up a pilgrim-style oak cradle that he started, but never finished, reviewing the “tricky” parts necessary to create the whole project.
  • Chris’ Workshop — We visit with a 14-year-old traditional woodworker who sells his wares (walking sticks, toys and more), to make more money to buy tools he can’t make for himself.
  • Iron Machine, Foot Power — A collector of cast-iron, foot-powered woodworking lathes and fret saws visits with Roy and they try out a number of the machines.
  • Hutch Table, Part 1 — In part one, Roy starts the base of a classic early-American project that serves as a tilt-top table, chair and storage unit.
  • Hutch Table, Part 2 — In part two, Roy finishes the base and completes the top of the early-American tilt-top table. He also shows how to make a traditional milk paint finish for the piece.
  • Iron Bloomery – Roy visits with David Harvey, a Blacksmith at Colonial Williamsburg, and learns how to turn bog ore into a woodworking chisel.
  • Berry Buckets, Sussex Trugs and Bark Sheaths — Roy shows how to create three projects that are created directly from trees and bark, with very little refinement.
  • The Wheelwright — We head back to Colonial Williamsburg where Roy visits with master wheelwright Dan Stebbins to discover the mysteries and realities of making wheels for early American wagons and carts.
  • Music Mill — Roy makes a six-note music mill from wine bottles that is powered by hand crank (but can also  be powered by a water wheel).
  • Secrets From the Cabinet Shop — Roy travels back to visit with master cabinetmaker Mack Headley at the Anthony Hay shop at Colonial Williamsburg. He shares some of the secrets that were standard fare for 18th century American woodworking.
  • A Glass Act — Sash joinery, or making windows, is the ultimate test of organizational skills, and Roy takes us through the many steps and details that must align to make a good window.

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    Please let me know if you have the plans for the cradle in Season 5 Episode 3. My email address is I would be glad to pay for them.

    Carlos Cabrera

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