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I am grateful that Roy Underhill did not begin his career during the YouTube era, where shorter is considered better and thousands of disgruntled viewers sling misspelled insults like an angry version of the infinite monkeys theory. Roy makes long-form shows that dig deeply into historical methods and forms, creating a body of video content that probably would never have gained traction if it had started in the early 21st century.

I’m also glad that Roy is not really a “tips and techniques” guy. If the producers of “The Woodwright’s Shop” filled his shows with lots of pull-out segments on how to choose drill bits or the like, we’d all lose the flow of Roy’s running narrative. We’d lose the bigger picture.

All that being said, however, “The Woodwright’s Shop” is very much a part of the 21st century. It is fast-paced, forward-looking and visually intriguing. And Roy Underhill is a very smart and efficient woodworker with some terrific methods in his repertoire, even if we don’t want to call them “tips and techniques.”

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