Roy Underhill on the Bookstand

Perhaps the bookstand article called for more matter and less art. My director once joked about my PBS efforts as being a “woodworking show – and less!” And it’s true – I tend to overbalance the “what and how” with a lot of “who and why.” In this case, I began the Roubo bookstand...

An Excerpt from Roy Underhill's Next Article

The February 2011 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine is off to the printer. And I can safely say that it contains one of my three favorite articles we’ve published since I started here in 1996. It’s Roy Underhill’s article titled “Roubo’s Folding Bookstand.” And while the article itself tells you how to build the...

Roy Underhill's Folding Bookstand

While teaching at Roy Underhill’s school in Pittsboro, N.C., I spied this folding bookstand in the front of the school’s storefront. I’d seen the episode of “The Woodwright’s Shop” that featured this project, but seeing the little sucker in the lignum (so to speak) was different. I had to build one. It is made...

Where Roy Underhill is From

I’ve always been hesitant to get to know my personal heroes because it’s usually a disappointment. They almost always turn out to be just like the rest of us. A bit vain. Self-conscious. Insecure. Troubled. So when Roy Underhill of “The Woodwright’s Shop” invited me to stay with him at his converted mill in...

Sunday With Roy Underhill: 2 Shows in 1 Day

So we shot two 25-minute episodes of “The Woodwright’s Shop” today. So you are probably wondering what the heck I did with the other 23 hours of my day. Manicure? Pedicure? Facial? Crystal Meth bender? Nyet. I woke up this morning at 6 a.m. at Roy’s place , he lives in an old mill,...

Roy Underhill’s Dovetails

Even though I am 100-percent confident in my ability to join two boards together using the tail-of-the-bird joint, I am always riveted when I get to see how other accomplished woodworkers go about the task. In fact, when I watch others work, I never fail to pick up some important details. On Saturday at...

Being Roy Underhill

 I cut myself twice during demos at Kelly Mehler’s (both times on the same finger).  I’m fairly clumsy, but I don’t cut myself often in my shop. I didn’t realize why St. Roy, jokes aside, seems to.  Now I know.  Demonstrating a complicated technique quickly, without moving the project too much, allowing cameras and students...

Roy Underhill's New School

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...