Roy Underhill Contemplates The Ax

One of the highlights of the Woodworking in America conference in November 2008 was Roy Underhill’s keynote address. Underhill, the hero to many hand-tool woodworkers, touched on a lot of subjects. But one of the best parts of the speech was about his own personal history with the ax. Two personal notes. Roy had...

VIDEO – Roy Underhill Contemplates The Ax

One of the highlights of the Woodworking in America conference in November 2008 was Roy Underhill's keynote address. Underhill, the hero to many hand-tool woodworkers, touched on a lot of subjects. But one of the best parts of the speech was about his own personal history with the ax.

An Interview With Roy Underhill

Normally when a book publishing company sends out a copy of its newest book, the marketing people will include a transcript of a short interview with the author that discusses the book. This is so that a lazy writer can quote the interview without having to actually do the interview. What, you didn’t know...

Review: New Book from Roy Underhill

One of the biggest struggles with learning hand tools is finding instructions that make sense. Many modern hand tool teachers have taught themselves to saw, plane and chop. And while their idiosyncratic techniques might work, they also can be inefficient. You can go back to the original published sources, such as Joseph Moxon’s “Mechanick...

Watch Follansbee & Underhill for a Streaming Good Time

Now streaming on PBS is the recent episode of The Woodwright’s Shop in which Peter Follansbee (the Arts & Mysteries columnist for Popular Woodworking Magazine) shows Roy Underhill how he hews out huge bowls. It’s a good one – watch below: — Megan Fitzpatrick P.S. If, like me, you can’t get enough of “The...

‘In the Shop with Roy’ (And a Close Look at Some Cool Stuff)

We’ve just put together a 10-hour collection of 17 of Roy Underhill’s shop projects from “The Woodwright’s Shop.” (“In the Shop with Roy: Workbenches, Tools, Storage & More” is available now to order on DVD; the download option will be up shortly). With this collection, you’ll get the following episodes: #402 A Spring Pole...

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...

What’s Your Favorite Roy Episode?

Recently, I had the distinct pleasure of watching some of Roy Underhill’s earliest episodes of “The Woodwright’s Shop” – a PBS show he’s been filming since 1979 at UNC-TV in Chapel Hill, N.C. The photo to the left is a screen capture of Roy from what I think is the first season – possibly...