If you like "This Old House"..You will love "The New Yankee Workshop" Every week Norm takes you step by step through the weekly project. He is very precise and detailed with his work. He shows many woodworking tips and technics. He has every power tool on the market. That is why I think he is the original "Toolman". He offers blueprints and DVD's for each project he creates on the show. Sometimes I think he gets a little carried away with the glue, but he seems to always clean it up with a damp sponge (see there is one of his tips) I hope Norm and The New Yankee Workshop continues to be sponsored and aired for many years to come.
A great how-to show that teaches carpentry skills. If this is a show that you do not normally watch and you are sitting at home with nothing to do, you are going to wish you had it on tape. Having it "on tape" had become the generic term for recorded programs. Today you are more likely to have the show on Tivo or DVR than VHS, or god forbid Beta!! It is kind of like how a lot of people still call CD's "records" or "albums." Anyway, back to the show. This is the type of show that is really pretty good if you would just give it a chance. So on those cold, lonely, rainy days, pop in your tape or DVR or whatever if you were smart enough to tape it. If not, check to see if it is on as a re-run. After all, as they say, if you have never seen it, it is new to you. a lot of fun to learn these skills.
I've been watching Norm from the very beginning on This Old House, he's a brilliant master craftsman - and like the other reviewer mentioned: I wished I lived next door to this man!
His show is easy to follow. Mind even if I ever wanted to tackle one of Norm's projects I don't have the thousands of dollars worth of equipment this man boasts in his workshop. Still it's cool to watch him take simple pieces of wood and make some incredibly beautiful pieces.
For the past 18 years now Norm Abram has been teaching us aspiring carpenters what we always suspected: “Power Tools are Great”, and “I can build anything out of Wood!”.
That first statement is a given, there is just nothing like the ability to rip a big piece of plywood in seconds, or cutting a dado. As Norm says, “there is no more important safety rule than to wear these safety glasses,” which translated means “Put on something to protect your eyes, and go crazy with the power!!”
The second is something my wife (and neighbors now too) has been teasing me about for years. If something breaks, or you need a thing to do a something rather, sure enough I’ll steps up and say “I’ve got a good piece of pine in the garage that’ll fix that right up!” And to paraphrase an old anti-drug commercial from my youth, “I learned it from watching you, Norm!”
Why does Norm inspire us so? Is the endless supply of flannel shirts? No, it’s that he makes you feel like this stuff is easy, and spends that little bit of extra time to explain it the right way. The man is an incredible teacher, and someone, although I’ve never met, I feel like is one of my close friends.
So, please don’t judge this show on it’s humor or suspense… it’s all about the power tools!!!
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