So where are the woodworking T.V. shows?

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Blog entry by Stevinmarin posted 10-02-2010 01:22 AM 13325 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve written an article about the dearth of woodworking shows on television, and why. I’ll post part 2 tomorrow.


I’ll come right out and say it: I like a lot of what is on television. It seems a lot of us do. More people are involved in their favorite shows than ever before.

So why are so many folks are ashamed to admit that? While in casual conversation about T.V., an obligatory response is often, “Oh, I really don’t watch much T.V.” It’s almost a defensive remark. Sometimes I hear, “There’s really nothing worth watching”, or “I’m just too busy to watch T.V.” Some people try to rise above it all with the pseudo-intellectual, “Well, I sometimes watch PBS.” What’s going on here?

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-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#1 posted 10-02-2010 01:53 AM

Hey man. It is time for College Football. I’ll admit it. I really, really, really enjoy watching SEC Football.

Roll Tide Roll!

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#2 posted 10-02-2010 02:18 AM

Well Steve, I’ll come right out and say it: I am one of those guys who doesn’t like TV and only spends about 2 hours a day watching television due to the fact there is nothing on. Yes there is television for mere mortals, but then I’m no mere mortal. Sorry couldn’t resist using your line here. LOL They’ve all but taken Mash off the air and they don’t make westerns like they use to. As for woodworking shows well they don’t stack up to the wide world of sports which I hate with a passion. Yes I’m anti sports! Back to woodworking, Yes its a shame and true Norm may not have been the most entertaining guy but he did show you how to do things which inspired so many of us. To say though that there wasn’t really any entertaining wood working shows is not entirely true. Just off the top of the hat though lets not forget good ol Roy Underhill he was and is entertaining to watch or to even go and see. I don’t feel that woodworking shows have to be entertaining or completely informative to be enjoyable to watch, but its what I enjoy. I’m glad for the internet because it allows us to watch a multiple of things that catch our interest including movies. Heck Steve, your my favorite Shop Clown, I think your a riot to watch. I do find you to be both informative and funny as with others on the net who produce video clips to watch. So I spend my time in cyber space filling my visual and entertaining needs. Keep up the good work look forward to seeing more of you.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#3 posted 10-02-2010 02:58 AM

I like this new Nikita series.

If you liked La Femme Nikita, and Point Of No Return, check it out.

I dvr it, Good Eats, and all the wwing shows, and fast forward thru commercials. I should be able to watch 60 Minutes in about 36 that way.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#4 posted 10-02-2010 03:03 AM

@hairy: Dude, you have totaly reminded me to set up my DVR for Point Of No Return! I LOVED La Femme Nikita

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#5 posted 10-02-2010 03:22 AM

Another non-TV watcher here. In my personal opinion, TV is largely a wasteland any more, and has been for many decades. I didn’t have a TV when I got married 30 years ago. While I was out making the living wage, my bride had to have one for…whatever wives watch TV for…”I Love Lucy”?!? Don’t get me started on what tripe that is! My sons watch Spike TV, I walk through the room and watch the same crash, rewound several times. I used to watch HGTV, but it got to the point that they’d cut to a commercial, and come back to reprise the first segment. Flashing from scene to scene, loud noise seem to be the norm. I watch Mythbusters, and there’s so much that is technically incorrect (or downright unsafe) that it gives me heartburn. I’m not into sports, so that’s out.

The defensiveness for me comes from everybody else in the office talking about TV Idol or that dancing show for hours on end, when they’re supposed to be doing their jobs- and then asking me if I saw the show(s). Of course, I’m going to be defensive- I seem to be the only one not watching it. Good to see I have company, here.

Now, for some real sacrilege- I taught school for a couple of years, at a school that discouraged TV viewing. Believe it or not, it was really easy to spot the kids that watched a lot of TV and vice versa. The kids that watched TV had the attention span of a gnat, and ran around like “Animaniacs”. The ones whose parents actually followed the school’s recommendations were FAR more attentive and did better, even in sports. There’s a lesson there for America.

Kill your television.

Hey, you asked!

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#6 posted 10-02-2010 03:46 AM

TV has been crummy since Howdy Doody went off the air….

-- Life is good.

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#7 posted 10-02-2010 03:47 AM

no TV here ….nearly a good film one or two times in a month
and ofcourse your woodworking show…..LOL

take care

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#8 posted 10-02-2010 04:14 AM

Steve, A good article. It is hard to find a good woodworking show. I know have the cable DVR set to record any that come on at any time, but they have been getting fewer and more repeats. As to the rest of TV I am kinda in the same boat as a couple of the guys above, nothing really interests me that much anymore. I ti shard I will admit since my other half uses TV as background noise and I grew up in a house where if the tv is on it must be watched, so I do get drawn in sometimes, a lot of them to shows I can not stand.
I have been watching more stuff online in order to further the woodworking mind, your site included. Not that I truly hate tv just can’t find anything engaging. Oh well look forward to part 2.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#9 posted 10-02-2010 04:51 AM

According to my listings for pbs, both the new season of The Woodwright’s Shop and the new Rough Cut with Tommy Mac start next weekend. I’m happy, as long as the DVR grabs it that is.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#10 posted 10-02-2010 05:55 AM

oboy I wish we had those to shows here …but no :-(

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#11 posted 10-02-2010 06:16 AM

I admit it. At the end of the day, which is just about to commence, I will flick through 500 or more channels and pick “1” out, set the sleep timer for “1” hour and the TV will watch my eye lids close.

I must be old cuz that TV has always taught me what I shouldnt do wrong?

it has never taught me what I should do right.

without exceptionj

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#12 posted 10-02-2010 06:28 AM

In the past three weeks I have seen about 15 min of TV. Being in school keeps me busy plus I just don’t have a TV. So I only get to watch it at friends houses and then we just say lets go out side and do something lol

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