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Forum topic by OleGrump posted 03-23-2019 03:11 PM 350 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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OleGrump

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03-23-2019 03:11 PM

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Here in Maryland, we have Maryland Public Television, which like most “Public TV” stations spends about 80% of their time whining for donations, then rearranging their programming schedules. On the RARE occasion they DO actually AIR an episode of “The Woodwright’s shop” (which has been in production for over 30 years, so they SHOULD have MANY episodes from which to choose) they only show one of about four different episodes. One of their favorites to inflict on the viewers is the episode in which Roy is drooling over female woodcarver Mary May. OK, fair enough, she’s a very talented woman, and if Roy has the hots for her, that’s HIS business. We don’t need to see it every four to six weeks.

The other episode which makes me want to go rabbit hunting is that damned “Rubou Folding Bookstand”. We’ve been seeing that one off and on for 30 years. If I am forced to endure THAT one more time, I cannot be held responsible for my actions.


There was a time when we could watch MPT on a Saturday morning and watch Rick Butz carve wood, then Roy Underhill followed by Norm Abram. But those days are now long gone.

Is PBS so bloody CHEAP in other parts of the US, that they won’t air other episodes or are we here so near to the Nation’s Capital the “lucky” ones, having to put up with this crap?

-- OleGrump


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ChefHDAN

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#1 posted 03-23-2019 04:15 PM

Agreed, fortunately there is YouTube and most any of the good woodworkers can be searched there, including Roy, there are a boatload of them here

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#2 posted 03-23-2019 04:17 PM

I stopped watching public television because of their strong political bias. I would like to see all government funding of PBS canceled.

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ralbuck

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#3 posted 03-23-2019 04:46 PM

As I watch at least 1 TV program per decade! The reason that I am such a prolific TV watcher; you summed up extremely well!

It is either a new low on the stupidity scale or a repeat! Everytime that I think it can not get any more stupid; my wife has a new favorite show that surpasses even my lowest expectations. From the “very obviously rigged” game shows to the things like the “bachelor” and than I am wondering how much worse will they get.
So I read in the other room; instead of having my “stupidity” insulted—the “shows” are way past insulting intellegence—they achieved that a few DECADES BACK!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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TraditionallySpeakin

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#4 posted 03-23-2019 05:01 PM



I stopped watching public television because of their strong political bias. I would like to see all government funding of PBS canceled.

- ArtMann

I agree with this whole heartedly. Same goes for NPR.

I’m in Maryland and I’ll say that the trick must be to set the DVR to record Woodwright at any time becaose I get different ones showing up in my recorded shows all the time. I have maybe 20 on there right now that taped at some point a while back (maybe a marathon) and I haven’t gotten around to watching yet.

I miss the days when MPT was seemingly loaded with woodworking and good cooking shows (not like that garbage on Food Network).

I just read blogs now…

-- “If not for Roubo, the back of the U.S. nickle would be blank.” -Roy U.

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#5 posted 03-23-2019 08:52 PM


There was a time when we could watch MPT on a Saturday morning
and watch Rick Butz carve wood, then Roy Underhill followed by Norm Abram.
But those days are now long gone.

- OleGrump

YesSireeeeeee BOB !!!

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CaptainKlutz

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#6 posted 03-23-2019 08:59 PM

LOL
While you can’t find all 30 years worth of episodes, you can stream a bunch of them directly on PBS:
http://www.pbs.org/woodwrightsshop/home/

Most of the really old ones, you need to surf over to youtube.

FWIW – Have same problem. Call and complain, they might add a couple more.
One reason your local station only plays the same couple of episodes is due licensing costs. PBS changed it’s model a number of years ago, and added ‘storage’ fees for re-broadcast of videos from master library. Some stations are cheap, and only use the ‘free’ shows they saved locally when they use woodworking filler shows.
Master PBS feed also has bad habit of only playing reruns that return best viewer statistics. Good looking women, and simple projects everyone can relate will always be shown way too often.

Cheers.

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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lew

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#7 posted 03-23-2019 09:05 PM

Amen!

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John Smith

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#8 posted 03-24-2019 01:55 AM

I learned how to carve a John Bellamy eagle and a family crest
in butternut from Rick Butz – that is one show I really miss.
but – many more have filled his shoes such as Mary May.

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#9 posted 03-24-2019 04:52 AM



Is PBS so bloody CHEAP in other parts of the US, that they won t air other episodes or are we here so near to the Nation s Capital the “lucky” ones, having to put up with this crap?

- OleGrump

Here you go
https://www.popularwoodworking.com/product-category/roy-underhill/

https://videos.popularwoodworking.com/catalog?labels=%5B%22The%20Woodwright%27s%20Shop%22%5D&values=%5B%22Seasons%201-5%22%5D

FYI, there are no new seasons being produced.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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