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Forum topic by StarBright posted 05-20-2022 02:47 PM 1359 views 0 times favorited 59 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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StarBright

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05-20-2022 02:47 PM

Norm Abram’s retirement from This Old House was announced yesterday.

https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20220519005404/en/This-Old-House%C2%AE-to-Air-Tribute-Special-to-Master-Carpenter-and-Television-Trailblazer-Norm-Abram

PBS will air a tribute show to him titled The House that Norm Built. While Norm is 72 and has not appeared on camera for a while, it is sad to see him described as “hanging up his tool belt.” I hope he continues woodworking in his retirement, as 72 years old is certainly not too old to do most things with wood. I hope he isn’t ill, and I wonder if there’s a deeper story to this.

I’m hoping to see him on a YouTube channel, but he doesn’t seem to have much of an online presence.

Here’s to the legend himself!


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#1 posted 05-20-2022 02:53 PM

Have enjoyed Norm over the years in the past when he had his own show. Built a couple of his projects. The plans always were complete and great. Mission style grandfather clock now over 15 yrs old, a mission style king bed, about 10 years ago. Both working great.

Miss his shows.

-- Ron

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#2 posted 05-20-2022 02:58 PM

Watched him a lot as a kid with my Day.

I’ll never forget all the “galoo” and the brads to hold things in place while it dried “p’that, p’that, p’that”

He made things look easy.

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#3 posted 05-20-2022 03:40 PM

I know his one-time co-star, Bob Vila, never gets mentioned…ever. Is there bad blood between him and the PBS family?

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#4 posted 05-20-2022 04:22 PM

There was bad blood between This Old House and Bob Vila since the 1980s.

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#5 posted 05-20-2022 04:24 PM

Bob Vila used to drive me crazy. He would say now to do the floor tile, lay down one section of tile (the kind glued to a fabric web) and say “and that’s how you do it”. Norm was a kind soul, didn’t watch him much but what I saw I liked.

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#6 posted 05-20-2022 05:41 PM

IMO Bob Villa is an idiot.

Last time I caught him on a show, he was “helping” build a brick wall. They left a gap in the wall for him to put in the last brick. He buttered the bottom and slapped it onto place, but forgot to butter the sides.
He stepped to the side and mentioned how easy it was to get “pro” results easily. You could see the brick layers staring at the gaps on the sides of the brick crack smiles when he made that comment.

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#7 posted 05-20-2022 06:24 PM

Bob got fired after going over budget for the umpteenth time and I suspect finally PO’d the right person. He was a talker, not a doer and talk is cheap. Norm was almost too stoic in the shop rarely cracking a smile. I was really hoping they’d put together a bloopers reel of Norm whipping a hammer through a window after smacking his thumb or having his wide belt sander kick back a giant beam mantle through the engine block of a diesel truck parked outside, even a good ole fashioned tablesaw kickback that sends a thin, long board through a few walls before it finds a stud. Nothing that hurt anyone but something dramatic. I suspect nothing like that actually ever happened though if Norm was overseeing safety protocol. He studied engineering at MIT so by all accounts, he was a pretty smart cookie.

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#8 posted 05-20-2022 06:31 PM

I don’t know Yeti, I’ve known some grads from some pretty prestigious colleges and universities that couldn’t common sense their way out of a box lol

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#9 posted 05-20-2022 06:50 PM

Reminds me of one Wood Whisperer video. He had this new-to-him router table and he wanted to profile the edge of a long, thin strip.

Set the bit away from the fence so the strip was between the two, begin the cut….

Before I could scream “Nooooooo!” the strip shot across his shop.

Norms incessant safety intro (read, understand, and follow…) has always stuck in my head, but common sense isn’t so common.

I would have enjoyed seeing Norm get pissed off and smashing something up 8^)

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#10 posted 05-20-2022 06:54 PM

havn’t seen this old house much in the last 15 years but was a big fan of the new yankee workshop.some woodworkers put him down as being too simple,bur he was the average woodworkers hero.i loved how he always did a procedure a different way each time,he showed there were many ways to do something.i hope he is healthy and able to continue his passion. i agree about villa,he was an idiot.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#11 posted 05-20-2022 07:01 PM

A few years back Vila was on an anniversary show. I enjoyed the very first episodes as they were geared towards remodeling for the common folk. Norm was always great and did more for our hobby than any other modern maker.

All in all, I would take either’s broadcast over 95% of the crap on TV these days.

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#12 posted 05-20-2022 07:37 PM

I just remembered something about Bob Vila….As far as I know, he violated his contract with PBS for accepting payments from Sears for promoting Craftsman products. PBS found it unethical for its staff to accept compensation from private businesses.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#13 posted 05-20-2022 07:43 PM

I once built a flag pole from one of his New Yankee Workshop shows.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#14 posted 05-20-2022 08:24 PM

This old house was right on time for us buying our first fixer upper. Really liked Norm in both shows. Little bit of GlOOOO stuck with me also. My favorite Norm quote “What’s a duchman? Its a PATCH!”

Vila was pompous in my opinion.

TOH taught me how to do a lot of things way before the internet.

-- Petey

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#15 posted 05-20-2022 09:07 PM



IMO Bob Villa is an idiot.

Last time I caught him on a show, he was “helping” build a brick wall. They left a gap in the wall for him to put in the last brick. He buttered the bottom and slapped it onto place, but forgot to butter the sides.
He stepped to the side and mentioned how easy it was to get “pro” results easily. You could see the brick layers staring at the gaps on the sides of the brick crack smiles when he made that comment.

- splintergroup

Bob Villa is no idiot..

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