Roy Underhill

Roy Underhill is best known as the host of the PBS series The Woodwright’s Shop and the many books that followed. While working in television he also served as Master HouseWright for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, where he and his crew recreated the work of 18th century carpenters and joiners – much like playing early music on the original instruments. Roy now runs The Woodwright’s School in North Carolina, dedicated to historically-informed woodworking.
Favorite wood – elm. Favorite tool – moving fillister plane. Favorite fuel – lager.

This episode was so much fun to do. I talk with Roy about how he grew up and came to woodworking and about the creation and evolution of The Woodwright’s Shop TV show and his time at Colonial Williamsburg. Along the way we discuss “subversive woodworking,” his writing, and being a “complete person.” All our episodes are fun for me to do, but this one was particularly special and I think you’ll enjoy it, even if you aren’t a woodworker. I’m grateful to Roy for the time and to you for listening and reading.

The Deckle Edge Blog & Podcast – Roy Underhill – 10/25/21

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