Bobs Wood Shop

Digital Wood Worker

PBS has brought us celebrities such as Bob Vila known for This Old House joined by Norm Abram‘s who later hosted The New Yankee Workshop. When Bob Vila left the show, he was replaced by host Steve Thomas for the tenth season in 1989. Kevin O’Connor then replaced Steve Thomas with Abram still serving as the show’s Master Carpenter. These shows ran so well David Marks was introduced to the public with his own show Wood Works that ran for seven season’s. As of 2007 Marks teaches private classes on various topics in his studio as well as going on tour. From those years of success PBS spawned the DIY network with its line up of hosts like Amy Matthews Chris Grundy, Jason Cameron, Ahmed Hassan, Matt Blashaw, Dean Marsico, Derek Stearns.

Each season has improved and its hosts came with more and more talent but with all that Hollywood flair it has left the average home owner/woodworker and garage hobbyist with unreachable or unattainable goals, one could put a child through collage with the cost of a full blown work shop such as Norms. Thanks to the internet we can get out of Hollywood and back into our basements and garage workshops we can also thank Podcasters like Thomas McDonnald (Tommy Mac) Marc J. Spagnuolo a professional woodworker for bringing us The Wood Whisperer which breaks the mold of traditional woodworking videos showing us humor and the lighter side of the craft. The Wood Whisperer as Marc has come to be known in the woodworking community has exploded in popularity. He produces and edits his own series of woodworking videos. In addition Marc and Matt Vanderlist co-host Wood talk onLine another popular podcast segment with a large audience and if that’s not enough he has been a contributing editor for Fine Woodworking Magazine and is now a regular columnist for Popular Woodworking Magazine. I have been following Marc being a woodworker myself and watched him mature and hone his techniques in both woodworking and the visual arts. Move over Norn and DIY I think we will be seeing a lot more of Marc in the years to come.


August 17, 2012 - Posted by | Digital Wood Workers

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