For over 30 years, Roy Underhill has been educating and entertaining audiences with his unrivaled knowledge of traditional hand tools and building techniques. Join Roy for Season Fifteen and learn how to make a “walking stick-chair”, traveling to the Wooden Boat School in Maine, making an adjustable Colonial threaded candle stand and so much more!
Each episode is filled with classic techniques and how-tos including:
Sharpening Tools — Roy builds a cedar box for an old sharpening stone while simultaneously teaching you the principles of sharpening.
Jefferson’s Walking Stick-Chair — Roy shows you how to make a “walking stick-chair” – a walking stick that folds out to become a small seat – much like the one used by Thomas Jefferson.
Chisels, Gouges and Mallets — Roy explores the wide, sometimes strange, world of chisels.
Trestle Table — Roy makes a “sawbuck” trestle table full of interesting details.
Wooden Scoop, Shovel and Spoons — Starting with a raw poplar log, Roy splits, chops, cuts and carves a huge wooden shovel.
The Wooden Boat School — Roy travels to the Wooden Boat School in Brooklyn, Maine. See three distinct approaches to traditional boat building taught by three different instructors at the school.
Marionette Makers — Roy arrives to find his shop taken over by a gaggle of marionette puppets!
Folding Workbench, Part 1 — Begin learning to make a simple, sturdy folding workbench.
Folding Workbench, Part 2 — Finish learning how to put the workbench together.
Candlestick Maker — Make an adjustable Colonial threaded candle stand.
Boatbuilders of Mystic — Visit the shores of Blue Mountain Lake in the Adirondacks for a tour of local woodworking styles.
Williamsburg Trunk Makers — Learn how to make a variety of leather items in the harness shop of Jim Clatter in Colonial Williamsburg
Climbing a Colonial Steeple — Roy climbs Bruton Parish Steeple in Williamsburg, Virginia, which has been holding a bell since the 1770s. See details of the original construction that tell us about how our ancestors lived, worked and thought.