Roy Underhill has been educating and entertaining audiences with his unrivaled knowledge of traditional hand tools and wood building techniques for over 30 years. Join Roy for Season Eighteen and travel back into time to learn the life of Jamestown woodworkers, how to make chairs for children, tips for weaving white oak baskets, and so much more!
Each episode is filled with classic woodworking techniques and how-tos, including:
Dovetailing a Cedar Box — Learn simple box dovetails and create some shop characters that can hang out inside.
Chip Carving — Dress up a small cedar box with a variety of chip carving designs.
Chairs for Children — Roy makes a walnut stick chair and a pine slab chair perfectly sized for children.
Bark & Rustic Work — Learn the details to add a hickory bark seat to a child’s chair.
Debate of the Carpenter’s Tools — Roy draws on poetry from the 1400s to explain what tools were used by wrights of the day.
Treadle Lathe — Build an improved version of Roy’s 20-year-old treadle lathe design — and it starts with scrap lumber!
White Oak Basket — A class on basket weaving? You bet! Weave a white oak basket with Roy.
Wall Tool Chest — Roy uses a red oak tool chest to illustrate a discussion on hand planes.
Woodworking Gizmos — Learn to convert a treadle lathe into a treadle jigsaw.
Traditional Toys — Roy shows how to make a traditional Russian pecking-chicken toy.
Old Salem — Roy visits Old Salem, North Carolina, founded in the 1760s by the Moravians. Their craft lives on in the recreated town.
Swinging Cradle from Saxony — Learn to build a scaled-down German swinging cradle built with lapstrake construction.
Jamestown Woodworkers, 1607 — Learn about the history and the early settlers of the Jamestown, Virginia settlement.