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 Eight for creating a folding library ladder, 18th-century loom, a traditional Americanstringed instrument, and so much more!
Each episode is filled with classic techniques and how-tos including:
Folding ladder — Roy shows us how to recreate an 18th-century folding library ladder that collapses into a simple pole shape.
The Four Harness Loom — In this two-episode project, we learn how to recreate an 18th-century loom for weaving cloth.
Sled — A wonderful tradition, Roy builds a classic Yankee sled and a toboggan for enjoying the next snowfall.
Woodworking Benches — Roy looks at the variety of benches used for woodworking, including a joiner’s bench, hacking benches, and a chair maker’s bench.
Folk Toys — Roy loves his toys, and this episode is dedicated to making three folk toys: a fish hook; chickens pecking toy; and a Jacob’s ladder.
Appalachian dulcimer — A traditional American stringed instrument, Roy shows us the steps to make a classic dulcimer.
Danish Folding Stools — Recreated for centuries, Roy shares methods for creating two different classic folding stools.
English Woodcraft — Roy visits Sussex, England to view classic building construction techniques and joinery.
African Musical Instruments — Roy looks at a balaphone (or marimba), kalimba (or thumb piano), a banjo and couple of African drums.
Tavern Table — Build a classic, small pine tavern table.
Mary Rose Tankard — To go with the tavern table, Lew LeCompte, a Williamsburg cooper shows how to make a tigg, or drinking mug.