What is your favorite woodworking television show?

Well, two obvious choices are the classics:

  • The Woodwright's Shop with Roy Underhill
    Traditional hand tools, heavy on history and homespun philosophy
  • The New Yankee Workshop with Norm Abrams
    Modern power tool techniques, occasional visits to production facilities

These each have their adherents, who often get into interwebs flame wars, but I'm going with the third, less obvious alternative:

  • Tool Time with Tim Allen
    Fictitious handyman's show on Home Improvement - heavy on humor, mockery, and "More Power"

I'm not a woodworker, really, but have done enough to appreciate woodworking.

I enjoy watching "The Woodrights Shop" on PBS. He does everything by hand ( the "hard way"), with few to no power tools.

There's one thing that bugs the crap out of me about that show, though. He's got the shop safety sense of a rhesus monkey! No safety glasses, getting his fingers too close to the spinning bits of a wood lathe, the list goes on.

I thoroughly enjoy learning how older furniture, and tools, and the like were made, and seeing the hand-work skills he has - they ARE impressive! Just, for the love of god, get some shop safety sense before you try to replicate him!


While "This old house" with Norm Abrams is fun to watch, my personal favorite is Home | The Woodwright's Shop with Roy Underhill | PBS

Underhill brings a unique presentation of hand tools, practical demonstration, and common sense that is fun and refreshing to watch.

Check it out.


Although my propensity leans greater towards ‘power tools'. The methods that Roy Underhill teaches on his PBS show ‘The Woodwright's Shop' are rock solid truths to build a career-on. There are situations/applications where alcohol powered tools will give as good as or better results than a screaming power tool. There will always be ‘time is of the essence' projects where power tools are appropriate, but knowledge in the care and use of hand tools is a valuable knowledge/skill to have.


Should religion be ridiculed?

I like Al Nelson's answer without agreeing with it. The thing is, ridicule nearly never does anything constructive. If anything, you're only going to turn the religious against you, and give them another reason to hold on tight to their beliefs. If there is one good thing that religion emanates, it is humility.

What gave us life?

Many have asked this question when it may have suddenly occurred to them that although they did not ask for this life, they indeed have it, are living it, and of the entirety of its extent upon which it is hinging, there is potential to experience life of a profoundness so

If we travel faster than the speed of light, will we reach the past?

Not directly, but there is a way.Imagine two 20 year old twins heading off at about 90% of the speed of light relative to each other in opposite directions.  On a each twin's 25th birthday, they realize there brother is now 21 years old.   I wait five