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This is a series I watched sporadically as a child. Turns out it is still around.

It features making things from wood using things like hand axes, hand saws, and carving tools.

Many of the episode are now available online.

This one I watched earlier is focused on how to carve a Swedish spoon. It includes alot of safety tips, a bit on how to choose the right wood, and some thoughts on what a good spoon design is.

http://www.pbs.org/woodwrightsshop/video/3100/3108.html

There is lots more than spoons available. Surf around and maybe somewhere he'll cover what you really want.
 
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WOW, I forgot how much I love PBS, thank you for the reminder!
 
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this was one of my favorite shows when I was a kid! he also has published a bunch of books that I have never read but I have a friend that has read them and seems to think they are very good books.
 
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We are settling in to watch The Woodwright's Shop" as I type this...funny how Roy doesn't age. I am glad this is back on our station.
 
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I grew up watching this! Roy Underhill is definitely one of my heroes. Glad it is available online for free and new episodes are still coming!
 
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I don't know if this link will work because I'm on my phone, but look up mastercrafts bbc green wood on YouTube. It's amazing. All of the shows in that series are very inspirational.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=QisKUt_fPPU
 
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Thanks for sharing that Caleb. I've embedded it below.

 
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Wow! This looks like an amazing series. Thank you very much for the heads up!
 
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Low tech isn't a really accurate description; Underhill is working with pre / early industrial revolution technology. Which was the highest tech of the time. And still state of the art for handtool work.

Generally, muscle rather than electricity;skilled work generally done to well fitting precision. Which probably is a better fit to what many of us ascribe to.


Since his work focuses on work done during the era of agrarian society, much of what he builds fits to permaculture ideation

http://video.pbs.org/search/?q=oak+gate+woodwright%2

Often, his books 'bootstrap', build a workbench, then use the workbench to build a toolbox, then your kitchen table......... His books give a good description of the process and what to look for, and incentive to get out there and build.

Books often available at your local public library and they show up quite often at used book stores (brick or online).
 
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Roy has a school with a tool shop associated with it, in one or the other of the Carolinas. He's still going strong.
 
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I found this video of a gorgeous table made from reclaimed wood and hand tools and thought this might be the thread for it.

 
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Oops. Paul already had a thread with that video: https://permies.com/t/35635/woodworking/table-built-power-tools.
 
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