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PARKERSBURG, W. VA. (August 2011) – If you have a few spare weekends, Scott Phillips is ready to help you build one or more of the 13 new “Weekender” projects featured in the 18th season of The American Woodshop, which will begin airing on PBS stations around the country Aug. 29. WBGU-TV in Bowling Green, Ohio, produces The American Woodshop, which is funded by Woodcraft, Delta Power Equipment, Biesemeyer, Porter-Cable, and Gorilla Glue.

Woodcraft’s association with Scott Phillips spans many years,” President Jeff Forbes said. “We look forward to sponsoring a new season of The American Woodshop to bring Scott’s unique woodworking talents to public television viewers throughout the country.” Scott’s woodshop at Piqua, Ohio, is the set for most of the shows, but Scott said he and the WBGU production team also travel across America to shoot some footage.

“We selected ‘Weekenders’ to make shop work doable,” Scott said, explaining that the projects are designed for completion in 12 hours or less, sometimes an hour or two. A Windsor-inspired chair is Scott’s favorite, followed by deck projects and then barrel back chairs. “The Barrel Back Chair is my creation that is made of two interlocking parts. It is very comfortable and truly one-of-a-kind.” A Shaker-inspired Wall Cabinet, turned and bandsawn boxes, and dome topped chests are also part of the 13-episode lineup.

In addition to helping woodworkers craft furniture to enhance their homes and perhaps become heirlooms, Scott said, “We share unique ways that tools can make building furniture easier, safer and more enjoyable and even stronger.” And viewers also learn about wood, a special focus for Scott who earned a college degree in forestry. “Selecting wood is just like an artist selecting the right color to use in a painting. We use more than 30 species of wood in the projects this season. Each is backed up by a specific reason, which we share with viewers.”

Scott’s wife Suzy also appears on the show and plays a role in season planning. “Suzy is always thinking about new ways to make things. We challenge each other when we build our projects. Friendly pokes and jabs are often her way to help me make projects far better because of her insight. She is great at fashion design, which comes in handy.”

“I enjoy jumping in and learning new things,” Suzy said, explaining that her early contributions were scrollsawing and finishing. “Now I like to do more, learn new things and show people that you do not have to be an expert to use power tools.”

After 17 seasons, Scott still had plenty of ideas for season 18 projects. “Woodworking is my passion in life, and everything I do leads to 10 new projects. I think most woodworkers have a project list that is ever growing, because nothing produces satisfaction better than working with your hands.” In April 2012, Scott and Suzy will host the winner (and guest) of the “Win the American Dream Shop Giveaway & A Day With Scott Phillips,” sponsored by Woodcraft, Delta, Porter-Cable, and The American Woodshop. For more details, visit www.woodcraft.com/dreamshop.

Call your local public television station to find out The American Woodshop’s airtime, or go to www.wbgu.org/americanwoodshop to view an episode after it airs. Viewers who want to make the shows part of their reference library can purchase season DVDs. “All the proceeds go to help support PBS,” Scott said. “It is a good thing to support public television.” Woodcraft Supply, LLC, is the industry leader in providing a wide variety of top quality products, educational opportunities and one-on-one guidance to woodworkers of all skill levels. For more information about Woodcraft, please contact the store nearest you, visit www.woodcraft.com or call (800) 535-4482.