Scott and Suzy Phillips Celebrate Silver Anniversary of The American WoodshopComments (1)
PHOTO: Scott and Suzy Phillips display the Apothecary Nine-Drawer Wall Keep and two turned items from Season 25 episodes.
Co-hosts Scott and Suzy Phillips will begin Season 25 of The American Woodshop on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, with 13 new episodes that invite viewers to transform beautiful wood into unique projects and that offer how-to instruction, including tool tune-up tips. Check your local PBS station for airtimes.
congratulates Scott and Suzy Phillips as they celebrate the silver anniversary
of The American Woodshop,” Woodcraft
president Jody Garrett said. “Their show continues to encourage quality
woodworking by offering PBS viewers helpful instruction in building unique
woodworking in his father’s shop in 1966, so for more than 50 years he has been
working with wood in every imaginable way. During that time he has learned that
“the best source of new ideas is through sharing ideas.” As he enters The American Woodshop’s silver
anniversary year, Scott reflected on how connected woodworking has become
worldwide and how that fosters the exchange of ideas.
“I am using woodworking
tools made in 27 different countries, and I’m in communication with people all
over the world every day,” Scott said. ‘It’s
staggering to know that woodworking has such a universal base, but we all use
and take care of wood in much the same way, and that makes all woodworkers
connected. In this modern ‘wired’ world, social media posts connect us daily to
thousands everywhere, sharing ideas as never before. This is an amazing age to
be a woodworker!”
In promoting Season 25, Scott and Suzy reminded
woodworkers that design matters,
especially if you desire to make a lasting mark by building custom work in
beautiful wood. Their advice: every creation is unique, so express yourself by
the choice of wood, grain and finish. Make it shine by using new and
traditional tools and skills.
Season 25 Projects
In the first Season 25 episode, viewers will watch the construction of a Harvest Table that features wide 1"-thick walnut planks and 4" post legs. All air-dried, the wood has a stunning color contrast – the light-wood/dark-wood combination of sapwood and heartwood.
The Harvest Table’s notched leg post assembly was inspired by the designs used at the Chinese Imperial Palace to hold the roof of centuries old buildings. Aprons are notched to create a puzzle-lock in the post.
For the tenth episode, Jay Kinsinger, master woodworker and professor at Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio, works with engineering students to create “The Walnut Bike.”
The Apothecary Nine-Drawer Wall Keep in episode two (shown at the
beginning of this blog) features a hypnotic Southern Yellow Pine grain pattern
that was created using a bandsaw and wood lathe. Its drawers can store many
things, from spices to bits and cutters in the woodshop.
Other Season 25 projects include:
•“Gentleman’s” Organizer and Gallery – Guys like stuff, but need help getting organized. These two graceful solutions fill the bill (2503).
•Turned Urns & Pepper Mills – Beautiful turnings add a warm charm to any space (2504).
•Scrolled Kitchen Trenchers and Trivets – Food-safe woodworking tips cover everything, from the right wood selection to glues and finishes. Useful and kitchen wise (2505).
•Decorative Turnings – Spindle and bowl art show new ways to turn (2506).
•Arts and Crafts Luminaries – Artful scrollwork with oak accents (2508).
•Making Custom Knives – Custom cutlery with handles made from highly figured woods (2509).
•Custom Wood Keeps – This lidded wood box is just right in any room and perfect for quilts (2511).
•Curvy Wall Shelf – Easy to make display shelves that fit into tight spots (2512).
•Arts and Crafts End Table – The ultimate in simple grace (2513).
Thoughts from Scott & Suzy
Thoughts from Scott and Suzy:
Woodworkers are producers. They use their hands to express themselves and more often than not, make their gifts – heirlooms that will make people wonder at the craftsmanship and want to know who made it.
Just watched your program on carving the bear. My folk's neighbor had this done to a stump in their front yard. My mom walked outside one morning to see a second "bear cub" sitting nearby. When she later commented on this to that same neighbor, they realized that it must have been a real cub that had stopped by to visit!
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