My son in law just made his first project using the table saw I gave him a couple of years ago. He got that look in his eye when he described how the blade cut through the wood, turning what by hand would have been a tiring chore, into a pleasurable experience. I plan to give him some other tools from time to time, and if he's interested, will leave them to him in my will.
He told me he watched a lot of Youtube videos before trying things out. But getting him interested has taken a number of years. He does a lot of 4 wheeling, but he's beginning to feel sore joints and the long term effects of hard landings. So I think he'll start making some things and get hooked.
Tommy Mack looked kind of promising there for awhile, but his slugging pals in the arm and other antics became annoying to me. The new guy they picked up for the show is, yawn, sleepwalking through the broadcasts. WoodSmith shop is a little stilted, but they are focusing on simple methods and using basic tools to do everything. They aren't trying to peddle tools, which I think is good. But they don't really connect the way Norm did. I think Norm always addressed the person who was watching him, not the camera. It is a subtle difference, but he always made you feel a little like you were in the shop with him.
The other thing that works against the present shows is that they do something once, say, cut one corner of a drawer, then say, repeat on the opposite side. Editors are also guilty because modern editing seldom lets a shot run more than 5-8 seconds, so it's always choppy, not enought time to process what you're seeing.
And I think that because decent tools are now pretty expensive, this is a mature person's game. I know for myself, I watched Norm for years, but didn't really start woodworking until I had a long stretch of making much better money so I could afford decent tools.
As to not many projects posting right now on the Forums, I know I'm doing a lot of DIY and fixit projects just now, not so much woodworking. I don't think I'm alone. My current project is fixing up my DC setup in the shop so I can recirculate the AC/heated air and work comfortably most of the year. But I counted 11 major drip irrigation hose leaks out back and need to replace maybe 500 feet of drip system hose. Takes forever, have to dig a lot, glue up connectors, run new drippers to replace the clogged up ones. Since another two weeks of dry weather will kill off a lot of my plants, woodworking has to take a back seat.
The more I do, the less I accomplish.