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I am disappointed in Woodsmith Tv program this last season. They built one complex project and it was slow and tedious in detail.
I was sold on the program being a good replacement for Norm. Lots of interesting projects . I built projects from inspiration from the show never did I build as exactly from there plans.
Learn from there projects and adapted some of there methods to my interests.
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Not a fan of that show, havn't watched it for years.

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More often than not they sort of put me to sleep with their delivery, but they occasionally come up with a neat trick or jig.

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I've watched the show a few times - I only get it on cable but I watch satellite much more.

The problem I have with the show and the hosts is they are more of a show and tell rather than a show and teach.

The old Norm shows used to show you how to do things not just 'Look what we can do" which I find too self serving for my taste
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I think they leave a lot of stuff out. As Gary I have built some things from the show with my own changes and methods. I find they have a tendency to over complicate some simple things and over simplify some more complex things. I'm not a huge fan of it.

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I bought their first several seasons and really enjoyed them, but this last year and that crazy looking red table dragged on and on and on. I subscribed to their video channel online, but all they're doing is running 3-4 minute clips taken from last season's show. Their tips are, well, same old stuff. So I have unsubscribed while letting them know why. The most practical videos I have are Mark Sommerfeld's. You get to watch the entire process all the way through. Very few cuts so you see everything he does. Too bad Woodsmith bought Shop Notes, but at least you can get all the shopnotes issues on a CD from them. Too bad they're not doing all those Shop Notes projects which copyrights they own. I'd love to see that. They probably need a new editor.
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I will email Bryan about these issues.
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I've never heard of the show. Where can it be seen?
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It is difficult to keep coming up with new ideas for projects that will appeal to everyone. I applaud the efforts of the entire Woodsmith Shop crew; trying a new show format is a bold move. I preferred the old format with a project completed each show and information on the web site to fill in the gaps they could not fit into the time allotted. The same holds true for the new Guild Edition of the magazine. They are trying very hard to provide more value in each issue.

Making all the past issues of Woodsmith and ShopNotes available is a great thing; I have built many of the projects and jigs and my first router table was based on the design from ShopNotes #1. New woodworkers will never know the frustration some of us went through trying to get specific single issue plans at Rockler, Woodcraft and other retail stores.(I have a bunch of them)
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Pat, check your local PBS listings.

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