Today Roy Underhill and I got ready to tape two episodes for the next season of PBS’s “The Woodwright’s Shop.” As the sun started to set over Pittsboro, N.C., we realized that we needed to turn down a spindle so we could thread it on camera.
No problem. Roy’s school has nice Barnes treadle lathes. Plenty of wood. And Roy.
“Hmmm. Now where are my turning tools?” Roy asked.
It turns out that his lathe tools were at home. Without skipping a beat, Roy picked up some bench chisels and started turning down the spindle.
This, of course, attracted onlookers who were wandering by the school.
Now all we have to do is rehearse. Roy’s show is taped live. No do-overs. Ugh. Time for a beer.
— Christopher Schwarz