Recently, galoots* have been traveling great distances to attend woodworking classes in Pittsboro with Roy Underhill.
Roy teaches traditional woodworking at “The Woodwright’s School,” located downtown on Hillsboro Street. He is, without question, the best known traditional woodworker in the US, thanks to his popular TV show, The Woodwright’s Shop, which has been running since 1979. Thirty seasons.
Roy is traditional to the last detail. He cuts most of his own wood, uses hide glue, and mutton tallow for lubricant. The only power in his shop is human strength. That’s off the energy star chart.
I can always tell woodworking students at breakfast. They’ll wear a cabbie cap and a vest or suspenders. The shirt is collarless. They trade stories about projects, tools, and re-enactments. They admire the woodwork in my B&B. They love the 1940’s atmosphere in S&T’s Soda Shoppe and the local pottery fired in a wood-burning kiln. They are fans of the traditional, historical, and the way things used to be.
Above all, they are so excited to be here in Pittsboro, and can’t wait to get into the classroom with Roy.
* hand tool aficionados, especially old hand tools