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The cover from FWW #99 in 1993. The issue include a profile on Norm Abram by Jim Boesel.
This just in… Fine Woodworking just received word that the New Yankee Workshop is ending after 21 seasons on PBS according to Patrick Ramirez, a spokesperson for WGBH Boston.
But the man in plaid, Norm Abram, won’t be retiring his tool belt yet, he’ll still continue working on sister show This Old House, according to a press release.
The Fine Woodworking audience has a long relationship with the television host. Many credit him as the inspiration for getting started in the craft. In Norm Stories, a former editor at Fine Woodworking, recounts how Abram got him into woodworking after an appearance at Good Morning America.
Abram also graced the covers of two issues of Fine Woodworking. FW published a profile on Abram in 1993 (FWW #99) and more recently Abram wrote an article about crafting your dream kitchen in 2008 (FWW #196).
Woodworking TV 2.0If you thought woodworking TV died with the retirement of the New Yankee Workshop, think again. Rough Cut, with Tommy Mac, offers woodworkers a fresh face and brand-new projects.
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But, if this news is getting you down, it’s not too late to see this woodworking icon up close and personal in just a few days. Old Sturbridge Village is offering a brunch with Norm Abram Sat., Oct. 24.
And, New Yankee plan fans can continue to buy projects plans at the New Yankee Web site as well as order DVDs, find Q&As, etc.
So, now audience, back to you… what are your thoughts on the New Yankee’s retirement?
The New Yankee Workshop is ending after 21 seasons. Fine Woodworking featured host Norm Abram on the cover twice, once in 2008 when the series celebrated its 20th anniversary.
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So Sad.I will miss Norm.
I love NYW. I will miss your show.
Laval Québec Canada...
i'm french and no google translator so if my english turn to be funny... excuse me :D
So bad, I wondering what happened with my favorite wood working program... I found out today, 2013-12-14 :(
I revoke my subscription to PBS since that program not available anymore...
shall you put it back, maybe you'll get some new subscrition.
I know this cancellation was "in the before time...in the long, long ago" but has anyone at Fine Woodworking thought of approaching Norm Abram to implement a web-distribution mechanism for his projects? Television is muy expensivo! Web-distribution is el cheapo!
If the show were presented as a sustained, continuous webinar, it would be possible to reinvent "the show" (I'd surmise that it would be at least a complete reboot of the show and more likely a relaunch) with far lower levels of financial underwriting than would be necessary for television distribution.
I mean, the man had a pretty darn large audience. It's not the kind of show that would fly on commercial television... but on an interwebz portal dedicated to fine woodworking?? That'd be a perfect match.
I think someone made a BIG mistake taking TNYWS off the air. I've seen the replacement show . . . ! I've watched some of Norm's shows multiple times and learned something new/useful each time! I also bought lots of tools advertised on TNYWS! So, why would anyone take such a show off the air? So, now that it's been done, can we still get plans for all the projects? I would also like to know who took the show off so we could lobby for a return--or at least re-run the shows again. Where can I buy the DVD that has ALL his shows? Thanks--
I have watched Norm on TNYWS for at least 25 years. I learned how to build many projects and have a complete WW shop. I cannot believe that they are going to stop making shows. This is one of the best produced DIY shows around. The stuff on other DIY networks are not even close.
PBS you need to continue this as there are a lot of us out there that watch Norm and enjoy this hobby.
When other 8 year old kids wanted to watch cartoons on saturday morning I loved watching TNYW on pbs with my dad. I'm 28 now and continued to watch the master known as Norm every saturday until the end of the series. I can't say I've seen every episode but if I were to meet Norm I would feel like I was talking to an old friend. Norm and his workshop will be missed greatly by his fans, my dad and I.
We can only hope for a Brett Favre like return(s) or maybe pbs can show the series from the first to the last episode. Next to my dad he is the greatest inspiraiton in my life.
Very sad! This was such a well done and helpful show that I will miss immensely. Please bring it back PBS!
Always looked forward to seeing Norm in that dream workshop, but I suppose this is the result of the suits on the TV networks that think it is time for young blood to reach their intended audience, BIG mistake, I would far rather watch Norm who has the years of experience and knowledge that comes with working with wood. Hang in their Norm, want you back
Greyowl from Canada
Norm, I join everyone else in saying how sorry I am that your show cannot continue. Yes, I am sure Norm had no intention of hanging up his tool belt but sadly we are at a cross roads. The economy is such that fine companies like Porter Cable have had to make cuts to stay afloat while trying to compete with cheap imports. The flood gates were opened decades ago and perhaps we are all a little to blame for purchasing that made in China palm sander or that band saw made in Taiwan.
What the...! Norm don't do it. Please don't do it. Drop the "this old house" gig and make time for New Yankee. We all learn more from new Yankee anyway. I rarely learn anything of value from this old house but the techniques I have learned from Yankee are numerous and invaluable. So often I have been confronted with a woodworking dilemma in my woodworking hobby that you have solved for me. You are doing a great service for us. Please reconsider.
Norm: I first became acquainted with TNYW in April of 1990 when I returned home after 7 1/2 yrs in the Air Force. Prior to that I never heard of TNYW. I was hooked immediately. Several yrs ago you gave a lecture at Sinclair Community College here in downtown Dayton (OH). I was working weekends at that time and wasn't able to attend. I wrote you several times to come back for an encore but you never did. I felt like I really missed something. With the help of an old Air Force buddy of mine I built your Marble Roll. You built your catcher 8" in diameter and I built mine 10" in diameter. I drilled a small hole in the middle and glued in a dowl pin and drilled a small hole in that and inserted the bell housing from a child's tricycle bell so that when the marble rolls into the catcher it strikes and rings the bell. I got the idea from the classic original. Our PBS station aired your show on both Saturday AND Sunday mornings. So with your departure I would like to dedicate "Sunday Will Never Be The Same" by Spanky & Our Gang in your honor. Thanks for everything.
I am just devastated at the news. I have done woodwork since I was a child and enjoyed Norm and the New Yankee Workshop weekly show. Thank you Norman for hours of enjoyment you have given us all. Working on all those shows was I think quite a project for you. Again Thanks....you will surely be missed.
It's a sad day here in nashville north carolina.I grew up with norm,watching norm was a must for me on the weekend.I picked up so many tips from his shows.I didn't have tools a workshop or nothing when I first ran across his show, all that changed as I continued to watch.I feel in love with wood and what I can do with thanks to him some
one better pick him up.GOODBYE
good article ... I always read artike-article on this website is very good..
I've watched The New Yankee Workshop since its beginning and will miss it tremendously. Thank you Russel Morash for bringing this show to the many millions of us who drew inspiration from Norm Abram and thank you Norm for the expert you are and for your ability to put that into sensible and logical steps for some of us "not so expert" woodworkers. I'll catch you on This Old House and hope to see you begin some new endeavors.
You have been and inspiration among all of us who watch your show New Yankee Workshop. My students loved watching and making comments about your woodworking skills on Monday. We need more educational programs so that we can learn and keep growing. Thanks
Chicago, Il. Prosser Career Academy
A sign of the times, the economy has tanked...no one is spending remodelling money any more..they are just trying to stay afloat financially...Everyone is cutting back, and it is now hitting the Saturday morning fix-it shows. NYW is gone, Hometime is down to 15 minutes an episode (5 minute recaps of the current project and 10 minutes for commercials when it hits commercial TV. I suspect TOH and ATOH are soon to fold as well....My local PBS station says these shows no longer have any interest in the local market. They (Local PBS station) don't even show skipped episodes from a pledge break so the current project arc always has gaps. How sad.
What the heck Wheres Norm? I have watched the series from the very first show and learned a lot of good tips. Norm knew what to do,how to do it, and when to do it.Saturday mornings are not the same without NYW!
This is terrible news! I'm in the process of changing my satellite TV supplier just to get the show.
Why when there is so much on that is of no interest at all does this show get cancelled. How about we agree to buy some of what ever the sponsor is selling. Count me in. I miss you Norm.
Bob in Calgary
I am heart broken that the series ended. it was my Sunday morning delight. I think he should start another woodworking type show. Even specials. I have pictures of Norm on my walls in my shop. He gives me inspiration and the focus to do projects in a quality way. I miss him terribly..
Thanks for listening
after reading all of the comments, I thought that I was one of just a couple fans. I've watched Norm 4 the 21yrs. the show has been on P.B.S. The underwriter's 4 the program have, because of the economy, chose not 2 continue sponsoring T.N.Y.W. It's about time that the people who have bought those sponsor's products because of Norm/ Porter Cable, Delta, Minwax, Titebond etc. etc. feel the pain of the down turn, by buying any of the other product that compete with these companies. Maybe then their choice to cut the funding 4 T.N.Y.W., may not of been such a good economic strategy!! I hope that other companies, Ridget, Makita, Craftsman etc. etc. will realize the importance of quality programing. Norm, should be & imo, must be able 2 teach each & every fan of the show. LET'S HOPE
The New Yankee Workshop is timeless. Only folks narrow minded and short sighted could do this. It was almost like therapy to watch the craftsmanship of Norm. He has a layed back manner, and was easy to follow his projects. A very talented man.
It would be interesting to know if it was PBS's idea or his. Of course it's good to still have him on This Old House, but it's not the same.
Maybe he can start somewhere else, but commercial TV sucks. Thanks Norm, I wouldn't be the craftsman I am today if not for you.
I finally got over my grief so I can send this comment! I have been watching Norm for the twenty one years that the New Yankee Workshop has been on the PBS. I have been a police officer for twenty four years, and yes it is as stressful as an occupation can get. One of the biggest stress reliefs that I had was watching Norm produce one beautiful piece of furniture after another. Everything that I learned through wood working was from Norm and the New Yankee Workshop. Working with my hands and making furniture that we be left to my children and my grandchildren is priceless. I praise him for his calm, patient, and proficient way of explaining techniques on the show. Norm also showed that he had a genuine love of wood and woodworking. However, I am pretty sure that the show was a grind. If you watch the show, you can look outside the shop window and you can see darkness, so I am sure he spent some long nights in the shop filming and fabricating furniture. All good things come to an end, I just hope maybe Norm will come out with an occassional show, it would be like seeing a long lost friend. Best of luck in your retirement Norm, I just wished I had met you, and let you know how much you helped in an indirect way....BKM from Hawaii...
How sad I am to hear that NYWS is not on PBS. For years I have watched and learned new things to incorporate in my wood working. The companies who have supported Norm over the years have no idea what a bad move they have made. I use to purchase Porter Cable equipment but now I will find someone else give my money to. What talent and expertise we wood workers have lost. BRING NORM BACK!!!!
What a loss. I was all ready to yell at my PBS station. Instead of this wonderfull program which actually teaches something. I will greatly miss this show anhd hope there will be an oportunity for it to return to PBS.
What a loss. I was all ready to yell at my PBS station. Instead of this wonderfull program which actually teaches something, they have put in its place a show wich is little better than an advertisement for a certain company. While this company does make fine tools, and I use them, the quality and content of the show leaves a great deal to be desired. I will greatly miss this show anhd hope there will be an oportunity for it to return to PBS.
Well, Norm, sorry for the late reply to the news (I was setting up a new shop).
I've been a cabinetmaker and fine woodworker for about thirty years. I do some carving, and a variety of inlay techniques. I've never seen you do things on your show that required that level of skill, and for that, I deeply commend you. I think you've done more to bring woodworking to people for whom it would have remained a mystery than anyone else ever has. You did all of it with style and grace, advanced respect for the trade, and you will be missed.
I am posting below a current statement from the NYC website that infers that the reason for the demise of the show is sponsor support--not that Abrams just burned out. Hard for me to believe that Porter Cable, Thompson-Minwax, and others couldn't afford this relatively cheap, and very visible targeted advertising.
Emails and letters to the former sponsors (underwriters) might help. I mean, why buy Porter Cable when you can buy Bosch at the same price except for PC's support of Norm?
What's Happening at The New Yankee Workshop
Posted on 01/01/2010
Sadly, for the first time in 21 years we do not have a series of regularly scheduled TV broadcasts of New Yankee programs to offer our fans around the country. We are still trying very hard, amidst the economic downturn, to find some underwriting support to continue providing repeat programs on Public Television. Even though the programs are available to the stations at no cost, we must raise thousands of dollars to process the programs and to broadcast them on a public network. We are hopeful an underwriter can be found and we will let you know if we are successful.
The New Yankee Workshop got me into woodworking. I did a lot of home
repair, but never thought I could make cabinets and furniture. Thanks to
Norm I started and haven't looked back. Norm is a great teacher.
I will miss TNYW and hope Norm will revive it from time to time as part of
This Old House. All the best to Norm and to you guys at FW for the excellent
job you do every month.
Well norm,I new this day would come back when i first statred watching, I guess that meens we both got old over the years your show has given me the the drive to play in the wood making area, allthough my shop is no match to yours i have made it work somehow, well miss your show nyw has thoght me how to make jigs and to let the mind come up with ideas to master.
I have made some of your projects, and still try to come up with new ideas to take up much of my free time when at home, maybe even the wife well miss your show as well being everything i make goes to her,your show has become a part of so many peoples lives over the years and not tring to speek for us all here but with your show you have made a lot of us better more well rounded people from it.
best of wooding luck in your retirement, happy holiday to you and your family, and again many thanks for what you have done.
Norm, have you considered doing a special for an hour or so three or four times a year? Maybe even some light drama built around a project. My @#$%^ local station didn't always air your programs but I watched you when I could. Met you once at the AWFS show in Las vegas. Sure wish you well and hope you won't be a stranger to doing a show now and then.
Norm, you will be truly missed and thank you for sharing your love of woodworking with us. I have learned so much from you and I hope to pass the same on to my son. God Bless
My weekend tv viewing will certainly change. I give Norm and the Workshop all the credit for helping me develop and expand my wordworking interests and skills. Porter-Cable and Delta must be very distressed as well...I have bought many of their products soley because Norm used them on a project that I wanted to copy.
I will very definitely miss this show. Very saddended by this news.
Norm you will be missed by more people than can be imagined. I loved watching NYW it inspired me to build many a project. My wife was asked one time if she could have any man who would it be besides me and she said Norm so he could build her anything she desired. May God bless
Norm: Hate to see you go, buddy. I used to have the TV programmed to turn on Saturday mornings to your show so I could wake up in Crookston, MN watching you smear glue around with a wet sponge on your latest project. I built that 16-ft long ste of cabinets with the miter saw in the center. I even found an old 10" Delta radial arm saw and put that at the far right end of the bench and matched the table height with teh cabinets, just like Norm. I should email you a picture of it. Thanks for 21 years of solid inspiration. You ARE the Man.
Norm, You inspired me to get into woodworking, and I never missed an episode. Your show was best. If I needed something to laugh about I tuned into Tool Time. If I needed to learn something about wookworking I tuned into TOH or NYW. Enjoy your retirement.
From Canada - the problem with Norm is...Hmm? Nothing! Absolutely nothing. Living across the river from Detroit in Canada, I was at the mercy of a very sporadic and unreliable Channel 56 PBS station - just when I thought I could count on a Thursday night episode - WHOOSH - it would disappear entirely. Sometimes not reappearing for weeks. But whenever Norm was broadcast I would be (Titebond) glued to the set, marveling how easy he made everything seem to go together. I can't be the only one that wonders if there were many "Ooops", and maybe a bloopers episode would be fun to watch. This Canadian will sorely miss ya Norm. Long live plaid!!
I admired your calm on the show !
You had respect for people, wood and tools...
Are you going to take your many shirts to the Salvation Army?
Take care of yourself now...
I can't tell you on how many Saturdays I grabbed a cup of coffee, flipped on the TV in my workshop and watched Norm... I grew up woodworking and considered myself skilled, but I always learned a lot and was greatly motivated by Norm's shows. Over the years I built 6 or 7 of your specific projects, but there are counless ways that I incorporated what I learned from your show in both my personal projects and in the projects of my clients, both an architect and a contractor. Norm, so many thanks. You feel like a good personal friend despite the fact that we never met. Trent Lyon, Santa Barbara, CA
Norm, I remember it just like it was yesterday when they aired the first episode of the NYW on PBS. After the show concluded, PBS did something unusual and asked people to telephone in and offers their opinion. I ran for the phone as I could not contain my excitement for the program and hoped it would continue for another season! My father and I always sat in front of the TV and recorded every episodes so we could rewind it to comment on your techniques as well as on everything you made. I continued the same ritual today as I married and had children of my own. Over the years my father and I often talked over the phone about "Norm's latest show..." I am from Dorchester and have always hoped to meet with you one day and I would be certain to bring my father along. You have always spoken from the heart and I imagine you are not different in life as you are on either show. I have mixed emotions at this point as I never even considered life without watching you on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Nobody can replace you and many have tried to follow in your footsteps but it is not the same because you are the gold standard. I wish all the best too you Norm, your one of the great ones and an inspiration to all ages!! You certainly have been an inspiration to all of the members in our family.
I've never seen a single episode (Detroit is about 1/2 mile beyond the end of the sidewalk) but Norm is still the stuff of legends.
He's earned a retirement (of sorts) but, frankly, I hope he can't stand it and chooses to return to the shop instead. I wouldn't mind collecting some of those older shows on DVD if anyone knows where to start.
I am saddened with this news. I too have watched Norm from the TOH Bob Villa days. If anyone deserves a lessening of duties it would be Norm. "And remember this..." Thanks Norm
Many fond memories of Norm and the TOH gang. When my son (now 21) was a toddler, we would spend Saturday mornings watching "wood shows" on TV. I guess it will be re-runs if/when the grandchildren materialize...
Oh no! I've been thinking about making a flagpole for the front of my house. I think I'll get the plans Norm had for one a few years ago, build it, and maybe even fly it at half staff for a short time in honor of Norm's retirement. I understand though, I'm looking forward to my own retirement (gosh, that's a long way off). ha ha!
Norm, you'll be missed by us woodworkers everywhere. I always love watching you dry fit a joint and say "That's pretty good" when the joinery is tight enough to hold w/o glue.
You'll be missed, but I hope PBS will continue to run the old episodes and consider taking on a "Newer" Yankee broadcast with the like of David Marks perhaps?
We miss you Norm!
ALL I KNOW IS THAT NORM WILL BE MISSED. I HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH WOOD FOR 36 YEARS. I ALWAYS WATCHED THE SHOW AND NEVER TRIED TO MISS THIS OLD HOUSE OR THE NEW YANKEE WORKSHOP.
NORM HAS SHOWED ME NEW WAYS OF DOING THINGS. PLUS HE ALWAYS HAD THE NEWEST DRAW GLIDES THAT PEOPLE CAN USE.
I WISH HIM MUCH LUCK IN HIS NEW LIFE. HE WILL BE MISSED BADLY. I ALWAYS LOVED TO SEE THE JIGS HE MADE. I ALWAYS TRIED TO COPY THEM IF I COULD USE THEM.
GOODBYE NORM..MAY THE WOODWORKING GODS ALWAYS BE WITH YOU.
I so looked forward to Norm. When I was no longer able to ski in winter New Hampshire due to injury, 8 years ago I took up building furniture for a hobby since my work did not consist of fabricating anything. Norm guided me on the safest, most efficient and most artistic way of using carpentry for fun and utility. I wish him well in his future endeavors. padre
Say it ain't so!?!?!?! I'm just now getting into woodworking a little more seriously and my inspiration hangs up his workshop apron. Well, I guess it had to happen sometime.
Norm Abram really got me into woodworking and will continue to help me through my projects.
Thank you Mr. Abram. It's truely been my pleasure.
I have the first four seasons on VHS! I will miss his show terribly even if I've outgrown it as the somewhat more adept woodbutcher I've become. Thank you Norm, for all you've done and shown us, you're down-homey-ness and yankee know-how will be sorely missed. Godspeed in all you do, Norm.
Norm and the NYW has been a Saturday and Sunday staple at my household for almost 10 years. I've recorded just about all of his programs and refer to them often to catch his take on jigs etc for some of the special projects he does. This has lead me to design and use many jigs, some of which I hope to see printed some day soon.
Good luck Norm. I truly hate to see you and the NYW go.
I will never forget the day a friend and I flew to philadelphia
to see norm at the woodworking show put on by American woodworker magazine.I got the chance to talk with Norm about
the toy chest with the built in checker board that I copyed.
The pictures and autographs that he gave us will serve as
great memories and conversation pecies, and oh ya the knowlege
he shared with us at the seminar. I wish the best of luck to
you Norm Abram. We look forward to seeing you on this old house
Like many others, I too got my start in woodworking by watching Norm's show. While there are several other woodworking shows out there, Norm has that special talent of being a "teacher" and really demonstrating the "how" of using the tools of our craft. Good luck Norm, you have touched many lives and started many a woodworker on our hobbies/careers.
hate to see the show end.I just came in the house
after I lowered my flag to half mast, it will be that way for a week.(only kidding) but thats about how I feel. been watching you from the start and like most of the comments have learned alot. At the time I had more money than skill
but when you got a new tool I just had to go out and get one.
But from watching you I learned how to use them. good luck
You have been a great inspiration to me and will continue to be for years to come. Thank you!! and, I wish you a happy retirement from the New Yankee Workshop.
Many have expressed the same thoughts as mine, so I will not re-eulogise. I also have watched Norm for the entire series.
I did not realise that even my wife was paying attention to the show until a few years ago when travelling. She saw a cabinet that she liked turned to me and said "Ted, why don't you take some pictures and measure it up!"
Thanks Norm, from the Great White North.
I will miss Norms program. I watched his program and recoreded it so much my kids could resite his safety statement before he would start a power tool by heart.
"And remember, there is no more important safety rule than to wear these, safety glasses"
I still have the first show I recorded, a pine blanket chest.
I will miss you and I hope there will be reruns. If I am not in my shop doing something, I never get tired of watching another woodworker in action.
Norm Thank you. You will be missed.
I don't normally respond to many things but this is really disheartening to read about Norm’s retirement. I became interested in Norm when he first started on TOH. I can tell you that I build Norms projects on TV as if I was there with him.
I wanted to mimic his shop and all but the economy went belly up at the time. Now I'm almost back to the point I can build my shop and this happens. At best I have over 115 NYWS videos on my DVR.
Just a joy to see Norm at work! We need people like Norm to inspire us as a nation. Every man and woman needs a guide for self-improvement and practical woodworking leadership like Norms is needed.
Good luck Norm. If you come out with book on your life and skills I will be at the head of the line to get it.
Just makes me sad and hollow to think about!!! Just a great person to learn from. Wish he would introduce his family but I respect his privacy at the same time.
Thank you Sir!
Larry Richmond IL
Say it aint so!... Norm has always been my HERO in woodworking. An awesome master woodworker. Hope the re-runs continue.
It is impossible to fully understand the impact Norm has had on the amature woodworker market. His straight forward presentations inspired many projects in my shop and countless others. My hat's off to you Norm! Thanks for all you've done.
It will be interesting to see what the next generation woodworking show looks like, as this is a void that will need to be filled.
I am a restoration carpenter from Texas who got interested in woodworking from seeing The New Yankee Workshop when I was young. I always wanted to someday be able to build things like Norm. This is sad to see, but I hope they will start playing some re runs now instead of all the other stuff I have to put up with waiting for Ask This Old House.
Happy retirement Norm!
Since you had millions of viewers each week I hope you will get millions feedbacks, thanks, greetings and happy retirement wishes. You sure deserve it.
Millions thanks Norm!
PS: I spent 21 years sitting each saturday morning to learn more about woodworking. Now, this is sad for me, and for the new woodworkers since they will miss his knowledge and wisdom. As woodworkers, should we send an email to our PBS station asking to bring back all the episodes, yes all of them from the beginning, so we can watch them again, particularly all missed episodes, and so new woodworkers can have their share of faithfull information and inspiration.
I had been woodworking since childhood, over 40 years, when I discovered NYW in late 80's. Thought I knew a little about the craft, but Norm taught me so much over the years. Being a Pharmacist I had to work most Saturdays, and would only get to see the show about once per month. My wife gave a VCR and recorded the shows for me. Then later a TIVO. Thanks to technology I haven't missed to many with all the PBS reruns. Even if the PBS and DIY have been mostly reruns for the past few years, I will miss Norm on Saturdays. Always the highlight of my week. It would be hard to estimate the hours and tools I have invested in because of Norm. But, boy ole boy, what a ride! What a joy to have lived in an era when you could really appreciate a show because the gentleman you were watching truely enjoyed what he was doing, and being able to share it with all of us. Gosh Norm, it will take a lot of getting used to not visiting with you on Saturdays, but I have enough recordings to last a lifetime, and plans that I have purchased over the years which I hope to complete now in my retirement. In my 68 years I haven't encoutered many who whave have had the positive impact that Norm has been able to impart to so very many. Thank you Norm, may God bless you and your famiy. I will never walk into my shop and look around that I don't think of you, and say a prayer for you. Thanks.
It's been a tough year for woodworkers. First, we lose Sam Maloof and now Norm calls it quits! We'll miss them both in the shop.
I've been a fan for several years. I met Norm at a trade show and did not want his autograph; We discussed woodworking like a couple of guys around a workbench.
I was at a Sears Hardware store many years ago when Bob Vila was filming a commercial in the store. Bob offered to sign the air compressor I was buying. While he was signing, my wife told him she was a bigger fan of Norm! Norm is her man.
Have a great retirement, and if you have any grandkids, make sure they learn the craft.
I am sorry to see him go as long as he is well and has good health. My son's and I will miss watching him on Saturday afternoons. I think that we could all see this comming as the format of season 21, I was kinda thinking that he might try to make the year 25 aniversary mark and that is waht makes me wonder about his well being. I do hope this is just a slow dwon into retirement.
I know that this was just anounced and is a lot to digest however are there any roumers out there about anyone stepping into his tool belt and continueing the series with a different host or a new type of woodworking show filling in the time slot such as the Woodsmith Shop? I also wonder if any of the pbs affiliats have any of the rights to play reruns of the show?
As many others have said, Norm was and remains my inspiration - he helped me take a very casual hobby making simple things to a woodworking level I never dreamed I could achieve. Tools help, but they are only as effective as the training and coaching you get from a master. Norm was that master and I will very much miss him on Saturday mornings. Looking back it is amazing to think that I watched him for over 20 years. I only wish there were a few more seasons.... Best wishes Norm to you and yours and good luck on your next endeavor.
Gonna miss ya Norm !!! Every saturday at 3 pm my wood shop takes a break to watch you and take notes. Your craftsmanship and interesting projects are superb. Thanks for the memories Norm.
Norm, I have been an avid viewer for most of these seasons. I will miss watching you create something new. My father got me into woodworking with what tools he had and I learned much from him. The one thing I have learned from you is not to be intimidated with difficult projects, don't worry about failure you can make the piece again. We have done so many projects and they all fall back to what I've learned from you and my dad. My wife and I created a beautiful kitchen based on your design in 2008 and we get nothing but compliments. After all these years I now have a complete shop and the knowledge of how to use all the tools in it.
I'll say it like everyone else has, you'll be missed but I know I'll see you on TOH.
Thanks so much from the great white north.
Norm, I will miss your show. It has inspired me for many years. My wife and i watch it together and it helps her stay connected to and understand my hobby (obsession). My terrier is named after you Norm, and he is my faithful companion in the shop.
Norm, you were my sole inspiration to begin woodworking so many years ago.
Things just won't be the same....
Thank you Norm for many years of pure pleasure. As a seventy two year old sawdust maker , I can truly say you have made my life that much better for watching you. Have a great retirement. But, I am sure, like me, you will not retire from the shop but keep on making fine projects. The pity is, we will not be able to share them with you. Good Luck and happy wood hunting.
Not now Norm!!
Never having the time or space to have my own workshop, I lived my experiences vicariously through your program. Often daydreaming of the day when I too could be so pleased in working your many projects.
I'm sad, but I understand that perhaps now is the time for you to go fishing (smile).
Enjoy your life!
Norm...You're the best but let me ask you this.
Most of us retire so that we can spend more time in the shop as little sawdust makers... What does a guy with your woodworking abilities do when he retires? Ummm
Thanks for all the great years. Enjoy whatever you decide to do. Good luck and God Bless
norm, you have inspired me and showed me how to bring out a creative side in me by working the wood. you will be missed on our pbs channel. these days, all that you see on tv is sex or violence related. thanks for giving us something postive to watch. i never realized how far reaching your show was until i saw the huge reponse to your announcement. that is a testament to how inspiring you are, the world over. thanks again.
I've been watching Norm since I was a little boy. He's not only influenced my woodworking, his show and others like it have helped me battle anxiety that has plagued me since I was very young. There is nothing like getting absorbed, mind and body, in an intricate project to help asuage nervous tendencies. The smell of the shavings and the eye-pleasing woodgrains work like aroma-therapy and watching fish swim. He's not only a great instructor, he's an unwitting therapist. . . Thanks for all you've done, Norm.
Now maybe I can finally stop spending money on tools!!! Norm inspired me to get into woodworking and set up my own workshop. Of course I always had to have every tool Norm had. Woodworking after all is simply the art of collecting tools and Norm always liked to show us new and better ones. Every project he undertook was made to look simple and achievable with the right tools and his great common sense guidance. Thank you Norm for the instruction and the inspiration. You may never know me but you have changed my life.
I have bought so many tools because of you and have increased my knowledge of woodworking and been so inspired all because of you. I am sorry you seldon got to the west coast (L.A> area) but you will be missed thank God for DVD's and DVR's.
Nooooooooooooo! Just when I was getting excited about seeing a new series NYW show on Australian pay TV it ceases production. Well, I guess we'll still have a couple of years to go of "new" series because we are a couple of years behind down here. Seriously though, Norm has inspired me to take on more "wood butchering" and i have enjoyed it. I also look forward to Norms appearances in This Old House. Norm, good luck for the future and best wishes to you and your family. Now if I can just convince SWMBO (she who must be obeyed) to let me buy some of Norms DVD's and plans.
Saturdays in Nashville, TN will not be the same without Norm!
Thanks for not talking down to those that followed so faithfully. Gods blessing to a fine human and a true gentleman .
About 3 years ago I had the pleasure of waiting in line at a Menard's Store opening in St. Paul, MN to meet Norm Abrams and get his autograph. The time for him to leave was 7PM. As I was next to see him his "people" cut me off saying it was 7 and Norm was done. Norm looked at me and asked, "how many more in line?" I counted about a dozen patient men and their families. Norm looked at his "people" and stated, "We will not disappoint any of these folks!" and stretched out his hand to shake that of the man in front of me as he had already gotten Norm's autograph. As I approached I asked him if I could ask a question and as he signed my new hammer he suggested he answer it after he was done in the interest of the people behind me. When he was done he came to me before I could get to him. He had sat and signed and chatted for over 4 hours without a break. "What's your question?" he asked. "How 'bout I ask it after you get a chance to go to the bathroom and get something to wet your whistle?" I said. He laughed and running off he said "Thanks, stay here, I'll be right back!" Come back he did much to the displeasure of his watch checking "people". On his return I simply said "right tilt or left tilt?". He laughed again, said he wished he had both and loyfully spoke with me for 10 or 15 minutes about table saws and the virtues of left and right tilt. Is he talented and inspirational? Certainly! Is he easy to watch every Saturday 'morn? Of course! What I will remember is his Humility, Kindness, and Integrity. These are qualities that truly measure a man! God Bless you and yours Mr. Abrams. Enjoy your boating time and Thank You for your Character!
The anticipation of next Saturday mornings will not be the same without hearing "Let me show you what we will be building next time" And how will I know what big tools I need to acquire next without Norm showing us the "We have a new tool in the New Yankee Workshop and its a..."
Over all the years of watching you and learning the how and why, and starting a business based on one of your projects, you have been a great inspiration. Your early projects will never grow old with videotape and hopefully PBS will fill the time slot with them. Enjoy your time Norm and if you get a spare moment or two think about some new venue to relate your knowledge and wisdom to all us sawdust makers. Plaid shirts rule!
After being a woodworker for 10 years, I happened onto a woodworking show back in about 1989. A young man introduced me to a new world of woodworking. Those early shows revealed the idea that an enthusiastic and careful woodworker could build fine furniture reproductions.
Though I have completed only four of the show projects, each one has been more challenging than the one before. The most recent was the plantation shutters. I would never have dreamed I could do that without your inspiration.
As I head toward retirement, I look forward to creating my versions of quite a few of your projects. Over the last 7 years, I have been able to record all 260 episodes of the first 20 seasons. For me, a "Norm Marathon" is always waiting.
Congratulations to you, Norm, on a job well done. You are my idol. Your ability to teach, encourage and enlighten has inspired many woodworkers. Enjoy your newfound freedom. You can find me out in the shop building something that, without your mentoring, I never would have attempted.
Thank you, thank you , thank you.
But Norm you never showed us how to turn a righteous bowl with a stash compartment...........seriously you are the best. Any chance I can buy any of the state of the art tools that you won't be using any more?
There's a rumor that Handy Mandy is going to continue the series, any truth to that?
First we lose from PBS on how not to do something as I refer to "The Red Green Show." Now we lose Norm, the other flannel shirt wearing guru, who truly never had to use duct tape to make anything...just an endless use of biscuits and rabbets. Norm, you will be missed. I know, horseshoeing does pay better these days!
Thanks, Norm, for your inspriation that encouraged me to think that I could do woodworking too, to the point that I started my own business. Thanks also to those behind the scenes!
My wife and I will miss Norm's shows. We both were inspired to become woodworkers because of his passion about woodworking. Many thanks Norm for your years of guidance and entertainment. We'll look forward to seeing you on This Old House!
I have followed Norm from his This Old House days. He inspired me to take on home building and then woodworking as a hobby that continues strong to this day. Many talented and formidable figures exist in the woodworking word, Norm will just always have a special place.
Thank you Norm for being a great teacher and inspiration.
A longtime Fan wishing you all the success in your next endeavor!
Sorry to hear the news Norm. You got me started in this hobby/profession. I almost got divorced several times tho - buying the latest gizmo you had on your show! But all worked out and I'm a better craftsman today because of you and FineWoodworking!
I found NYW while scrolling through the channels one day many years ago and you would not believe the lengths we (my wife joins me in the shop and we work on every project together) have gone to making sure we taped the show if we couldn't watch it live. While we have only ordered and built one set of plans, the skills we have learned watching the show have improved everything we have made. Thank you very much for sharing your passion with us. It was contagious and we will miss our weekly fix of Norm.
It does seem wrong to me though that as we approach the retirement phase in life and the potential to spend more time in the shop that you will no longer be there to inspire and train us to greater heights.
Thank you ever so much. Now, I presume the shop will still be there with you in it. Feel free to let me know the location, I'll keep the secret.
SAY IT ISN'T SO Norm...... I look forward to watching your show that I record every Saturday morning and am currently working on my second project inspired by you. Not to mention I am most enthralled by the 1st of your shows on making new cabinets for your kitchen.
sigh.... I guess you've filled your house with all the projects you've done over the years.
You will be missed.
Like all of the other posters, I have watched Norm for many years and have tried my hand at many woodworking projects because of his influence. He has done more than ony other single individual to promote the hobby of woodworking. While it would indeed be difficult to find someone as at ease in instructing non-masters in the craft, surely the concept of The New Yankee Workshop, which Norm made into such an icon, should be preserved. There's a whole other generation of aspiring woodworkers to be taught. Norm's decision is easy to understand after so many years; hopefully, economics or other outside forces aren't gathering to shut down the whole idea of NYW.
Norm - You will forever live in my bookcase and my video collection. I have learned so much from The New Yankee Workshop. I have built many of your projects and gained the confidence to build my own kitchen cabinets. Enjoy your well-earned retirement knowing that you have trained a generation of woodworkers.
I don't know what you are all whining about, I'm just gonna sit back and wait for the movie!!!
Just as I move toward retirement, and will have time catch every show ! Looking forward to building some of the most difficult projects - lowboy and highboy. Well, at least I have a number of the videos.
Norm, thanks for many years of enjoyment and learning.
You will be missed. Your legacy will live on in so many ways as you inspired so many people to try new ideas. There are nmany kinds of woodworking and room for all. You proved this with your patience and style.
To you, Russ and WGBH, a heartfelt thank you. A class act like yours is hard to follow.
I will not be saddened. This is a day to celebrate! Of course not for the end of this beloved show with Norm. Rather a day to celebrate Norm's phenomenal influence for all woodworkers. His marvelous skill and contributions to the craft. And I am thankful for the few moments I was able to spend with Norm learning from his wonderful skill.
All the Best.
Reruns, reruns, reruns, reruns............................................
This is definitely a sad day but I had a feeling it was coming with the kitchen cabinet season and the announcment that there would not be any new shows in 2009, but reruns of the best instead. I have watched Norm ever since the beginning and I learned almost all of my skills and techniques from watching NYW.
You will be sadly missed but your inspiration will last a lifetime! Thank you for everything. Without The New Yankee Workshop, I probably would not be a woodworker today.
I record two shows on cable, The New Yankee Workshop and The Woodright's Shop: Totally opposite views of woodworking. I love them both. I have Norm's book and love his down to earth, human approach to life; and use of power tools.
Norm, you will be greatly missed. Where will I get the same balance?
Many thanks for all the years!
i too am sorry to hear that Norm is not going to do the show any longer. I have learned a great deal from him in the years pastand he will be missed in my routine. I hope that Norm has a great time in his new found retirement.
This is truly a sad for me! I was looking forward to many more years from Norm and the NYW. Enjoy the extra time and may God bless you and your family.
I too was inspired to take up wookworking after watching Norm's show. Based on what I learned from him I was able to to build a small cabinet for my laundry room as my first project using a router and circular saw as my only power tools. (My laundry room was my workshop.) Of course, I have a few more tools now ;) and my workshop takes up two stalls in my garage. Thanks Norm!
This breaks my heart. Norm has been my inspiration for many years in both woodworking and "This Old House". But I suspect the strain of spending so much time away from family and home has finally caught up with him.
I wish him well and would like to let him know he will always be in my prayers.
Norm, as much as I will miss you and everything that you've done for me, you deserve the rest. Please ENJOY your retirement.
Thanks for everything and take care.
I think that I have watched every episode of NYW, I will truely miss it. I have learned a lot from Norm
Perhaps Norm could do a Brett Favre and come out of "retirement". I learned much from his programs and enjoyed watching.
You'll be missed Norm. Good luck. God bless. Thank you for the courage to try new procedures that I might not have ever attempted. Watching you do them allowed me and countless others to do the same. You are a class act.
Norm, may God bless you and your family as you enter this new time in your life. Not only have I watched you from the beginning but I will also watch you to the end! Norm, not only did you teach me about woodworking, but you filled a hugh empty void in my life when my dad died from cancer. Like you my dad was always teaching me life's lessons about home repairs and working on machines. You see my dad was a machinist his whole life. When he was gone I not only lost my best male friend but I lost a great teacher. You have for many years filled that void by sharing yourself and your knowledge with me. Thank you very much, some day I would like to meet you to shake your hand to thank you in person for being their when I needed a freind. Your friend and apprenence!!!!!
I loved watching Norm demonstrate his practical approach to furniture building. I had the pleasure of meeting him at a home show 15 years ago and always looked forward to seeing his Yankee Workshop show. Hopefully PBS will play reruns for years to come.
Steve in New Orleans
Oh no! I have watched and enjoyed Norm on the New Yankee Workshop for so many years. I haven't dared to try many of his projects becasue my skill level is not great, but have always learned something from each and every show. As a female "do-it-yourselfer" and "semi-woodworker" I've watched anything that had Norm involved. Thanks so much to him for all I have I learned. I sure hope that This Old House continues with Norm as part of it.
Let's stop for a moment and talk about...Shop Safety :-)
I always think of Norm whenever we discuss safety in the workshop. Thanks for that !!
Thankyou Norm for the best woodining show noumber one on my lest.I hste to see you go wish you the best what ever you do.
What a great run Norm had with this show! I learned so much over the years from him. Best of luck to him on his future projects.
It is a sad day in the wood working world. I have watched Norm since near the beginning. Good luck Norm, I know I will see a lot more of you on "This Old House". God bless you in all your endeavors.
Goodbye old friend,everything I know about woodworking I learned from Norm Abrams. I have religiosly watched his shows and have bought several plans from him that I built. It wasn't so much building his projects that I enjoyed, but learning how and why he did certain things greatly enhanced my knowledge about woodworking. There won't be another like him.
Truly sorry that NYW is coming to an end. You have been a true inspiration, and woodworking, as a craft and as an industry, has grown exponentially as a result. I have your autograph on a rough piece of highly figured tiger maple, hanging in the honor spot over the doorway of my shop, along with pictures of some of the treasures I have built using your books, draw(er)ings (SORRY...!), videos and techniques.
Thank you, sir, And God bless you! One question; where do you get your plaid shirts............?
Goodbye old friend. I have watched all shows since it's beginning. I will miss you. I hope you latch on to something else, as well as TOH, for us Woodworkers. I have learned more from you than most others. So what's your plan for the future? Lectures, teaching, TOH, Ask TOH, or just kicking back for awhile? I have recently retired from my "day job", and really enjoy my shop. So what's up?
I have watched Norm for many years, and I have learned more from watching the Yankee Workshop than I can even say. No doubt that it was through his inspiration that I turned from toy making to furniture.
It always struck me as funny that he used so many tools that most of us neither have access to, or the space to use.
Out side of my great-grandfather, who got me started, Norm will always hold a place for me as the man who refined my work.
Thanks to Norm for allowing us to share in his career. We have all learned alot through the years. Now upon our graduation, I must say we could have not have had a better teacher than Norm.
I felt honored to have met him at the loft for Ask This Old House, and will instill in my two sons the patience and skills that I have learned.
I wish him well, and all the best that could be, to his Family, from our collective Family as woodworkers and followers.
Norm, God Bles you.
Mike in New Jersey
I have enjoyed and followed Norms' career since day one. I have always found him to be an incredible teacher and have watched each of his shows as many times as I could find them on the "boob tube". Everyone needs to take time for themselves and their families and Norms' time has come. I wish you well old friend and I will continue to watch and absorb the New Yankee Workshop!
Norm, Thank you for all of the time you spent telling us to measure twice and cut once. Thank you for all the efforts you put into making your show last through the years. You will be missed but I have your book to reflect on when I truly miss your NYW wisdom.
I started watching Norm almost 20 years ago and my woodshop
gradually started looking like Norm's. At one time I could claim I had a copy of every NYW show until the last couple of years. Our local PBS stopped carrying his show and I stopped watching PBS
His mentorship is a model to admire and I am ever thankful for the leadership and creation of good shop habits he has brought to my shop. He will be missed and impossible to replace. Delta and Lamello will miss him later. His projects will always decorate my home. Thank you again!
Dear Norm, "Thanks for the memories". Always a class act. In the vast wasteland of TV that says alot.
Norm, I've been watchin' your show since you was skinny! And on "This Old House" when you were partnered with Vila. What ever will I do with my Saturdays after you've gone. I suppose now you'll be able to do some more fishin'. Hey, maybe you could do a special on rod building. Craftsmen can never stop makin' things.
just another sign of the times...is it an economic based decision or is it Norm's choice? I am a carpenter first and a woodworker second. it always seemed to me that was the case with Norm also. it is a natural progression for one to follow if working with/in wood and enjoying learning (at least that's the way it worked out for me). a friend of mine who also followed that path and became a "shop guy" before I did, used to call me "Norm" when he and I worked together in my shop. I took it as a compliment although i didn't know what he was referring to. It was the because I, like Norm, wore my nailbag in the shop. I always used a single bag instead of the big double like Norm wears. After stopping that practice and getting used to only having a tape and pencil attached to me, I can't stand to wear the nailbag anymore. In honor of Norm I will wear it in my shop one more time, and I'll hope I have more things in common with him than just that. One last thing...way back when on TOH we used to hope that Norm would "accidentally" whack Vilas across the jaw with a 2X4...guess Tim Allen "the tool man" was thinking the same because he did that on one of his shows...and Norm, are those really your "safety glasses"? Great show, Great Guy
Does anybody else remember when Norm had a Shopsmith at the center of his shop? That's how far back I go with Norm, and after watching him, I went out and bought a used Shopsmith myself! Good enough for the New Yankee Workshop, good enough for me! Unfortunately, I have not been able to keep up with his acquisitions, and my 510 is still the center of my shop!
His mentorship will be sorely missed, and I think his effect on home woodworking is incalculable. I wonder how many Porter Cable routers and Lamello biscuit joiners, etc., etc., were sold because Norm used one?!
God speed, Norm, and thank you a thousand times over! Plaid flannel shirts forever!
I learned some helpful hints from the NYW and Norm, but most important was Norm's attention to safety. His wearing goggles or glasses when working was a reminder for me to put mine on (lazy as I might be). It has saved me from injury a few times.
We will miss you Norm.
Although his style was different than mine, I've grown up watching him and learning from his techniques. Even though I build funky and colorful furniture, it's always good to know a new trick in joinery. Huh? Designs will miss his show, but I'm excited to see what he does on TOH. Thanks Norm!
Norm, we'll all miss your show. Your design "deconstruction" of classic pieces and your elegant construction approaches and practical tips were priceless.
At least we'll have TOH for a while longer.
I doubt that it will be possible to count the number of fans that Norm has. Many are like me - - quietly sitting in the background and not actually making anything until the time was right. This year I retired from teaching and actually started butchering wood. So far, I've made an oak bench and a casement window from scratch. So what's this got to do with Norm? Easy. Watching Norm's show convinced me that with enough time, patience, and planning anything could be done and done well. Thanks, Norm. You've given me the confidence to think outside of the box and to build things that are both useful and enjoyable. Best of luck in your future. I'll be looking for you on This Old House.
Good luck, old friend. My wife and I have watched NYW for as long as you've been on television. We'll continue to look for you on TOH; this year is a real winner!
Margie & Bob Davis
As many have said before,I am sorry to hear the news.Many Sunday dinners were shared with Norm and his many projects,always to be followed by the cost-no-object dream team on This Old House.Good luck to you Norm !!
Just like a lot of people here, I too was inspired by Norm and his great talant for woodworking. I own some of his DVD's and watch them over and over always learning from them.
I will miss his shows and advise.
Here is my one and only complaint (other than the show closing):
You made everything look so damn simple! :-)
This is a sad day for Public Television. Hope this is a sponsorship issue and not a burn-out of the show and its people. What a great opportunity for Fine Woodworking to form a partnership with Norm so that his great advise and inspiration can continue to be available to all woodworkers; from the new hobbyist to the professional, on a repeating basis throughout the years to come. Please consider all options from a frequent expansive column, with photo story, in the magazine to a DVD series on projects and tool use.
This is a said day. I'm hoping someone like DIY will talk Norm in to doing another show on wood working or wood working tool use and review. I will miss his inspirational shows not just for the projects but because he showed you the possibilities and fun of wood working.
My wife and I loved watching Norm all these years. It helped her understand what actually goes into the craft, giving her a great appreciation for it, and gave me the confidence I needed to attempt new projects and techniques. That show will be sorely missed.
I came from a family of furniture builders specializing in upholstery. Although I loved my grandfather's shop and loved to watch him work, I had no love for it for myself until I took up woodshop as a school kid. Then many years passed where I had no access to tools and was focused on career/family, until I saw Norm on NYWS and was inspired to build a project for my wife. A construction crew was remodeling our home and I borrowed their tools. It was great in all respects but I had no time for woodworking. After years in technology industry I started watching Norm and David Marks and got back into it and now my kids are involved. What a wholesome alternative to staring at a computer screen! I wish I could do it full time, but have to pay the bills and don't have the talent of the professionals who can make a living. Norm has done a great service by demystifying so many things for so many people. Wood is good.
Thank you Norm. You are an inspiration to all "wannabe" woodworkers. I learned a lot from you. You will be truly missed. Thanks again.
Thank You Norm for all the great shows. You were a big inspiration in my getting started in Woodworking. I always enjoyed watching you make the next project. The ony questions remains is what to do while having my morning coffee on Saturdays... I guess I will just have to get into the shop a bit earlier..
You will be missed
Thanks, Norm, for giving us so much.
This announcement is sad, but not unexpected. With the state of the economy, most companies are cutting anywhere they can including the dollars they budget for advertising, promotions, and sponsorships.
The New Yankee Workshop has always been a first-rate production ... too bad the sponsors can't find a way to support quality programming.
It will be a sad day on Saturdays when the New Yankee Workshop is not on. I am lucky in that I have recorded most all of your shows so I will have something good to watch. You have been a great help to a lot of us in our wood working skills and your show will be missed.
Thank you, Norm. You have been an inspiration and a mentor to at least one and probably two generations of woodworkers. Through your shows, many have learned that they, too, could be a woodworker. Following your guidance, they have created mortise and tenons, safely ripped and crosscut wood on their table saws, and built any number of useful items for the house and the workshop. Many have found a new and rewarding hobby. Your shows have always been interesting and informative and so what if you had more tools in the New Yankee Workshop than God ever intended man to have - we don't care! You will be sorely missed for no one can take the place of Norm!
Good luck to you in whatever you may do.
I am 76 and have been watching Norm's show since Norm had moustache and black hair. Woodworking TV shows are scarce. TV in general is nothing to be excited about. The one thing I really look forward to are the weekly New Yankee Workshop shows. I enjoy This Old House, Ask this Old House BUT Norm's approach to building projects makes us "Norm Wantabee's" inspired & go out to our workshop and make sawdust. Now maybe I can catch up to all of Norm's power tools.
..........SAD ENDING FOR A SUPER SHOW.......................
I am sorry to see this show canceled. It was the spark that started my interest in woodworking. I learned a lot of things from The New Yankee Workshop that I use every day. Thanks a lot Norm - great job.
Coming late in life to woodworking and being female, I was looked at with disbelief when I would quote some aspect of Norm's teachings - which he did so well.
I am an avid woodworker because of you Norm - thank you!!
With the last season being a series of reruns, I thought Norm was just taking a break from the show. I am very saddened to hear of the show's ending. Although I was already a woodworker when I first started watching Norm, I have always drawn my inspiration from watching the show. The first episode I remember seeing was the pie safe. I built that project and still have it in our entry. Norm, please reconsider and come back. We need you!
Sad news. Norm has been an inspiration for a long time. What about the Woodsmith Shop TV show. Anybody watching it? Any others out there that are worth the time?
I was 14 ..yes years old. In my first woodworking class in high school in Oklahoma.
I actually made a cedar chest....and I still have it.
I sometimes go back and look at my handywork, and marvel that it never fell apart.
After almost 50 years, the inside still smells so aromatic of cedar.
Now on to Norm!
I live in one of the largest cities in the world. Los Angeles. You would think that NORM's show would still be showing, but it stopped long ago.
I not only watchedm, but taped, and saved his shows, so I could use them as reference. Then bought plans.
His guidance helped me create my first workshop, and then many happy days making Norm's projects, and then mine.
My happiest project was making a STICKLEY reproduction of a dining room table. No nails. and everything fit together well.
I missed NOrm before now, but at least I have some DVD's, tapes, and plans that I make reference to.
Unfortunately, due to a bad allergy to dust, Ihad to stop wood working until I could find a way around it., but have.
Thanks Norm for all you have given us, the public. We all admire and respect your devotion to a very rewarding experience using wood wisely and carefully. God bless.
May the wind always be at your back.
allan g., los angeles
Yes, this is really a sad day to find out that the New Yankee Workshop will be no more. Norm, if you read these, please note that I just had to replace my DVR with a new one and lost my complete library of your shows!!! Still, using your DVD, I am about half way finished building the improved Router Table. It has been taxing my limited woodworking skills, but on the other hand, I am learning many things that I would have otherwise never confronted. Best of luck to you in your endeavors, you were a true inspiration to all who watched your programs.
What! I had a "Man Crush" on Norm. Sorry to see him go I really enjoyed his show. All the best in your next venture Norm.
I read this with tears on -these -Tap Tap -Safety Glasses
Just yesterday I told my wife, after butchering more wood making my second grandfather clock, that I would like to see Norm Abrams' "out takes". I admire him very much however no woodworker can make every cut exactly right every time. I once stood in line for two hours to get his autograph and I have met presidents, foreign secretaries and other famous people and never stood in line for any of them.
All of us "wood butchers" who toil in our workshops trying to emulate his work will miss his program. I am sure I am joined by his many fans wishing him good luck and long life in whatever direction his life takes him.
Having no experience in woodworking when I first watched Norm, I was always intrigued with how his projects came together. After a while I began to think that I might actually be able to do some of those projects myself. Although beginning at a relatively advanced age, I've finally amassed a garage full of tools, many of which are stored in the cabinets I learned to make from watching the "Garage Workshop" episode. I've recently made a few jigs for the shop, also based on the NYW, and I look forward to putting them to use as I take on some new projects and further my woodworking skills. I don't know that I would have gone down this path if not for Norm and the New Yankee Workshop, as I don't recall any other series that instructed and inspired in quite the same way. Thanks Norm.
First, a disclaimer...Woodworking "purists" please read this carefully. I'm not comparing any woodworkers, and Norm Abrams has the ability to inspire and teach, just like Sam Maloof, James Krenov, George Nakashima, et.al. I have used him, with joy, in developing my own skills, as I have the others. He will be missed.
My sadness is in the lack of woodworking programs to enjoy on television, teaching the most basic skills to the most advanced (David Marks). Wood magazine recently started a PBS series, and we'll see how that goes.
I thank the various woodworking magazines for their fine pieces and for maintaining web sites where we have access to a wide variety of videos. What's missing for me is the development, over time, of what seemed like a personal relationship, of getting to know the wonders and peculiarities of one individual.
Thanks for the joy you gave to woodworking.
p.s. I use a pin tacker also!!!!!
"Norm, please say it ain't so"! What's already been posted pretty well sums it up for me. I loved watching Norm, I learned a LOT and enjoyed his friendly, understandable way of building everything. Wow, no one will be able to replace him. It's like losing a good friend, yes, he'll still be on "This Old House", but not having "The New Yankee Workshop" to learn from and enjoy is going to be hard to bear! Thanks Norm for all the help and all the great years!! Take care and enjoy yourself!!
Truly cruel. The end of an era. Who doesn't love Norm? He's been part of my family for 20 years. I wish him much success.
Arnold Palmer introduced me to golf (a pastime I love and enjoy) and for that part of the year when golf is unlikely I have woodworking (thanks Norm).
I've learned to do things safely. I've learned how to design and construct projects using approaches I never would have discovered on my own.
I will miss Norm and the new ideas that seemed to come with each show. As I begin to grow my skills in the workshop, my mentor retires and my future development rests in part on the availability of reruns of The Yankee Workshop.
Thanks Norm. All the best to you.
Norm has a long and positive influence on woodworking. Those of us who watched him from the very beginning were privileged to watch a carpenter transform into a furniture maker as he and Russell Morash developed and improved New Yankee Workshop. That cumulative perspective is what I think is valuable -- we watched Norm improve over time, moving from being a very good carpenter into a very competent craftsman. It made us believe, "If he can do it, so can I."
Well...Some of us knew something was up when Norm started backing off on coming up with new projects and eventually started airing re-runs in season 21.
This is a horrible loss to the woodworking community, Norm was a great spokesperson for the craft.
Others have said it well here in this forum about what this will mean to Norm's many fans.
One suggestion though...A few years ago, Norm built himself a NEW house and a separate building for his personal workshop. (This was touched on in his book)
What are the chances that Fine Woodworking could talk Norm into showing us what Norm's personal (At Home) workshop looks like?
With everything that Norm has learned from the many seasons of filming and being involved in woodworking and exposed to the latest and greatest in this hobby or livelyhood, Norm's personal workshop must be a relection of what he has learned over the years.
For those that don't know, the actual New Yankee Workshop was built on Russell Morash's property and although that's where Norm filmed and built his many projects, Norm does not own that building.
Whether Norm will take home (To his personal Workshop)any of the tools the NYWSP has acquired over the years is unknown, but speaking as a fan I'd sure like to find out what Norm's real "At home" workshop looks like.
It would be a nice gesture on Norm's part (If he would allow it) and call it kind of a "Goodbye gift" sort of to his many fans who will be wondering what Norm's "Up to" in his retirement.
Ditto. Thanks Norm.
Although I like This Old House, I loved The New Yankee Workshop and the craftmanship of Norm. He will definately be missed by me and many others but I just wanted to thank you Norm for all the wonderful shows, advice and encouragement you have given all of us wanna-be woodworkers.
Good luck with your future endeavors.
A sad day for the woodworking crowd.
He was the one that inspired many folks to get into the hobby.
All good things come to an end but this is going to be a
pretty sad event.
Kudos to Norm Abram and all that. Praise be, as well, to his network, producer, &c. Let him be crowned with a laurel wreath on the steps of the Capitol.
Even so, I regret it that Yankee Workshop projects almost never featured anything I'd care to build. In the latter years of that show it specialized in grandiose pieces well above the skill, tools,and pocketbooks of all but a small percent of its viewers.
Reasons for the show's demise may have nothing to do with any of that; however,I've a hunch that its content distanced too many viewers by Norm's turning out replicas only too faithful to Yankee taste and tradition.
Nonetheless, I admire the man and his achievement.
This is a very sad day for me. I have watched New Yankee Workshop for 20 years. Over the past several years I have been able to assemble shop equipment and over the past six months I have remodeled a garage into a shop. Tonight I will sit alone in the shop... my plaid, my beer and a tear!
Kudo's to Norm and his great success on PBS. He is to woodworking what Julia was to cooking- a true icon and master.
Oh,no. Saturday afternoon will not be the same. I am truely saddened. I understand the desire to slow down and sometimes the need to do so and I wish Norm the best. However, Norm, if you read these posts please reconsider. Keep the New Yankee Workshop, leave This Old House! Whatever you do Norm, I hope you get as much joy and satisfaction out of live as you have given me and so many others. God Bless!
I feel like I am losing a friend. My wife and I look forward to our coffee and you every Saturday morning on our PBS station. Then it's breakfast and out to the shop. You got me started there and I will always be greatful. That and you are an important part of my life. I'll miss you, buddy.
Norm, You and your show will be sorely missed. Thanks for being such a great teacher! Your show and the interesting projects you built got me believing I could actually build them too. I'll sure miss the New Yankee Workshop! I'm sure we're all hoping the shop will open it's doors again in the future for a few seasons!
Thanks again Norm!
I hate to see this show stop production. It has been an inspiration for me for many, many years. Hardly any woodworking shows left now. I have learned much from him and can say it is part of making myself a more knowledgeable wood worker. I just have a small shop and my primary tool is a Shopsmith but have been able to duplicate many of the things I have learned by watching Norm in my shop. After reading all the comments, I see many have been inspired and drawn into woodworking by Norm. Just as Norm inspired us, now that his show is over, we must remember that we can inspire others to get into this arena that we enjoy by sharing our knowledge to the younger generation and keep our craft going.
THIS IS TERRIBLE!!!!!!
First David Marks, now Norm ...... no one left.
Except of course those "professionals" on DIY and H&G .... Pleeeeezzzzze!
Goodbye Saturday mornings!
We need to draft someone to get back in the saddle!
How about Fine Woodworking doing a show!
Wow....what a loss. My Saturday afternoons have revolved around this programming for many years. Even when Norm was working on something I'd NEVER have built - I always learned a better way to do something.
I'll miss this guy!
When will there be an auction of equipment? lol...
No, really! Good luck to you Norm you had a job most of us could only have dreamed about. And Delta should thank you for all the business I gave them over the years.
Well, I surely hope you will take the time to read and keep this collection of sincere comments Norm. In addition to all of the above, I regret that we'll be losing yet another of the few programs that we can sit down and thoroughly enjoy with our children.
You are a good and trusted soul Norm - you've left your mark.
Well, you just ruined my day. Norm's photo hangs on the wall of my garage woodshop. Every time I look up and see it - it not only reminds me to pick up my push stick instead of convincing myself that 2" of clearance between the blade and fence is really enough for my fingers - it also reminds me of the confidence Norm has instilled in all of us viewers through the many, many hours of his tutoring. By day I am an architect designing high-end custom residential interiors. Here again, what I have learned from watching Norm gives me invaluable knowledge in working with professional woodworkers to make my design musings buildable. I guess the big question now from all of New Yankee's - when will the complete series box set dvd's be available??
How many of us dreamed of having a workshop just like a "Clean, Well-lighted Place?" Or, better yet, be Norm's protege for six months. Many of us have vicariously "lived the dream" through you, Norm. Thank you.
I really hate to see the New Yankee Workshop come to an end. In fact I don't want it to end. Hey Norm if you have to leave one of your shows, leave This Old House instead of the New Yankee Workshop. Tommy and the guys can keep This old House afloat. We want and need the New Yankee Workshop to continue. Please
I have been watching Norm for over 20 years. He has greatly inspired me and I love his show. Norm you will be missed..enjoy your retirement...take care.
Norm has been such a great teacher and mentor to so many of us. My hope is that this decision to end production is his, and his alone. I know his shoes will be impossible to fill, but I hope someone will step forward to continue the wood working legacy Norm had started. Marc Spagnolo, I think you would be great, and I know you would have the support of many sponsors and fans.
My best to you Norm. May you have many years remaining to do whatever it is that makes you happy!
I'm just as distraught as the next woodbutcher that Norm will not be making any new shows. But, we all know that after 21 seasons there are enough projects "in the can" that we will never be able to complete all of them using our own pitifully inadequate skills.
Norm is the "everywoodworker". The guy who showed us we could be all we could be in the workshop. He taught us basic to advanced skills and was even willing to admit there were some areas he himself needed to call in an expert on.
Until someone fills Norm's time slot I'll be anxiously awaiting "New Yankee the Movie".
All that said, I think we all realize the real question now is: When will Russ Morash be auctioning off the tools in the workshop, and how can I convince my wife I need that wide belt sander?
I am profoundly dismayed. Norm is a truly bright spot in the desolate landscape of TV. I will miss him greatly. Anything I could add would just duplicate the many great posts about how much Norm has meant to our growth as woodworkers. Thank you Norm. May God’s blessing be upon you.
It's sad to say that all good things come to an end.
However, just because there won't be any more New shows, doesn't stop PBS Or Norm from rerunning the whole series from the beginning. Being a "Newbie" to the Fine Art of making Sawdust, I would really like to see the series from the beginning. 2cents
Dang, I hate the hear this! Everyone repeat after me: "There is no more important safety rule than to wear these (tap, tap) safety glasses." Thank you Norm.
Well bad as I hate to say it, guess my colection of routers will probably stop here. Dang, I only have 23. Maybe I can finish on a collection of pocket hole jigs. All the best Norm.
Norm inspired me to begin woodworking. I watched all his shows. He is a true professional. He will be missed y all of us beginners in woodworking.
I have been watching Norm for most of the 20 years. My family knew that at noon on Saturday, I would need a tv. My father taught me how to work with wood and enjoy it. When I lost him, I also lost my interest in wood working. Norm rekindled that. A lot of what he said was almost verbatim to what my father used to say. But I learned a lot of new things, too. My wife even watched some of the shows and took at least a conversational interest in the show. Norm is responsible for my increased interest in safety, especially safety glasses. I believe everyone here can quote him: "Before we use any power tools, let's talk about shop safety. Be sure to read and understand the instructions and safety rules that come with your power tools. And remember, there is no greater rule than to wear these, safety glasses."
Norm, I have been watching you on New Yankee Workshop since the very beginning, and learned a great deal. I have been interested in woodworking since high school, but your show introduced techniques and tools, and simplified the process.
I do have a bone to pick with you though: In and effort to keep up with the tools you have, I've just about went broke! Just kidding. I've enjoyed every purchase made. Don't know if my wife feels the same.
Since 1989, when New Yankee Workshop started, many things have changed in my life, as I'm sure in everyone else's, but New Yankee Workshop was a constant that gave me peace. Good Luck in your retirement, and we will surely miss you.
While it will be sad to lose his warm reminder of "let's take a moment to talk about shop safty" I am so happy for Norm. I have never met him, but through these years I have found him to be a kind, warm, and most important a humble man. I have been a cabinetmaker/carpenter for 40 years and I can not begin to tell you all how happy I was to see a fellow craftsman do as well as he has, Norm earn our respect by being who he is and I wish him well as he moves beyond the show.
Norm Thank you for all you have shared, you sir will always be remembered.
I'll miss Norm. His easy style and love of woodworking got me involved in woodworking again. Not only did he inspire me to start again, but also inspired me to start new skills like carpentry. Little did I realize when I started watching him that when I was laid off from my job I had a skill I could market. Built-ins and basic woodworking got my family through tough times. He is truely an American icon. I'll miss the inspiration.
I will miss Norm and his show. That being said I only wish he had shown the mistakes that he made, there were many, they would help people to understand that mistakes are made but you can fix them, don't panic. Also without taking anything away from him, he had every tool that was needed to do the work that he did on his show and assistants to help him unlike the many who watched him create what he did. I watched his program and was one of those people that were inspired by what he made and now I have a woodshop that I often try to compare with Norm's shop. Unfortunatly though I have to buy all my equipment. All in all there will be a void because there are no other shows like it but as far as his show, there is always an end, sadly.
About six years ago I began watching Norm on Saturdays. After two years of watching him I got the ich to build something so bad I couldn't stand it. Even though I haven't had as much time to build furniture as I wish, the passion and joy I get from woodworking has truly enhanced my quality of life. I will miss watching his show. Godspeed Norm.
this truly is sad news! i grew up with Norm and i cant remember a weekend without seeing him on my television.
i hate to say it but i am just now getting into woodworking this year and i owe it to him by just wishing i had an ounce of his talent, and if i did i could produce some really amazing items.
Norm, you will be missed but will live on in re-runs and good luck with all your future endeavors.
well before we start "lets talk about shop safety. Be sure to read, understand and follow all the rules that come with your power tools. Knowing how to use these tools properly will greatly reduce the risk of personal injury. And remember this, there is no more important rule than this... to wear these... safety glasses."
that's pretty close to the original quote and the part I remember most.
Norm was my coach on Saturday mornings. He reinforced the basics of design, technique, and craftsmanship. My weekend officially started after Norm's show went off.
Thanks for your encouragement, clarity, and instruction.
Greatness comes from giving.
Norm, you are truely the greatest!
An end of an era. I started with the first TOH and have continued to date. I enjoyed his relaxing demeanor. I learned over the years not to criticize him. Every time I would the very next show he would do a project with what I thought was a better process. He was truly a "Teacher for all woodworkers". I will miss him. I retired in 2005 and have been making projects,full time, for my family ever sense. Although not as extreme we are loosing a lot of woodworkers this year.
This is sad news, but i am very happy for Norm. He and David Marks are the reason i started woodworking about 2 years ago. I still have most of Norm's and David's shows on DVR and reference them on a regular basis. Best of luck now and in the future Norm. You have inspired a generation of woodworkers.
We owe a great deal of gratitude to Norm for the inspiration and skillful guidance he has provided over these many years. I have built many of his projects beginning with the English Garden Bench and the Adirondack Chairs which are now more than 20 years old. Norm has taught me that "Wood is Good."
Enjoy your retirement old friend.
Rochester Hills, Michigan
I named one of my kids after him. That ought to tell you something.
A man of unbeliveable talent for creating and teaching. I have totally enjoyed watching Norm over the last 15 years or more. I have all the tools for woodworking except Norm's mind. I'm sure he will enjoy some free time to spend with his family now. He will certainly be missed however.
Like most of the posters, I learned about everything
I know from watching Norm and then branching out with
numerous books and plans (many books from FWW).
Hopefully most PBS stations will continue to run
past seasons of the New Yankee Workshop on Saturday.
It was a great run for Norm Abrams and all of us who have been entertained and educated by him! Life is change and I wish Norm much success and good health for many years ahead!
Now it is up to us, his proteges to continue the good work, if for no other reason, for our own enjoyment and self esteem! Let us keep that Yankee spirit alive!
Norm inspired to try my hand at woodworking ten years ago. The sawdust has been flying ever since. His show inspired, taught, and convinced us of the beauty of craft and making something from scratch. All good shows must sooner or later come to an end. This was a very good show. Thanks, Norm.
I've had the pleasure of watching Norm for about 15 years. No one has ever inspired me to become involved in anything on such a permanent basis as has Norm. I just this week finished my kitchen ala Norm. I had the honor to meet Norm during a grandopening of a tool supply store several years ago and got an autographed picture of him. I put that picture in a frame on the wall in our bedroom and my wife always teased me about who got the last good night - her or Norm! :) I will truly miss his Saturday morning company. My prayers for a long and happy "retirement."
Through the years I've always enjoyed learning new and better ways to create some of the projects I've completed by watching Norm in his shop. I will truly miss him. Perhaps the network will start showing his body of work by starting from the first show and going forward. I'm sure that the advertisers that supported the show would continue to do so. It would be a shame to just stop the show. It was an insperation to many men and women to get into wood working.
NORM, I have never met you in person but you have been my woodworking friend for 20 years I have learned so much from you. We will miss you. Good Luck.
The great thing about Norm was that he was an excellent teacher. His "lesson plan" for each show was well thought out and sequenced for learning. Learned a lot from him, and inspired to do things I probably would otherwise have thought beyond my skills. Thanks Norm! Some day I too hope to build a piece of furniture in 30 minutes!!
Norm has taught me a lot over the years. His many tips and techniques have helped me achieve the skills I am fortunate to have today. I just wish I had half of his tools .
Norm gave me the passion for wood. I'll miss him a lot. Richard
Saturday morning! There comes my buddy, Norm through those shop doors! What're "we" going to start on today? He'll have something fun and interesting and we'll get 'er done, in half an hour. Someone said Norm was like Walter Cronkite. Well, there is a difference - Norm actually gave me some truth that I could do something with. And someone else said that Norm should be recognized with an honour commensurate with Knighthood. I would suggest the Nobel Prize, but since that has now been diminished, maybe they could come up with the "Nobel Cluster" - without a doubt, Norm deserves more than one. I know of no one on TV, who comes across as being so genuine and honest. With all the new wood and "how-to" shows on TV and the Net, I recently remarked to someone, that, no one does it like Norm, nor has anywhere near his presence - they're all pretty much cookie-cutter and scripted! Besides all the knowledge and wisdom he imparted, the thing I appreciated most about Norm, was the respect he gave to everyone and everything. A gentleman. At the end of every show, after he bid his farewell till next week, I always felt like turning to him and saying, "Well, let's go on in the house and have a sandwich and a beer - whaddya going to do this afternoon? Need some help? Just give a holler when you start that new house. I'm sure there would be thousands who would lend a hand! What else would you say to a friend?
I've been wathing This Old House, and The New Yankee Workshop, for many years. I started waching both series while living in Boston ( great city ), and when I moved back to Nova Scotia, I continued watching both series and enjoyed sitting back on a saturaday morning while the two shows would be on for 2 to 3 hours. afterwards I would be so inspired by what Norm can create out of wood and the places he takes you during the shows, I would go into my own cabinet shop,design and construct cabinets and furnishings. It sad that the New Yankee Workshop is ending, but I'll never forget what I,ve learned over the years. Ive been in this woodworking business for almost 30 years, and you'll always learn something new. Well, enjoy your retirement Norm, and I'll be watching this Old House for many more years to come.
RAH writes: If it had not been for Norm and his wonderful show, I would not have ever become serious about woodworking, a hobby (and sometimes small business) that I have carried into my retirement years. My shop now has many of the tools and machines that he used on his show (I'm sure the show was a boon to Delta, Porter-Cable etc,)which I was able to afford thanks to a stint as an adjunct professor. I was able to recreate several of his projects and with the skills acquired, tried quite a few of my own creation. I do hope that PBS is able to come up with a similar woodworking show. We have generations of young people who because of budget cuts are unable to take hands-on technical classes like wood and metal working in school. There will be a need for woodworkers and other craftspersons in the future. Shows like Norm's helped steer young people toward those occupations. Come on PBS--come up with a new show and equally engaging and skillful host.
Norm you are a true legend!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you will be missed! God Bless and tace care! your Fan always Chuck
Indeed, saddening news for the woodworking community but great news for a man much deserved of a long, healthy retirement. Norm -you inspired me as a young man to learn as much as I could and as fast as I could with the hopes of attaining a fraction of your skills. I have approached woodworking with more passion for learning than anything else I have done. I remember throughout my years of college, I would find excuses to take study breaks so I could go out to the shop and continue working on my "woodworker's bench, or my "adirondak chairs" and the countless other projects inspired by your show and books. I am thankful for your calming sactuary, a.k.a. "The New Yankee Workshop" aired on PBS all of these years. It was always relaxing to flip on NYW and escape from the daily grind. I saw a resurgence of woodworking enthusiasts as a result of your show and can only hope that you have an apprentice somewhere that is waiting in the wings to step in and continue inspiring so many as your successor. Maybe he can wear a blue plaid flannel?
Enjoy your retirement Norm!
Truly a great woodworker and as a fan we will really miss all the techniques he has taught us. Good luck Norm and thanks for the shows. You have been a leader in woodworking for many years. Hopefully you can start something new in the future that we all need and want. Just like you can't have to many clamps you also can't have to much of Norm!! Good Luck.
I wish Norm all the best, he's earned it many times over.
At my age it's hard to still have heros, but Norm has been mine since the late 70s. Many might not remember he got his start on This Old House with Bob Villa and he has made it look easy since then.
I hope he will also consider running a school somewhere so we could all attend and take home our own special memories. Think about it Norm! You have already taught millions of us on TV. You can open a school and run classes on your favorite projects at different times of the year. You're already a great teacher!
WOW THE END OF AN ERA IS UPON US FROM THIS OLD HOUSE BACK IN THE DAY TO NEW YANKEE WORKSHOP YOU WERE ALWAYS THERE TO ENCOURAGE GUIDE AND MAKE US BURN WITH ENVY OVER THE GREAT TOOLS YOU ALWAYS HAD AT YOUR FINGERTIPS.
GOOD LUCK TO YOU IN YOUR FUTURE AND ENJOY YOUR RETIREMENT YOUVE BEEN AN INSPIRATION TO ME AS WELL AS COUNTLESS OTHERS
As a UK 'woody' I learned a lot from watching Norm's shows and he really inspired me to produce fine furniture with a sense of satisfaction and achievement. Nobody on the few UK screened woodworking shows has been as inspirational. And we rarely see This Old House on the Discovery channel so will miss his beardedface and wry comments.
Saint Norm, Say it ain't so!
It's been rare that I have time on a Saturday for the Workshop (or college football, etc.) but it's always been fun to watch Norm at work.
All the best for what's next.
I share the disappointment that new episodes will not be forthcoming. It was always a treat to kick back with a cup of coffee and be inspired by Norm's ideas and laid back style. Because of the show, I have a basement full of equipment and have built many projects over the years. Good luck Norm and thanks.
A deep Thank you from me to Norm :) Thank you for making woodworking seem like so much fun! I have become a craftswoman thanks to the spark of interest you started. Many other video teachers have had an opportunity (My favorite is Charles Neil) thanks to the way paved by Norm :) Happy retirement!
Well I like everyone else have deeply enjoyed seeing Norm and having him as a guide post to this business. But on the other hand everyone seems to think that Norm will not be around and that he is retiring but that is not the case at all. Norm will be as active if not more than he has been in the past.
Norm has other available business to create and work on since he has become involved in the This Old House you have seen his input and work has been greatly rewarded and he is expanding his horizons. So don't think that Norm is getting out of the business I just see him as new avenues for his talent that cannot be expressed and appreciated tied to the same program that has made him famous. His talent will be broiadcast over a larger realm.
I can't wait to see how it generates and presents itself.
Great work Norm and looking forward to whats next.
Wow, what a shame. I travel a great deal, so one of my favorite pasttimes is to sit at home in front of the TV on Sunday mornings with the fireplace alit, sipping a hot chocolate, and watching Norm work his magic. I'll watch the reruns, but it won't quite be the same.
Congratulations to Norm in his upcoming retirement... I hope to see more of him in This Old House, and with some good luck, in other projects. He is a fine teacher, and practically irreplaceable. He made woodworking understandable. His style is perfect for this kind of thing.
Perhaps he can train a replacement? Nah, there's no one else like Norm. His gain is our loss. Good luck to you, Norm Abrams. I, like most others, will sure miss you.
Norm, You taught me woodworking, gave me Saturday morning enjoyment and I have a house full of furniture because of your skill with wood and with presenting woodworking in an understandable and relaxed format. I will miss the show. Best of luck to you.
Norm Abrams has been a source of ideas and solutions since 1986, when we moved to Roanoke.
Thanks to NYW for many pleasant Saturdays, hours of enjoyment and on occasion, frustration. (D**it, Abrams makes it look b**dy easy!)
What amazes me most is folks who don't work with wood and don't even know how to use a screwdriver know who Norm is. When I discuss my woodworking with those folks they ask if I follow Norm's show. Clearly, he has inspired millions, myself included.
I am sorry to see the show retire, Norm has taught a lot of us, but let there be post retirement! For the next 21 years the program should be rebroadcasted from show 1 to teach a whole new generation.
I am very sad to see Norm retire. I learned almost every thing I know from watching his shows over and over. I have purchased plans and videos. I have built many pieces of furniture for my home and others and I give Norm all the credit. Go luck Norm.
The reason we all enjoy reasonably priced woodworking tools is due to the size of the marketplace that casual and professional of woodowrkers have created. The reason this market place is so strong, is due in large part to Norm. What an impact he has had on our craft! However, I simply can not believe he never cut himself on that Unisaw.
Norm will be missed. There are not a lot of shows that can boast 21 seasons, so, well done and congratulations. I wonder what his next "job" will be? Good Luck in all of your future endeavors and Thank You for all you have done for Woodworking.
Norm's talent as a woodworker, his cavernous workshop and his infinite collection of tools have made woodworking such an enjoyable hobby for so many of us; we all want to be Norm when we grow up.
I want to retire so I can spend more time woodworking. What's Norm going to do with his free time?
Live long and enjoy, Norm. Thanks for being such an inspiration.
And remember to always where these! Norm was truly an inspiring teacher.
Wow, how lucky I am that I will see Norm at Old Sturbridge Village on Oct 24! The show was great!
My wife has called me a "Norm wannabe" for the past 12 years, and it's true. She used to call me the "wood butcher" around our house, but through Norm's techniques and teaching methods, he inspired me along with countless thousands of others who have been bitten by the woodworking bug. It's also true that you can't have too many clamps. Thanks Norm, from the bottom of my heart for your 21 years as the original New Yankee.
My daughter and I are building a dining table from red oak. Each time we get a joint to fit right, we slap it and say, "Perfect!", in homage to Norm Abram, who stands tall among the several mentors we've had over the years.
I guess everyone gets to the point where it is time to call it quits. I will certainly miss Norm and the show. I learned most of what I have learned about woodworking and tried to Norm and the New Yankee Workshop. Best of luck to him.
I will miss Norm and the workshop. I picked up many ideas over the years. Farewell Norm.
Well there goes Saturday mornings for me! I'm gonna miss you Norm. So when's the yard sale? (I NEVER thought you were Villas "side-kick")
Thanks Norm, inspirations from NYW and TOH were many and making sawdust was never more fun and practical. My sawdust piles grew from a basement renovation, next a garage, to new home, then a wilderness lodge. Although the furnishings and finish could never be considered "Abrams Style", the passion, knowledgebase and love of working with wood, had Norm written all over it.
Woodworkers unite, to make Norm's inspirations and legacies continue and find new dimensions!
The Golden Grahams
Cheers Norm. Don't forget "Measure twice, cut once". Still my favourite bedtime book!
You are in the category of Walter Cronkite, a trusted mentor and friend.
Thank you, Norm; for being a top American. Don Jones, Belmont, CA
I, too, am a man who has worn plaid flannel shirts, even before anyone heard of Norm Abram. It's the traditional shirt for NYers & New Englanders (I even lived in MA for 10 years.) Long have I been a fan of that MR. DIYer, Bob Vila and his sidekick, Norm. What a delight it was to see Norm get his own series on serious woodorking and be taught even more on this wonderful craft.
Right after Norm did his show on the traditional English park bench, I bought his plans and made mine. I use it to this day 20+ years later.
While sad to see Norm retiring, I'm delighted that the choice is his an not an employer. A deep and hearty THANK YOU to you, Norm. Long live plaid flannel.
Your in the category of Walter Cronkite as a trusted and admired mentor
and friend. Thank you, Norm - a top American.
Sincerely, Don Jones Belmont, CA
Hi I have just recieved the news that the New Yankee Workshop is about to end. It is truly sad news, I have watched Norm for a good many years, I new nothing about woowork now I can make most things, every joint, mortice,tennon, dado,you name it I learned them all from Norm. We don't see New Yankee Workshop anymore here in England butI have recorded most of the shows and I watch them over and over again. Good luck Norm whatever you do you were my mentor. Many Many Thanks.
victorj writes: sad day for all woodworkers ,norn you have many friends down under. have watched most of your programs and still look forward to you doing a this old house program in australia good luck and be asured that you will be missed
When Norm and Russel Marsh created the show, I was watching. Every episode. I had often imagined myself getting out of shooting TV commercials in NYC and shooting the show. So much so, that I had sent a letter off to them before deciding to leave the US to live in New Zealand. A return offer from the producer would have been the only thing that would have kept me from moving to the other side of the world! It would be impossible to imagine just how much the show has enriched the lives of so many. Folks like Norm and David Marks have certainly helped me grow.
Sad day. since before age two my little boy (turning 3 in december) watched Norm with me at night. Got him to sleep most times better than any lullaby could, but many times I had to watch 2 or more episodes before he drifted off to sleep. Sadly we dont get any pbs in South Africa, so i will never meet norm in person.
A sad day indeed. I think last year they were down to two (2) sponsors, and the second sponsor only chipped in at the last minute.
I retired recently and will be spending more time in the work shop. Sadly though it will be without Norm. Although I had woodworking in my blood from an early age, I always looked forward to learning from Norm every Saturday and whenever else I could find him on TV. I have built a few beds and furniture as well as an heirloom cradle for my grandchildren and dare say that I would not have had nearly the confidence to begin and complete them without instruction from my Saturday friend Norm.
The best to you Norm in your new endeavors. Thank you so much for your time and wood working knowledge the past 21 years.
Thanks Norm! I was able to build a beautiful cherry bartop and liquor cabinet. I had the tools from my father's shop but I pursued another career. Watching "The New Yankee Workshop", I was enabled to to biscuit joint my bartop when it was shown on one of the episodes. I will miss your projects. We have to have some one to attempt to follow your lead!
Has it been 21 years!?! So that means... yep, I was 14 when I first caught the show on PBS. NYW and Norm are the reason I fell in love with woodworking.
How many times have you said, "Well sure, I could build that too - if I had all those nice tools!"? LOL...
All the best to Norm in his future endeavors. Thank you.
I used to have an autographed picture of Norm. My wife and her friends laughed; my friends (enviously) said "Wow, where did you get it?"
He inspired them as he did me, and to us he was the best.
As a matter of fact, he is still the best.
He will be sorely missed.
Norm is a great inspiration to many. He inspired me. He will be missed.
Norm was my inspiration for getting into woodworking. I've always liked the idea of building things with wood but never had any direction until I saw my first episode of New Yankee Workshop. I was hooked. I never could have done what I have done without watching Norm do it first.
Take care Norm and have a good retirement. Perhaps you can find someone else to fill your shoes so we can continue to fill our Saturdays. You will be missed.
well norm,i have been watching your show since a llllllloooong time,and i must say you are a true gentleman,and the finest craftsman i have ever seen.i will greatly miss you and the new yankee yourshop.take care sir
i MY COUNTRY nORM WOULD HAVE RECIEVED AN HONOUR LIKE AN ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE OR BETTER ST ARRISE SIR NORM
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I fully understand why Norms' retiring. After 21 seasons, there's not much left for him to expand upon without becoming redundant...or stale. I can only imagine the satisfaction that he's gained thoughout the years, from doing his share to promote woodworking. Someday, somewhere, there will be a replacement person who'll pick up the torch and carry it onward for the next generation. I applaud Norm for his dedication, and wish him the very best.My very 1st project was building his woodworking bench...and I'm still using it today.I believe there'll be a part of Norm in all of us.
We can not have Saturday without Norm. Give him a raise and make him stay. Create golden handcuffs if necessary. We have learned a lot from Norm and have made several of his projects. We need more Norm and less Obama.
Wow! Norm is my hero! I met him once at the IWS in Atlanta. What a really nice guy! I am really bummed about this because he helped take the mystery out of woodworking. Norms personality is such that you are immediately put at ease and we, the audience, are empowered to believe that it is indeed "not rocket science". While he will be sorely missed, I hope that his New Yankee Workshop shows will be run over and over. Every time I watch one, even if it is one I have seen before, I learn something new. This is also true when watching This Old House. Thanks, Norm, for making such a significant contribution to the hobby, and the woodworking craft in general! You are indeed special to so many! I look forward to seeing you on This Old House!
First David Marks and now Norm. Where are we now going to get inspiration? Why not from Taunton? Why not? David and Norm developed an interest retaining style that is now our model for how to teach woodworking via television. Fine Woodworking already has done a few short subjects on YouTube, why not television? What say you Taunton?
The show will be missed, but Norm and company have led to a thousand blogs blooming...... now tape you next project and put it up on youtube.
I got into this business 19 years ago when I entered trade school. Every Monday morning we would discuss what Norm had built on the Sunday afternoon before. Norm was a big part of the inspiration for my life in the wood business and a continuing source of interesting ideas and belief that the practice of woodwork can be accesible to everyone. There was no pretention with Norm (aside from the fact he could afford a shop none of us outside the profession could aspire too) and his primary focus always seemed to be bringing the practice of woodwork back into the hands of the regular guy.
Your show will be missed, Norm.
Here's hoping we will see you with something new and exciting...
Deeply saddened. I would happily watch Norm build furniture into his 90s. Thanks Norm, ...for everything.
It's a little disappointing that there won't be any new shows, but Norm's legacy of past shows deserves to be seen by every new generation of woodworkers. I hope that all the old episodes of The New Yankee Worshop continue to air indefinitely.
I was doing woodworking since before the show began, but Norm has definitely inspired me to strive for quality in my work and to use the right tool for the job.
Terrible, this was a real reality show. I'm depressed plus I may not continue to support PBS
Norm always made me feel I CAN DO THAT!!!! I always thought Norm could do with some classes on woodturning But does it realy matter how you get there as long as you arrive with all 10 fingers AND2 MOST IMPORTANTLY TWO EYES. NO doubt the programmes will be repeated over and over Sorry to see you go Norn you were a great inspiration to us mear mortals an you will definately be missed by us all
Major bummer. Really a bummer. His easy-going manner and assumed confidence in his audience's ability to understand and do what he was showing them, has inspired me and thousands of others like me to try, and in trying, do. I would have rather that he quit TOH instead, but that's just opinion. Dang. It's like watching your favorite sports figure retire, and realize that you aren't going to be able to watch the magic the way you used to. Still... Norm can sleep well knowing that he's inspired many to get involved, and given additional confidence to those who were already woodworkers. One of the three men alive in the world today who I'd just like to shake their hand, and say "Thanks". My wife will no longer be able to smile when she hears me say: "But Norm... why can't I use my own glasses?" every time Norm got to that bit where he said: "...nothing more important than... THESE safety glasses". Vaya con dios brother.
......and most of all Norm, you've saved many a persons eyesight with your famous " There is no more important safety rule than to wear these, safety glasses". It' been a pleasure. Thank you.
Before Norm, I never knew plaid could make me look so knowledgeable, (i.e. "sexy").
Who will play Norm in the rumored upcoming big screen movie?
Yes, me too will miss The New Yankee Workshop. Norm Abram was the best to me. He was good at simplifying working with wood!
May God bless you, Norm!
Thanks to Norm for all of the years he dedicated to fine craftsmanship and high personal standards. Whenever Norm came to Northern California, my wife and I always went to hear him speak. He is the genuine article, truthful, funny, genuinely concerned with teaching the serious home woodworker how to work on a huge variety of practical and elegant projects.
I recall Norm saying in a recent interview that when he retired he would be taking some time off to develop a series of original furniture deigns, something unique to him, then probably present them to the public in some form. He also mentioned he felt his current home was too big, maybe something smaller and greener is on the planning board. I hope he eventually chooses video to share his work whatever it is, because there are few people as easy and natural on air as he is.
Here in Wisconsin, our statewide public television system had already dropped Norm from easy access. And even when NYW was supposedly being telecast on a regular schedule to their main audience, Wisconsin Public Television would jerk it off the air to run a program like "doing your business taxes in Wisconsin". When I would complain, they would say that the shows would be rerun in the spring, ignoring the community of woodworkers who would be discussing them right away. Virtually any programming that involves viewers maybe in actually doing something has been removed, replaced by purely spectator-oriented shows like Antiques Roadshow that they run all the time.
I fear that our whole country is turning its back on "do it yourself", and whether WPT is leading or is just following its viewers I can't tell. America was once proud of its people who did things. Now the key is to use Twitter or Facebook to talk about doing things, not to do them. Would we win WWII again without soldiers who could figure out a way to improvise? Will we ever again have the national will to do things like Apollo?
So sadly I just see this as one more symptom of a country that has turned its back on so many of the things that made it great.
I am also shocked with the news of the ending of NYW. I have watched his show for many years and have learned alot. His show will be sadly missed. Good luck to Norm on his next endeavor. Thanks Norm
Even though I don't consider myself a "Normite", this is sad news. I wonder what prompted the decision to discontinue the show?
I've only had 3 heroes in my life, John Wayne, Itzhak Perlman, and Norm. Almost all I know and can do in my shop has his fingerprints all over it. I keep working at it to get close to his level. We are the same age and I know the desire to move on can be strong. I for one would like to wish Norm the very best in his future endeavors. Thank You Sir!!
It's a sad day but let's celebrate the great inspiration that norm as been in bringing woodworking into millions of homes around the world. I live in the UK if Norm was British he would have been Honored by the Queen come on our American Friend's do the right thing lets show Norm how much we all Love and he will be remembered Norm Abram a national treasure
This is too bad, but all things come to an end.With the departure of David Marks' show, and now Norm's, we can all watch the continual display of goofy remodeling shows(not This Old House)and endless landscaping blather. Even David Thiel's tool show was OK. Now we get the tool fool who also shills for Qdoba Mexican resaurant. Ho Hum. We can't spend all of our time in the shop, and a little TV for the crafstman would be nice. Thanks for all of the great shows Norm. I for one will miss your weekly projects.
Im very sadden by the end of this great show. I live in te caribbean and when i was able to get cable viewing was in the late ninties. that was a turning point for me in wood working. Norm Abram NYW change every thing for me THANKS your show would be sadly missed. But i know your inspiration would live on in the people who's lives you have touch
I have just finished watching today's NYW piece on building kitchen cabinets, and I am reminded of Norm's skill as well as his ability to convey his knowledge in a very useful way. Most of the tools in my workshop were purchased because Norm used something like them, and the clamping techniques I use came from Norm's projects. I have a few DVDs, and now I'll want more since I won't be seeing Norm on Public TV.
Few people can claim to have made a positive difference in so many peoples lives, and I am thankful for Norm's contribution.
So sad to see the end of this marvelously motivating show. With so little positive television, NYW always rose above giving us more than we asked for. I credit my father for introducing me to woodworking as a young boy, yet so many valuable lessons have been acquired through watching and rewatching Norm. When there is hesitation on birthday gifts my wife always remembers "you can never have too many clamps". Thanks Norm
This is a sad day, Norm is the one who got me into woodworking, plus I write for a fan site for Norm & The New Yankee Workshop called The New Wookiee Workshop. (www.newwookiee.com) He's still with us on This Old House, but it's not the same. Thanks for everything Norm, you will be missed.
This is truly sad news to me. I have watched this show for as long as I can remember and always looked forward to a new episode. I have learned a lot from watching Norm over the years....He will be missed.
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