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