Norm catches a lot of guff for New Yankee Workshop. It’s nothing new; folks have been doing it for years. The tools in the shop and the insane wood selection he pulls out of nowhere tend to send viewers into fits. But the truth is, Norm and NYW have done a lot more good than the general public gives ’em credit for.
Take a second to look at the pics in the “New Yankees At Work” section of the website — you’ll see more than a few projects that owe at least a small nod to the flannel-clad crafter from New England.
It’s true that while some of these works are dead-on matches, many bear nothing close to a resemblance to any of the projects on the show. But it’s about inspiration — just watching the show can spark ideas in folks, taking ’em in directions they might not have attempted otherwise.
It’s a subtle point that often goes unmade, and we tip our hats to Norm and the crew in earnest. However that doesn’t mean we can’t rip a little on the multi-thousand-dollar hardwood stock that Mr. Abrams gets his hands on whenever a project calls for it.
New Yankees At Work [New Yankee Workshop]