Norm Abram: New Yankee Workshop calls it quits

Norm Abram: New Yankee Workshop calls it quits


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  1. Doug Johnson

    February 17, 2018 at 5:05 am

    Norm is a god

  2. Carl M

    February 17, 2018 at 5:05 am

    cool stuff Steve… I couldn't agree more …. I've been watching Norm as long as i can remember. If you get to meet Norm both of you can swing by my place in PA for steaks and beer

  3. Geo Thomas

    February 17, 2018 at 5:05 am

    PBS is all liberal propaganda now.

  4. Geo Thomas

    February 17, 2018 at 5:05 am

    Norm was the only guy I had respect for. That may seem a bit harsh but so be it. Thanks Steve.

  5. TheJunkyardgenius

    February 17, 2018 at 5:05 am

    There's no denying norm is a master craftsman. One thing I would like help from my American friends that I don't get. norm was an avid user of all things porter cable. as he always bought the latest tools costing a lot of money I assumed porter cable to be top of the range tools. now you get many die hard fans of certain brands, ,akita, dealt, milwalke to name just a few and you see many people using all these brands but norm is the only person I have ever seen on a popular TV show or the newer breed of YouTube woodworkers that uses porter cable tools. why is this? are they really really expensive,like even more than festool or maybe not actually that good.

  6. Andrew Allen

    February 17, 2018 at 5:05 am

    Norm is still the best , We miss you Norm 🙁

  7. Shelly Blanchard

    February 17, 2018 at 5:05 am

    I miss it but they still the same things on the other shows in wood working.

  8. atteljas

    February 17, 2018 at 5:05 am

    This such a nice way of Steve showing humble respect to Norm,

  9. Godwin Oliver O. Delica

    February 17, 2018 at 5:05 am

    Please do mortise and tenon joints.

  10. Della Elbell

    February 17, 2018 at 5:05 am

    Norm was the love ❤️ of my life, and I always would watch his shows. I always wanted a man like him. All my family was aware of that. I never found anyone like him.

  11. MatchstalkMan

    February 17, 2018 at 5:05 am

    Maybe they should follow it up with a series of movies? It's worked for Star Trek…


    Norm Abram inspired me to do more and build more when I had access to a workshop.

    It was a very quiet, intimate show as if Norm was talking directly to you and you alone.

  12. VeryRich Guy

    February 17, 2018 at 5:05 am

    I was in the 90's and floored about Norm Abram new Yankee workshop at dad's, grandma's and grandpa's house watching tv and wowed by analog video what he built and Norm world say next time I build this table or next time I build blank next time on every show. I remember Norma built a mini house for kids to playhouse so they can play in and out. I remember I said I could live in the mini playhouse as a home. Now I'm 34 years old and still remember Norma new Yankee workshop.

  13. graham wellington

    February 17, 2018 at 5:05 am

    "To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high"

    Great video; thank you for posting. I think you speak for a great many of us.
    Keep the goggles on, and doing great work.

  14. Ken Pinet

    February 17, 2018 at 5:05 am

    Norm inspired Me to get into woodworking Thanks..Norm

  15. roxydog2004

    February 17, 2018 at 5:05 am

    Norms on my tool bucket list .want to meet him Tommy Silva, Richard Trethewey ,  Steve Thomas the rest of the cast

  16. American Expat In The Philippines

    February 17, 2018 at 5:05 am

    I learned a lot from Norm. That said, there are still a lot of good shows on PBS.

  17. dropn loads

    February 17, 2018 at 5:05 am

    I know back in the late 80s norm would appear at woodworking shows I sold a quad to a guy that had then 20 something year old picture with him and norm. I'm still jealous of that guy

  18. Richard Hawkins

    February 17, 2018 at 5:05 am

    I had done woodworking at school, then occasionally bought some hand tools and white softwood (deal) to make shelves that would turn into cups! Then I saw Norm, (on UK TV) Power tools, machines, fences, measured stops for repeated cuts and timber other than the rubbish you can buy in the local DIY store. I can't say Norm got me into woodworking, but he certainly opened the door and enabled me to do the kind of woodworking I wanted to do.

  19. pdufusc

    February 17, 2018 at 5:05 am

    Watched Norm back in the 90's. I put up my tools around 2:30 Saturday evening and commandeered the TV, till about 3 hours. There were several woodwork shows that filled PBS's afternoon. Norm, the fruitcake that didn't know what electricity was–The Woodwright, I think. And these two guys, Dad n Son I believe, that built everything with routers!!!  PBS used to have shows that were interesting to watch, and you could learn a lot. Now! Nothing there but social engineering. 90% or so of the programing is politically motivated. Really sad. Even the children shows would sneak politics into their shows.

  20. ND Parudice

    February 17, 2018 at 5:05 am

    Wow, I didn't know Norm pulled the plug.  It's been many years since I saw the show and then I stopped watching TV.  Sorry to see it bite the dust/

  21. tim prater

    February 17, 2018 at 5:05 am

    It seems longer than 21 years

  22. toymaker94566

    February 17, 2018 at 5:05 am

    I loved watching Norm, wanting to make every project he ever did! But after a few seasons, I dropped it as the tools became more complex. As much as I loved the show, he lost me after the 5 axis laser coping saw came out. That's about when I went looking for a new hobby. :-/

  23. silveravnt

    February 17, 2018 at 5:05 am

    Face it. You are the new Norm.

  24. wa4aos

    February 17, 2018 at 5:05 am

    Steve, I'm late but what a kind tribute to everyone's woodworking guru. Norm Abrams.

    Norm said, "today we are going to build a 40 room mansion a couple of yachts and a nice 2 story dog house for ole Spot and all we need is MY SHOP and ME!!!" I bet he could do it..

    However Steve, you remind us mortals that with more modest equipment and a little imagination , we can build great wood derived dreams as well.. I would be tickled to have a beer with you and tell you how much I enjoy your well done videos. Thanks!!

  25. Carlos Dasilva

    February 17, 2018 at 5:05 am

    I think they canceled the show because of health reasons.

  26. zenengineer

    February 17, 2018 at 5:05 am

    Always liked NYW. I remember my grandfather Emile, a lifelong pro carpenter. His only power tools were a handrill, tablesaw and skill saw (maybe a sander I never saw), As a preteen I watched him build a 2-sectional window and frame completely from scratch with a handsaw and his huge chest of numerous planes. In about an hour or two it was ready for glass. Looked like he'd do it in his sleep with no pauses. When sitting on his porch he'd carve ax handles by hand


    February 17, 2018 at 5:05 am


  28. Mike Ribelin

    February 17, 2018 at 5:05 am

    You said it well Norm is a class act no mater what all the doubters have to say. Never watched a show I didn't enjoy and I have watched many of them. Thank you Norm too your many years of service to the woodworking community and thank you Steve for acknowledging it.

  29. Pam Sullivan

    February 17, 2018 at 5:05 am

    My sister met him about 10 years ago at some sort of show. He was a perfect gentleman, very knowledgeable and spend a lot of time with her and her children explaining lots of woodworking techniques. What a wonderful gentleman!

  30. Tech giant

    February 17, 2018 at 5:05 am

    Don't forget we still got this old house

  31. AlwaysLearning

    February 17, 2018 at 5:05 am

    He taught me how to make a cheap steambox to bend wood for a spiral staircase railing. Thanks Norm.

  32. Eric G

    February 17, 2018 at 5:05 am

    Why did this pop up in my feed as a new video? I haven't watched PBS in years but doesn't Norm have NYW on YouTube and still produce new short videos? Seems like I saw a video with him and the new kid on TOH talking about some brand new tools with safety features.

  33. Rolly Praise

    February 17, 2018 at 5:05 am

    Oh my GOD!!!!!!!!!

  34. David Jastram

    February 17, 2018 at 5:05 am

    My dad and I used to watch Norm every Saturday. I remember one episode where we were arguing over if Norm had two cordless drills, or was just that quick at changing bits off camera.

    My dad insisted that nobody could afford 2 cordless drills, That was in the 80's. Times have changed.

  35. Jay Bennie boy

    February 17, 2018 at 5:05 am

    Norm, if I win the lotto (powerball) you and the guys from THIS Old HOUSE will build me my dream home. I promise!!! lol

  36. Wayne Dorpfeld

    February 17, 2018 at 5:05 am

    Really! I know at least a dozen woodworkers, cabinetmakers, and carpenters as good and even better than Norm. Norm got lucky when he appeared on This Old House. The right place at the right time, as they say. He was of course always blessed with the state of the art tools (which most non-professionals couldn't afford), and I'm sure backed up with a talented staff of designers and craftsman. Maybe that's a little bit of sourer grapes, but I have and can do projects far more sophisticated then he demonstrated on his show with literally one and half hands. There are many woodworker on YouTube whose design and fabrications skills go way beyond Norm's. Now, on the positive side he probably introduced thousands of people to the art and craft of woodworking, and that a good thing. THANK YOU FOR THAT NORM!

  37. Ross Taylor

    February 17, 2018 at 5:05 am

    I am a this old house "lifer" seen every episode of this old house and new Yankee. Starting watching this old house when I was 12 back in 79. Norm was my childhood idol . I started building things and pretended to be " norm abram" .

  38. Art Connolly

    February 17, 2018 at 5:05 am

    Maybe Norm will join the You Tube family as a hobby.

  39. irishslave51

    February 17, 2018 at 5:05 am

    He made his fortune off of This Old House shows… When that dried up, he went solo, and showed off all his nice free tools that came from his sponsors, yeah what a guy…

  40. swillswill

    February 17, 2018 at 5:05 am

    I hate to splash cold water on your enthusiasm. There is no doubt that Norm is an accomplished craftsman, capable of fine workmanship. The downside of his workshop videos is, that the typical backyard Joe woodworker, does not have access to the dozens of thousands of dollars worth of custom workshop and every conceivable power tool ever made. From a practical standpoint, these videos are mostly academic. Damned few amateurs have access to but even a fraction of these resources. Norm would be lost at sea without his power tools. Hand me one of those measured "drawrings." His are fascinatiing episodes, in a fantasy genre sense.

  41. balahmay

    February 17, 2018 at 5:05 am

    Your negative comment on PBS is rather old now. But it still troubles me that anyone could have that opinion. Even if you only looked at other shows involving various aspects of wood working, there has been a bunch of stuff on there. Where I am there are 4 different PBS feeds and one of them is entirely devoted to various crafts. I hope by now you have seen more of PBS and can reconsider your opinion.

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