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Scott & Suzy Phillips Present “American Originals” On PBS-The American Woodshop’s 21st Season

Scott and Suzy Phillips of The American Woodshop focus on American originality in furniture design and creativity in the use of hand tools as they begin The American Woodshop’s 21st season on public television beginning on Saturday, January 18, 2014.

“American handmade furniture captures our free thinking ways”…Scott Phillips

Scott said, “Every woodworker puts a lot of who he or she is into their work, and most woodworkers are passionate about working with their hands. Free-form designs, like the hard line–soft line ideas of Sam Maloof, break with tradition. Freedom of expression shines when people add their own unique touches to everything they make by hand in their own shop. This leads to uniquely original furniture. That’s something to celebrate, and we do just that with Season 21 projects.”

Woodcraft Supply, LLC, the Kreg Tool Company, Easy Wood Tools, the Gorilla Glue Company, and O’Keeffe’s Working Hands provide funding for The American Woodshop, which is produced by WBGU-TV in Bowling Green, Ohio, and carried on 350 plus PBS stations.

“Woodcraft is proud to sponsor The American Woodshop for another season of projects from Scott and Suzy Phillips that will challenge and inform woodworkers” …Woodcraft president Jody Garrett

“The show offers inspiration and valuable instruction that are a good fit for Woodcraft’s mission to provide educational opportunities for woodworkers”, said Garrett.

Here is the line up of projects for Season 21,


Scott Phillips, co-host of The American Woodshop on PBS, displays the Philadelphia Ball and Claw Armchair with mahogany Chippendale carving accents – one of the projects built during Season 21.

In addition to furnituremaking skills, several of the Season 21 projects incorporate specialized woodworking skills such as the Chippendale carvings found on the handsome Philadelphia Ball and Claw Armchair,  the scrollsawing that produces Scroll Saw Puzzles, the bending wood  necessary to build the Oval Tray Table, and the classic dovetail joints featured in the base of the Shaker Style Secretary. Two other projects involve turning  –  Kitchen Turned Bowls and Custom Cutlery and Turned Stools and Candle Stands.

Three projects are designed for the woodshop: Shop Made Workbenches, portable benches made from recycled hard maple; Shop Jigs, affordable solutions to everyday woodworking challenges; and a Two-Drawer Tool Tray.

Rounding out the lineup are a Tiled Marble Top Washstand, a 1930 Relief Accented Desk, a Scrolled Leg Stand, and a Curio Cabinet featuring willow columns.

“There are many guests from all over America who join us to present breakthroughs in details from carving, scrolling, workbench designs, and even dust collection,” Scott said. “We also dig into hand-tool use with planes, sharpening tools and jigs and apply these seriously sharp tools to ball and claw legs, a relief accented desk and even a tool tray.”

Call your local public television station to find out The American Woodshop’s airtime. “We air 51,000 plus times a year all over America,” Scott said. “Plus www.wbgu.org/americanwoodshop is available for everyone around the world and airs the shows after a season concludes.”  Viewers who want to make the shows part of their reference library can purchase season DVDs.

For more information about Woodcraft, please contact the store nearest you, visit www.woodcraft.com or call (800) 535-4482. To learn about Woodcraft franchise opportunities, visit www.woodcraftfranchise.com or email woodcraftfranchise@woodcraft.com.

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  1. avatar
    Paul Jackson, March 12, 2014
    It's great to see Suzy on here. She really makes Scott look good! Hopefully, we will see her with an Easy Wood Tool in her hands making the bowls :-). Reply
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    frank, March 12, 2014
    Thanks Paul, you may certainly see Suzy & Scott use the Easy Wood Tools in Episode 2, Kitchen Turned Bowls and Custom Cutlery of Season 21's American Woodshop. Check it out HERE Reply
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    Robert Lynch, September 11, 2014
    Love the show. Watch it on 'Create'. On one episode Scott told of a product to put on wood affected by power post beetles. Can you let me know what it was. Thanks, and looking forward to the new season. Reply
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    Dave Gandy, July 23, 2015
    I want to say that I believe the two of you are very talented and I admire your skills and natural talent.. However, of late I have noticed your praise for the new tools you are using. No doubt it is praise well worth it, as these are probably the finest tools money can buy. The average guy drools with envy when he sees you using those beautiful German tools. But the average guy can't afford 90% of those tools. We know they are awesome, and we know we can great work with them. But your show , I think, would benefit if you used tools the normal person can afford. I don't mean cheap junk, just quality tools that don't cost an arm and a leg. I have amassed a large collection of quality tools over the last 40 years. I would trade them all for the ones you use, but like probably the majority of your viewers, we know we will never be able to afford them. Just my two cents worth, and I'm not about to stop watching your show. On another note, just a question, about scroll saws. I notice that even though you have a DeWalt saw, you never top feed your material. I have an Excalibur 21" and top feed is a main reason I bought it. Is this just a personal preference? Reply
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    Steve Kolvek, September 10, 2015
    Dear Scott & Suzy: If Scott is from Piqua, OH and Suzy is from Louisiana, how did you two meet? Reply
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    Thomas Snavely, November 19, 2015
    A week ago Scott had a program on scroll sawing and carving a scenic,I have tried repeatedly to contact the guest Mr Foster about more info and plans. He does not respond and I was wondering if there is any where I can get more info or patterns on this. I am really interested in this art but not much information is available. Reply
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      Frank, November 19, 2015
      Thomas, You may contact Jim Foster at this email: jim.barbfoster@att.net. Also his phone number is 937-773-7314. Reply
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    Richard Garton, November 22, 2015
    I have read some really not so nice comments about Scott. Susie is a absolute nice down to earth gal. Those two have a show in an environment similar to most home woodshops. One other show on Create you don't even see sawdust and it take three guys to do the same as one. Also Roy Underhill is probably one of the most talented guys to use nothing but hand tools that is talent Reply
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      Frank, November 23, 2015
      We can assure you that Scott and Suzy both are the most down to earth, loving people you would ever wish to know. They have been nothing but great to us and our stores, and in personal outgoing situations with woodworkers of all kinds. They are also highly respected in all venues of woodworking and the community in which they live as well as areas they have traveled to. We all believe in positive nature breeds great things for all. Reply
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    Bill, December 12, 2015
    Suzy is a nice addition. I, however, prefer to use more old style hand tools and prefer old joinery methods rather than pocket screws. When people look at my furniture they feel like it is old. But this is what I like as opposed to the modern do it quick and easy way. I have done a number of his projects but have used old time joiner methods and old time finishing methods and have been very pleased with the results. Reply
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    Don Knudsen, February 29, 2016
    On one of the show there was information about a "triple cross puzzle" I would like to know how to get or make one of these. Please help me find this. Reply
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      Frank, February 29, 2016
      I have sent you several emails and links on solutions and design plans on this triple cross puzzle. When I receive additional info from Tom Lensch, I will pass that along to you as well. Reply
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    larry, April 24, 2016
    Watch often, but your using $1000 to $5000 specialty tools is a real turnoff. I know the manufacturers pay, but seeing a less expensive way to do the job would be more interesting and very helpful. Thanks. Reply
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      Frank, June 13, 2016
      We have different woodworkers requiring different tooling. Some high end, some not. The American Woodshop and Woodcraft provide tooling, machines and accessory information for all price ranges and all uses. If you will let us know your requirements, we can help you with tooling to match your financial needs. Reply
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    R.Bernard, July 26, 2016
    On one of your previous shows in May-June 2016 I saw a heritage chest / hope chest sitting on the floor during your show. Do you have plans for this and or a picture.?? Tks Richard B. Reply
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      Frank, July 26, 2016
      Woodcraft offers these plans for Hope Chests: http://www.woodcraft.com/search2/search.aspx?query=hope%20chest%20plans. I will follow up with a photo of the Hope Chest from the American Woodshop. Reply
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    R.Bernard, July 26, 2016
    During your T V broadcast in May or June 2016 I saw a heritage / hope chest sitting on the floor. Are the plans obtainable or a picture. It definitely had my WOW factor. Richard B. Reply
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      Frank, July 26, 2016
      Season 17 offered a Shaker inspired chest, at this American Woodshop link: http://video.wbgu.org/video/1620452421/ Was this the episode you viewed? Reply
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      Frank, July 26, 2016
      Season 21, episode 11 had a chest in the background: http://video.wbgu.org/video/2365222778/ I have sent you a photo of the Season 21 Hope Chest in the background via your email address. Reply

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