Chris Schwarz and I agreed we were rednecks. He is from Arkansas and I’m a Georgian. It is a fact and was exposed filming the reality show edition of “Popular Woodworking’s Tips, Tricks,and Techniques” segment for the April 2013 episode of “The Highland Woodworker.”
Last week I journeyed to Popular Woodworking‘s wood shop in Cincinnati, Ohio. Filming five of the “Triple T” segments with their editorial staff in a row was a blast. My role for each one was like little Jimmy who dropped by Don Herbert’s (Mr. Wizard) laboratory and asked,”What are we going to do today Mr. Wizard?” Mr. Wizard was played by Chris, Steve Shanesy, Glen Huey and Robert “Bob” Lang. The female Wizard’s role was wonderfully played by Megan Fitzpatrick. All of this was produced by David Thiel and the video staff. These guys have woodworking flowing through their veins and are great at sharing their “Tips,Tricks and Techniques.”
He may be a redneck, but Chris Schwarz is a big man, physically and in woodworking. His volumes of work have revived and refreshed hand tool woodworking to a level not seen since the dawn of power tools. He is really very down to earth and easy with which to work. His “Redneck Jig” segment shows how easy it is to make something that can help you improve your woodworking without spending a lot of time and money. Whether it is simple, or complex like publishing (Lost Art Press) Don William’s translation of Andre’ Roubo’s “L’Art du Menuisier,” Chris has a passion for hand tools and the ability to connect with woodworkers. Chris Schwarz is the Pied Piper of Woodworking with best selling books like “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest” and more blogging then could be imagined. The excitement over the Roubo workbench can be greatly attributed to Chris’ work on the subject. He collaborates with other woodworkers and helps to lift up everyone amateur and professional. Isn’t that the way it is supposed to be?