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Andy Rooney the woodworker
« on: May 28, 2006, 11:30:16 pm »
Several years ago i was at a book sale and picked up an old copy of American Woodworker magazine. There is an interview with Andy Rooney of "60 minutes" fame about his woodworking and his shop. I wanted to share a bit of the article because it really hits home with me and i'm sure some of you can relate to.


A BIT ABOUT MY WOOD
By Andy Rooney

When i come home with wood i have found in some obscure sawmill, lumberyard or farmers barn, my wife invariably asks one of two questions:"Dont you have enough wood?" or alternately, "What are you going to do with that?"For me, having wood is an end in itself. I own boards that i would rather have hanging on my living room wall than a Rembrandt painting. At the bottom of my wood rack, I have stickered seven cherry boards 14ft long and 25 in wide at their widest point. I used to have eight but i made two tables out of one of them. I had to eliminate one car from the garage when i built the rack to accommodate it. I bought this wood from a man who had kept it in his barn for 20 years. I like the tables but they do not give me any more pleasure than do the seven boards. I have looked down at that cherry several thousand times in the ten years i've had it and derived pleasure on every occasion. What would i do with them that could be better than that.


I completely understand how Mr Rooney feels. I have boards in my shop that i just feel i could never do them justice in a piece of furniture so they just sit on the rack and i derive great pleasure just walking by and wiping my hand across the grain. Now that the bandmill is almost finished i'm afraid i'm gonna have a hard time letting go of all that beautiful lumber that comes off the mill. I wonder if betty ford has a wing for such a thing.

My name is Tony and i'm addicted to lumber
Every log i open up, a board falls out!!!

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Re: Andy Rooney the woodworker
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2006, 11:35:52 pm »
I knew there was something I liked about that Rooney guy. :) :)
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Re: Andy Rooney the woodworker
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2006, 12:02:36 am »
Hey, that was great, thanks for sharing it :-)

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Re: Andy Rooney the woodworker
« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2006, 01:06:39 am »
I use to watch Andy Rooney when I lived in the old farmhouse with a black and white tv and only one channel . He would come on sunday nights at 6pm . I never knew he was a wood guy  ??? Isnt that something . 

What really blew me away was his buddy Charles Kuralt on sunday morning always pausing for a minute and showing that running stream out in Montana . Made a guy feel like wanting to go stand in a river .

I bet Andy would have been a fun guy to have a few kanoopers with  ;D
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Re: Andy Rooney the woodworker
« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2006, 06:02:35 am »
Have you ever noticed the Desk he gives his commentary from?
Nice thick slab of something.
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Re: Andy Rooney the woodworker
« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2006, 06:36:46 am »
I think I remember that he made that desk.(but as one ages you rembember alot of things that may or not be true. ;D)
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Re: Andy Rooney the woodworker
« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2006, 07:39:30 am »
On 60 Minutes once he showed his desk, which he made from a walnut slab. You can never see it though cuz it has so much crap piled on it.
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Re: Andy Rooney the woodworker
« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2006, 10:27:20 pm »
  I have a board , well two boards that I dont think will ever get to be anything else but that , boards . Not that these boards have any value , only that  I got them from my grand father to make shelves with when I was younger   , now its been a few years since he has gone and lit a new star in the sky , these boards have moved with me since and are piled in my shop under a whole bunch of others , they will move again this summer to a new pile and again be piled under some more and be there for a long time before I use them , maybe some day I will find something worthy of them to be put into , but until then , they will be for me look at and remember the man that gave them to me .
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Re: Andy Rooney the woodworker
« Reply #8 on: May 31, 2006, 11:43:36 am »
Marcel,
Are those boards small enough to put in some kind of display case ? I think it would be neat to 'frame' them with a letter telling their story.
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Re: Andy Rooney the woodworker
« Reply #9 on: May 31, 2006, 12:45:39 pm »
You mean other folks actually use the lumber they cut?  How odd!

Seriously, my wife, Sweetness I call her, reminded me that I have yet to make a single thing from any of the wood I have milled :D

My back yard is beginning to look like a mini lumber yard.  I have wood stickered everywhere!  Maybe I have a problem?  NAH!
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Re: Andy Rooney the woodworker
« Reply #10 on: May 31, 2006, 06:11:30 pm »
An old friend of mine, for which there is a thread dedicated in this forum, tied some artificial flies for me on request. He was an avid fly tyer and atlantic salmon fisherman. I made a unique box from cherry from the farm and used a mirror to display the flies as you look through the lid of the box. There is a picture posted in the depths of the forum someplace.  Don't look in my gallery to locate it because I think it was posted at an earlier time. ;D

I also have a bambo salmon fishing rod with a spare tip from grandfather. I don't remember him ever using it. But he bought it a long time ago, before my time. It's in an aluminum tube rod case safely tucked away. ;D

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Re: Andy Rooney the woodworker
« Reply #11 on: May 31, 2006, 08:42:53 pm »
I have the issue of AW with Andy Rooney in it.  I'm just like him, I can appreciate the wood for just being a piece of wood, you don't need to make something out of it.  I have two halves of an apple burl that is full of ant tunnels, it was a gift from a friend who works for a tree service.  He thought it was junk.  I cut it in half lengthwise to expose the ant tunnels and I can honestly say that I can never make something from that burl that will look better than the plain burl itself.   It's gonna get a place on a shelf in my shop and sit there forever.

Or I'll sell it on eBay...   :D :D ;)

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Re: Andy Rooney the woodworker
« Reply #12 on: June 01, 2006, 09:32:25 am »
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I can honestly say that I can never make something from that burl that will look better than the plain burl itself.   It's gonna get a place on a shelf in my shop and sit there forever.


Or the ants will make new galleries in the shop, by golly. ;D :D :D

Pre-commercial thinning pays off. :)

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Re: Andy Rooney the woodworker
« Reply #13 on: June 01, 2006, 05:24:00 pm »
The ants bailed as soon as they saw the bandsaw blade coming.   ;D