Our friends at ShopBot were host yesterday to legendary woodworker Roy Underhill. Roy's show, The Woodwright's Shop, has been a staple of PBS programming for 30 years. Many a Maker has grown up enjoying his wit, talent, and showmanship.
Educational kit-maker Ben Harris of Harris Educational organized the meeting that also included ShopBot, Hines Design Labs, and, of course, Maker Faire North Carolina. Roy toured the remarkable ShopBot facility and was impressed at the machine's abilities. We all discussed the remarkable history of Makers in North Carolina especially Thomas Day whose furniture and homes are extraordinary. After our tour we had lunch at the home of ShopBot founder Ted Hall and then went to Pittsboro to visit Roy Underhill's Woodwright's School for demonstrations of traditional woodcrafting. We topped off an amazing day at the inimitable gallery/lounge/coffee shop/bar/club Davenport and Winkleperry.
As of this month it has been three years since our small group started planning the first Maker Faire North Carolina. I am amazed at how far we have come and how many amazing people I have met. Thanks for making it all possible, North Carolina!