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What tools would Norm Abram and Scott Phillips grab on the way out the door if their shops caught fire?

Find out next week when Popular Woodworking presents exclusive video interviews with Norm Abram and Scott Phillips. On Friday morning at the AWFS show in Las Vegas, Publisher Steve Shanesy sat down with these two woodworking icons for a round of questions no one else has ever asked and answers that might surprise you. Senior Editor Glen Huey was on the scene with our video camera and he’ll be editing the footage on the airplane ride home. By Monday or Tuesday, these will be available here on our web site.

We visited Norm’s New Yankee Workshop two summers ago, and Shanesy spent three days with Norm building Adirondack chairs, while former Managing Editor Kara Gebhart-Uhl peeked around in the corners and found out the real story about how Norm works to create the projects featured on his show. Scott is an old friend and neighbor and host of “The American Woodshop” which will start its 13th season on Aug. 11.

Both Norm and Scott were at the Delta/Porter Cable booth at the show, and graciously agreed to spend some time with us. Check back and find out what tools Norm and Scott would get first if they had to start over. Norm has influenced thousands of woodworkers, who does he look up to? What did Scott do before woodworking, and what was the most impressive thing he saw at the show?

Read more exclusive coverage and see more video coverage of the show.

– Robert W. Lang

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  • Christopher Schwarz


    The videos are in Flash format. Flash is a free plug-in available from Adobe.

    It might already be installed on your machine and just isn’t enabled. Check your web browser’s preferences to see if Flash is enabled. That has fixed the problem for other readers who have had problems.

    Hope that helps.

  • John H. Mead

    I cannot receive either video by Norm Abram or Scott Phillips. How else can I obtain them?

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