The Best Show You're Not Watching

The Best Show You're Not Watching

I think it was TV Guide that used to run a column about TV shows that weren't hugely popular, but that they felt were worth the watch. Maybe they still do. Well, this is my version. The focus of today's blog is about a show on Magnolia Network (formerly DIY Network). It's called "The Craftsman" and airs on Tuesdays at 9:00PM EST.

The Craftsman is the story of Eric Hollenbeck of Eureka, CA. Well, it's not all about him. It's also about his family, his workshop, the town of Eureka, and most importantly, finding joy in creating. I was hooked after the first episode, when Eric is describing being a craftsman and knowing when you've done your best to complete a project. "Because you can never be perfect. The tree was perfect. We can't hit perfection again." Eric goes on to encourage everyone to get as close as you can by giving your all. 

Eric is a former logger, a veteran, and lifetime woodworker. I don't want to spoil too much, but he is just a gem. Humble, funny, and genuine. Of course, I was drawn to the show because I thought it might be something Christopher and I could enjoy together. We like seeing the talents of others and what they create. The Craftsman features projects that Eric and his crew are working on in this town full of amazing architecture. But again, it's not just about the woodwork. Eric offers his perspective on crafting, creating, and life. Nothing came easy to him. He has worked for everything he has and remains true to his real self. The projects and woodwork are interesting, especially when he shows some of the old machines he still uses, but you don't have to be interested in woodworking to get something out of this show. Watch with your kids, your parents, your friends. I challenge you to not find at least one valuable lesson in each episode.

All episodes of Season 1 have aired, but you can catch the show on demand!


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