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American Woodshop

The Toy Spiral Tower (#812)

This ancient toy dates back to Roman times, when children and adults engaged in marble races, placing their marbles in the tower's top and seeing how long it took to reach the bottom. Ohio woodworker Jim Faulconer's variation of the stacking tower is a four-foot, Rube Goldbergish device with a series of bowls, ramps, and channels that guide marbles through an amazing array of obstacles. A trip to " Artistry in Wood," one of the nation's top five woodworking shows, unveils a fabulous collection of other wooden toys. [26 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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Series Description: Host Scott Phillips, an American woodworking master, shares time-honored tips and new techniques in the construction of projects you can do at home. From an Annie Oakley Dry Sink to a Chippendale High Boy, Scott guides you through the process of building tables, chairs, benches, medicine cabinets, cupboards, plant and candle stands, serving spoons, salad bowls and a storage chest . A master woodworker with a personable style thorough knowledge of his craft, Phillips's reverence for the intricacies of wood and its possibilities has helped make AMERICAN WOODSHOP a favorite among ptv audiences.

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