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Scott Wadsworth’s Mail Is More Than Bills and Political Flyers. 10,000 Times More.

Spend 6 minutes with one of my favorite present-day Americans Scott Wadsworth as he answers the mail he gets about his Youtube Channel, Essential Craftsman. Might seem boring going in but you’ll feel differently by the end. With his faith, his skill, and his down-to-earth kindness and competence, Wadsworth is an example of the best this nation has to offer. Still. He’s one of those people that does work that inspires me to stop, turn around, and start putting much more material about Ye Olde Decent America into Ye Olde American Digest.

“Scott started working in 1974. His career as a craftsman has encompassed logging, saw milling, guiding elk hunters, production framing, commercial concrete, steel fabrication, blacksmithing and every aspect of residential carpentry and contracting. Scott has been married to his high school sweetheart Kelly Comerford for 39 years. They have four children and ten grandchildren.

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  • Rob De Witt October 16, 2018, 2:59 PM

    What a great guy. Thank God for normal Americans.

    Thanks, G.

  • steve walsh October 16, 2018, 3:47 PM

    Good call. Love that guy.

  • A. C. October 16, 2018, 4:44 PM

    I follow his YouTube channel for his videos with useful, practical information on it. Also the fourth of July videos of him with friends and family blowing an anvil sky high. Yes, a real anvil.

  • Terry October 16, 2018, 5:47 PM

    I watch this fellows videos when I have time. My grandfather (fathers father) was a blacksmith and self educated metallurgist. Absolutely fascinating watching him hammer weld steel parts together. He had some anvils that were absolutely gigantic. He had arms that were absolutely gigantic as well. Miss him dearly.

  • Dave October 16, 2018, 10:00 PM

    I found Scott’s website through a link here a year or so ago. (Thank you, Gerard.) Being semi-addicted to sawdust, I thoroughly enjoy his insights and his presentation. His videos are always interesting even if I don’t learn anything new, I do strive harder to be better, as Scott continually does.

  • Dr. Jay October 17, 2018, 5:31 AM

    I love watching Scott’s stuff. He always makes me want to go out and, well, do something productive. Build. Craft. Expand. I never do. But he makes me want to, and I guess that’s good, in its on way. Scott’s always an informative distraction from trying to figure out how much native American blood Elizabeth Warren actually has. (I’m not that good at math.)

  • Marica October 17, 2018, 7:07 AM

    He used the word “dazzling.” Hooked me then & there. Thanks, Gerard!

    Re.: “Ye Olde Decent America” There’s a lot of it out here. I was approaching a store’s exit door the other day. A young fellow was in front of me, but didn’t see me. He pushed the door open, turned right, and caught sight of me in the corner of his eye. He flung his arm back but missed the closing door, so he jumped back two steps, reached for it and pulled it open just as I got there. And then he said, “Sorry!” as if it was his moral duty to hold a door open for a woman. And most likely, for him, it is.

    He & Scott are probably cut from the same cloth.

  • ghostsniper October 17, 2018, 2:29 PM

    My anvil is about a 16″ piece of railroad track. Been beating it’s ass for decades and it doesn’t show it. Heavy too, maybe 40 lbs or so. It sits on a low shelf under the workbench and when I need it I drag it out and throw it up on top. One of these days I’m gonna weld it to an axle and wheel drum or something. Maybe.

  • Mike Guenther October 17, 2018, 5:22 PM

    I’ve been a carpenter for about 40 years and know most of those tricks, although it was entertaining to watch his presentation.

    I don’t know everything there is to know about construction and never will. For instance, the technique of using the saw as a rough plane…never heard it called a “Polish plane” before. That made me laugh.