Roy Underhill’s Net Worth, Wife, Daughter, Family, Biography

Roy Underhill is the well-known carpenter who hosts the woodworking “how to” show called “The Woodwright’s Shop”. The show has 37 seasons and counting, while the episode count is close to 500.

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Early life and family

Roy Underhill was born on December 22, 1950 in Washington DC USA. His zodiac sign is Sagittarius and he holds American citizenship. Her father served as a federal judge in Washington, while her mother was a talented artist. Roy shared on many episodes of his show that he always had this inner belief in his own success in life, inherited from his parents – they always supported him in everything he did, especially when he failed. and especially needed support.

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Roy is the youngest son of his parents, having two brothers and a sister – Roy once said that she was the one who actually introduced him to woodworking in the traditional way, while working at the Smithsonian Institution.


Graduating from his local high school in 1968, Roy enrolled at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. The now-famous carpenter once dreamed of acting and directing in theatre, so he first earned a BA in theater directing. Later, he enrolled at Duke University to learn environmental studies, including history, forestry, and engineering. In 1977, he earned an MD in forestry.


Theatrical staging assignment

Roy first moved to Colorado and assembled a company of people as passionate about acting as he was. Unfortunately, the other part of Roy’s dream never came true, as his band failed to gain attention for their production, so Roy quit directing and his band which he called “Homestead Arts”, and moved to New Mexico where he joined a socialist commune believed in their utopian plans to change society. Clearly recognizing that this life was not what he wanted, Roy returned to North Carolina to pursue his studies in college.

Carpentry career

During the presentation of his skills at Duke University, Roy impressed his professors so much that one of them even suggested that he show his tricks on television.

Roy was happy with the idea and took the advice. Inspired by his successful presentation, he built the shop he then called “The Woodright’s Shop”, admitting that the word “woodright” doesn’t really exist, that he invented it. However, the name did not confuse customers, who came to buy wooden items that Roy made to develop his carpentry skills. Feeling ready to present his work on television, Roy approached the local station of the PBS (Public Broadcasting Service), but his idea was rejected. Not giving up, Roy returned the following year, having all his tools with him and ready to shoot a pilot episode to prove his serious intentions. His idea was accepted and the show began airing in 1979.

During the same period, Roy was also accepted as a carpenter at the Colonial Williamsburg Reconstruction Center, which gave him more opportunities to work on interesting projects, as the company built houses from guides. used in the 18th century, calling them ‘the new houses of the past’.

Series “Woodright’s Shop”

Roy’s series began in 1979, and PBS launched two seasons of the show, when the production company made the decision to go national. Subsequently, the show had 15 seasons (13 aired nationally) and episode count 481, and one of the longest runs on television during which the host did not change.

There is another show related to carpentry, home improvement and other crafts called “This Old House” which started the same year and is still broadcast by WETA-TV (Washington office DC). It’s worth saying that most episodes of the show are filmed in one cut, and since an episode is around 25 minutes long, Roy looks exhausted at the end. He even injured himself for several episodes, but they didn’t cut those scenes, as Roy assumed it added even more realism to the show and made the job less easy than he could in the hands of a skilled professional. Roy insisted that people should be aware that woodworking is no joke, even though it is fun.

Author, teacher, technical consultant

Alongside his successful television career, Roy has also worked as a communications consultant. In 2005, he acted as a carpentry expert for the film “The New World”, in which he explained to the cast and crew the details of carpentry from the founding process of the settlement from the 17th century to Jamestown, Virginia. Colin Farrell, who starred in the film, also took carpentry lessons with Roy to look more realistic in the film’s scenes.

In 2014, Roy acted as a technical woodworking consultant for “Harbinger”, the film shot by director Kieran Moreira.

Roy Underhill

Working as a team with two talented carpenters, Robert Tripp and Luis Ruiz, Roy created several wooden objects for the house filmed in the film, which was a drama about a ten-year-old adopted child, who climbed an oak tree to grab his unborn baby. -brother who he thought was going to fall from space into his arms.

Roy is also the teacher at The Woodwright’s School, teaching traditional woodworking methods. He is also the author of eight books, including “The Woodwright’s Shop: A Practical Guide to Traditional Woodcraft” (1981), “The Woodwright’s Workbook: Further Explorations in Traditional Woodcraft” (1986) and “Calvin Cobb: Radio Woodworker!” (2014). He is also co-author with Lisa C. Mullins of “Styles of the Emerging Nation (Architectural Treasures of Early America, 13”) (1988).

Personal life, wife Lane Underhill

Roy married Lane in 1970 – apparently while they were studying at the University of North Carolina. Lane was always supportive of Roy, even when they both fell on hard times and didn’t have jobs. However, the couple remain together, making them one of those unique families who have lived together for (almost) 50 years. Lane is a singer who performed ballads in the taverns of Colonial Williamsburg. Lane and Roy welcomed two daughters, Rachel and Eleanor. While Rachel keeps information about her personal life and career under wraps, Eleanor is a very famous figure in the music world.

Daughter, Singer Eleanor Underhill

Roy and Lane’s youngest daughter, Eleanor, was born in 1981. From her early years, she was interested in music, as it surrounded her all the time with the songs her mother sang and listened to.

When Eleanor was only three years old, she show interest in musical instruments such as piano and ukulele, eventually playing a large number of instruments, including guitar, trombone, banjo and harmonica. Eleanor wrote her first song when she was 14. In 2009, with her friend Molly Rose, Eleanor founded the music group they called “Underhill Rose”, and eventually released four albums, Eleanor admitting they were all inspired by her favorite musicals “The Sound of Music”, “Singing in the Rain”. ” and her favorite – “Dirty Dancing”. Eleanor also likes to mention that she was born the same year that the music channel MTV was launched, so she was destined to become a performer. Eleanor shared that the list of her music groups favorites include the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel and Crosby, Stills and Nash, while his favorite singer (and his mother’s) is Barbra Streisand.

Among her passions is painting, as Eleanor is a very skilled illustrator. She is also a certified science teacher.

Appearance, style of dress

Roy has brown hair and brown eyes – his height, weight and vital statistics are not available. As for his style of dress, he still appears on television screens with his famous carpenter’s checkered hat, suspenders and white shirt.

Net Worth and Salary

As of 2019, Roy Underhill has accumulated a net worth of $250,000. In addition to his stable source of income – his long-running TV show “The Woodright’s Shop” – he also benefits from his classes at “The Woodright’s School” and the objects he creates.

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