My Final Wood Talk

December 21, 2015

It’s never easy to say goodbye to something you love doing, especially when you get to do that something with your best friends!

Unfortunately there comes a time when you have to make the decision to step back for the sake of your family, your friendship, and even yourself, and that time has finally come for me.


If you haven’t heard the latest episode of Wood Talk, Episode 288 “Matt’s Exodus,” I’ve decided it’s time for me to leave the show.

Of all the difficult decisions in my life this is probably the hardest one.

In fact, it took me weeks to come to terms with it and even more time to finally share it with Marc and Shannon.

And like the amazing friends they are, they talked with me about the “how’s and why’s” of my decision and then reluctantly agreed with it.

Wood Talk has been a huge part of my identity online. Marc and I started it about a year after we started our own shows and it’s been an amazing journey to watch how far we’ve taken it.

Perhaps the highlight for me was after Shannon joined us and we all met together at Woodworking in America where so many of you from the audience came to hang with us for dinner and drinks.

I always knew we had the best audience of any podcast out there, but that night removed any doubt of it that may have lingered in the back of my mind.

This isn’t the end of my podcasting career, as Matt’s Basement Workshop will continue to go on (a little slower than previously, but continue regardless.)

Thank you everyone for supporting the show, the bittersweetness of the situation I find myself in right now is that while I’m losing the opportunity to interact with all of you on that show, I now get to sit back and enjoy what the guys will continue to create!

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  1. David Albert says:

    Wow. That’s a kick to the gut. Good luck and look forward to whatever you do in the future.

  2. Erwin says:


  3. jHop says:




    Well, we all get to a point when the road turns a different direction from what we have been travelling. Doesn’t mean we are heading to a different destination, just means the scenery will be different.

    You, Marc, and Shannon have set the landscape for a good portion of this trip. It will take some time to adjust, but we’ll adjust. (Just… Pay no attention to those folks in black in the corner. They’re chortle-mourners.)

  4. Aaron Day says:

    Sorry to hear that you are leaving the show. I always enjoyed your perspective on the show since your shop and options most closely represented mine when compared to Marc (incredible shop and tool options) and Shannon (all hand tools). Winning your t-shirt last year was what got me off my duff to start actually making my own videos.

    Good luck with your future endeavors and I’ll keep an eye out on content you keep producing.

  5. Jonathan May says:

    on the bright side…they didn’t kill off your character so there is always a chance to return!

  6. Dyami says:

    We’ll miss you, Matt. Your retirement from the show is richly deserved. I hope you’re able to enjoy the time away.

  7. Kyle Barton says:

    Well that’s a bummer. We’ll all miss you. I wish you and yours the best on your new endeavors!

  8. Mike Thornburg says:

    I can respect your choice, I just can’t click “Like” or “+1” for the announcement. I know you don’t know me but I feel like I know you, and I always look forward to the three of you during my drives to and from work. Thanks for sharing and I will keep after anything you continue put out there for us.

  9. Bob DV says:

    It won’t be the same. John, Paul, George and Ringo did OK solo and so will you. Sure will miss the old band however. I guess I didn’t realize how attached to the show I was until I heard the news.
    Please think about adding some audio content to MBW. The police frown when I try to watch videos and drive.

    Oh, if MBW gets too slow, well let’s say that grey equinox out front may try to change that πŸ™‚

  10. Jim says:

    Wow Matt, sorry to hear of your departure. Thank you for all that you have contributed. The show won’t be the same without you.

  11. Brian Brazil says:

    Truly the end of an era. I’ve been listening since damn near the beginning and will miss my weekly chortle. Best of luck with the new ventures and may all your pants be stretchy!

  12. Paul Desmond says:

    Matt I would just like to say thank you for all of the great entertainment you’ve given us all these years. It is perfectly understandable that life situations change and people grow and change too. I have really enjoyed listening to every episode and I wish you the best of luck in your next chapter. May you always have straight grains and sharp blades.

  13. Jeremy says:

    I hate to see you go from WoodTalk, but glad to see that the rest of your life is overflowing enough that it’s pushed something as good as woodtalk onto the back burner. If you had lots of time for us (random people on the internet), that would mean there wasn’t a career or a family going so well. Drop us a chortle every now and again.

  14. Carla Dosh says:

    Wow, Never thought I’d see this happen. We all know the road changes and I pray yours is the right road. Gonna miss you, not sure if I can listen to the show without you but will try. Please keep MBW up and running. If it hadn’t been for you going to woodtalk I probably would not have started listening to podcasts.
    Good Luck, Don’t become a stranger!

  15. David says:

    Matt, I think you are 4 month early. April 1st is not today.
    I’m following you since the beginning, always waiting the moment I can listen to the podcast on my commute (…and even on my white bowl. Pardon my French.. but I’m French so I guess I have immunity idol ;o) ).
    I’ll really miss The Triplets of Wood and hope it will be not too long before Marc & Shannon will announce the special guest of the week : Mista ChortleMatt !
    Have a nice Christmas and Happy New Year.
    Straight blade and sharp grain (unless you still prefer this in the right order…).

  16. Kenji horvath says:

    You will be missed, man. I always enjoyed your humor and everything you brought to the show. I wish you luck in all your future endeavors and hope we will run into each other at a future wood working show. Take care

  17. Michael says:

    Wow Matt you will be missed. There is always time down the road to pick it up again. Family and your sanity comes first. Good luck in your endeavors.

  18. Khaled says:

    We will miss you a ton. Wish you the best.

  19. Simon Lee says:

    I, as will so many others, will miss your presence and contribution to the show, but wanted to express my admiration for having made a decision that best suits you. Kudos Matt, and all the best.

  20. Scott says:

    First Jay Leno, then David Letterman, and now Matt. O my. Is nothing permanent these days. Hey, thanks for all you’ve done over the years. Your priority is to your family first and then us. I think most of us will miss you but understand. Thanks again, Scott

  21. Neal Becker says:

    It feels like the end of an era Matt. You will be sorely missed, since you and Marc were the first guys I followed almost 6 years ago when I started down this cash-sucking journey. I’m glad I was able to meet you (and the other 2 Podfather wannabees) back in 2013, and wish you the best of luck as you go forward. we’ll all await whatever content you put out whenever you’re able to. Take care, my friend!

    P.S. I had to go back and check, but 2 of the 3 pictures at the bottom of this post were ones that I took at WIA 2013, so that’s kinda cool for me πŸ™‚

  22. Joe says:


    Thanks for all the laughs and good advice I will surely miss you! Wish you the best with your new career path.


  23. Jordan says:

    Wow! Having been a long time listener to both woodtalk and MBW, this makes me sad! Matt, thank you for all the great content you’ve put out over the years. You, Shannon and Marc made a great team on WT, and you each brought great individual content to the table as well. When I was going through grad school and had to pack all my tools into long term storage, your podcast was one of the things that helped me feel connected to my favorite hobby of woodworking. Safe travels and good luck in your future endeavors!

  24. patrick says:

    This is the worse possible news for the show. Frankly, Marc and Shannon aren’t funny enough to carry the show. If they can’t step up their game or if they can’t find some comedy pitch hitter to fill your place… well… this is just really bad news..

    your fan,

  25. Nick Carruthers says:

    I am truly sad to hear this. You have helped a lot of people more than you know. Best of luck, and I look forward to more MBW.

  26. Joe W says:

    I won the Gorilla Glue pack way back when. I met you at Jeff Miller’s in Chicago. I’ve got all of the WT episodes stored in my ITunes folder. So, as a long time follower/fan/hanger-on/woodworking wannabe, I am not feeling so good and cannot be as nice as the previous commenters. Darn!

  27. Rob Weathers says:

    Wow, very sorry to hear of your departure. We all have times when we must make difficult decisions and I respect that. However, I have really enjoyed your involvement, discussion, and insights on “Wood Talk”. You guys really are a great team. I hope that in the future your events allow you to return. Best wishes in the future, stay safe out there.

  28. Rick says:

    OMG. Thanks for the good times and best of luck to you Matt. Was that the theme music from the original Hulk?

    • Matt says:

      Yes…yes that was the theme music from the original Hulk!

      The pic was also so suppose to be an homage to David Banner’s lonely walk at the end of each episode LOL.

  29. Jim S says:


    I just wanted to echo everyone else here in saying how sorry I am to hear you’re leaving. You really are the best part of Woodtalk online. You are the one on that program I can relate to. Marc is “Mr Crazy Expensive Power Tool” and then there is Shannon who is “Mr Electricity Whats That”, neither of whivh I can relate to. You are a little bit power, a little bit hand tool, you actually make mistakes and have to fix em and do it all in a small home shop. Thats me to a tee! I honestly don’t know if I will continue to listen to woodtalk. You’re the best, please continue your own podcast!


  30. Bill says:

    Family does need to come first, glad you have the priorities in order. If circumstances align right, it would be nice to pop in on occasion. I do enjoy your perspective and hope you don’t have to dial MBW back as well, but it does look like that is happening.

  31. Dane says:

    Im sorry to see you go, sorry to be selfish.

    Best wishes, to you, your family and your new endeavors, travel safe.

  32. Tom says:

    Disappointed but wish you all the best, look forward to your show

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