The Woodworker – Ron Heiden | The Craftsmen Series



my name's Ron Hayden I own haydn's working and I restore old wooden cars I do the woodwork for old wooden station wagons the woody wagons were adopted by surfers because of the cargo capacity of them people who had over just didn't want him anymore there was just a car that was a throwaway car years ago nobody really saves their cars like to do now nobody traded the car in to get the next one and so these woody wagons people just sort of Park them and then the surfers go wow this is huge I can sleep in the back I get throw my board in the back four guys can go in there and we could go to the beach everybody could chip in twenty five cents and we'll get four gallons of gas and we'll go to the beach down the steep and rocky road to the pounding Pacific at Palos Verde California but look like streamlined Brett boards are really surfboards like eagerly don't ride the waves like a morning I was in my 20s early 20s and the guy had a cold car underneath the blue tarp forever finally one day he pulled the cover off the blue tarp and I looked at this thing and I said what are you gonna do with that and it was a dilapidated old 47 4 and he said he was going to restore it so that was my first recollection really of a wooden car people do restore these things and it just progressed from there to build a wood body is a lot of thinking ahead of time I mean it all has to fit when you're done you can build anything you want but it has to fit so I have a lot of wood stored that's woodford cars all the way up to ford cars from 32 all the way to 53 I have Buicks up into the 50s and I have Chevrolet's up into the almost of 50 48 49 and so I have all this old wood and a lot of us deteriorated there's dry rot in the corners but it's great templates it gives me the palette to start doing the work on the cars me creating something is what I enjoy I'm putting something back into the world that was here I'm putting history back in one at a time and I I really enjoy that and then to turn around and see the smiles on the faces when people come back to get their vehicle and to know that they're just really happy or stoked about it that is just it's heartwarming it's and it makes you feel good that you did something that was so pleasing other people if a 16 year old Ron Heitmann saw what I did I think he'd be very pleased I sort of followed but I wanted to do and I think I make a lot of people have me playing I can't I don't think I'll ever retire but I'm sure always have my hand in and doing Woody's and or just helping people out that I've done cars for but I'm gonna I'm gonna travel while I can't battle bore it a little bit and just take it easy you know like everybody wants to do and hopefully we'll all get there someday

40 Comments

  • C Howard

    April 12, 2019

    Who's gonna take this amazing guys place?

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  • Cary Christian

    April 12, 2019

    What an amazing series great videos

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  • Jim Clarke

    April 12, 2019

    True craftsman ,and a great guy

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  • goldsilverandiamonds

    April 12, 2019

    When this guy passes away hopefully many,many decades from now……his family will have the sense to save and make sure his wood templates and work go to a place that will use them to carry on his legacy and work.

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  • Kevin Aguiar

    April 12, 2019

    As a young person I am so ashamed of my generation's under appreciation of craftsmanship such as this.
    I build, restore, and collect classic cars with my father… it is something I will pass on to my kids with the well taught lessons of honor of hard work and craftsmanship.

    #HandsNotMachines

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  • jiff jiffernson

    April 12, 2019

    I like that guy.

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  • medina619

    April 12, 2019

    this makes my heart happy..the passion for life.

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  • Mauricio Do Vale Nuvens

    April 12, 2019

    Great!
    Just great!
    I´ve saw just a bit of his work in Chasing Classic Cars, and was amazing. Now, with his interview, up's to a new level.
    Tks!

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  • pdgray3

    April 12, 2019

    Great video!

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  • Fecóka

    April 12, 2019

    Awesome video! Beautiful work Mr. Heiden! God Bless You! Greetings from Hungary

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  • MrJessiePinkman

    April 12, 2019

    This very talented guy was in an episode of Monster Garage (Woody surfmobile) !

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  • Ryk Mchoraji

    April 12, 2019

    So Dope

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  • Pete Passof

    April 12, 2019

    Thanks to Jim Vickery for passing the video on to members of the Santa Cruz Woodie Club.  Great job Ron, explain what goes on when rebuilding an old woodie

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  • luis loyola

    April 12, 2019

    great story ,I'm honored to be in the company of craftsmen , when you love what you do like I do ,I always look forward to going to my shop everyday ,thanks hagerty for sharing our stories,luis loyola

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  • louis soon

    April 12, 2019

    Great series

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  • ludo luco

    April 12, 2019

    good job RON !

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  • The BM

    April 12, 2019

    Wonderful video, wonderful cars, wonderful craftsman!

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  • greg h

    April 12, 2019

    Craftsmen.. a dying breed in a plug n play world

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  • Snake

    April 12, 2019

    Excellent video.

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  • Marquis deSade

    April 12, 2019

    To be in my 20s again and to be able to learn from you. The sunglasses are amazing. I have a 29 Mercedes Gazelle and to have a pair to wear while driving would be the "cat's meow"…:)

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  • VanisleNSX

    April 12, 2019

    Awesome!

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  • Margaret Collison

    April 12, 2019

    I am a vintage 1950 retiree assembling and varnishing an ash wood kit for my 1955 Morris Minor Traveller. So,   I really appreciate the kind of truly custom master work you are doing!  Each car you do is a message to following generations.

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  • Catso Mann

    April 12, 2019

    I once worked in a shop restoring old wood frame body cars from England. Very interesting and satisfying work. I tip my hat to Ron and preservationists like him everywhere.

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  • JORGE GONZALEZ

    April 12, 2019

    love all the videos…saludos from Mexico…im restoring a 73 courier….its kindda hard downhere….but its coming up…

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  • A Davis

    April 12, 2019

    Wow, very cool video! I love seeing the creations of true craftsmen! It seems such a rarity these days.

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  • progressix

    April 12, 2019

    Incredible and impressive!! Keep up the fine work!!

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  • snubnoze3

    April 12, 2019

    Fantastic,,,,hard to find craftsmen like Ron these days!…..I really enjoyed watching ?????

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  • Lookup2Wakeup

    April 12, 2019

    Nice work!

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  • 7ViewerLogic

    April 12, 2019

    Wow!

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  • Charles Dyer

    April 12, 2019

    Super Stuff !

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  • Scooterfish58

    April 12, 2019

    Way cool dude! Cowabunga!

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  • Paul Smith

    April 12, 2019

    Very nice Ron, thanks for keeping this niche sector of the hobby going.

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  • MikeGuy993

    April 12, 2019

    Great story and great video!

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  • Bruce Madden

    April 12, 2019

    wonderful story; person following his passion. May you hopefully find/inspire some youngtster to carry on your crafstmanship.

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  • Mooncut

    April 12, 2019

    Amazing talent and knowledge!

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  • GTOger

    April 12, 2019

    I hope there are some young folks taking notes and interested in carrying on some of these trades so that they do not become lost arts. Kudos, Ron, for your dedication to your craft.

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  • Andres Luzunaris

    April 12, 2019

    Beautiful Video!! God Bless You!!

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  • Darin Hudson

    April 12, 2019

    Seems like a great guy, forearms like Popeye. From wood working no doubt. Nice relaxing gentle, meditative almost, video. Thanks Hagerty!

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  • VirtualJustin

    April 12, 2019

    I really enjoy the content on Hagerty's Channel! I look forward to seeing more 🙂

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  • Chris Graham

    April 12, 2019

    Hopefully you can teach and mentor a young craftsman to carry on your passion.

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