In October 2010 PBS will air a new woodworking television series called Rough Cut – Woodworking with Tommy Mac.
Check out our exclusive interview with the host of Rough Cut Tommy Mac.
The only holdup to releasing the show was finding a proper underwriter and Woodcraft has now stepped up to the plate and will be the exclusive corporate sponsor.
Tommy has stated he wants to the show to follow in the tradition of other long-running PBS DIY shows such as This Old House and Victory Garden and if they succeed he is on his way to becoming the Bob Vila of woodworking especially now that Norm Abram’s New Yankee Workshop is no longer on TV.
Tommy is also younger than a typical PBS host and looks similar to Kevin O’Connor who This Old House turned to as it’s new host a few years ago and has done a wonderful job attracting a new generation of do-it-yourselfers.
If Tommy Mac has inspired you to give woodworking a try, there are many great resources online as well as a variety of books that can give you the basics. We recommend Woodworking Basics: Mastering the Essentials of Craftsmanship written by Peter Korn. It’s based on a two-week course and focused on woodworking fundamentals offered at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Camden, Maine. This book takes a traditional approach to teaching, with the idea that learning basic skills is essential to craftsmanship.
From the press release:
The instructional show invites viewers into the workshop of Boston native and fine furniture maker Tommy MacDonald, a graduate of the famed Boston-based North Bennet Street School. Thirteen innovative episodes follow Tommy as he travels to historical New England landmarks to gain design inspiration, then returns to his workshop to demonstrate the steps and techniques it takes to create comprehensive woodworking projects.
“WGBH is always looking for fresh, wonderful new talent,” says WGBH Executive Producer Laurie Donnelly. “Tommy is not only an incredibly skilled worker, but he has this unique personality that draws people to him. ”
“I am really excited to be working with the station I grew up watching,” adds Tommy. “It was a big part of what inspired me to go in to this field. I grew up in a house with nine kids and there was always something for my Dad and I to repair. Shows like This Old House, Victory Garden and The New Yankee Workshop were always there with great information to get us started. Rough Cut hopes to carry on that tradition.”
In addition to providing detailed project instructions to his audience, Tommy shares his skills and best practices, giving the opportunity for anyone with an interest in woodworking to not only learn the basics but also excel at the craft. For those more experienced in woodworking, Tommy offers more advanced tips and techniques by showcasing his more complex projects.
Rough Cut – Woodworking with Tommy Mac is produced by WGBH Boston and distributed by American Public Television. Tommy MacDonald is host. Executive producer is Laurie Donnelly for WGBH Lifestyle Productions. Woodcraft is the exclusive corporate sponsor.
photo: John Gillooly