I’m not going to spend TOO much time touting the skills, the talent, the successes, or the infectious personalities of these two gents, but ….
From their respective websites—as you’ll now notice—I DID know they were a couple of talented woodworkers.
But what I didn’t know is this:
The people I really DID meet are America’s next Norm Abram, and the place in which I MET them was the next New Yankee Workshop.
Ya’ see …. Tommy has (‘struck’ isn’t the right word) made a deal. He’s done an amazing job of spending the time, getting next to the right people, and playing his cards just the right way, and has put together a new PBS series called ”Rough Cut—Woodworking With Tommy Mac.”
WGBH—Boston’s illustrious PBS station—is taking the lead, but the series (not show. Series) will air on almost all PBS stations, nationally … and … soon.
I learned all about THEIR concept—What it IS, compared to NYW and The Woodsmith Shop, and what it ISN’T. I think their concept is perfectly positioned to fill a void that most of us didn’t realize we were already dreaming about.
Tommy turned 44 years old, yesterday, and—from all appearances—is rolling sevens (craps analogy).
When I was there, they were a bit overwhelmed and overloaded.
Because the series’ underwriter—Woodcraft—had just made it rain tools all over their shop.
All kinds of tools. Every tool they wanted, PLUS a few they really didn’t want :-)
I felt badly for these guys. So much plastic wrap, Cosmolene, and empty corrugated to deal with.
And the clamps. They’re swimming in clamps—Jorgensens, Besseys, Wood river screw clamps.
How could you NOT feel badly for them ?
I told them that my Subaru was parked in their lot, and that—if it would make their lives even the SLIGHTEST bit easier—I’d take … THAT one … and THAT one … and that one, off their hands ;-)
As to stationary machines—I won’t list all the stuff that showed up at their door. It just makes me sick thinking about these poor souls, and all they have to contend with. No commitment to any single brand, so … every color of the rainbow was represented, in there. Lots of green. Lots of mustard yellow.
Helix and shelix and Byrds, Oh My !
Tommy and Eli met through the North Bennet Street School—their woodworking alma mater.
After a couple of hours of gabbing, ogling, drooling, and soaking it all in, I left … with the feeling that my wardrobe had just turned a LITTLE bit plaid.
Cheers, Guys. Thanks SO much for your time. Great to meet you both !
I’d wish you both luck, but … luck is nothing more than the intersection of preparation and opportunity. You’re both WELL prepared, and you MADE your own opportunity.
Let the show begin !
-- -- Neil