|Forum topic by StumpyNubs||posted 10-09-2011 10:13 PM||10339 views||2 times favorited||159 replies|
10-09-2011 10:13 PM
Weather you call him T-Chisel, T-Mac, Tommy Mac, or Thomas J. MacDonald- to me he’s a conundrum. You see, I’m not sure if I like him or hate him…
I know I cringe every time I hear him say something like “Come on guys, you can do this, it’s not that hard…” which sounds to me like he’s really thinking “Look here you freaking morons, even a drooling imbecile like you should be able to fumble your way through this…”
But, at the same time, I find myself strangely drawn to him. No, it’s not because I enjoy the way he looks into the camera repeatedly during the course of a project to flutter his eyelashes and tell us how good looking he thinks he is. (At least a half dozen times in the Bombe Secretary series). I think it’s because he has undeniable talent.
I’ve thought long and hard about it, and I’ve decided that he isn’t the egomaniac he appears to be at times. In fact I think he may even have a GENUINE desire to help others be better woodworkers. I still could do without the “You can do this guys, it’s not that hard…” every ten minutes, but that’s just me.
So, why am I even bringing this up. Well, I’ve been watching his older videos again at Thomasjmacdonald.com. And I’ve really learned a lot, in fact, I learn more every time I re-watch them. I think I may even be about to admit that I am enjoying them…
Right now I’m on the Bombe Secretary series, which is about 80 film clips of 5-15 minutes each. And a real gem can be found in almost every clip. Plus that older guy that assists him (Al D’Attanasio) could have a job in my shop ANY day! So I HIGHLY recommend that every woodworker here suffer through the occasional cheesy quip and regular doses of “Come on, Guys”. The skills this guy teaches (for free, I might add) is well worth it.
So in conclusion- If you’re out there Mr. T. Chisel… you’re starting to grow on me. And that’s not easy to do, just ask that thing on my neck…
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