Have you seen Tommy Mac’s new woodworking show? Let us know what you think.
It’s finally (already?!) October. With it comes the usual trappings of Fall: stacking fire wood, raking leaves, pulling winter coats from storage. But this year there is something new that you can do on the weekends. You can watch Rough Cuts: Woodworking with Tommy Mac. The first episode has already aired on some PBS channels around the country. I watched a preview copy of the show several weeks ago. I really liked the opening bit, when Tommy visits a local sawmill. It’s always cool to see a big tree cut up into workable boards. I also liked the project: a simple, but elegant trestle table in walnut. And I like Tommy’s personality. On the downside, I thought the pace of the show was too frantic, primarily because they tried to fit every single step of the build into the 30 minute long episode. As an experienced woodworker, I was able to follow along. However, there were a lot of mortise and tenon joints in the table (or variations thereof) and I would have explained the basics of the mortise and tenon in some detail up front and then quickly expained any variations in a few quick words when the time came.
But I am happy to see woodworking back on television. (And I would have caught the debut episode this past weekend if I hadn’t been in the shop myself!) So, what do you think? Did you watch the first episode? Did you like it? Hate it? Feel indifferent? Let us know what you think.
On a TV near you?
Is the show playing on your PBS station? Check your local listings. Here in Connecticut, it doesn’t look like it’s playing on Connecticut Public Broadcasting but it is playing on the New York station WLIW. Looks like the first episode, on building a trestle table is playing at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
The new show, Rough Cut Woodworking Tommy Mac, aired on some PBS stations around the country this past weekend. Did you see the show? What did you think? Miss it? Check your local listings to see if it's playing on a station near you.
In episode one, MacDonald builds a walnut trestle table and visits a local sawyer.