Norm Abram: Carpenter Turned Furnituremaker
Profiling the host of "The New Yankee Workshop"
Synopsis: Jim Boesel looks at what goes into and comes out of television’s New Yankee Workshop. In this interview, Norm Abram and show producer Russell Morash describe how they developed the popular show and what their long-term plans include. The article details Abram’s background, the history of the show, tool envy, and more. There’s behind-the-scenes information on what it takes to produce the show.
When Norm Abram took a job building a small barn in the backyard of a television producer’s house on the outskirts of Boston, he had no idea that his life was about to take a dramatic turn. At the time, Abram was a young general contractor trying to steer his business toward quality renovations. Impressed by Abram’s chintzy scrap pile and efficient work habits, Russell Morash, creator of public television’s This Old House, approached Abram with the idea of Norm the carpenter appearing…