Tommy Mac & ‘Rough Cut’

As ‘Rough Cut’ begins season two, we discover the host’s career path to television success.

By Glen D. Huey
Pages: 40-43

From the November issue #193
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This Salem secretary was the piece that started Tommy down the homestretch to hosting a woodworking show. Bob Vila was captivated by the secretary and made it a point to remember Tommy.

I’m a firm believer that every person has a talent; everyone is great at something. To find that something and make it your life’s work is how you stand out from others. And that leads to success – be it money, fame or happiness.
Step one of that discovery is to recognize what your life’s calling is when it passes in front of you, and to be able to see yourself in that position. With that, you need the discipline to stay on course while rising above naysayers, and you have to take advantage of any opportunity that comes your way. Of course, it also helps to have a little luck.

Thomas MacDonald, host of “Rough Cut: Woodworking with Tommy Mac” – the newest woodworking show from WGBH, Boston’s public television station – perfectly fits this description. He’s a “go-getter” woodworker who found his calling as he progressed through the woodworking program at North Bennet Street School (NBSS) in Boston.

As he did so, Tommy accepted advice that led him in the right direction, he was aggressive enough to make things happen as he took advantage of opportunities, and he had the discipline to stay the course – even when others doubted his ability. He had a bit of luck, too.

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