WGBH & Tommy MacDonald: It's Official
Late last week Tommy MacDonald posted a tidbit about the new WGBH television show that he’s hosting, so technically things were official then. But we have more information about the show, including when it’s taping, how many episodes are scheduled and a few juicy details about what could be the first show. We also now know what company stepped up to sponsor the newest woodworking show.
Congratulations to Woodcraft for becoming the show’s sole sponsor. We’re all familiar with how Woodcraft has sponsored, backed or been involved with many woodworking shows. And now the company is in front on this show, as well. We should all take our hats off to the company that has been helping woodworkers complete countless projects since 1928, and has delivered woodworking education to our homes via programming such as this for many years , a heart-felt “thank you ” to Woodcraft, and to the folks at WGBH.
WGBH is not wasting any time in getting things rolling. This Monday, May 24th, the show’s producer, the crew and its host began taping the first of 13 episodes of “Rough Cut Woodworking with Tommy Mac” , the official title , and the team was not in the studio. Where did they go right out of the gate? That’s the cool part. The first episode to hit tape is on location at the Old North Church in Boston. Laurie Donnelly, an executive producer and director with WGBH, tells me that this show , which may or may not be the first to air (that decision will be made after a few episodes are in the can) , focuses around mouldings, including dentil moulding, found at the historic church and how mouldings can influence your project.
Also, in each episode the show visits an accomplished woodworker, so viewers get insight into 13 different cabinetmakers throughout the first year’s run. Tied in with the Old North Church episode is a trip to talk with Phil Lowe of the Furniture Institute of Massachusetts. Lowe certainly meets the criteria of an accomplished woodworker. And, “there is going to be a large online component tied in with the show,” says Donnelly. That is something we all would like to see.
While I didn’t get a firm launch date, and as of yet, I don’t have anywhere to send you for more information, I am told that a dedicated web site will be up and running about a month prior to when the first show airs.
An official press release is scheduled for later this week or sometime next week, so anything new will be announced then. We’ll keep you informed as to when you might get your first look at the new show , maybe we can get WGBH to pop up a short video just to wet our whistle. I asked Donnelly about this and she admitted it was something WGBH had discussed. Check back for more details.