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WGBH Boston Announces New Woodworking Television Series

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WGBH, the Boston PBS television station, announced that it will bring a fresh and modern woodworking television series to public television. Rough Cut - Woodworking with Tommy Mac is scheduled to premiere on public television stations in October 2010.

The instructional show invites viewers into the workshop of Boston native and fine furniture maker Tommy MacDonald, a graduate of the famed Boston-based North Bennet Street School. Thirteen innovative episodes follow Tommy as he travels to historical New England landmarks to gain design inspiration, then returns to his workshop to demonstrate the steps and techniques it takes to create comprehensive woodworking projects.

"WGBH is always looking for fresh, wonderful new talent," says WGBH Executive Producer Laurie Donnelly. "Tommy is not only an incredibly skilled worker, but he has this unique personality that draws people to him. "

"I am really excited to be working with the station I grew up watching," adds Tommy. "It was a big part of what inspired me to go in to this field.  I grew up in a house with nine kids and there was always something for my Dad and I to repair.  Shows like This Old House, Victory Garden and The New Yankee Workshop were always there with great information to get us started. Rough Cut hopes to carry on that tradition."

In addition to providing detailed project instructions to his audience, Tommy shares his skills and best practices, giving the opportunity for anyone with an interest in woodworking to not only learn the basics but also excel at the craft.  For those more experienced in woodworking, Tommy offers more advanced tips and techniques by showcasing his more complex projects.

Rough Cut - Woodworking with Tommy Mac is produced by WGBH Boston and distributed by American

Public Television. Tommy MacDonald is host. Executive producer is Laurie Donnelly for WGBH Lifestyle Productions. Woodcraft is the exclusive corporate sponsor.

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