|Contest Winner Views Production, Meets Host & Crew On Rough Cut – Woodworking with Tommy Mac Set Back to Press Releases
|Parkersburg, W. VA. (August 2011) – “Hanging out with Tommy and the crew” was the high point of Tom Baker’s day on the set of public television's Rough Cut – Woodworking with Tommy Mac, the top prize in a contest sponsored by Woodcraft.
Woodcraft paid airfare and accommodations for two nights in Canton, Massachusetts, for Baker and his wife, Andrea, residents of Oregon, Ohio, to watch production of the show’s second season. Baker’s name was drawn in May from the 6,478 entries in Woodcraft’s “Rough Cut Uncut – Win a Day with Tommy Mac” sweepstakes.
What really surprised Baker was how much time and effort go into filming an episode. “It definitely will make me appreciate the show a lot more when I am at home watching it in a half hour, knowing that it took a day or more to do the setup for the project and another eight hours or even longer to film the episode,” Baker said. “Tommy and his crew work very hard to get every detail just right.” Baker was especially interested in the project being filmed for the second season show, a turned lamp post, since he had not yet tried turning.
The Bakers spent a lot of time talking to Tommy and the crew. During the lunch break, Baker said Tommy gave them a tour of the shop. “He showed us the projects from season one and a sneak peek of the projects for season two.” Baker said after the filming was done, “Tommy and his wife Rachel and Al (D’Attanasio) met us for dinner. Al told about how he and Tommy met and how the show got started. It really felt like we were talking to old friends.” And the Bakers enjoyed an unexpected treat the next day when Tommy took them to the airport. “He picked us up a little early so that we could stop back by the shop and check out a few things we didn’t have a chance to see the day before, and he also took us for a drive through south Boston to show us around before heading to the airport.”
“We had a great time; everything was above and beyond anything we could have imagined,” Baker said. Baker is a U.S. Postal Service mechanic and a first-generation woodworker who is in the process of equipping his shop and developing his woodworking skills.
Rough Cut, produced by WGBH Boston and sponsored by Woodcraft, was nominated for a Daytime® Emmy Award for directing and won a Bronze Telly Award after only one season. The second season shows will begin airing on Oct. 1 on public television stations around the country. Major funding for Rough Cut is provided by Woodcraft, and additional funding is provided by Bessey Tools, Easy Wood Tools, General International, Oneida Air Systems, Rikon Power Tools and Titebond Wood Glues.
For more information about Rough Cut and Tommy, visit www.roughcutwoodworking.com, www.wgbh.org, www.facebook.com/roughcuttv, and www.twitter.com/roughcuttv.
Woodcraft Supply, LLC, is the industry leader in providing a wide variety of top quality products, educational opportunities and one-on-one guidance to woodworkers of all skill levels. For more information about Woodcraft, please contact the store nearest you, visit www.woodcraft.com or call (800) 535-4482.