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04-15-2017 06:45 PM

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Hi Gang
According to Charles Neil and Facebook Tommy Mcdonald has left the Rough cut tv show, It seems that the information about him leaving has two sides of the story, one side says he quit, while the other says he was fired.
A rather Ironic item is the Charles Neil has just shot a pilot for a local PBS TV show perhaps putting Charles on the air in some locations. Who knows what will happen next.


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#1 posted 04-15-2017 06:51 PM

Too bad about rough cut, that was a good show.
Hopefully he comes up with a new show.
It’s always nice to have the craft represented in a public way.

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#2 posted 04-15-2017 07:02 PM

I found that interesting since he had just built that new shop and must have had $100K worth of Mini-Max/SCM tools in the lower level. They were also listed as a sponsor at the end of that episode. I did not check his Facebook after I had first heard the news, but one person posted his words seemed to have some bitterness in them.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#3 posted 04-15-2017 07:02 PM

Hey Jim you may have missed it but here is a topic from last week talking about it.
Not much more to say though, other than he’s leaving.

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#4 posted 04-15-2017 07:07 PM

Thanks J
I’ve been working a lot plus I only get hear say about facebook since I’m not on it. Should I change my title to
Late breaking news or very late breaking news :))


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#5 posted 04-15-2017 07:42 PM

Thanks J
Should I change my title to
Late breaking news or very late breaking news :))

- a1Jim

No, your good.
I just was showing you in case you wanted to read more “lumberjock input” about it.

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#6 posted 04-15-2017 09:17 PM

That’s to bad, he was one of the better replacements for Norm. I sure hope they get someone decent to replace him.

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#7 posted 04-15-2017 10:54 PM

I have nothing against Tommy, but I hope the next guy is less on appearance and hair, and more about explaining and teaching. Norm was always such a good teacher. I learned a lot about woodworking from Norm. I will miss Tommy’s friends Al and Eli.

I did have the feeling that Tommy’s new shop was filled with equipment far beyond the reach of his audience’s pocketbook. Frankly, I didn’t get it. Tommy’s new shop was set up for commercial production not home woodworking.

-- Big Al in IN

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#8 posted 04-15-2017 11:03 PM

I watched rough cut, but only because it is one of the only woodworking shows on TV. The format is obsolete. There is much better content on YouTube that doesn’t require the bloated costs of a production crew. There hasn’t been a top-notch woodworking show on TV since Norm.

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#9 posted 04-15-2017 11:26 PM

Hey Jim!

Haven’t seen a post from you in awhile. Tommy was mentioning in an interview awhile ago that the shop only looked like that for the cameras. Jimmy Diresta was on TV as well and then he wasnt and he now has found his niche is kinda the Mr. Internet now doing it his way. He has been asked to do tv production shows but said it’s a lot of hoops to jump through and it’s always their way.

I’m guessing no one told Norm how to do it, but I remember when he was the spokesman for Meralack ( SP) cabinets and he was told to stop.

Great news for Charles the “Big dog” and I hope they give him a lot of latitude. ( he’ll need it. LOL!)

Happy Easter to you and all if you’re so inclined.

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#10 posted 04-16-2017 12:42 AM

I think I agree w/BigAl. Norm was Norm, and he was/is good at what he did, woodwork and teaching woodworking. Everything revolves on fast fast fast anymore. I’ve learned that we all should just slow it down, and “smell the coffee”. All will be good. Just my thoughts.

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#11 posted 04-16-2017 02:04 AM

Thanks again “J” I did read the other comments, I appreciate the tip.

Hi Tom
Yep, I’ve been pretty busy. I’m not familiar with Jimmy Diresta but I can see why all that’s involved with a TV production is not all glamor and fame. Not sure about Norm his producer and director and creator of THS,NYW,and others was an is Russell Morash know to be fairly picky about his shows, but I doubt he messed with the content that much.

Charles has a behind the scenes Vido of his taping of the Pilot show for his local PBS show,He said they had to stop and go a few times on things like sawdust on his shirt etc.

Sure I observe Easter are trying to get me in trouble with the easter Bunny? :))
Just kidding we observe Easter for it’s religious purpose.
I hope you and the whole family have a wonderful Easter also


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#12 posted 04-16-2017 05:01 AM

Interesting news. I wonder what Tommy Mac will go on to do? I imagine that being a woodworking celebrity doesn’t bring the same sort of fortune as other forms of celebrity. That said, I think that it would be hard to go back to a work-a-day life doing kitchen re-models after the glamour of your own show. Hopefully Chris Schwartz at Lost Art Press has already signed him to write a book “My life as a Woodworker TV Star”.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#13 posted 04-16-2017 01:00 PM

Watched him a couple times. Not my cup of tea. Wish him the best, though.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#14 posted 04-16-2017 03:04 PM

Is this truth? I like Tommy Mac.

-- Woodworking with Limited Tools

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#15 posted 04-16-2017 03:08 PM

Funny, I had just caught the final show of this season this morning (I record and watch when I get a chance). He had already (apparently) thinned the herd of machine tools from the last episode I saw. He had rearranged things slightly and I didn’t see the stand alone 16” jointer (his combo TS also has a jointer). It may have been there, but he had a lot more space on the lower floor. Oh, well.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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