Shows produced for public television depend on viewers like you and, of course, sponsors. “Rough Cut: Woodworking with Tommy Mac” is doing well on both counts.
The Emmy-award nominated show receives major funding from Woodcraft Supply. Other sponsors include Diamond Machining Technology, on board since Season 4. The company, based in Marlborough, Mass., is the show’s exclusive supplier of sharpening equipment.
“Being in Massachusetts ties everything together very nicely. Tommy’s from the area and the show is based here,” DMT president Mark Brandon says.
MacDonald has visited DMT on several occasions to discuss product ideas. He has also connected the company with the North Bennet Street School in Boston where he received his formal training in furniture making. DMT has been offering a scholarship to a deserving student for the last two years.
“One of our concerns in woodworking is being able to talk to younger woodworkers and we think that Tommy is going to engage them. And, of course, he is aligned with Woodcraft Supply, which is a very important customer for us,” Brandon says.
“Woodcraft’s investment in ‘Rough Cut’ provides woodworkers across the U.S. with access to expert woodworking information and innovative projects that will instruct and inspire them,” Woodcraft president Jody Garrett adds. “The show is a perfect fit for Woodcraft’s mission to help woodworkers improve their skills, as well as encourage more people to discover the joy of working with wood.”
“Rough Cut” is produced by WGBH in Boston. Season 6 is currently on the air. Other sponsors include Pony Tools, MicroJig, Titebond and Starrett.
For more, visit www.tommymac.us.
This article originally appeared in the November 2015 issue.