Tommy Mac (carpenter)

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Tommy MacDonald
Born (1966-06-18) June 18, 1966 (age 54)
Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts
NationalityAmerican
Education North Bennet Street School
Blue Hills Regional Technical School
OccupationTelevision host
Woodworker
Known for Rough Cut - Woodworking with Tommy Mac
Spouse(s)Rachel R. MacDonald
Website www.thomasjmacdonald.com

Thomas J. MacDonald (born June 18, 1966), known as Tommy Mac, is a U.S. carpenter and woodworker and former host of the public television series Rough Cut – Woodworking with Tommy Mac .

Born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, MacDonald attended the Blue Hills Regional Vocational High School, but dropped out and did not complete his schooling; he later received a GED. He worked as a carpenter for 17 years, but was injured while doing construction work on the Big Dig project in Boston. He later attended the North Bennet Street School in Boston, where he learned woodworking. He started his own business in Canton, Massachusetts, and his work was noticed by Bob Vila, who later invited him to appear on his television series Home Again and on video podcasts for the BobVila.com website. [1] In 2010, MacDonald was signed by WGBH-TV to host his own woodworking instructional program. [2]

After seven seasons, MacDonald's contract with WGBH was not renewed and he had assumed that Rough Cut would end, but WGBH eventually announced a new season of the show with a new host and a similar title. In response, MacDonald filed a lawsuit against WGBH for trademark infringement, citing that advertisements for the new show had used his name, image and trademarks without permission. [3]

In 2019, McDonald began hosting the documentary series "Murder Matters". [4]

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