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Rough Cut- Woodworking With Tommy Mac; Chippendale Footstool



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Rough Cut- Woodworking With Tommy Mac
Chippendale Footstool
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ROUGH CUT - WOODWORKING WITH TOMMY MAC invites viewers into the world of respected furniture maker Tommy MacDonald, as he travels to historic landmarks to gain design inspiration and then returns to his workshop to demonstrate the steps and techniques needed to create future family heirlooms. In each episode, MacDonald shares his skills and best practices, providing detailed project instructions for anyone interested in learning the basics of the craft. For the more experienced enthusiast, Tommy also showcases his more complex projects with advanced tips and techniques. Each half-hour includes three segments: "Basic Woodworking Techniques," "Weekend Projects" and "The Field Trip."

Rough Cut – Woodworking with Tommy Mac is produced by WGBH Boston and distributed by American Public Television. Series release date: 10/2/2010

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0111 – Chippendale Footstool (Ball and Claw) Episode 11 – Chippendale Footstool

The s-curve legs and ball and claw feet are the dramatic features of Tommy’s Chippendale footstool. Many furniture makers get defeated by the ball and claw, but in this episode, Tommy stops by master carver Will Neptune’s shop to get tips on an incredibly easy way to break it down. Will provides instruction, and shares his carving experience and skill with viewers. Tommy then returns to his studio to speak with the North Bennet Street School’s Steve Brown.

Resources: Carving Chisels Mortiser

Field Trip: Will Neptune Shop

Questions and Answers: Selecting Carving Wood

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Donnelly, Laurie (Series Producer)
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APA: Rough Cut- Woodworking With Tommy Mac; Chippendale Footstool. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_82FE79E1F58C42CDA4420488897AD8BA
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