As founding editor of Woodsmith
magazine, Donald Peschke filled the need for a publication that explained woodworking in step-by-step detail. Donald hosts Woodsmith Shop
with his staff of talented editors, designers and illustrators who are both passionate and knowledgeable woodworkers.
Much like the individuals featured in START UP, show creator and host Gary Bredow is himself an entrepreneur. After years of hard work and dedication, he is now the co-owner of a production studio in Downtown Detroit that specializes in television, film and multi-media production.
Hailed by People
as “TV’s meat-and-potatoes Martha Stewart,” Katie does it all—from cooking to entertaining—like nobody else. She has appeared on Oprah
and The Today Show
, hosted shows for the Lifetime and Style networks, has written five best selling books, and pens a syndicated newspaper column.
Kevin O’Connor is the host of the Emmy Award-winning series, This Old House
, the Emmy-nominated series, Ask This Old House
, and Inside This Old House
. Kevin also serves on the editorial board of This Old House
Combine the power of creativity and the rewarding self-fulfillment that comes from doing things with your own two hands with an enthusiastic passion for nature, authenticity, and vibrant healthy living, and you have an artisan dedicated to reconnecting people to live a naturally creative, organic lifestyle.
Norm Abram was an everyday carpenter until he built a barn for This Old House’s
creator and became a do-it-yourself celebrity. A second-generation carpenter, he lives with his wife in a classic Colonial home that he built himself.
Born and raised in Dedham, Mass., Richard Trethewey learned about heating and plumbing from his father by working summers and school vacations. He lives with his wife and two sons in a Boston suburb in an 1865 Victorian that he has extensively remodeled.
A long-time landscaping specialist, Roger Cook became a permanent fixture on This Old House
in 1988, during the Lexington Bed & Breakfast renovation. Roger lives with his wife and two children in a suburban cape home, which they continue to renovate.
Host of The Woodwright's Shop
, Roy's formidable woodworking skills, passion for teaching and irrepressible charm result in part history lesson, part spontaneous entertainment.
A master woodworker with a thorough knowledge of his craft, Scott Phillips is in his fourth decade of woodworking. Scott operates a full-time woodworking enterprise, is involved in habitat reforestation projects and contributes articles to Woodcraft Magazine
Renovating houses since he was a child, Tom Silva’s first major project was installing a basement fallout shelter beneath his family’s 1787 Colonial in Massachusetts. Tom lives with his wife, daughter, and son in a 19th-century house he is renovating in a Boston suburb.
Furniture maker Thomas J. MacDonald has been featured in Forbes Magazine
, Fine Woodworking Magazine
and The Boston Globe
. He has also been honored to have his furniture on display at the Massachusetts Historical Society, the RISD and Concord Museums and his alma mater, The North Bennet Street School.