Norm Abram, carpenter-turned-celebrity, was "discovered" by This Old House creator Russell Morash, who had commissioned him to build a barn on Russ’s suburban Boston property. Born in Rhode Island, Norm was exposed to the carpentry trade by his carpenter father as a young child. Norm continued to refine his skills working by his father’s side remodeling and building custom homes through high school and college vacations. Norm lives with his wife in a classic Colonial home in Massachusetts that he built himself.
Norm's professional experience includes: Master carpenter on This Old House since the series’ 1979 premiere; Host of The New Yankee Workshop; Guest appearances on the series Inside This Old House; Founder of Integrated Structures, Inc., a general contracting company he operated until 1989; Editorial board member of This Old House magazine, published by This Old House Ventures, Inc.; and Column author for "Norm’s Notebook."
Norm has published a number of books, including: Ask Norm; The New Yankee Workshop; Classics From The New Yankee Workshop; Mostly Shaker From The New Yankee Workshop; Outdoor Projects From The New Yankee Workshop; Norm Abram’s New House; Measure Twice, Cut Once; The New Yankee Workshop Kids’ Stuff (all published by Little, Brown and Company.) Norm was also a contributor to Complete Remodeling and Complete Landscaping, both published by This Old House Books in conjunction with Sunset Books in 2004.