October 12, 1994 |
Norm Abram is no longer This Old Sidekick. In the seven years since former host Bob Vila left PBS's "This Old House," Abram, 45, the master carpenter whose on-screen relationship with Vila clearly inspired much of the "Tool Time" dynamic on ABC's "Home Improvement," has moved out from under his former role. The flannel shirts and beard remain, but gone is the tension many viewers sensed between Vila and Abram, the feeling that one was grabbing all the glory while the other did all the work.
January 17, 1992 |
What does every weekend woodworker need? More power! You think Home Improvement's Tim Allen is just kidding? Then drop by the Greater Philadelphia Woodworking Show today through Sunday at the Sun Center in Feltonville, Delaware County and check out reality. Wall-to-wall, state-of-the-art table saws, routers, planers, joiners, jointers, band saws, carbide-tipped saw blades, dado sets, ceramic sharpening equipment, drum sanders, extension rollers - whew. Bring your checkbook.
January 26, 2014 |
I had no idea there was something called the Home Projects Council. For those of us who either do it ourselves or hire people who know what they're doing, the notion evokes an image of men and women in white, sitting on Mount Olympus, with Bob Vila as Zeus. "Do not add a sunroom!" Vila thunders. Lightning flashes around a mortal wearing a T-shirt that says "Weekend Warrior," who cringes in terror while such TV home-remodeling venerables as Norm Abram nod in agreement on high.
March 26, 1993 |
Nesters, hear this! What you might need to improve your home or your yard or make your little corner of the world more comfy is on display at the Suburban Home and Patio Show at the Fort Washington Expo Center through Sunday. There are bubbling garden fountains and ponds, whirlpool baths and outdoor spas, hand-carved furniture, power-washing equipment, gardening supplies, sheds, Victorian playhouses, brass appointments, lace curtains and outdoor swing sets. Then there are the celebrities: Norm Abram, of TV's This Old House, will answer all your woodworking questions; and Corbin Bernsen, L.A. Law's legal heartthrob, will appear in a dining room custom-designed for him. More than 400 businesses will strut their wares at the show in the new 166,000-square-foot expo center.
November 15, 1996 |
Two magazines sit side-by-side in the supermarket rack. On the cover of one is the smiling face of America's best-known home-improvement guru. Behind him is a lovely Victorian cottage with an attractive woman tending a beautiful garden filled with petunias and impatiens. On the cover of the other are two similarly familiar faces, armed with fishing gear and standing in water in poses reminiscent of Neptune. Which would you choose? Some folks would take the plunge with fishermen Steve Thomas and Norm Abram, cohosts of This Old House, the venerable PBS show watched by more than 10 million Americans each week.
March 1, 1996 |
In Philadelphia, it's possible to have breakfast with Bob Vila, lunch with Norm Abram, snack with the Furniture Guys and dine with Dean and Robin. This is the world of do-it-yourself television. Almost 20 years ago, Boston public television producer Russell Morash paired contractor Vila and carpenter Abram (who had built Morash's garage) and proceeded to cash in on the home-restoration frenzy with This Old House. In 1986, Minnesotan Dean Johnson arrived on the scene with the first of his four TV "wives" - Adrienne Rogers - on Hometime, produced by WHYY-TV (Channel 12)
May 20, 2003 |
It seems like only yesterday that master carpenter Norm Abram began appearing solo on public television as host of The New Yankee Workshop. But time flies, and the affable fellow from Massachusetts who offers us "measured drawerings" of the varied woodworking projects he expertly executes in 28 minutes each week has begun taping the show's 16th season, to air this fall. To mark the 15th anniversary of the show this month, Abram reached back into the vault and found some relatively uncomplicated, weekend-length-plus projects even folks with a limited number of tools can handle.
December 17, 1986 |
Bob Vila, charismatic host of PBS' "This Old House," has become an American folk hero as the can-do man of the 1980s. Energetic, enthusiastic, accessible, Vila draws wellwishers and fans like rock stars attract grouples. On a recent visit to Philadelphia to publicize his new book, "This Old House Guide to Building and Remodeling Materials" (Warner Books, $16.95), he received a typical welcome: Two members of an office building's carpentry staff - tipped to his arrival - were hanging out at the elevator just to say "hello.
October 14, 1994 |
He's been called the most famous carpenter since Joseph and the guru of home improvement. Norm Abram, the amiable carpenter star of public television's This Old House, has for 15 years made a dovetailed joint look so easy that any average Joe or Jane could pick up a tool and do it, too. It is a talent that has helped propel This Old House into position as the most popular half-hour program on public television, with 7 million people tuning...
February 4, 1996 |
In search of new projects and a warmer climate, Steve Thomas and Norm Abram have brought PBS's This Old House to Savannah, Ga., where the dynamic duo will spend eight episodes renovating a three-story 1884 Italianate-style rowhouse. The first episode is being aired this weekend on the region's PBS outlets - WHYY-TV (Channel 12), WLVT (Channel 39) and the New Jersey Network (Channel 23 in Camden). The episodes are repeated during the week on all of the stations. "It's a really neat project," said host Thomas, who was attending the National Association of Home Builders convention in Houston last weekend.