Norm Abram | Biography 2021
Norm Abram | Biography 2021

Quick Information

  • Full Name Norm Abram
  • Occupation Master Carpenter
  • Nationality American
  • Birthplace Rhode Island, USA
  • Born Year And Birthday Oct 03, 1949
  • Age 71 Years, 8 Months
Master Carpenter of 'This Old House'

Norm Abram | Biography 2021

Host, Author

The first episode of 'This Old House' was released on 20 February 1979. Russell Morash had approached Abram to design a barn in Boston. As he was highly impressed with Abram's work, he immediately gave another project of restoring a rundown Victorian house in Boston. He also arranged a crew to record the procedure for a series with a WGBH camera. The program became an instant hit, and Abram became a celebrity with the home improvement series. Created by Russell Morash, This Old House is still running and has stepped into its 41st season. It is the highest-rated home enhancement TV show. This Old House has bagged 18 'Emmy Awards' and 85 nominations.


Quick Information
  • Full Name Norm Abram
  • Occupation Master Carpenter
  • Nationality American
  • Birthplace Rhode Island, USA
  • Profession Host, Author
  • Birth Date Oct 03, 1949
  • Age 71 Years, 8 Months

Norman L. Abram is an American master carpenter known for his work on the PBS television programs This Old House and The New Yankee Workshop.

Who is Norm Abram?

Norm Abram is a celebrity carpenter who rose to fame for his work in home improvement series like The New Yankee Workshop and This Old House. From continuing his late father's carpentry profession to starting his professional journey through his first general contracting company, Norm Abram motivates millions of people in his field through his artistic works in the PBS TV series.  

Apart from his fair share in the TV series, Abram is also an author. He has co-authored and published 11 books.

Early Life and Education

Norm L. Abram was born on 3 October 1949 in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, and was raised in Milford, Massachusetts. He was introduced to the carpentry trade at an early age by his carpenter father. Subsequently, Abram developed an interest in carpentry during his school and college days and learned to reshape and construct custom homes by working alongside his father.

Abram grew up in a brick ranch house that his father had constructed during the early '50s in Massachusetts. His first owned house was a garrison colonial from the 1970s. His introverted father left Abram to learn and progress at his own pace. His father neither criticized him nor praised him. The famous carpenter learned the value of patience from his father. "Don't rush and you'll get the rewards in the end," his father would say to him. His dad passed away in 1995.   

Abram went to high school in Milford and later pursued mechanical engineering and business administration at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. There, he joined the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity. After spending 3 years as a site supervisor for a multimillion-dollar construction firm in New England, Abram established Integrated Structures, Inc. This contracting company operated from 1976 to 1989. The firm's major focus was renovating houses and additions, with infrequent new houses and commercial projects.  

Career

Abram was recognized for his work on various home improvement series such as This Old House (1979), The New Yankee Workshop (1989), and This Old House: Trade School (2017). The artisan was a master carpenter of WGBH Boston's The Old House and the host of The New Yankee Workshop.

'This Old House'

The first episode of This Old House was released on 20 February 1979. Russell Morash had approached Abram to design a barn in Boston. As he was highly impressed with Abram's work, he immediately gave another project of restoring a rundown Victorian house in Boston. He also arranged a crew to record the procedure for a series with a WGBH camera. The program became an instant hit, and Abram became a celebrity with the home improvement series. Since then, Abram influenced many people to make beautiful wooden creations.

Created by Russell Morash, This Old House is still running and has stepped into its 41st season. It is the highest-rated home enhancement TV show. This Old House has bagged 18 'Emmy Awards' and 85 nominations.  

'The New Yankee Workshop'

The New Yankee Workshop is the spin-off of This Old House. Master carpenter Abram hosted this home improvement series. Comprising 21 seasons with 284 different episodes, The New Yankee Workshop aired on PBS from 1989 till 2009. It successfully guided a myriad of viewers through the firsthand process of furniture designing.

Performing in a 936 square foot workshop, the craftsman would finish a particular episode of the series in just two days. Abram did all the primary work and only used his aide for basic clean-up and finishes. Every episode of the series presented a step-by-step manual for making furniture and wood-crafting projects.  

According to Abram, the tools he always used in The New Yankee Workshop were table-saw, jointer, and surface planer. Building the tiger maple highboy was challenging for him, he said in an interview in 2016. "That really took a lot of time and patience because there's a lot of handwork in that piece and selecting the wood…. you know…. I can walk into my bedroom and look at that piece and I just feel really good about it. That was a major accomplishment", he added. 

"In the television show, we touched on every step in the process of making a piece of furniture. Because of the time constraints we couldn't show every setup – every time we set the rip fence on the table saw, for instance. And if there were four table legs to make, for instance, we'd only show how to make one of them. The idea was to give a woodworker the inspiration to try building a piece of furniture", Abram told Popular Woodworking in 2012.

Personal Life

Abram lives with his wife in a classical colonial home that he built in Massachusetts. He is married to Elise Hauenstein since September 1999. Abram has one daughter Lindsey from his first wife, Laura Cone. 

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