HGTV’s “All American Handyman” is for folks who practically live at Home Depot, use their garage as a place to tinker, not a home for the car, and take pride on never having to call the repair guy.
It comes back for a third season featuring two locals: Rodney Boyden, 46, of Atlanta, and Scott Clark. 38, of Powder Springs. The winner gets a $10,000 Sears shopping spree. That’s not exactly the $1 million the “Survivor” winner gets or even the $100,000 that Lifetime bestows its “Project Runway” winner. But you could get a decent amount of Sears tools for $10,000 (or closer to $5,000 after taxes.)
Boyden, a West Virginia resident who moved to Atlanta just eight months ago, said he did it sign up for the prize but for the experience. In fact, he could actually be on BET’s “Sunday Best” since he’s a veteran musician, singing and playing the piano. But a decade ago, he got the carpentry bug and hasn’t been able to let go.
“I don’t brag about my singing,” he said, “But dag-gone it, I will about my handyman work!”
The experience on the show, he said, “was the most nerve-wracking experiences of my entire life. They tell us to do this, do that, in two minutes and fifteen seconds. It was insane to say the least.”
As a self-taught carpenter, Boyden said he was able to learn so much from the other contestants and the experts. It was like three weeks of free school for him.
Boyden is now a custom furniture maker but doesn’t yet have a website so folks can see his wares (he’s working on it.). The people in Atlanta, so far, he said, have been very open-minded about his designs.
The publicist wasn’t able to reach Clark so here’s his bio from the website:
Scott “Sarge” Clark’s curiosity about construction was sparked early on when he helped his mother fix things around the house. In addition to being a handyman, Scott is a retired U.S. Army Recruiting Station Commander and a criminal justice student at Columbia Southern University. Scott says he is fun-loving and enjoys doing automotive work in his free time. Originally from Ohio, Scott now lives in Powder Springs, Ga., with his wife and two children.
Here is Boyden with a Renaissance chest he created:
And here he is singing:
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk