Home makeover master Ty Pennington visits Macon

It wasn’t a remodeling job that brought famous carpentry guru Ty Pennington to Macon on Thursday.

Instead, it was an aching back.

Pennington, who was having lunch at downtown eatery Dovetail with an orthopedic doctor and a few of his friends, said years in the construction business have taken their toll.

“I’ve been having tool belts and things on my waist for a long time,” the 50-year-old said. “It’s good to stretch every day.”

Dr. Todd Kinnebrew, who has a practice in Warner Robins, checked out Pennington’s back Thursday.

“We’re just doing some exercises to get his back better,” Kinnebrew said.

Pennington, the former host of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” just happened to be in the area, he said, and asked if he could get his back checked out.

Pennington, who first rose to fame as a carpenter on The Learning Channel’s “Trading Spaces,” now co-hosts a show on the Food Network called “American Diner Revival,” which he says is similar to “Extreme Makeover.”

“We go and basically bring back these really old American (diner) icons” and rally the whole town to help, Pennington said. “But at the same time, we get to eat, which is even better.”

At his own home in Florida, he has been working for two years on renovations as well as several projects in Los Angeles, he said.

Pennington said he always juggles three or four projects at once, but he still has time for family and friends.

Born in Atlanta with family on his mother’s side from Griffin, this wasn’t Pennington’s first trip to Macon.

“I’m not here a lot,” he said. “But it’s good to be back.”

To contact writer Conner Wood, call 744-4489.