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Meet the Editorial Staff

Editor Steve Shanesy is a native of Troy, Ohio, and has more than 20 years experience in cabinet shops. Steve graduated from Ohio University with a BS in journalism and from Los Angeles Trade Technical College with a certificate in cabinetmaking and millwork. He worked as foreman at AE Furniture Manufacturing in Los Angeles — the citys premier commerical and residential furniture maker. Steve also worked as a promotion manager for the Delta Queen Steamboat Co. in Cincinnati. 513-531-2690 ext. 11238

Art Director Linda Watts, a native of Three Forks, Kentucky, is a graduate of Western Kentucky University, with degrees in art education and graphic design. Her first major exposure to woodworking was at Shopsmith Inc., where she produced Hands On! magazine and learned to spell “rabbet” correctly. She then partnered with author Nick Engler to produce more than 60 books on woodworking. 513-531-2690 ext. 11396

Senior Editor Robert W. Lang grew up in northeastern Ohio and has been a professional woodworker since the early 1970s. He learned woodworking repairing wooden boats on Lake Erie and in a large commercial shop in Cleveland. Along the way he studied industrial design at The Ohio State University, and his experience includes building custom furniture and cabinets as well as managing and engineering large architectural millwork projects. He is the author of several “Shop Drawings” books about furniture and interiors of the Arts & Crafts Movement of the early 1900s. 513-531-2690 ext. 11327

Managing Editor Megan Fitzpatrick earned a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Cincinnati, and she’s working on a PhD in Early Modern drama. Lately, she’s been combing Shakespeare for all references to woodworking (thus far, she’s found but two).  For the magazine, Megan edits copy and writes stories, and is the author liaison. 513-531-2690 ext. 11348

Staff Photographer Al Parrish has been hiding behind the shutters for almost three decades. He graduated from Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, Calif. in the mid ’70s, and spent the next 23 years in Los Angeles as a freelance commercial photographer where his clients included Cigar Aficionado magazine, Apple Computer, Toyota and the NFL. His roots drew him back to Ohio in the late ’90s, and hes been with F+W Publications, Inc. (our parent company) since 1999.