In January, our parent company, F+W Media, acquired New Track Media, a company with a portfolio of magazines, books, supplies and events that help people get better at what they love to do – in other words, interest areas that fit in perfectly with the F+W family of magazines, books, stores, online education, events and more for fine artists, graphic designers, writers, sewers and quilters, to name just a few (you can find out more about all things F+W on our corporate site).
New Track was also the parent company of American Woodworker, a venerable magazine that’s been a mainstay in thousands of shops for several decades (including my grandfather’s – he had a big stack of AWs on his shelves).
Now that may seem like a conflict of interests – AW is, after all, a competitor to Popular Woodworking Magazine. But we’re embracing it as an opportunity for F+W to offer two excellent woodworking magazines, each with a unique focus and distinct editorial voice.
No doubt we’ll be telling you more about that in the weeks to come. But for now, please join me in congratulating Glen D. Huey (he is – of course – the one on the right in the picture above), who will take the reins as content director (that’s “editor” to the non-media world) of American Woodworker.
Tom Caspar, the current editor, will remain on staff and work out of his home in Minnesota; so will Brad Holden, who handles AW’s tech tips and tool tips. And, you can expect to read all your favorite AW contributors and columnists.
Editorial operations will move to Cincinnati, effective April 25 (after the issue currently underway is complete), where we’ll share both an office and shop – so the only thing Glen has to do to get his “new” space ready is return the PWM style book.
I have nothing but praise for Glen’s work as managing editor during the last year at PWM…except to lament that he’s been managing editor for only one year. One of the reasons I was so happy to bring Glen on staff as managing editor was his business background; I knew he’d quickly grasp the ins and outs of handling the day-to-day operations of a publication and web site. And he did. (Too well, it seems!) I know first-hand how eager he is for new challenges, and how quickly he rises to meet them.
I won’t miss him, per se; he’ll be only two cubes away. But I’ll absolutely miss his contributions to PWM, both as a writer and as managing editor. I know he’ll make a great content director.
p.s. In addition to the office and the shop, the two magazines will share a managing editor – a role that will be strictly editorial and operations. We’ll be looking for an excellent wordsmith – someone with proven editing and copy editing chops, and with a strong enough personality to keep us all in line. If that sounds like you or someone you know, keep an eye on our corporate site job listings…though I imagine we’ll be posting it here, too.