Goodbye, Glen

No, this is not an obituary (but it feels a bit like one). You see, Glen D. Huey, senior editor, has decided to leave Popular Woodworking Magazine as a staff member and go back to building furniture full time. He’ll be staying on for another month or so.  You’ll still see his work in the magazine; he’ll be (once again) a contributing editor. But I’m sad, because not a day goes by at work without his making me laugh; Glen makes work fun. (He also has multiple cats; we can relate.)

Glen’s first published project was in the November 1997 issue, and he’s been writing for the magazine ever since. In 2006, he joined the staff full time as a senior editor, and quickly became our power-tool guy – which is funny, because as far as his work goes, one of the things I admire most about Glen is his incredible speed at making a sh*tload of dovetails (his next piece, a Pennsylvania spice box that will grace the cover of the August issue, has 122 of them, if I recall correctly) – and he uses a fancy Klaus & Pedder dovetail saw to cut them (OK – he’s been known to use the band saw and scroll saw, too). And he’s amassed a…dare I call it a collection?…of antique hand tools, and an awfully nice working set of new ones (he has a penchant for shiny Bridge City things). But the man does love his table saws; I think he had four in his shop at last count. And three band saws.

I know Glen will be awfully happy to be back in that shop, spending more time building period reproduction furniture and less time sitting in meetings, less time answering e-mail, and far less time listening to me bug him about his writing.

But that last one is his own fault. Glen, you see, is the best writing student I’ve ever had, so I can’t but want to help him improve more with every story. Unlike the majority of my many freshman composition students over the years (my apologies to them if any are reading), Glen listens to and fully embraces everything I or Chris has ever told him (about writing, anyway), remembers it, then puts it in practice – sometimes with amusing results (sorry Glen!). A few years back, I mentioned that it’s best not to overuse the gerund form because too many “ings” can make a story seem less active. I don’t think there was one gerund in his next article – even where there should have been. (He’s now on good terms with the present participle; I’m very proud.)

I have not repaid him in kind (and I still owe him a cheesecake). Every time I’ve asked Glen to explain a woodworking technique to me, he’s been happy to help – but he’s had to explain the same operations to me time and again, which he’s without fail done cheerfully. Every time I’ve needed to spray a finish on a piece of furniture, Glen has hauled it out to his shop and either sprayed it for me, or helped me with the process. Every time I’ve had a weekend router bit question, Glen has picked up his phone to answer. And every time I’ve had a large piece of furniture to haul home, Glen has loaded it in his truck and driven far out of his way to deliver it.

He is an incredibly generous and very funny man; I’m going to miss working him every day (though I suspect I can talk him into a monthly lunchtime repast of cheese fries with gravy*). While his position will be filled, I don’t think Glen can be replaced.

— Megan Fitzpatrick

* Don’t judge – it’s good!

18 thoughts on “Goodbye, Glen

  1. jerryolson19

    Glen,

    Ironically I have been constantly referring to your Trestle table article (and occasionally checking out Chris’s article) while I make 3 of the tables.
    I hope this means we can expect another book from you and catch you at some of the woodworking shows again.
    Good Luck

  2. Michael Sarnovsky

    Dear Glen,
    I have taken a course from you on shker furniture at Woodcraft Store in Dayton. I enjoyed it immensely. Will you be teaching any couses there again?

    If not, is there any way I could learn from you either with private lessons and projects or by e-mail?

    I think you are the greatest and a lot of fun to work with.

    Could you please let me know the answers to these questions by e-mail. My e-mail address is msarnovsky@columbus.rr.com

    Very respectfully,

    Mike Sarnovsky ( a great fan of yours).

  3. Walt Slocombe

    Glen,
    Best of luck in your new endeavor. I truly enjoyed meeting you and participating in your classes at last years WIA. PWM editors are so much easier to get to know that other WW magazines I subscribe to, but you are very personable. We’ll miss you and look forward to your contributing articles. I have really enjoyed your projects and especially the Finishes that Pop book. Keep in touch when you can.

  4. lawrence

    Good luck Glen. I wish you all the happiness and success in the next chapter of your life and hope you will drop in from time to time to share your journey with us.

  5. Jeremy

    I can easily say, that Glen has had the single largest impact on my wood working obsession. When I needed help making pine look like really old walnut, I e-mailed Glen, and he told me about aniline dyes. When I needed help figuring out when and how to use shellac, and how to cut it myself, I e-mailed Glen. And this was just before finishes that POP was released, (which I bought). Aniline dyes and shellac are now my go to finish. Lets not forget the boiled linseed oil either… I love that stuff.

    Even though I am a hand tool guy, the first thing I do with any PWM is find what Glen made, read it up down and sideways, and then try to tell my wife how much we need one of them. I love reproduction stuff, so I am drawn to his pieces. And I have even made a few using his directions. Barrister book case, Coffee table, Spice cabinet, Inlaid bible box, and I am in process of trying to justify a tea caddy…. who am I kidding, I don’t have to justify it, Glen already did… that’s good enough for me, and when I am done that, maybe she will let me make a Baltimore Card table.

    Glen, I wish you all the best in the future, and I thank you for all the emails and help that you have given.

    Jeremy Pringle

  6. Niels

    Aw man, sad news -Glen we hardly knew thee!
    Here’s wishing Glen sharp tools and straight timbers as he starts a new chapter of his life in “the private sector”
    I’ll miss his voice in the magazine, but I look forward seeing to the wonderful work that is surely to follow!
    Cheers,
    Niels

  7. Roeland

    You’re right, Megan, it does feel like an obituary. One of the things that really stands out about PWM is the personal connection with the staff. I’ve never before paid any attention to who the writers of articles were. I’ve never bothered to look up the names of any of the editors. I seldom read Glenn’s articles first when I get my copies, because I’m looking out for the hand tool bits, but when I do get to them, I know who he is. We’ll miss you, Glenn, don’t stray too far.
    P.S. Ajax – did they tell you what you were getting yourself in for?

  8. Andrew Yang

    That’s sad to hear. It was a nice time chatting with him at the show.

    Fries with gravy & cheese? We Canadians call it poutine… well depending on how picky you are about the cheese and gravy it may be poutine or it may be fries with gravy & cheese.

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