Matthew brings some excellent credentials to his new job as editor. A third-generation woodworker, he began building furniture with his father long before his mother thought he should be allowed near a table saw. After attending Wofford College in South Carolina and working for five years as a literary editor at The Oxford American magazine, he joined Fine Woodworking magazine. There, he had the chance to learn from and edit some of the country’s best furniture makers.
He rose to managing editor during his seven years in Connecticut, then the lure of the shop drew him to Nashville, Tenn. For the last several years he’s operated his own successful furniture-making business. His designs have been exhibited at the Tennessee State Museum and the Knoxville Museum of Art, and one of his pieces is also part of the permanent collection at the National Museums of Northern Ireland.
When not at his bench, Matthew has continued to write, finding time to author a book (“Getting Started in Woodworking: Projects for Your Shop”) as well as write articles about design, furniture making, home building and other topics for Fine Woodworking, Fine Homebuilding, Outside Magazine, Woodcraft, The Inspired House, Field & Stream and many other magazines.
As impressive as his background is, what I think I like best about Matthew is the dedication he has displayed to the craft of woodworking. He frequently teaches furniture making and design. And he contributes to the future of the industry as a member of The Furniture Society, the Tennessee Arts and Crafts Association and the board of the Cumberland Furniture Guild.
Please join me in welcoming Matthew, his wife, Sarah, and their children, Ava Jean and Locke, to the Popular Woodworking family.
p.s. Matthew’s e-mail should be set up by Thursday, Dec. 7. You’ll be able to get in touch with him at firstname.lastname@example.org.