Sitting down this morning to write this post is both exciting and sad in equal measure. After 18 months here at Popular Woodworking Magazine, I’m moving on to new opportunities – tomorrow is my final day.
First the exciting part: Through some hard work and a heaping portion of luck, I’ve won a scholarship to attend graduate school in Shanghai, China, thanks to the generosity of the Chinese government. Starting in September, I’ll embark on a four-year program studying Mandarin and modern Chinese history – quite the switch! And with the move just around the corner, I vacillate from the thrilled to terrified every day. China is a crazy place!
One thing is for sure: Only an opportunity this fantastic could pull me away from the magazine and my excellent coworkers who have given me such a fine introduction the craft – and yes, the same goes for you, our readers. It would be tough to attempt boasting past the fact that I’m still very much a novice, but with any skilled endeavor, one must remain a novice for a while. (But I sure am proud of the bookshelf/wine rack I built with the help of Bob Lang and Megan Fitzpatrick!)
What can I say? You guys gave me the woodworking bug, and I’ll be carrying it all the way to the other side of the world. There are many things to look forward to, but the chance to explore Chinese woodworking is not least among them. And hey, maybe I’ll find the time to write Popular Woodworking Magazine’s first foreign dispatch on the blog.
Thanks again, everyone, for a fantastic time!
P.S. In case anyone was wondering, “woodworking” in Chinese is “木工”… pronounced “mù gong.”