There are milestones in the life of a magazine, at least for those surviving long enough to have a milestone before a headstone. Popular Woodworking Magazine has reached a new milestone with my friend and long-time associate Chris Schwarz exiting the editor’s chair. He’s done a remarkable job these past 15 years with the magazine, his blog, books, videos and numerous other contributions.
As you probably know already, Chris is moving on to pursue a personal dream of working on his own, a master of his own fate, devoting his full attention to the things most important to him – his family and his vision of what’s important in the world of woodworking. He knows we all wish him great success and happiness.
I’m very glad to inform you he’ll continue to share his vision and his musings with you as he continues his work with us as a Contributing Editor. You will continue to see his blog a couple times a week, and he’ll be writing articles for the magazine, reviewing hand tools, teaching at Woodworking in America and making some videos from time to time. As you can see, Chris will remain very much a part of our team.
Chris has been an excellent partner over the years. We cooked up quite a few schemes and put many of them into action. Some were significant, and we took risks, but we moved ahead with the confidence we had each others’ best thinking backing us up. Over the years, with shifting roles, it fell more and more to Chris to put in play the editorial details of our plans while I tended the business aspects. As readers of Popular Woodworking, you know the fine publication, web site, Woodworking in America Conference, etc. he and the rest of the team created. You are the beneficiaries of all their creativity, skill and hard work.
So as we reach this milestone it’s important to make note of it. We’re doing that as a group this week, but in this public venue, I wanted to thank Chris for all he’s done over these 15 years: helping us get where we find ourselves today, a much better place than we were way back then.
So thank you Chris, for everything.
Now, about that next issue… Megan, Bob, Glen, Ajax, Linda, let’s get on it!