Author Archives: Rodney Wilson

International Woodworking Fair

IWF is HUGE

On Tuesday online editor Jon Russelburg and I piled into a rented red Ford and drove from Cincinnati, Ohio, to Atlanta, Ga., for the 2016 International Woodworking Fair at the Georgia World Congress Center. If you’ve never been (and this was a first for both Jon and me), let me summarize...

Popular Woodworking in America: Interview with Caleb James

Caleb began his woodworking career designing and creating mid-century furniture, with a focus on Danish modern chairs. His entry into traditional chair making began with training from Peter Galbert and further expanded as he collaborated with Curtis Buchanan. This traditional type of woodworking guided his research into traditional tooling and led...

Popular Woodworking in America: Interview with Mary May

Mary May has been a professional woodcarver for more than 25 years. She studied with a variety of European master carvers to learn the traditional techniques that have been used for centuries. Mary now works with architects, designers and furniture makers, helping to add ornate details to their work. She teaches at...

On Sale Now: 19 Years of Magazine Issues

When I came onboard as managing editor of Popular Woodworking Magazine a few months back, my knowledge of the title was that of a reader – but as a staff member of a publication with about 30 years of history, I had some catching up to do. So I dug into...

Popular Woodworking in America: An Interview with George R. Walker

After decades working in corporate America, George R. Walker’s woodworking took a huge detour while doing research for an article on pre-industrial design. Since that time, George has explored design in numerous writings, including “By Hand & Eye” and “By Hound & Eye,” books co-written with Jim Tolpin (Lost Art Press)....

Turning the Roy Underhill Way

The August 2016 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine mails to subscribers this week and features two articles on pedal-powered pole lathes. First, a hatless Roy Underhill walks you through steps to building a portable, adjustable, powerful and (considering he uses construction-grade lumber) affordable foot-powered lathe. And a few pages later, Jarrod...

New Guy Just Might Be a Woodworker

My third day on the job, a co-worker asked me, “So, are you a woodworker?” Am I? My inclination is to answer in the negative. The term just feels so hallowed, a label earned through decades spent in the shop, gaining technical expertise and crafting heirloom-quality pieces. That’s not me (yet),...