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woodworkerMy 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), so I’m hesitant to claim the title for my own…but I wouldn’t call myself a “writer” until after I’d finished my second novel either.

My name is Rodney Wilson. I’m the new Managing Editor at Popular Woodworking Magazine, a writer and, what the heck, a woodworker. On weekends I’m a farmer.

Five or so years ago, my wife and I decided our suburban side lot needed chickens. That’s where my history with wood starts: a quartet of Golden Comet laying hens. We placed an order with a local hatchery for our pullets, then panicked over where to house our impending additions – readymade products were either too shoddy or too expensive (and too shoddy), and we wanted a proper house for our ladies.


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