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Megan is the one in the middle, without facial hair (with Roy Underhill and Peter Follansbee). Photo by Mike Onifrey.

Like many of you, I was sorry to see Matthew Teague step down as editor of Popular Woodworking, but I’m pleased to announce we’ve found the perfect replacement in someone you know.

Megan Fitzpatrick, our executive editor, will be taking over this key position and her promotion is certainly well-deserved. Over the past eight years Megan has been a passionate advocate for Popular Woodworking Magazine and for the craft in general.

You already know her from her magazine articles, blog posts, in-person workshops and participation on the woodworking forums, but Megan has played an even larger role for us behind the scenes. There, she’s been one of the guiding forces in developing the content of each issue and she’s been our leader in finding creative ways to bring you that content online. (Just as important, she makes sure we get the magazine to you on time – no small task when you’re working with a group of perfectionist woodworking editors.)

Megan is creative, hard-working and loves woodworking. I can’t imagine someone better to lead the magazine as we continue to develop it as a top source of woodworking advice, instruction and inspiration.

— Kevin Ireland

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  • corgicoupe

    I would like to see more of the longer articles. It gives the author space to elaborate and offer alternative solutions, particularly how to accomplish a task with hand tools that is usually done with power tools.

  • Niels

    Congratulations Megan!

  • laserman54

    I just renewed my subscription based on this promotion. Congratulations Megan

  • netartsdave13

    Congratulations, Megan, this is something that you have worked hard for, and surly deserve. I would say it’s an early Christmas present, but wonder if it may be a piece of coal, when one considers all the work involved. But either way, I expect we will see GREAT things now that P.W. is under your control.:)

  • John Verreault

    Congratulations and Merry Christmas Megan! Seems Santa came a bit early this year, eh?
    (Hey, I’m Canadian and “they” think I’m going to say ‘eh’ so who am I to disappoint “them”…)

  • Amos

    congratulations Megan. A well deserved move.

  • Barquester

    You won’t have time to make chips you know. We’ll miss that.

  • nedmoore

    Congratulations, Megan!
    May your new efforts only build on and exceed all of your previous accomplishments.

  • Galoot

    This is super news! What a great Christmas gift to the readers and to the community. Congratulations, Megan.

  • skoonz

    Congratulations Megan, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year as well!

  • gsm627

    Great, now it can be a mediocre magazine with a feminine touch.

  • Nick Webb

    Congratulations Megan. Glad that things are in safe hands.

  • jagriz

    Facial hair is passé… Even I, after 35 years of almost continuously wearing a beard gave it up in August 2011. Welcome to the new world Megan and congratulations!

  • Jason

    Holy crap, this is awesome! Congratulations Megan!

    Does this mean that Chris will now be YOUR assistant at the next ATC class?


    Congratulation, Megan. I’m sure you will guide us all well.

  • BLZeebub

    Merry Christmas, Megan!

  • Buildinggeek

    Congratulations Megan, it’s nice to know that your hard work, and the progress you’ve made in woodworking, are being acknowledged. From my point of view they are appreciated as well.
    One of the things I have enjoyed about this magazine has the quality of the editing. With you taking over I’m confident that will continue.
    I look forward to seeing how the magazine will evolve under your leadership. Just remember to keep your eye on the spelling ;~)

  • Steve

    Excellent! Congratulations Megan!!!

  • dlwurscher

    Congratulations Megan
    Hope this new job, does not mean an end to your well thought out articles. I like you style of speaking person to person.
    Keep up the good work.

    Your promotion was a Christmas gift to you and the magazine subscribers

  • mysticcarver

    Congratulations Megan!

  • tberryhawk

    What a great early Christmas present for the Woodworking community!
    Cograts, Megan.Absolutely the right choice.
    (you are not feeling too much pressure here from all the responses, are you?)
    Am looking forward to where you take us.
    You go, girl.

  • Bill

    Congratulations Megan, I’m sure you’ll do a great job.
    Happy Holidays,

  • gumpbelly

    Congrats Megan, well deserved.

    My only question would be is why didn`t those making such choices realize this before sending that other poser in to attempt to do a job he was hardly qualified to do. To that end, now if Kevin would just see the light and follow Matthew, perhaps we would be heading in the right direction again.

  • rwlasita

    Well done! Congratulations Megan, i know you will do well and we all benefit from your hard work.

  • rwlasita

    Well Done! Congratulations Megan, I know you will do well.

  • russkay42

    This is what I love most about Popular Woodworking — they have the best people, AND THEY KNOW HOW TO USE THEM! Congratulations indeed to Megan, the best possible choice at this time.

  • Dazzzle

    Congratulations Megan, on a well deserved promotion, anyone who turns a bedroom into a shop and a study deserves to be right at the top of the Christmas Tree.

  • milesthom

    Kudos to the management team, and congratulations Megan. Look forward to the coming issues, and confident you will do a super job.

    And about time a woman was editor of a woodworking mag – you setting a precedent?

    Cheers – Miles

  • robertwf

    Meagan is an IDEAL choice for this position. I am very glad the powers that be made a very wise decision

  • blambertjr

    Congratulations Megan! Well deserved! And a great pick by the publishers!

  • Rob Fisher

    Congratulations Megan! And congratulations PWM! You’ve made a good choice.

  • Jonas Jensen

    I am looking forward to your first issue.

  • Bryan Robinson

    Hurray for Megan! A good choice.

  • robert

    Outstanding choice.

  • Publius Secundus

    Very good, Megan. Many of us hoped and argued for you the last time this job came open. But it was still Francis Bacon.

  • DonPeregoy

    What absolutely fantastically great news. I was hoping this would happen. It’s been quite a good day. first the world didn’t end and now I know my most valued wood wisdom source is in good hands.
    Happy solstice to all.

  • AL

    Congratulations Megan. After Chris, you always seem to be the next most prolific poster on PWM’s online venue. PWM, IMHO you chose wisely.


  • Shawn Nichols

    Way to go Megan. Real proud of you. We’ve met a few times at the various events and I’ve always been impressed with your wit, candor, talent. Congrats.

  • sablebadger

    Excellent news! Way to go Megan!

  • Village Carpenter

    Congratulations, Megan! Your promotion is well deserved and you will be an excellent Editor!

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