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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!


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  • miathet

    The good:
    Thank you Chris you have transformed Popular Woodworking from a magazine I used to ignore to a must read and get the electronic copies as I use them. I look forward to every issue and loved the last one with the simple and complex bookcases.

    The bad:
    I miss Woodworking Magazine it hooked me and a coworker on woodworking again and a love of both the process and art of woodworking. I still read the hardbound editions for inspiration. I am glad much of it was brought into the current magazine.

    Lost Arts Press stuff is filling up my shelves and the wife has figured out my addiction. I am going to have to do weed pulling penance for the rest of the summer for my new shirt and book to get out of trouble. I look forward to seeing what you with the future.

    Overall you have made woodworking fun again for me. Thank You!

  • joeliwest

    Yes, thank you and good luck Mr Swartz. You are my portal into this world. Hope that you reappear more often than not so that you are not too badly missed.

    Joe Anderson

  • nateswoodworks

    Thank you for all that you have taught me as if you were a friend right in my shop with me. I am happy that you are going to chase your dream but saddened as well that you won’t be on the fore fronts giving a face to our woodworking passion and teaching us some of your vast knowledge. Take care, go fill your dreams, but keep us posted as well.

  • Kirk

    Franchise player, impact player, class-act instructor, etc.. Chris totaly changed my insight into woodworking and it looks like he is expanding his means of sharing his skills.

  • CessnapilotBarry

    Thank you, thank you, thank you to Chris! I’ve learned so much from him.


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