10 Years of Fighting Progress

“Don’t take anything. Just give.”

Lost Art Press


I’m not one to celebrate or even acknowledge anniversaries, but this has been an odd year.

On four occasions this year I’ve had people approach me at woodworking shows or classes and say almost these exact words:

“I’d love to do what you do for a living, but I don’t have a magazine that will give me a blog with all the promotion you have.”

As a result, I feel the need to do something I rarely do: Set the record straight.

Exactly 10 years ago today I took the first steps toward writing a blog. I was a junior-level editor at Popular Woodworking and we had just launched Woodworking Magazine, an advertising-free publication that was aimed at investigating basic skills and exploring handwork.


Our parent company, F&W Media Inc., had indulged us and let us try a few issues as long as we didn’t spend any money on…

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