The Celebration Begins Here
American Woodworker's tenth-anniversary issue
Please join us while we pop a few corks in celebration. With this issue, American Woodworker marks its tenth year of publication. It's hard to believe, but we've produced 68 issues since our first one in 1988.
Back then, AW was an oversize, black and white magazine with only 20,000 readers. Some of you may remember those early issues. AW's come a long way since then, but before I leap into w the present, let me tell | you the little-known ™ talc about how the magazine got its start.
Before 1988, AW was an obscure quarterly published by Jim and Mary Jennings—a husband and wife team working out of the back room of their trophy shop in a suburban Nashville mini-mall. Jirn worked as editor and Mary sold ads when the trophy business got slow. Woodworkers wrote the articles, a moonlighting English teacher did the copy editing. The design work and layouts were handled by a woman down at the local type shop. Scat-of-thc-pants magazine making—Southern style.
Then Rodale Press bought AW in 1988 and hired me as the editor. After putting out the first issue with a full-time staff of one (and swearing I d never do a solo act again), I started building the tremendous team of talent that makes American Woodworker the great magazine it is today.
We've now expanded beyond the magazine to make American Woodworker a multimedia publisher of woodworking information. The magazine is the flagship, of course— the number-one magazine for serious woodworking enthusiasts like you.
American Woodworker has always been the leader in exploring new opportunities. AW was the first woodworking magazine to set up a woodworking site in cybcrspacc—wc launched AMERICAN
Woodworker Online on AOL in December 1994. Wc still maintain this site, but this year we've added a Web site at http://www.americanwoodworker •com so we can serve even more woodworkers with fast, interactive woodworking info online. If you haven't checked out online woodworking vet, you don't know what you're missing! Computers can do some cool things that a magazines can't. And American ^ Woodworker was the first U.S. magazine to introduce its own woodworking show. The first american Woodworker Show™—the exposition that brings the pages of the magazine to life—took place in Fort Washington, PA (suburban Philadelphia) back in 1995. We were so bowled over by the positive feedback from that show, wc now put on three shows a year: one in California, one in Pennsylvania, and another in xVIichigan (see page 103 for 1998-99 dates and locations). The American Woodworker Show'* is a great opportunity for woodworkers to get together, pick up some good deals, learn a few things, and have one heck of a good time.
Who knows what the next ten years will bring. Interactive american Woodworker TV? Nuclear-powered robot laser saws that can be programmed from a computer? Who knows what woodworking will be like in 2008. Technology is changing so quickly that it's difficult to keep pace. There's one thing you can always count on, though. As new technologies create new possibilities, american Woodworker will be there first— trying out new and better ways of bringing you great woodworking information that will help you to bccomc a better craftsman.
David Sloan Editor & publisher
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