40 Years of Inspiration
How Fine Woodworking influenced generations of woodworkers
Synopsis: Over the course of your relationship with Fine Woodworking, can you remember a particular article or series that had an impact on you? We talked to a bunch of our longtime contributors—all of them prominent woodworkers—to see which articles over our 40-year history have influenced them, and why. Their answers are both entertaining and enlightening.
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Fine Woodworking magazine debuted in the winter of 1975, after founders Jan and Paul Roman sent postcard invitations to 20,000 potential subscribers. Four decades later, the impression the magazine has made on the craft is clear—and everlasting. Fine Woodworking has fostered a creative community, preserved and advanced a craft, inspired and taught everyone in it.
“I remember waiting with anticipation to see what the first issue was going to be all about,” recalls period furniture maker and teacher Phil Lowe. “Here you had this publication that was sort of letting the trade secrets out. It has played a tremendous role in keeping the craftsmanship alive.”
The magazine also became an important showcase, creating a common awareness—that hadn’t existed before—of what was current in the craft. “I love seeing what other people are doing,” said furniture maker Hank Gilpin. “What are the different minds in different parts of the country developing and creating, and where is their inspiration?”
To celebrate Fine Woodworking’s 40th anniversary, we asked many of our most noteworthy contributors to tell us what reading the magazine has meant to them, and to share their favorite article. Taken together, their stories are like pieces in a marquetry pattern depicting the magazine’s influence.
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