Hundreds of Jigs and One Fixture
After 36 years editing and illustrating Methods of Work, Jim Richey will step down with issue #254.
Synopsis: After 36 years editing and illustrating Methods of Work, Jim Richey will step down with issue #254. As one who has been with the magazine since the very beginning, Richey’s legacy is long and his loss will be keenly felt. He has worked tirelessly to make the column great, picking the best tips and often building mockups so he could be sure to understand how they work before drawing them.
After editing and illustrating the Methods of Work column for 36 years, Jim Richey bows out gracefully with this issue, as gracefully as he has handled the job from the beginning. It is striking that he steps down at a major Fine Woodworking anniversary, not only because of the extraordinary length of his tenure, but also because of the way his story has paralleled the magazine’s.
Richey was with Fine Woodworking from the beginning, filling out the first promotional mailer in time for issue #1, and answering the call to submit articles soon after. Recognizing his talent and passion, the magazine named Richey one of its earliest “correspondents,” charged with reporting and writing about woodworkers in his neck of the woods (Houston at the time). After seeing a treadle lathe demonstrated at a craft fair, he got permission from the turner to draw up plans and submit them to the magazine. By issue #16, Richey’s expert drawings and tips had landed him the newly minted Methods of Work department, which he then edited and illustrated at an unwavering level for nearly four decades.
As his editors came and went, as black and white became color, as paper and post were replaced with email and Dropbox, even after he retired from Conoco and moved back to his little hometown of Alva, Okla., Richey worked tirelessly to make the column great, starting with…