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In addition to help from staff, woodworkers in the field write the bulk of our content. They’re the real stars of Fine Woodworking, especially our contributing editors Christian Becksvoort, Garrett Hack, Roland Johnson, Steve Latta, and Michael Fortune.
Fine Woodworkings come a long way since the first issue in 1975. This  website launched in Nov. 2005 and you can now find us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Want to know who does what here at Check out the Who's Who list below.

Our dedicated web staff is relatively small but it works closely with a large group of people from Fine Woodworking magazine and the Taunton Press web team. This network helps us with everything from high-level editorial planning to nitty-gritty content production.

At the bottom of this blog post, you'll also find info on how to contact us and submit article proposals.

Who's Who at

Dedicated web staff:

Ed PirnikEd Pirnik, senior web producer. Ed’s the man in charge of You can see him as the co-star of the third season of Getting Started in Woodworking.

Raised in Madison, Conn., where he spent his high school and college years apprenticing as a timber-frame carpenter, Ed traded in his tool belt for a notepad and camera upon college graduation. Arriving in New York City, he spent over eight years in the journalism industry as a photographer, writer and editor. During that time, he worked with a talented group of journalists around the world, crafting stories on a variety of issues including conflict, travel, and national politics. Never one for the big city, Ed returned to Connecticut in 2009 to become a web producer at The Taunton Press, where he has been able to combine his interest in media with his love for woodworking.

Lisa MorganLisa Morgan, web producer. Since 2009, Lisa’s been heavily involved with Fine Woodworking content making sure that every article from the magazine gets published online. Now we’re excited to have her working full time on our site.

Lisa grew up just a few short miles from the Fine Woodworking offices, and often helped her father around his shop. She built a few small projects as a child and enjoyed woodshop in school, but it wouldn’t be until years later that the sawdust bug would return. Accepting her first job out of college at The Taunton Press, Lisa was reintroduced to the art of woodworking. Surrounded by inspiring craftsmen, she tried her hand once again at woodworking by building a pair of wine racks. Without even realizing it, she had found a new hobby that luckily enough could also provide a living. Within a few months of completing her first project, Lisa became the newest web producer at Fine Woodworking.


Additional web staff:

Anatole Burkin Anatole Burkin, vice president and editorial director for The Taunton Press. Anatole recently starred in a video workshop on building an entertainment center but is heavily involved with decision-making for the site, helping with projects large and small.

An avid woodworker and metalworker, Anatole joined the Fine Woodworking editorial staff in 1998. Over the next decade, he worked side by side with leading woodworkers around the country to produce compelling articles. He has also interviewed some of the best known woodworkers, including James Krenov and former President Jimmy Carter. Burkin rose through the ranks to become FW's editor-in-chief, then publisher, and now vice president and digital content director for our parent company, The Taunton Press. When not at Taunton, Anatole enjoys riding his motorcycle through the New England countryside.


Contributors from the magazine staff:

Asa ChristianaAsa Christiana, editor. Asa’s a strong supporter of and helps out whenever he can whether it’s sharing input on editorial decisions to starring in videos like our popular Getting Started in Woodworking series.

"A twisting path led me to the best job of my life," Asa says. He developed an interest in machines and building things when he attended a technical high school and studied the machinist trade. After a couple of years in the engineering program at the University of Connecticut, he made an uncommon switch over to the English department and began developing his writing chops. Upon graduation, he entered the Peace Corps in West Africa, where he taught math in a French-speaking country. His journalism career began at a small newspaper, about the time he picked up his addiction to woodworking. And that led eventually to Fine Woodworking, where he began as an associate editor in 2000. Asa is an active and passionate furniture maker, and also enjoys working on his house and shop, which he helped to design and build.

Mike PekovichMichael Pekovich, art director. Mike starred in his first ever video workshop on building a hayrake table and we think he’s a natural. He’s also becoming known for his awesome garage shop. He blogged about it and gave a video tour.

A longtime woodworker, Michael caught the hand-tool bug when he came to the magazine 14 years ago. On weekends he’s apt to be rummaging for old tools to fill out his collection at flea markets and tag sales. Growing up in California, he was inspired by the writings and work of James Krenov. A visit to the Gamble house in Pasadena cemented his love for Arts and Crafts furniture. Upon relocating to Connecticut, Mike developed a passion for the simplicity and subtle proportions of Shaker furniture and for working with hardwoods native to New England.

Mark SchofieldMark Schofield, managing editor. Mark’s our on-staff finishing guru, but web visitors will recognize him from his video series on picture framing or a new video on machine setups.

After spending 20 years in oil trading, Mark can still be found stealing a glance at the commodity pages of the Financial Times. However, 10 years at Fine Woodworking has resulted in many non-financial benefits including working with some of the most skilled woodworkers in the country, and in turn being inspired to make a house full of furniture. When not at the keyboard or the tablesaw, Mark can be found racing his single at various rowing regattas along the east coast.

Thomas McKennaThomas McKenna, senior editor. Tom’s heavily involved with the website. He stars in the bulk of our Fast Fix videos, manages the Tool Addicts blog, and was featured in our video series on building a footstool.

Tom was introduced to woodworking when he enrolled in a basics class during his freshman year in high school on Long Island. While studying journalism in college, Tom made bigger things from wood, working part-time building decks and additions to pay for expenses at school. His first job out of college was copyediting a physics journal. Later he worked on the copy desk of a local newspaper on Long Island. He moved to Connecticut in the early 1990, to become an editor at a home improvement magazine. He landed at Fine Woodworking in 1998, working behind the scenes as the magazine's senior copy editor, a job that allowed him to re-engage his woodworking hobby in earnest. In 2004, he came out from behind the curtain, taking a job as associate editor, which allows him to escape from the desk and travel the country, taking photos, meeting people, and learning more about woodworking.

Matt KenneyMatt Kenney, senior editor. Matt’s a frequent contributor to all things web. He’s a regular blogger, starred in three video workshops (on box making, a garden bench, and a workbench) and is in charge of the Hand Work blog.

Matt taught philosophy before he started working as an associate editor at Fine Woodworking. He built furniture as a hobby and made his first big project, a crib for his daughter, on a 2-ft. by 10-ft. apartment balcony. Then a professional furniture maker in Camden, S.C., let Matt hang out in his shop and taught him almost everything he knows about the craft. Matt has been at FWW since 2008. A hand-tool devotee, he likes to make cabinets with a lot of small drawers and boxes with fitted trays, which he makes using hand tools and clever bench jigs.

Jonathan BinzenJon Binzen, senior editor. Jon first joined Fine Woodworking in 1993 but left for a  freelance career. During that time he continued to contribute to the magazine as an author, identifying and interviewing most of the woodworkers whose work appears on the back cover. In February 2012 he rejoined the FWW staff as a senior editor.

In the 1980s he taught woodworking at a school for refugees in Philadelphia and later spent several years in Malaysia writing, working in a refugee camp, and making furniture in a Malay shop. These days he lives in New Milford, Connecticut. Between loads of laundry and trips to the elementary school with his daughters, he writes about furniture and interiors.

Stephen ScottSteve Scott, associate editor. Steve produced both the dovetail doctor and sharpening doctor videos with Gary Rogowski. In addition, he writes a mean feature story and often profiles woodworkers or events for our blogs.

Steve came to the magazine from The Dallas Morning News in 2004, after it became clear to him that the newspaper had no plans to provide any regular woodworking coverage. His role as an associate editor combines three pursuits that he loves--writing, photography, and building things in the shop. When he’s not doing any of those things, you might find him pursuing a fourth passion by scouring used record stores or listening to old albums on his turntable. Steve’s favorite song about a woodworking project is Kaw-Liga (the Hank Williams version).

Ken St. OngeKen St. Onge, associate editor. Ken is a newbie woodworker who will be editing the “Fundamentals” section of the magazine in addition to being a regular blogger on

A New England native and experienced journalist, Ken joined Fine Woodworking in August 2011. He caught the woodworking bug when he started taking woodworking classes and building a shop in his garage. He is interested in both furniture-making and lutherie – particularly electric guitars, such as the hot-rodded homage to a 1960s Les Paul Jr. he recently completed. He is also very interested in learning to build solely with hand tools. When not on assignment or tooling around the shop, Ken is an avid runner and cyclist.

Liz HealyElizabeth Healy, senior copy/production editor. Liz is practically a back up web producer. In her limited downtime from the magazine, she helps churn out weekly eLetters, can update the site, and fixes our typos.

Liz Healy came to Fine Woodworking from the newspaper world, where she spent most of her career editing stories about crime, schools, local government, and other community news, often working the midnight shift. The switch to woodworking and a daylight existence was life-changing. She has been senior copy/production editor at the magazine for the past five years, which means she sets deadlines, edits all the copy, proofreads the issue, and makes sure the magazine gets to press on time. In her spare time, she has learned wood turning and basic woodworking.

Kelly J. DuntonKelly J. Dunton, associate art director. Kelly recently starred in a video about wood turning, but his biggest impact on the site is behind the scenes helping web producers in the shop to beef up their woodworking know-how.

From the very early age of 2, Kelly had been shadowing his father in the garage and shop, building things and helping to fix anything that needed repair. He was introduced to woodworking in early high school and often split his free time between the shop and art room. While pursuing a fine arts degree in graphic design in college, he missed the woodworking program by one year before it was terminated in the curriculum. So for several years, his study of woodworking fell to reading Fine Woodworking. His real education on furniture design and building started when he landed at the magazine in 2001. Since then he’s built several Arts and Crafts and Shaker inspired pieces in white oak and cherry for his family and friends.

John TetreaultJohn Tetreault, associate art director. John starred in his first video workshop last summer and lately has been writing popular blog posts about his quirky shop projects.

For a woodworker who's had the parts for up to three disassembled barns stacked on his property at any one time, it's no surprise that John enjoys building with reclaimed lumber, wide boards, and oversize timbers. He’s also an avid collector and user of antique hand tools. When not laying out the pages of Fine Woodworking as the magazine's associate art director, John enjoys painting, bronze sculpture, and raising his own chickens in a backyard coop.

Betsy EngelBetsy Engel, administrative assistant. Betsy’s the real backbone behind both the magazine and the website. In addition to sending out contracts and making sure that contributors get paid, Betsy helps out a lot on the web posting weekly book giveaways, keeping various pages updated, and more.

As administrative assistant, Betsy is often the first person that customers meet when they contact Fine Woodworking. She came to the magazine in 2005 after a long stint in the plant business. When watering greenhouses full of plants for hours on end became a little much, she decided getting back into an office might be a good thing. The advertisement for her current position said that woodworking experience was a plus and her woodworking husband convinced her that his experience would count. She’s been supporting the staff ever since and is learning something new on a regular basis.

Bill PeckWilliam Peck, woodshop manager. Even our shop manager pitches in to help with the web. Not long after he joined the staff, he agreed to take a woodworking class to build a workbench and blogged all about it.

Bill Peck keeps the shop running and available for tool tests, contributing editor use, and lots of projects by FWW editorial staff. After retiring from engineering management in the defense industry, he took up woodworking as a hobby and then discovered his dream job when FWW needed a shop manager. Bill lives in Newtown, builds furniture, and frequently helps his son with home improvement projects.

Our contributors:

Woodworkers in the field write the bulk of our content. They’re the real stars of Fine Woodworking, especially our contributing editors:

Christian Becksvoort
Garrett Hack
Roland Johnson
Steve Latta 
Michael Fortune

For more details on other contributors, go to our woodworker profile page.

Other staff assistance

Even this list is just the tip of the iceberg. We have so many people who assist with our site, including technical development staff, marketing staff who pitch in on all variety of tasks, customer support, ad sales staff, and more.

How to contact us:

  • Web problems: If you have trouble with your account, streaming video, etc., contact our customer support staff. Email support AT or Phone: 800-477-8727 9am-5pm ET Mon-Fri
  • Web proposals or other online editorial questions: Email: fw-web AT
  • Submissions to the magazine (articles, Methods of Work tips, Q&A, Readers Gallery, etc). Get more details here
  • Other magazine editorial questions: Use this contact form.
  • Mailing address: Fine Woodworking, The Taunton Press, 63 S. Main St., PO Box 5506, Newtown, CT 06470-5506

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Comments (5)

John1910 John1910 writes: Enjoyed the introduction of the staff. I am totally impressed that the website is handled by so few individuals. I have been known to spend nearly a day on it exploring and watching the various segments. My biggest frustration is when you roll out the series spaced days apart. It is like watching TV series, not good for me. I get tips and techniques I can use from even the simplest of projects and I especially like the Fast Fix segments. Is that the best photo of Ed you have to show us in this intro?
Posted: 10:18 am on August 25th

Ed_Pirnik Ed_Pirnik writes: brandy20 and Woodsmithy: Thank you very much for your kinds words. It takes a great deal of effort to keep this site up-to-date and functioning as it should, and your remarks are truly appreciated.

Posted: 8:44 am on March 23rd

brandy20 brandy20 writes: I follow you from far away, since I live in Italy. You are the greatest resource I've ever found and great part of my skills improvement is due to your excellent work!

Posted: 3:25 pm on March 22nd

elizh elizh writes: Woodsmithy: A woodworker who likes Westies -- the perfect combination! But you are right, they are not good at staying out of trouble. When I worked at the newspaper, I used to bring my two Westies to work with me, but they always ended up in the press room, covered with ink.

Posted: 3:06 pm on March 22nd

Woodsmithy Woodsmithy writes: It’s really great to see all the people associated with my favorite magazine and website. is my #1 source for woodworking media. I check almost daily to see what the new postings are. It’s about the only place I can find the latest woodworking articles, editorials, news, blogs, shop and reader’s gallery, and super videos all in one location. When you consider all the research, tips, plans and extras available for members at one fixed price, it’s truly a bargain.

Thanks to the entire FWW staff,
Tom Smith

PS; I am glad to see you have Westies on the staff, they’re my favorite dogs too. I have two, Max and Maggie. But they don’t work well in the shop. They like to roll in saw dust and chew on wood.

Posted: 2:12 pm on March 22nd

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