(Almost) Summertime, and the Woodworking Is Easy
Issue: Issue 249
In these next two weeks, the unofficial kickoff to the summer season occurs. While it's no comparison to the actual kickoffs from my beloved Minnesota Vikings that will occur in a few months, summer does have its perks – one of them being that it's possible to be in the outdoors, or at least semi-outdoors, here in the North Country without freezing your tuckus off.
A Decade of Internet Woodworking Fun
Issue: Issue 264
Ten years ago, in April 2000, we emailed our first issue of the Woodworker's Journal eZine. We sent it out to just under 30,000 woodworkers - whose email addresses we had to scrounge, borrow and beg. Now, there are around 250,000 of you, and for that we are very thankful.
A Glance at Woodworking Futures
Issue: Issue 104
Rob offers a few reasons to peek out of the shop and see what's going on in the woodworking industry. Read more ...
A Hunkering Down Weekend
Issue: Issue 116
Rob lets non-Minnesotan readers in on the hunkering-down secret for days of terrible winter weather. Read more ...
A Lot Going On!
Issue: Issue 277
Have you ever heard the saying "I failed to see the forest for the trees?" That concept was driven home clearly to me as I watched the video we just made previewing the July-August Woodworker's Journal print issue.
A Merry Gift-mas
Issue: Issue 212
Now that my birthday of the year has passed (December 11, for those of you taking note for the future - I can write it on my staff's calendars, but I can't get to all of you), it seems that the focus has moved on to other December holidays - holidays when people expect me to give them gifts, instead of just receive (the nerve!). In a more serious vein, I do love to share gifts with my family, particularly gifts that I make myself in my woodshop. This being an eZine aimed at woodworkers, I suspect many o...
A New Year of Woodworking
Issue: Issue 239
Well it’s happening again — we are about to put an old year to bed and plunge into a new year full of hopes and expectations. I personally am looking forward to 2010 with a goal of making the most of every opportunity that comes my way. But before I move furiously into the future, please allow me to take just a few moments to thank all of you who regularly read the eZine (and the print magazine, too, for all to whom that applies).
A New Year of Woodworking
Issue: Issue 140
The new year brings no resolutions for Rob - but a growing interest in spending time in the shop. Read more ...
A Sad Loss for Us All
Issue: Issue 109
The tragic loss of the eZine's online editor, Lee Gilchrist, inspires this heartfelt letter of rememberance. Read more ...
A Turn for the Better
Issue: Issue 5.07
Like many other boomers, Rob has decided to dive into the world of turning. Read more ...
A Year Full of Opportunities
Issue: Issue 213
As 2008 comes to a close I would like to take a few moments and offer my thanks to all of you who read the Woodworker's Journal eZine. You have been my steady companions not only for 08, but many of you have been part of the eZine community for years and years. I am grateful for your patronage and thankful for your graceful acceptance of our efforts. You are the reason the eZine exists and the reason that I have the best job in the country. Thank you so much. And let me say...
Adios, You'll Miss Me Too!
Issue: Issue 245.5
Recently, the outpouring of emotion for the end of the Sam Maloof and James Krenov era really caught my attention. And when Norm Abram announced that the New Yankee Workshop had come to the end of its run, the genuine affection and sadness that were expressed was noteworthy and significant. Reflecting back, I just couldn't help feeling, "Come on, what am I ... Chopped Liver?"
And the Winner is!
Issue: Issue 5.04
A fun contest of last-minute projects yields a winner - a lucky recipient of CMT 10" saw blades. Read more ...
At Home with the Masters
Issue: Issue 103
A weekend with two of the craft's greatest legends leads Rob to some insight on the woodworking community. Read more ...
Autumn's Woodworking Ramp-up
Issue: Issue 257
While I do make a significant amount of sawdust in every season of the year, there is something about the arrival of fall that increases my time in the workshop. Perhaps, as with bears and hibernation, my body responds to fewer hours of sunlight with a biologically driven need to cut, glue and finish. It seems to affect other aspects of my life as well ...
Back in the Groove
Issue: Issue 147
Rob reveals the gleeful truth behind the April Fool's Day issue, although some didn't enjoy the humor. Read more ...
Back in the Saddle
Issue: Issue 4.07
The arrival of spring - and a few great projects featured in Woodworker's Journal - is finding Rob itching to get back out into the shop. Read more ...
Be It Resolved:
Issue: Issue 4.01
With the new year upon us, Rob has a few woodworking (and reading!) suggestions for eZine readers to try out this year. Read more ...
Big Changes in the Works!
Issue: Issue 106
Rob introduces some cool new features and options for eZine readers. Read more ...
Brave New (Social) World
Issue: Issue 242
As eZine aficionados, you are probably hip to the world of social media (or at least you’ve heard the term …). Woodworker’s Journal is fully engaged in this new world and wants to make it easier for you to find the woodworking Facebook pages, Twitter™ feeds and YouTube videos that are becoming an important part of the online woodworking community.
Brothers and Sisters in Messiness
Issue: Issue 131
Though cleaning up the shop is still high on the To-Do List, Rob encourages readers to participate in the Empty Bowls project. Read more ...
Celebrate and Take Action
Issue: Issue 114
In the wake of the tsunami tragedy, Rob offers some ideas for how we can all do our part in caring for one another. Read more ...