March was kind of a blur to me. Travel and more travel. Then came April, and I drove to Idaho to get a puppy, a new hunting dog (no … we don’t have puppies here in Minnesota). Anyway, I am back behind my computer screen and raring to go. I know that spring is traditionally a time when woodworking starts to wind down a bit, but I am more jazzed about it than ever. One reason is that our latest print issue (May / June 2003: on sale in two weeks) is just full of great woodworking related stories from front to back. Two articles will explain what I mean. The first is Ian Kirby’s article on single-lap dovetails. It is perhaps the best instructional piece on creating dovetails that I have ever read, I highly recommend it. On the other end of the spectrum is our modular barrister bookcase project. It’s a practical and easy project that is flexible in use and accessible to just about any builder.
And those stories are just the tip of the iceberg (spring in Minnesota is colder than other places!). We’ve got tools, techniques, shop jigs, woodworking contests and more. Maybe now you can see why I am getting revved up about woodworking instead of winding down!
– Rob Johnstone, Woodworker’s Journal