Sometimes it’s so fun being a woodworking editor that I don’t want my boss to know how much I like it (because he might stop paying me). Today, I am going to let you in on a couple of secrets that I have been sitting on for a while (as uncomfortable as that sounds). The first is a new web site, the eZine EXPO, that we will be putting up for the introduction of the fall woodworking season. It is a roundup of cool new stuff that I found at the recent IWF (International Woodworking Fair) in Atlanta, Georgia. Think of it as a way that you can visit this biannual trade show — about everything woodworking — but without getting sore feet. (Look for an e-mail later this week that will direct you to the eZine EXPO site.)
The next thing I am able to announce today is another participatory online event. It is the Woodworker’s Journal Asia Travel Blog. I will be leaving in September to visit several factories that make woodworking tools in Taiwan and mainland China. I’ll be posting photos, stories and even video documenting each day of the trip. So, again, you’ll get to join in the travel experience, but without having to get the vaccinations. (I’m always thinking of you.) Check out the pre-departure blog page at www.woodworkersjournal.com/asia. We still have a few kinks to work out … but, like I said, sometimes I find myself having a bit too much fun!
— Rob Johnstone, Woodworker’s Journal