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    looks like the woodworking magazines are starting to go the way of the dodo bird. Wife always gave me subscriptions to a couple woodworking mags, American Woodworker being one of them. Her check was returned with a letter stating they were ending publication in October 2014.

    I've noticed the others getting pretty thin, now 40 some pages when they used to be over 100 just a couple years ago. Probably won't be long before Shopnotes and Woodsmith are merged into one publication.
    "When we build let us think we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work that our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone upon stone, that a time is to come when these stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! This our fathers did for us."
    John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

  • #2
    Bob, a lot of them are online now but you probably have a chapter of these guys http://www.gnhw.org in your area. Check out the site and links.
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    • #3
      It is a shame that's happening but unfortunately it is the way of the world today. The Internet giveth and taketh away. I still have a subscription for WOOD Magazine through 2017 but have stopped renewing all the others I used to subscribe too long ago. Part of the problem I see is that I think the publishers got kind of lazy in the past decade and lacked imagination. Most issues are nothing more than a thinly disguised version of the previous issue.
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      • #4
        As a wood porn addict, I also lament the passing of those publications.
        There's just something about the tactile pleasure of turning those
        glossy pages and perusing the eye-popping photos and the detailed
        project plans that the on line experience lacks.
        I even enjoy the tool & lumber ads.
        Alas, it's a digital world, for better or worse.
        Nothing that can't be found on the web if you have the time to wade through it.

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        • #5
          Unfortunately the woodworking magazines are whittling down to a mere splinter

          Rick.
          phoebe it is

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            Bwahahaha, smart ***

        • #6
          Not your imagination. I noticed the same thing after renewing my wood subscription after a 5 year layoff.
          Buy cheap, buy twice.

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          • #7
            I have used the digital editions, but like having the hardcopy in the shop with me and not having to print out an article.
            Computers and sawdust don't mix very well, so trying to view a DVD edition in the shop doesn't work out too good for me,
            well, for the computer really as it eats the fine dust which causes it to overheat.

            No doubt over the next couple years all but one or two will die off or consolidate.

            Like I said I look for Shopnotes and Woodsmith which are by the same publisher to merge soon, just makes sense.
            "When we build let us think we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work that our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone upon stone, that a time is to come when these stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! This our fathers did for us."
            John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

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            • #8
              Well, it's official. Not that it wasn't before by the last communication we had from them, but American Woodworker will end soon.

              But, at least its not totally dead, as they are joining forces with Popular woodoworking, see below.
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              "When we build let us think we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work that our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone upon stone, that a time is to come when these stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! This our fathers did for us."
              John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

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              • #9
                Well another one bites the dust.

                ShopNotes is no more.

                Any remaining ShopNotes subscription will be converted over to Woodsmith,
                and the content and monthly sections and features of the two will be combined into the one magazine.

                Looks like the Nov/Dec 2014 issue was the last for ShopNotes, though there was no notice given in the
                issue nor in an email or postal mail to subscribers that I received.

                I liked those annual hardbound volumes that they put out of ShopNotes and Woodsmith for a while. If a
                digital edition is all that will remain, it might be nice to offer the hardbound book of the years issues at
                the end of each year for sale. Would make a nice gift and would give those who prefer to have a hard
                copy and no easy way to print individual articles and way to get them in print.

                I remember a co-worker some years ago who had every issue of ShopNotes from issue #1. He had a fire
                in his shop and lost just about everything including his collection of ShopNotes, about 5 years worth at
                the time. He seemed more upset about how he might replace those magazines than the tools. At the
                time I did not subscribe so couldn't help him rebuild his library. I don't know how or if he was able to
                do so. But now he could as they offer a DVD with every issue from beginning to end for $99 which he
                would probably consider a bargain.

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                "When we build let us think we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work that our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone upon stone, that a time is to come when these stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! This our fathers did for us."
                John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

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                • #10
                  Yup, no more Shopnotes as we know it. They will give us a credit for any remaining issues we have coming, but no mention of what the new mag will cost. Not a good sign I believe.
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