Good Woodworking cover image for issue 296Welcome…

… to an issued packed with colour and invention. During my term as Editor of Good Woodworking I have been amazed by the glorious things you designers and makers do to wood to bring out its living essence. Just look at the cover picture above and vow to see Celebration of Craftsmanship & Design, where everything that I love about wood – its figure, its versatility, its luminosity – goes on show.  Maybe one day one of Gavin Munro’s truly organic pieces, grown from the soil, will be there too. In the meantime I love the colour that is used in several of the pieces at Cheltenham. Could wood staining, for instance, become a Significant Style, like the Faaborg Chairs that are still being sat in 100 years after they were made? As I put this issue to bed I am preparing to hand over my eye-shade to Tegan Foley who has wide experience in this field of journalism, but before I go I would like to thank all my skilful contributors and readers for sharing your knowledge so willingly. I know you will give a huge welcome to Tegan and I hope to be back with a feature or three very soon…