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Rob Johnson14/04/2008 18:46:00
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Over the years I have subscribed to most mags to do with wood,in one shape or the other, moving away to an uncertain fiscal future put a stop to that. Having returned and found this site have taken a subscription of The Woodworker again, I have fond memories of the magazine, once they even printed a small article I wrote.

I have learnt a lot from the magazines and expect I will continue to do so. It is also very interesting to see what other people are producing and designing, with the magazines broad base the resulting spectrum of work is as large as it is varied.

I subscribe to another magazine to do with motorhomes ( haven't lost my wanderlust) but am not allowed to get Playboy ( just typing that earnt me a clip round the ear!)

Will just have to continue to drool over all the new kit being tested in Woodworker!

Malc14/04/2008 19:10:00
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Derek,

"Golf Monthly"

Malc.

derek willis14/04/2008 19:30:00
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Before they stopped practical, and switched my subs. to woodworker, I used to love the crossword, mostly wood related, promoted by Rustins, got a lot of loot from tht I can tell you.

derek.

Doug14/04/2008 22:41:00
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Dandy & beano, big kid at heart,

So lucky my 2 lads like them both else Mrs Baz wouldn`t let me buy them.

Woodchip15/04/2008 08:22:00
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My 'gripe' with magazines, is something that the publishers can't really do much about.

The fact is, after a year or so, there aren't many techniques  they can deal with that many of us haven't heard of. (I can always get my memory jogged of course) But it's like a gardening mag. The same things have to be done year in year out, just as the woodwork mags have to run beginners' series every so often.

I much prefer projects, which give me design ideas. So the best thing about woodwork mags for me is ideas and that they help me keep up with new develoments in tools or the trade itself.  (Not that I have the cash for most new developments!)

Also, I get bored with the number of series' by bodgers and arty designers, who talk more about the ethos of  the craft and the wonderful scenery where they live. They all seem to have a 'Krenov' cat in the workshop; cats doing nothing about the mouse problem. All these things have their place, but I want a 'bodger' to tell me how to make chairs, not wax lyrical about the day his cat calmly jumped onto the table of the bandsaw, nuzzled his hand, before walking blithely and safely, between the running bandsaw blade and the throat!  Apart from that, I like magazines.

Reminds me, I meant to take out a sub with Nick Gibbs's BW...

derek willis15/04/2008 08:42:00
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John,   I think you are voicing the opinions of most readers, we all get a bit tired of the same old same old, but every now and again some inspiration arrives to get us going again.

derek.

Woodchip15/04/2008 09:08:00
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Yep.. True!

Like my struggle with posting pics on the forum...

Think I'll try flickr! Lol!

Cheers Derek!

John

Olly Parry-Jones16/04/2008 20:20:00
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I agree that there comes a time when a magazine will have to tread back over old material, but sometimes it's worth a read; there are new innovations and ideas cropping up all the time.
derek willis17/04/2008 08:30:00
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Everyone, if you didn't take the magazines, what else would you read.

derek.

p.s. I read two or three novels a week. 

Woodchip17/04/2008 09:23:00
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I read Lee Child, Michael Connelley, Joseph Wambaugh, Elmore Leonard and Bernard Cornwell's sea stories; the occasional 'Sharpe'. Any good thriller really, but there aren't many about these days..

For non-fiction, anything scientific . (Such as geology,  meteorology and the submarine world, if not too 'professionally' orientated.)

John

derek willis17/04/2008 09:31:00
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John,

don't start me on authors, my controller bought me a book record 18 months ago, and i have them all down, I dare not go there.

derek. 

Mike Garnham17/04/2008 09:47:00
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New Scientist, BBC Wildlife and the Architects Journal.........

......I have never read a woodworking magazine in my life (even failed to get hold of one last month to find Derek's article on "Weatherwatch")........although my father used to get the "Popular Mechanics" annual from America back in the '60s & early '70s which had a few wood-working projects.

It was in searching for an online version of any of the woodworking magazines that I came across this site, although I now have no recollection as to why I was looking for the magazines anyway!! I guess being self-taught, never having had a conversation with another wood-worker, and never using anyone's plans for anything I make has lots of dangers, but it probably has the advantage of freeing-up designs a bit.

Mike 

Mike Garnham18/04/2008 08:07:00
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Derek,

any news on your article on finishing?

Mike 

derek willis18/04/2008 08:34:00
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Mike,

Ben said a little while back that he would put it in for me, just have to wait and hope.

Derek. 

Olly Parry-Jones18/04/2008 20:39:00
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derek willis wrote (see)

I fel I must agree with most of wht you've just said, especially Nick, he is being very brave taking this on all on his own, he has become almost a friend over the last few years, and the content of his mag is inspirational in the main, I don't think good wood is quite what it was, and I think that as for our own Ben, he is doing a great job.

derek.



Going back to Nick again, he comes across as someone's who's modest in what he does; he doesn't like to take all (or too much) of the credit for what he does with the magazine. He's very grateful for any contributions and whenever you read a note saying "contact us for a sample", or similar, it's always him on the other end of that e-mail address, no-one else! It just makes me smile.

It's great, and highly important, I think, for magazines to have a similar kind of relationship/freedom of contact with their readers. Most do... But I read somewhere else recently that F&C don't take to kindly to critisisms from their readers!!

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