I can now say with tremendous relief that Issue Two is officially in the hands of the printer. The past few weeks I’ve been slaving at the computer screen making sure every detail was exactly how we wanted it to be. There was (as always) a lot of back and forth with the contributors and interviewees. Although this slows the process down, we feel strongly that we don’t want to move forward on publishing something without the blessing of everyone involved.
I am so delighted with how this issue has turned out. Although Mike and I have been riding the Issue One excitement for a year now, our enthusiasm for this second issue has dominated our attention. If you enjoyed Issue One, we truly believe you will love Issue Two. Our contributors have really pulled out all the stops and delivered such unique and compelling articles for you. Between Schwarz’s hands-on demonstration of using the low Roman workbench, to the candid discussion of craft with father-and-son Windsor chairmakers David and George Sawyer to Follansbee’s reflections on a lifetime of furniture scholarship titled “Everybody Who Knows ‘Why’ is Dead”, this publication is the only place you’re going to find such deep and diverse writing on furniture craftsmanship. And there is so much more.
On Monday, production begins for Issue Two and it will be a few weeks before that freight delivery of pallets of magazines arrives but rest assured we will keep you in the loop about the production progress along the way.
When they do arrive, we plan to throw another party like last time. We had such a blast chatting, laughing, and feasting that we decided to keep this operation in-house. We don’t want to sub our shipping out to some fulfillment service so we will again be wrapping every individual magazine in brown paper and string and attaching the wax-sealed tradecard like last time. With a small team, it should take us a couple days to get them all done. I will get final timing from our printer next week but this wrapping party will take place in Blue Hill, Maine on the last week of December or first week of January. We’ll have tons of food and fun... and lots of talk about craftsmanship. If accommodations are an issue, let us know and we’ll see what we can do to help. If you are interested in joining in on this event, please drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot. We can only take so many people, so don’t wait until the very end to let us know.
I’ll have more details next week…