Anyone seen the latest issue? What do you think? I'm particularly interested in views on DC's and Robert Ingram's columns.
Philly":2j7lsg8g said:There is a bias in a lot of the articles toward Pro cabinet makers
Well now there I beg to differ. I used to think that (and maybe it did, at the beginning), but 6 pages on biscuit jointers, how to sharpen a chisel and so forth and eventually the penny drops. The truth is, F&C is aimed at alternatively waged woodworkers (amateurs if you will) who like to pretend they're reading a mag aimed at wage seeking woodworkers (pros, if you prefer). I mean, how many WSW will spend DC kind of time tuning up hand tools? None, unless they earn that wage teaching AWWs I'll bet. :wink: How many will have more than a passing interest in the Classic tools series? Something to laugh over during the tea break, if they can afford to take a tea break...? Nope, F&C has fallen into the same trap all the mags do eventually (and FWW is doing the same thing), trying to appeal to a "wider audience" and managing to alienate both. Too hoi pollloi for the WSWs and too much Felder for the AWW. Luckily for F&C there's no competition though, so they can get away with it.Noely":2j7lsg8g said:Bare in mind that the mag is supposedly aimed at the industry as opposed to the likes of myself - hobby, pastime, non-commercial etc.
Sorry, but I have to disagree with you on this one.sawdustalley":33iv9e8i said:The mags are ok, especially New Woodworking
Dunno if you've been following any of the recent discussions on the Knots forum, Noel? There's an awful lot being said there that I agree with, although I think this post probably sums up what FWW should be aiming for in my opinion. Pick any post you like complaining about the interminable router tables, tool reviews etc etc for what I don't like. :wink:Noely":2ccj0wr4 said:Just to further the discussion on diluting a magazines' original target market what bugs you on the FWW front?
Tony said:Oh, forgot to ask. Does anyone else think that Robert Ingram's cabinets are UGLY!!!!!!!quote]
Yes! Oh yes!!
As for the other mags, I do like GWW but FWW is still my favourite. But then, my woodworking experience only covers the last half-dozen issues so I haven't yet exhausted its appeal.
I have a lot of sympathy for the mags - I've been a magazine journalist (in the IT market) for more than 20 years. But I've also been a hobbyist of varying sorts for the same time - photography, astronomy, and now woodworking. And you always exhaust the magazines because there's never enough that's new after two or three years.
The only thing that changes is equipment, but once you've invested in the necessary tools, you're only really interested in reviews when you're looking to buy something specific.
So all magazines rely on a steady influx of newcomers to survive, because they simply can't generate enough material to interest the old hands.