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Forum topic by BobLang posted 10-05-2014 02:53 PM 2623 views 1 time favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-05-2014 02:53 PM

In response to this post on the Popular Woodworking Editor’s Blog

Over the last few years it has become obvious that the values we have for the craft of woodworking, creating and marketing content, and relations with the audience are not shared by the management of Popular Woodworking and its parent company. When you realize that the boat you’re on isn’t ever going to sail in the direction you want to go to, it is best to get off. And, as when any relationship comes to an end, the public discussion of the details serves no purpose.

There is enough spin and speculation online regarding our departure to warrant a response. To clarify, we resigned our positions as a team and going forward we will be working together as a team. Our decision to leave was not a hasty one, it came after a year and a half of discussing our concerns regarding the brand’s editorial direction and marketing policies with management at all levels of the company. The “restructuring” occurred several months ago, with the departure of Kevin Ireland. While that was a factor, it was not the sole cause. While we have been asked to submit contributions in the future, none of us has accepted that invitation.

We want to thank each and every one of our readers who have taken the time to express their appreciation for our work. We are honored, humbled and dedicated to living up to the things you have said about us. We have decided to move on and we hope that those who enjoy our work will find the next phase of our careers as interesting and exciting as we do. We can be found online at and if you visit the site, you will be in the front row as our plans unfold.

— Bob Lang, Glen Huey & Chuck Bender

-- Bob Lang,

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#1 posted 10-05-2014 03:15 PM

Bob, et al,

Thank you for the Heads Up!

Things sure change FAST!

I wish you three the BEST & hope to see more of y’all in the future.

As for the Molding issue, if there was one, I thought Molding was THE proper name for it…
... I did have to do a “double take” when I saw “moulding” ... :) LOL


EDIT: I tried to Subscribe at your new url… and it went into a loop (never never land).

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#2 posted 10-05-2014 03:29 PM

I just subscribed.

Kind of uneventful. I guess they will get back with me once the website is complete. It is under construction.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#3 posted 10-05-2014 03:39 PM

Nice to hear some response, hopefully things work out for all involved.

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#4 posted 10-05-2014 03:41 PM


This weekend while in a hotel in Sacramento, I listened to your mellifluous voice lead me through sketchup one more time, and this time it worked! I’m disappointed in the separation from PW, since I had just decided that it would be my one old school subscription, primarily bc of you and Chris Schwarz. But I look forward to your next venture.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#5 posted 10-05-2014 03:43 PM

Can we talk about this? Specifically, can Bob, Glen and Chuck tell us – nicely – what’s wrong with the direction at Popular Woodworking?

I don’t want to start a rant against the magazine and its management. Personally and so far, I still quite like it. But I also appreciate the contributions of you three, and I worry about what could be so objectionable you’d feel strongly enough to leave.

If there is a way to gently express what’s wrong about the new direction, or what you’d prefer to see, I’d be very interested..

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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Arlin Eastman

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#6 posted 10-05-2014 04:20 PM


Not to be negative, but I was a subscriber for several years and just stopped my subsribtion because it seemed to be getting worse than it used to be.

I am a new disabled vet and crave to learn how to do wood working better and I learn now by seeing and reading things that are easy to understand.

If you are ever by here I would love to have coffee ready and some how and tell. (Mostly by you) lol

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#7 posted 10-05-2014 05:00 PM

Bob, you are my favorite author at Pop WW. I may have to rethink my subscription. I will be following your new venture.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#8 posted 10-05-2014 07:23 PM

First, thanks for all your instructional material on SketchUp! Second, it’s unfortunate that the internet is changing everything, especially the print media, but that is supposedly progress. And, no one asked us for our advice, so we just continue on with what we’re given. Best wishes to you and the others.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#9 posted 10-06-2014 01:55 AM

I’ll be watching ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 10-06-2014 02:09 AM

Interesting. But I am not sure about the magazine as I stopped subscribing a while ago. While I liked you Bob, I did not like Glen. I found his methods dangerous. And given that many unknowing beginners would follow, led me to drop the magazine, along with a lack of good material. The repetitive nature, and lack of advanced technique.

I wish you good luck, and pop wood too.

-- Jeff NJ

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#11 posted 10-06-2014 02:40 AM

Bob, perhaps you should go to the next level and write a magazine there. That seems to be what everyone wants.

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#12 posted 10-06-2014 10:34 AM

Bob, perhaps you should go to the next level and write a magazine there. That seems to be what everyone wants.

- Grandpa

I won’t be writing about what is wrong with PopWood, I would much rather talk about where Glen, Chuck and I are headed. As my grandmother used to say “the proof is in the pudding”. Over the next few months you will see the difference between two different business models and two approaches to publishing and you can judge for yourselves whether you like one, the other, or both.

We’re thinking that the “next level” is limiting, and plan to go beyond that. We believe that what people want is reliable, empowering information presented in a way that makes sense for the times and with the best available technology.

-- Bob Lang,

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#13 posted 10-06-2014 04:28 PM

Bob … Sorry to hear about the situation with PW. I have always enjoyed your videos, articles and books. You are first rate teacher.

Good luck to you, Chuck, and Glen … we’ll be watching!

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#14 posted 10-06-2014 04:35 PM

I look forward to seeing what happens in your next step. Congrats to you all.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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