The American Craftsman Workshop Published in WOOD Magazine!

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Blog entry by Todd A. Clippinger posted 10-10-2012 02:35 PM 3011 reads 0 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey guys!

As usual, the summer season is the busiest for my remodeling work and it takes me away from my passion of sharing with the woodworking community. But I will take what I can get so the good news is that I am still at it.

The latest issue of WOOD Magazine has just hit the bookstores and mailboxes and I was lucky enough to get a full page of coverage! The article gives tips from 4 small pro shops and mine was one of the shops covered.

While there is a lot more wisdom and experience we could each share, they picked a few tips from each shop to give a good cross section of helpful advice for the wide variety of woodworkers out there.

To see the tips from my shop, check out page 48!

Photography Credits go to my friend’s daughter Yasmine Morup. She is a junior in high school and has an interest in photography. I gave her a call so she could get in on the action and get published. She and her family are pretty excited to see her work published and distributed internationally. Thanks for a great job Yaz!

(WOOD Magazine gave me their full blessing to use any images of the issue I wanted.)

A Visit to WOOD Magazine Headquarters

I just returned from doing some work in Ohio for my mom, she has had some health issues so we are turning her house into single floor living. My normal route between Montana and Ohio takes me through Des Moines, Iowa. This happens to be where Meredith Publishing is located, and this is the headquarters for WOOD Magazine. So I had to stop in for a visit to meet the editors.

I had a great visit with everyone and got a tour of the facilities. They gave me a peak into the shop where the projects are developed for each issue of WOOD Magazine and of the studio shop where the step-by-step woodworking projects are photographed for the articles.

Since this is the headquarters for several Meredith publications, there is an area that is like a storage warehouse for movie sets, except that it is all for setting up scenes for the various magazines. This services all of the magazines with the backdrop sets that they might need.

The Woodworker’s Dream Job?

One thing that had never occurred to me, are the opportunities that a woodworker or carpenter might have with a company like Meredith. Somebody has to build, modify, and disassemble sets constantly. They have a couple guys that do this everyday for the various magazines under the Meredith roof. They have a dedicated shop just for these guys located between the warehoused set pieces and the stage area where the scenes are constructed for the photo shoots.

A real dream job could be designing and building the projects for WOOD Magazine. There are a couple of furniture makers that focus solely on creating the projects for each issue. How cool would that be?

Some Sweet Projects!

One other great thing, was getting to visit the WOOD Magazine gallery. It is an area that they keep most of the projects that are designed for the magazine. I recognized many of the projects from past issues. And just like with my work, the photos do not give justice compared to seeing the projects in person.

I will say that my favorite projects are the 2 most recent ones. They are the pub table and chairs on the cover of this issue, and the Asian inspired media end table that will be featured in the next issue. The pub table is found on page 50 and the media end table is inside the back cover on page 84 giving a peak at what’s in the next issue. I felt these were projects that would have come right out of my shop.

They Genuinely Love Woodworking

One thing that impressed me was that the guys all have a genuine interest in woodworking. The consensus among the editors was that they would like to write less about woodworking and spend more time in their shops, and they ALL have shops at home. They even pointed out that, although it is not a requirement for an employee of WOOD Magazine to be a woodworker, even the secretaries and assistant staff members have woodworking shops at home.

That is all for now. I have more big news to share but this is enough for one sitting, I have a lot to do in the shop.

Until next time – be safe in your own shop!

Todd A. Clippinger

Share the Love~Share the Knowledge

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#1 posted 10-10-2012 02:44 PM

Saw you in the magazine and said to my wife, “Hey, I know that guy!”

Congrats on being published. Wood is the one magazine I still subscribe to.

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#2 posted 10-10-2012 02:50 PM

Congratulations Todd!

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#3 posted 10-10-2012 02:50 PM

Hey Greg, I think you can say “a friend of mine..”;)

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#4 posted 10-10-2012 03:01 PM

When I grow up, I want to be like Todd.

Congratulations!! Very well deserved!

-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."

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#5 posted 10-10-2012 03:04 PM

Lol, be careful or I’ll take a vacation to Montana with the family and stop-by the house. :)

Of course, friends let each other borrow their tools, right? I may need that Festool Domino for an extended period of time. ;)

Seriously, one day I’m going to have to meet to you in person. Maybe some time when you’re in Ohio again.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#6 posted 10-10-2012 03:04 PM

A great article, congrats Todd

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#7 posted 10-10-2012 03:28 PM

Greg – I was hoping to visit with some Buckeye area woodworkers but the time just was just not there on this trip. I actually rode out to Ohio with a friend. His girlfriend is a TV news anchor and she just got a contract with one of the stations in Dayton this summer, so they both moved out to Ohio. This worked out well since I bought a work van from my brother and I could just drive it home to Montana.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#8 posted 10-10-2012 03:59 PM


I SAW it! You looked real good in your shop!


C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S !!

Thank you.

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#9 posted 10-10-2012 05:04 PM

Read your article and enjoyed it. How kind of you to give such a fine opertunity and credit to Yaz. Kudo’s to you.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#10 posted 10-10-2012 05:33 PM

this is all wonderful news, so glad you made it into the article and got so much coverage, a whole page, fantastic, im also glad you got to go help your mom, i know as they age that sometimes adjustments need to be made, and having a great son like you could be just the ticket for her to get some professional help, that only sad thing is ,,,i was hoping to see more of you and videos here on jocks, ive really missed you todd…and then of coarse telling us there is more good news and then not telling,, man am i ever waiting to hear what it is…....i send the love and sure would like a video soon…fall is here, winter is coming…take care buddy…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#11 posted 10-10-2012 06:18 PM

Todd, this is fantastic & a whole page WOW, congratulations. I haven’t gotten my copy yet can’t wait to see it!


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#12 posted 10-10-2012 06:34 PM

Very nice!

Congratulations, Todd!

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#13 posted 10-10-2012 07:08 PM

I will need to mail my magazine to you for your autograph! Great tips

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#14 posted 10-10-2012 07:51 PM

Congrats, Todd!

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#15 posted 10-10-2012 08:49 PM

I was reading my copy of WOOD last night and recognized one of the famous LJs. Nice article. Thanks for sharing.

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