Woodworking encompasses an impressive range of activities—from making toys and turning bowls to building cabinets, carving spoons, and creating furniture in different styles. Here at the magazine, we can’t possibly touch on all the possibilities in a single issue, or even a year’s-worth of issues. But that’s not going to stop us from trying.
We’ve recently heard from readers who think that we’re giving too much coverage to traditional furniture styles, and too little coverage to contemporary designs. I can’t argue with that contention. Many woodworkers get their start by practicing traditional techniques and mastering the basic joinery tasks in traditional Shaker and Craftsman-style projects. But there are plenty of other folks who come to woodworking with an affinity for contemporary design and a desire to combine wood with metal and other materials. We want to embrace this broader view of our favorite activity, and that’s what we’re doing in this issue.
Artisans have been combining wood and steel for a long time, but this trend has really taken off in recent years. Our “Welding for Woodworkers” article (p. 42) provides some design possibilities along with details on how to get a safe and satisfying start in welding mild steel.
Live-edge slab furniture is another popular woodworking genre—a great way to celebrate the natural beauty of wood. Brendan Whitehead’s River Table