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    Steve Follis

    Here in the States, I subscribe to several publications on woodworking.  A couple of my favorites are Popular Woodworking and Fine Woodworking.  Of the two, Popular Woodworking seems to cater more towards Paul’s style of woodworking and teaching, which I have really enjoyed.

    Since I have the ability to go digital now with my new iPad I got for Christmas, what are some of the better British Publications that would be worth checking out?  Not to exclude the rest of the world, does anyone else have a publication that would be good to check out?  Considering I only speek English, hopefully the non-english publications have lots of pictures.

    Memphis, Tennessee


    As a Brit, and a relative newcomer to new genre woodworking, I look forward to the responses of some others from this side of the Atlantic. I’ve bought a couple of magazines and been disappointed – too many adverts (for power tools, of course) and most of the articles slanted at power tool woodworking. Leaving a paltry amount of coverage for our style of working. Any other Brits had  a better experience?


    Stephen great question, I to live in the States and Poplar Woodworking is by far my favorite. Chris Schwarz did a great job introducing Hand Tools and now with Meagan at the helm I think you will see this continue. Fine Woodworking is my second favorite but is hit or miss with me.

    I seem to remember a few years ago there was a Publication from Great Britain but have not seen it in a very long time.  Now with Paul here I am excited as he is more for Hand Tools than Power Tools and I like his no nonsence approach as Paul refers to it as “Real Woodworking”, and I agree.

    Paul’s Blog and Woodnet .net are my favorite places to hang out. I have learned so much.


    Steve Massie, I live in the great State of Florida, US


    I have been interested in woodwork for some time and my interest was quickened when I suddenly had a boat to rebuild.  I have subscribed to most of the British magazines, Good Woodworking, The Woodworker, and British Woodworking to name a few.  Of them all, I think that British Woodworking is the best, but that is a personal choice and might not reflect the opinion of the majority.  I have found it to be light on machinery and filled with good articles.  The other two I think are more power-tool based, but also have good articles on hand tools. Good Woodworking has taken a more designer slant of late.  I like Fine Woodworking very much, but now have allowed the subscriptions of all bar BW to lapse.  As I said, I like the articles.  I used to subscribe to Fine Woodworking on line as well, but now prefer to do rather than read about doing, so I prefer this site and Paul’s blog.



    From Warrington, UK. Making stuff in my front room.


    Try searching for “American Woodworker” on There’s lots of good stuff from the 80’s and 90’s in there.

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