Four years ago today, the parent company of Popular Woodworking Magazine, F+W Media, filed for bankruptcy. And in short order the company was chopped up and sold at auction to other publishing companies and venture/vulture capitalists.
Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky are filled with people who worked at this once-great publishing company. People who love making physical books and magazines. Creatives who were willing to work for peanuts for a company that was harvested for its organs by greedy individuals who cared little for the business of publishing.
Today, Megan and I will get a drink at lunch and toast this sad day. And then we will return to the shop to continue the difficult and rewarding work of making books that people want to read.
— Christopher Schwarz