Appendix 17: Editorial Advisors

My online book's title:

The Amateur Woodworking Movement in America:

A History of Technological, Psychological, Economic, Sociological, Aesthetic, and Political Transformation

My Editorial Advisors

I want to acknowledge, with appreciation, my good fortune in getting Rick Antrobus, Charlie Belden, Robert Bernstein, Bob Black, Dave Blair, Skip Campbell, Tom Caspar, Ray DeVries, Herb Hedstrom,  Jeff Joslin, John Martin, Frank and Ann Nugent, John Orvis, Dave Potts, Keith Rucker, Jim Talbot, and Jim Wassel to be Editorial Advisors for this project.

Rick Antrobus  -- a 32-year-old doctoral candidate in Electrical Engineering -- tells me that he really is a wannabe woodworker, 

 "sidetracked with have taken a long tangent into machinery collecting and rebuilding on the way to setting up my own woodworking shop.  To date, thanks to my interest in living in and restoring older homes, most of my work with wood has been more carpentry than fine woodworking.

As far as the bio goes, I'm an electrical engineer.  I worked in robotics and then fiber optics for 8 years before going back to school to get my Ph.D.  That's where I am now... a full-time student, about half way thru the Ph.D. process.

Some day I'd like to be as good with working wood as I am with rebuilding machinery, but that will take many more years.  The machinery work comes naturally to me, as I spent most of my youth working on cars and trucks."

Also an amateur woodworker, Charlie Belden runs his own website, a website dedicated to assisting woodworkers display their contributions to the movement.

Keith Bohn founded the Old WoodWorking Machines Forums in 2000 and along with moderating that site tries also to divide his time between his family, work and putting together a shop. His favorite machines are the ones that you might find in small commercial or high-end hobbyists shops from fifty plus years ago.

Skip Campbell, a retired military officer, is a walking encyclopedia of Shopsmith history and technology. In his retirement, Skip restores and sells Shopsmiths through his website,

Tom Caspar is a Senior Editor at American Woodworker [more to come]

Herb Hedstrom  served for thirty-nine years as a pastor in a small Protestant denomination, the Evangelical Covenant Church.  He has  dabbled in woodworking for almost as long and, as the happy owner of a 50+ year old Shopsmith 10 ER, have an interest in old woodworking machinery.

Randy Johnson, Editor  at American Woodworker [more to come]

Brian Kachadurian, with a passion for machinery and vehicles, Brian has a MS-Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Michigan.
He has worked seventeen years engineering Chrysler vehicles, currently is  working for the US Army as the lead engineer for the HMMWV. 

Bob Kutella, a Chemical Engineer by training, indulges in his hobby, ferroequinolgy (railroads), by volunteering at the Illinois Railway Museum in Union, IL. There he is responsible for the IRM?s collection of woodworking equipment. ?While trains are the primary focus there, we have managed to restore and place 13 machines into operation in our new woodshop area where they are used to help in the restoration of the railroad equipment. In the woodworking arena I have furnished some of our home with my furniture and tried to reproduce many items for the railcars, some of which might approach fine woodworking.?

Jeff Joslin -- who lives in Ottawa -- is historian at Old Woodworking Machines and co-director Directory of American Tools and Machinery Patents.

Dave Blair is a woodworker friend here in town (Bellingham WA), whose many talents include assistance on electricity in the workshop.

Jim Talbot, not a woodworker, is very knowledgable about website building.

Likewise, neither Frank nor Anne Nugent are woodworkers, but -- for different reasons -- have taken a keen interest in the project. Frank advises me about issues relating to psychology, while Anne prods me about injecting the "personal" into the narrative. Jim, Frank, and Anne are all Bellingham residents.

John Martin, whose career has ranged through computer programming, mail order marketing, and consultant to mail order catalog companies, has been "a woodworker since I was maybe 2", with emphasis on "Delta". "Some were bought in running condition, some needing a lot of repairs."

Ann Nugent, a life-long friend from my university days, Ann  --- a student of history -- strongly  suggests that I inject a personal note into the narrative. More or less following Ann's suggestion, I have (barely) started composing a "Memoir",  which you can look at it by clicking here.

As a lad, says John Orvis, "I helped my dad with all sorts of woodworking projects and carpentry. Took 2 years of elementary school woodshop and 1 year of high school woodshop. Have made furniture, cabinets, tool sheds, many household projects." A member of OWWM, John also collects old woodworking machines.

This is Dave Potts' personal webpage and, on OWWM, he's here. As you will note in examining Dave's webpages, he both makes furniture and collects old woodworking machines.

Keith Rucker is the webmaster at Old Woodworking Machines ( Keith is writing a documented history of the Ohio-based woodworking machine tool company, Crescent Machine Company.

A librarian by day, for nearly 30 years, by night and weekends Gary Roberts has collected books and ephemera of early tools, crafts, trades and industries, and as well, the tool themselves. With a background in research as well as the web user interface, document digitization and information management, Gary realized that his collection was sitting on the shelves, doing nothing in particular. Frequent requests by people for information let to the creation of The Toolemera Press website, followed by the Toolemera Blog. The goal of both services is to bring the material of "hidden" collections into the public. 

Jim Wassel is a friend out of my past, a graduate student from the 1970s, now retired in Arizona, with a penchant for keeping himself helpfully busy. Jim interviews amateur woodworkers in the retirement community in which he resides, and -- in the future -- some of these interviews will be uploaded. 

An editorial note: If there is any feature about my attempt at writing "history", it relates to a conviction that history -- obviously -- is about the past, and -- to be credible -- has to be enriched by artifacts, i.e., "primary sources", the actual items from the past. Otherwise, without these examples from the past, attempts to reconstruct a history are merely futile exercises in merely recounting a "past" based on description. Unless these "descriptions" are enriched by artifacts, the past remains dull, lifeless.

As an example, I am introducing a series of historical accounts of the Morris chair, from the beginnings, up to the present, including -- in the future -- my own attempts, with photos, to construct my own Morris chair. Likewise, in addition the historical artifacts on the Morris chair, I am injecting other primary sources into my history of woodworking. These sources are, appropriately, listed (with hyperlinks) among the chapters below, and are identified by the label, "Document", plus a number. Ex, from chap 4: Document 1: Adams Reclining Chair May 1902