A Very Short Magazine Review: Woodworking For Women

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Seeing this at the Pick 'N Save I purchased a copy. I took it home and read it cover to cover.
It sucks.
No really. It does.
But at least they feature two women on this month's cover.
http://www.woodworkingforwomenmagazine.com
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I agree.
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do you get Cosmo too?
dave
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Not just the magazine, the whole cosmo-line. <groan>
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(not sure this post went thru) anyway, do you get Cosmo and Family Circle too, Keeter-Sue?
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wrote:

Magazines like that usually do.
But then again, maybe a woman somewhere will start out scroll sawing a bunny fence, like it, and end up with something featured in FWW or a juried show!
I've known men who jumped into the pool because of some el' lamo Family Handyman article.
Barry
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Barry writes:

Yeah, but FH didn't start out lame.
I picked up a copy of Woodworking for Women and put it back in about 2 minutes. A quick glance showed that it was writing down to its audience while pretending to write up to it.
Hate to see it, because there's no need for that, though a good woodworking mag for women should do well enough to stay around. I'm just not sure how they can position it so the woodworking instruction, tool tests and projects will be much, or any, different than those in non-gender isolated magazines.
Have it all written by women? Maybe, but pick women like Barb Siddiqi and Carol Reed to start, I think. People who have been woodworkers for a good length of time and know what is going on in the shop beyond the scroll saw.
Charlie Self "An unfulfilled vocation drains the color from a man's entire existence." Honore de Balzac
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Ayup - Safeway had it here.

Ayup. Also thought it was somewhere between demeaning and insulting.
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MN Guy wrote:

You whacked off into the knee well?
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No, no - Former secretary, if you could call her that.

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MN Guy wrote:

She whacked off into the knee well?
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...

My, what a poor attitude. Bring a glass or water??? This is the 21st century and you should recognize that any woman is capable or more than that. She should be making iced tea. And serving the lemon slice on the side. Ed
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Can someone please explain to me what exactly it is that women do different than men when it comes to woodworking. I mean, we have, specifically for women only, wwg magazines, lectures, and workshops (and, etc. , I'm sure).
What's the deal?
Maybe once you he-men 'splain this to me, I can "correct" my style accordingly cause I sure didn't realize ww'g is one of those gender specific kinda things.
Thanx Renata
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Renata asks:

I'm too old and creaky to be a he-man anymore, but...my take: I think women in woodworking is seen now as a larger market segment than ever before, thus the attempt to cater to it with special publications, web sites, on-line newsletters, etc. When I worked for a retail mail order company, I tried to implement some extra interest by including women woodworkers in a series of interviews, but the interviews went over like a wet...oops. With my bosses, that is. I ran a couple of interviews with men, interviewed Carol Reed and wrote the article, interviewed one other woman and was ready to go with that, when I was told that an article I'd done on Lonnie Bird didn't meet my boss's standards. She had two big complaints: She had never heard of Lonnie Bird (Internet marketing director of one of the bigger mail order woodworking tool and supplies companies so you'd think she would occasionally listen during a product meeting...if at no other time); I spent too much time with Mr. Bird and his new school and not enough with the company, though I mentioned the 3 books he'd written that the company carried (at least 2 mentions per book, IIRC).
Otherwise, there just doesn't seem to be much difference. The fact that a woman is interested in woodworking is still something of a curiosity to some people, so they see a market differentiation where there really is none.
In other words, a new source of bucks, or, as I was taught to call it by an MBA: a cash cow that just joined the herd.
Charlie Self "In our civilization, and under our republican form of government, intelligence is so highly honored that it is rewarded by exemption from the cares of office." Ambrose Bierce
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snipped-for-privacy@aol.comnotforme (Charlie Self) wrote in message

Of course it's a new market. All the high-target males who were gonna buy a $1,600 Unisaw have already done so. The average American woodworker is white, male and over 65 (according to American Demographics magazine). That means companies had better find a larger target soon - their buyer pool is literally dying off. Boomer women, on the other hand, are approaching their most financially powerful years and just getting into woodworking in a serious way.
It took money lust to overcome prejudice. Unfortunately, they produced a real piece o' turkey with this magazine. I found it grossly insulting, not even as good as the usual crafts junk that's shoved at women, who are universally assumed to be working on cute little projects in tiny dribs between jags of baby tending, doing laundry and cleaning house.
The surprise is that they even got the title past the committee that thought up this dreadful rag. Exploitative in the extreme.
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edfan wrote:

Yahbut, they average wooddorker has always been white, male and 65(ish) and they've been dying for years.
What the industry needs is to find a new and improved Norm. The old one just isn't cutting it/taking anyone to the next level.
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<snip>

David Marks needs a more widely available network. And Bruce Johnson needs to find something else to do.
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Ditto David Marks. I got him for a while here in Minneapolis on HGTV. Then they quit. I keep pestering them with the suggestion they add the DIY network but it's spitting into the wind. Maybe if every woodworker in Minneapolis started writing them they'd come around. Or, maybe we could hassle HGTV to begin to carry him again.
Bob G.
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wrote:

I'm thinkin' we gotta get Norm away from Delta.
How 'bout SCMI, Biesse, etc. start sponsoring the boy.
That gaudy Timesaver might have been the start of a slippery slope to lead Normie into a whole new set of demographics.
Mebbe Nahmie will come out at the next IWF.
(expiring minds want to know.)
(watson - who is booking his room in Atlanta - at this very moment.)
Regards, Tom.
Thomas J.Watson - Cabinetmaker (ret.) tjwatson1ATcomcastDOTnet (real email) http://home.comcast.net/~tjwatson1
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<snipperoo>

Huh? How did I get involved here?

I wish!
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