It’s a ManSpace world

The next issue has just hit the letterboxes of subscribers, and will soon be on the shelves of magazine shops around the place.1116245_608514999170255_515438726_oThis issue marks the last produced by the founding editor, Jonathan Green, whom I have been working with on it since before it was first released (and before it even had the ManSpace title)  Not to say I was any more than a bit-player in its creation, but was signed up as one of the ongoing contributors (and never fear, I still remain so – which reminds me, I better get onto the articles for the next issue. No rest for the wicked).

My contributions to the current issue include an article step-by-step on making some traditional-looking wooden vehicles (I aim some of these articles at people who have never considered any woodworking before), on assembling a knife kits (in this case for a Nakiri blade), where you make the scales (the handle), and a review of the Promac generator (one that is about to play quite a role in the shed (when constructed) until such time as a new power supply is established)

What is Old, is New Again

What I find more even more interesting when looking at old magazines, old newspapers, old National Geographics, is not the articles, but the adverts.

Those things that cause us endless annoyance, or at least distractions (unless particularly pertinent, targeted to the audience of the magazine) become increasing fascinating as they age.

That is one just aspect of particular interest in the latest offering from Australian Wood Review.

A digital (DVD media) copy of back issues of the magazine that can be read article by article, or the complete magazine at a go.  There are currently 2 collections, covering issues 1-10 and 11-20, with a third one on the way.

It is a valuable resource, and where the physical magazines sit on shelves, or in boxes, and get to the point where they often will be disposed of, the digital versions take up little to no space (the size of a single DVD case) and remains in pristine condition.

Scanned at high resolution, they don’t suffer from the unfortunate pixellation I’ve seen in other magazine’s similar offerings (Fine Woodworking for example).

See what looks to be an early competing model for the Router Master (or is it an early version?), see early Carbatec adverts (and lament the prices items used to be!  An HNT Gordon Smoothing Plane at full price is $95!), and of course read the pearls of wisdom that have been spread through the various issues over the years.

Available from Aust Wood Review, this is a product worth getting on a number of levels.

For those who used to have early issues of the magazine and for a variety of reasons no longer have then in their possession, here you can own them again without having to sift through pawn shops and the like.

If you have never read these early editions (which is the boat I find myself in), then here is an opportunity to access them for the first time, and I am looking forward to continue reading through these early copies.

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