Thursday, February 18, 2016

The First Look Inside Issue One


Last night a small box arrived on my doorstep. My printer had kindly agreed to overnight me a handful of copies of the magazine as the three day freight delivery was in route. Even though I won’t see that pile of magazines until the very end of this week, last night was the moment I had been looking forward to. As I cut the tape from the box, my wife asked me, “Are you nervous?”



I didn’t know exactly how to answer that because I have become so invested in this project and spent so many hours in front of my computer screen fine tuning this thing that I honestly felt a little detached from the “newness” of it all. As I pulled the first copy out and cracked open the pages, it felt surreal. Up to this point I was so acquainted with every little nuance of the design on my screen, that to view it in its final printed form was almost… foreign. To this point the world of M&T has been an intangible (and almost abstract) project. But last night was finally the real thing.


The texture of the paper, the mellowness of an almost vintage print technology, and the simple heft of the publication are aspects I could only try to envision. As I am acquainting myself with this final presentation format, I can’t help but compare it to the first time I’ve met teachers whose work I followed for years before meeting them face to face. If you’ve had that experience, you know it feels surreal. You think: Is this real? Is this person I’m talking to truly the person I’ve seen in photos a thousand times? You know it is but your mind has to begin to take in all of your ideas about who this person is and accommodate them to the reality in front of you. That is the way I’ve felt since opening these pages.



I’m pinching myself and only beginning to realize this morning that, yes, this is real. The magazine is done and it is here. I am so delighted with it and think you will be too, readers.

Your copies will be arriving to my place in a few days. I have a crew of people lined up to help pack them and get them out the door to you as quickly as we can. It will take us a few days as we will be doing more than shoving them in a bag and slapping a label on them. If you’ve ordered from my website, your copy will be wrapped in brown kraft paper and tied with string. Then an 18th-century style tradecard label will be adhered and will get a wax seal. I’ve been spending the past few days making and sealing the labels in preparation for packing.

 

I cannot guarantee which day your copies will go in the mail but I’m guessing it will be Tuesday. I appreciate your enthusiasm (and tongue-in-cheek impatience) about the big release. Hang in there, folks. We’re on schedule. It won’t be long now. In the meantime, enjoy some spreads...








If you're wondering how to order, visit here: http://mortiseandtenonmag.com


18 comments:

  1. Aaahhhhhh!!! (fan girl screaming)

    I am seriously excited. Great job - can't wait!

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  3. I'm excited to be able to be reading this magazine that's has obviously been a labor of love. I'm concerned about how it is being mailed though. My post office seems to like playing football with my books. So I was wondering if I could pay for an extra padded envelope or similar idea? Thanks again for making this available!

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    1. It should be sufficiently padded. If you have issues still let me know. Thanks!

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  4. Looks first class, really excited to read it. You can bet the folks at the other mags will be seriously worried. Way to show them how it should be done

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  5. Looking good! Wait & see,.. I think it will be what you want it to be.

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  6. That looks so great! I knew this would be good since the minute you first started talking about it, and it looks like it has exceeded expectations! Thank you so much for doing this, I can't begin to tell you how appreciated all your hard work is!

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  7. Thanks everyone! Your enthusiasm is like fuel for this project!

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  8. Joshua,

    You know I am proud of you my friend. Can't wait to see issue 1. I got an article idea for issue 2 already.

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  9. Congratulations on a job more than well done. I'm really looking forward to receiving my copy and taking time to savor its contents.

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  10. Congratulations on a job more than well done. I'm really looking forward to receiving my copy and taking time to savor its contents.

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  11. Ah, it is finished, well done! My order has just been placed. Thanks for the "sneak peak" looks great!

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  12. Congratulations, this is one serious accomplishment. I so look forward to receiving my copy and taking my time to read through.

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  13. I find myself standing at the precipice of knowledge, wondering if I too can absorb all that has been written within this great publication. I will hold it as a testament of time gone by, but with a glimpse of the true meaning of a true craftsman. I labor in thought of what your task has been to complete this great accomplishment, and the labor of love you put forth. A strong man needs a strong "LADY" by his side. I can but only believe, she stands with you. I will read, absorb, and cherish the words of a mentor (you) as I turn each page and ponder where I fit into the world of woodworking. Thank you so much for your talent.

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  14. I meant to pre-order the day you announced that it was to be a reality. I didn't. And then again, when I thought about it later, I didn't. Last weekend I stopped into Barnes & Noble and looked on the magazine rack - nothing grabbed my attention (except for the fact that Playboy is no longer sold wrapped so I thumbed through it and sure enough, it no longer needs to be), and I thought to myself, "I was supposed to pre-order M&T's first issue, and I forgot." I then mentioned it to my wife who has heard this mantra before.

    Now today I remembered, and my order is in. I'm looking forward to it. I hope you're proud of it, because that's why I'm ordering it.

    I need subscription info, btw. I can't continue trying to remember things!

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  15. I just want to let you know I have been counting down the days for issue one to arrive in my mailbox. I'm now wanting to buy a second one for a friend of mine. Should just put a second order through? Thanks and great job!

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