From Redwoods To Red Ink
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My father, Robert Emmet Gaffney, was a copy editor for 30 years and a lifelong woodworker.While I was always excited to take up his reins as a woodworker, I now find myself taking up the red pen and pursuing his editorial path as well.
My name is Brendan Bernhardt Gaffney.I'm Popular Woodworking Magazine's new managing editor, a woodworker, toolmaker and, depending on the day, musician, engineer and general autodidact.My adventure with woodworking started long ago - my father was a cabinetmaker, professionally in his youth and as a hobbyist after retiring from his career in copy editing and advertising.
I grew up helping him in the shop, building our furniture, renovating our house and generally making whatever we needed.After high school, I pursued making things as it related to another passion of mine, music, and spent a couple of years getting a master's degree designing musical instruments and digital sound software at the University of California, San Diego.
I returned to my father's woodshop frequently, where we built carved arch-top guitars, bentwood zithers and plenty of furniture.After years of going down the music path, my father's passing refocused my passion, and I returned to woodworking as it related to furniture.