How did you come to FHB?
I was an early subscriber to Fine Woodworking
, and I thought it was the best magazine about craft that I had ever seen. It had drawings that were not only informative, but also beautiful. Everything about the magazine demonstrated a keen eye for detail and a powerful coherence. Clearly, the people who made this magazine cared deeply about it and its readers.
I was a builder at the time, remodeling houses in Berkeley, Calif. I was taking night-school classes in architecture at the university and thinking about getting a degree in that field when Paul Roman put an ad in Fine Woodworking announcing his new magazine: Fine Homebuilding
. The ad said they were looking for editors who had experience in home building, architecture, photography, illustration, and journalism. I had my own darkroom, and I had illustrated several books. It looked like an ad that I had written for myself. I had to apply, and Paul hired me.