Woodturning Design is a full-color, quarterly publication which strives to publish high-quality turning projects and informational articles in a straightforward, easily understood format, using detailed photographs to enhance the reader’s comprehension of the material. We want to present project articles that cater to a wide range of skill levels, from beginner to advanced, and those that appeal to a wide variety of reader interests. Our primary purposes are to educate our readers, to provide functional project ideas, to encourage the development of new and innovative tools and processes, and to foster the development of sound design.
We will endeavor to keep our magazine reader driven and reader written. If you are interested in writing or designing for Woodturning Design, we’d like to feature your projects and ideas!
Please submit several, good, high-quality photographs of the project and/or a short description of the article that you would like to submit. These photos do not need to be professionally shot, as any projects that we accept would need to be shipped to the publisher for professional photography for the first page of any eventual article.
All manuscripts MUST include a(n):
Introduction: Include information on technique, design inspiration, preparation, reason for choosing this project, etc.
Tool and Supply List: Include a complete and accurate listing, in order of importance. Provide a complete list of products used along with the supplier’s company name, full address and ZIP code, e-mail address and phone number.
Bill of Materials: Provide an accurate listing of quantities, dimensions, materials used, and part name.
Instructions: Complete step-by-step instructions written clearly and concisely in the order in which they are completed.
Patterns: Include full-size, camera ready patterns drawn in black on white paper. Hand-drawn illustrations should be detailed and clear and also be camera ready. Please number any illustrations clearly and refer to them in the text of the article.
Photographs: One of my goals will be to feature high-quality, detailed, step-by-step photos. Either digital or 35mm photos are acceptable with color slides being preferred; however, 35mm, “flat” images will also be accepted. If you would like to use a digital format, please submit a sample of your work prior to sending the actual images for the article. Poor images will be rejected and you will be asked to re-shoot the photos before publication. Please use the highest resolution on your camera when shooting your digital photos and please submit a “contact sheet” with the photos printed out. Be sure to consider lighting and background clutter when staging your photos!
Sidebar: Include a photograph of yourself along with a short biography.
I prefer to receive your manuscript by mail on a PC-formatted CD-ROM or 3.5” floppy with the text in MS-Word. Photographs must be numbered and submitted separately along with a photo narration. Please include a printed, hard copy of the text with the rest of your materials. 12 point, Times New Roman is the preferred type style.
Be cognizant of safety issues in all instructions and photographs and pass along any safety tips to the reader. These are probably second nature to you, but they might be new to our readers—especially to the beginning turner.
Articles will be edited for grammar, spelling, length, style, and clarity. Due to the number of articles we receive and the quality we require, we cannot guarantee that all will be published. If we choose your article, we will advise you of the issue number and date of publication—which is subject to change. And, we will need you to ship the ACTUAL finished project to be professionally photographed. Payment for the article will be made upon publication. If we do not publish your article, your materials will be returned to you.
Send your submissions to Woodturning Design, Joseph M. Herrmann, Editor, 1882 St. Rt. 45, N. Rock Creek, Ohio 44084. Please allow at least 8 weeks to review your project and get back to you. Submit only original material that has NOT been published elsewhere or is presently under consideration by another publisher. We must have first exclusive publishing rights to the material.
Woodturning Design also features a Designer's Showcase. Please see the guidelines page for information on displaying your turning work.