By: Tom Huntington
More than 30 years ago, the people at Stackpole Books got an idea for a new magazine. One of their books, How to Carve Wildfowl, had done pretty well for them, and they thought a magazine on the same topic had potential. The result was the Spring 1985 publication of the first issue of WILDFOWL CARVING AND COLLECTING MAGAZINE. We dropped the “and collecting” part of our title along the way, but we are essentially the same great magazine after 31 years and 126 issues.
The third generation of Stackpole family members decided to sell the company last year. WILDFOWL CARVING MAGAZINE (and Stackpole’s other publication, Rug Hooking) was purchased earlier this year by Ampry Publishing, LLC, a sister company of Prime Publishing, LLC, a company based in Northbrook, Illinois, just outside Chicago. Ampry Publishing is just as committed as Stackpole was to providing the best print magazine possible, so you can expect to see the same exciting mix of demonstrations, profiles, and other great articles that you’ve found in the past. In fact, we’ll work hard to make things even better as we strive to make WILDFOWL CARVING MAGAZINE as good as it can be.
The new company is pretty savvy when it comes to all the latest developments on the Internet and social media, so you can now find a more robust website at www.wildfowl-carving.com. We have also just added a free weekly e-mail newsletter with all sorts of information that we will send out to people who sign up for it. So sign up today! You’ll find all the information to sign up on the homepage.
One door closes and another door opens. That’s pretty much the situation here. This may be a brand-new chapter in the long history of WILDFOWL CARVING MAGAZINE, but it’s still the same book, with the same editorial staff. (Albeit with some new contact information, so if you need to reach me or the advertising department, you can find the new numbers and addresses in the masthead to the right. Our customer service numbers have not changed.)
Stay tuned for the next 31 years—and then some.