Woodcraft Magazine names Chad McClung chief editor
PARKERSBURG — “Woodcraft Magazine” has promoted Chad McClung of Vienna from managing editor to chief editor effective Jan. 1.
He succeeds Tim Snyder, who decided to spend more time at home in Connecticut with his family, but will continue with the magazine as a senior editor and consultant.
“Woodcraft Magazine views this change as a positive move forward,” publisher Gary Lombard of Wood County said. “Chad has been with the magazine for 10+ years, and over that time has held various roles and truly learned the magazine business from the bottom up. His experience in all aspects of the magazine’s production is one of his greatest strengths, which has been complemented by Tim Snyder’s mentoring and the working relationship Chad has built with senior editors Paul Anthony and Joe Hurst-Wajszczuk and the rest of the staff.”
McClung’s first connection with Woodcraft Magazine was as a freelance graphic artist, which soon led to his first full-time position as assistant art director in October 2007 when Jim Harrold was editor. Later he was promoted to art director, a position he held for several years before becoming managing editor under Snyder in 2017.
Snyder wrote his final “Staying Sharp” column for the February/March 2018 issue.
“This transition in leadership has actually been going on for a while. From my first day as the magazine’s chief editor over three years ago, Chad has been an able and enthusiastic partner in making all kinds of changes to improve your magazine,” Snyder said.
Readers should expect the same mix of fun projects, valuable techniques and new products from the best team of woodworking publishers, McClung said.
“There are a few new things to look forward to, though. We’re working on a new section, for example, called BasicBUILDS. If you see this designation, you’ll know we’ve reworked a classic furniture piece into a buildable project for anyone with a modest set of tools,” McClung said. “Expect, too, exclusive content coming to our website and in our social media channels, like Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.”
A graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, McClung returned to Parkersburg where he worked for The Parkersburg News and Sentinel, a local advertising agency and his own graphic design business, Livewire Studio, before joining Woodcraft Magazine. He and his wife Elizabeth and daughters, Abigail, 17, and Avery, 14, reside in Vienna.