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Karl Forth

Karl D. Forth is online editor for CCI Media. He also writes news and feature stories in FDMC Magazine, in addition to newsletters and custom publishing projects. He is also involved in event organization, and compiles the annual FDM 300 list of industry leaders. He can be reached at

Last notes from the home office

After 40 years in publishing I am retiring from fulltime work. This will be my last column in FDMC. (With a nod to Frederick Exley in the title.) I’ve seen many shops and have interviewed hundreds of woodworkers. I’m often asked what makes companies successful. Here are some of my own observations from visiting many successful companies. I have written about this in the past and have modified and changed a few things here.