Fine Woodworking – a magazine by woodworkers for woodworkers – publishes its first issue. The magazine offered these craftsmen a chance to finally connect with fellow enthusiasts. Many subscribers also used the magazine to develop their own furniture businesses in an era of increasing self-reliance.
As Fine Woodworking increased in popularity, the growing Taunton staff realized that they had struck a chord with people who were eager for in-depth, expert information on their interests. Taunton published its first book in 1977, the Biennial Design Book.
Successful well beyond Paul's hopes, Fine Woodworking became the model for each of Taunton's subsequent titles, beginning with Fine Homebuilding. Launched in 1981 for those who cared about quality home-building and home improvement, Fine Homebuilding served consumers, home builders, designers and the growing number of owner-builders in America at the time.
This expansion into home building was followed by our new fiber arts magazine, Threads, for people who love to sew. Again, we took a subject that readers were passionate about and provided them with both information and inspiration. By now, Fine Woodworking surpassed 250,000 readers and Fine Homebuilding was already reaching more than 203,000 people. The growing success of the company led to its move to a 27-acre location in Newtown, Connecticut, and a doubling of its office space.
Our first video, Dovetail a Drawer, was produced. This how-to video was the first example of Taunton's dedication to hands-on instruction and it set the stage for our ongoing embrace of technology as a means to help our customers develop their skills.
Fine Gardening magazine, dedicated to helping people create beautiful outdoor spaces, publishes its first issue, continuing our dedication to people who live their lives "hands-on."
Taunton turns its attention to the kitchen and publishes Fine Cooking magazine, devoted to fun and success in the kitchen. Now our reach has expanded and we are uniquely inform and inspire millions of people every year — people who love to create spectacular gardens, shape wood into one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture, turn bolts of fabric into personally designed garments, build and remodel homes to fit their everyday lives, and prepare dishes both simple and gourmet, always with an eye towards quality.
FineWoodworkingNetwork.com is launched. This members-only site for Fine Woodworking is followed by membership sites for Fine Homebuilding, Threads, and Fine Gardening, providing a deeper multimedia experience for fans the world over.
Digital editions of each magazine are published, rich in tablet-ready interactive features.