A New Look…

It’s been an unusually busy week here at RodMaker Magazine. Getting wound down and caught up from the Expo will take many weeks yet. But there is another task that has taken even more time and burned even more midnight oil – a format change for the magazine.

RodMaker debuted in 1998 as an all black and white publication. By early 1999, some color was added. The format underwent an overhaul in 2001 and again in 2005. Slight changes were made again in 2006. In the last 5 years, however, the magazine’s appearance has remained pretty much the same. Now that’s about to change in a big way!

With the magazine moving to an all color publication, the door has opened for major changes in the overall format.  Some of those changes will appear in the Volume 14 #2 issue which mails in April, but they won’t be concluded until the Volume 14 #3 issue due out in June.

Readers are going to see a totally different magazine by the time the 2 summer issues arrive.  But they won’t see any change in subscription price. RodMaker will still provide 6 full issues for just $27.95, even with the anticipated April postage increase. Once again, it becomes an even better value.

Making these changes has been a lot of fun but also one heck of a lot of work these past few weeks. I’ll have the first batch of changes finished this week and you can expect to see a new issue, and a new look, sometime in mid-April. Enjoy.

Tom Kirkman



  1. ScottFine on March 7, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    Few businessmen continue to upgrade and improve their business or product when they have no real competition. The fact that you continue to make RM better and better and better when you really do not have to is a plus and appreciated by myself and many others. I say bring it on! Cannot wait to see the new look. Look forward to many more years of RM.

  2. Raymond Adams on March 8, 2011 at 1:52 am

    With full color you won’t be limited to simple silhouette weave patterns. Color means color-change grids and left lists!
    Ya Hoo!!!!

  3. Tornny on April 20, 2011 at 6:44 am

    You’ve hit the ball out the park! Incredible!