That’s Rich. bottom right, in animated discussion during the International Woodworking Fair circa 1991.


Rich Christianson, owner of Richson Media LLC, is the former long-time editorial director and associate publisher of Woodworking Network, Wood & Wood Products, Custom Woodworking Business and Closets magazines.

During his more than 35-year career, Rich has toured over 250 wood product operations throughout North America, Europe and Asia and has written extensively on woodworking technology, design and supply trends both in print and online. He has also directed dozens of woodworking trade shows, conferences and seminars.

Beginning in 2015, Rich became an advocate of the urban wood movement, which promotes converting felled community trees into lumber and wood products. His involvement included organizing urban wood use seminars at the International Woodworking Fair and serving as editor and publisher of the Urban Wood Update.

Since 2016, Rich has served as Communications Director of the Woodwork Career Alliance of North America. The WCA is dedicated to crafting skill standards and Passport credentialing system to help develop and grow a skilled woodworking workforce. Rich writes press releases and feature stories about the WCA and its programs and developed and oversees the quarterly Pathways enewsletter. He also spearheaded and administers the WCA’s INDustry sponsorship program that nets the not-fot-profit organization more than $30,000 in revenues each year.

Rich Christianson

Rich is a professionally trained and experienced journalist. He double majored in Journalism and Economics at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL. After graduating, he honed his reporting skills working for the Worth-Palos Reporter newspaper based in Chicago’s southwest suburbs. During his four years as a newspaper reporter, Rich covered everything from city council meetings to high-profile criminal cases while also writing features about local businesses and personalities.

Rich joined Vance Publishing Corp.’s Woodworking Division as Associate Editor of Wood & Wood Products in May 1985. He was promoted a year later to the newly created position of Executive Editor. In 1987, Rich was named Editor in Chief of W&WP, circulated to more than 50,000 woodworking professionals throughout the United States and Canada.

Following the successful launch of Custom Woodworking Business (CWB) in 1991, Rich was promoted to Editorial Director. In his new role, Rich also helped launch ISWonline.com, now WoodworkingNetwork.com, and Closets magazine. He also played a pivotal role in helping manage and promote industry events including the CWB Show, Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo and WMS, Canada’s largest woodworking event. At the Woodworking Division’s zenith, Rich managed a staff of 10 editors and designers plus several columnists and freelance contributors.

In 1996, under Rich’s stewardship, Wood & Wood Products published a more than 400-page Centennial issue that chronicled the publication’s 100-year history and the industry’s major events, developments and trends during that time span. The Centennial issue won an honorable mention in the prestigious Jesse H. Neal Awards, considered the Pulitzer Award for trade publications.

Rich launched Richson Media LLC in February 2015, a communications business focused on the North American woodworking industry. He is grateful to remain connected to the woodworking industry that he has known and loved for nearly than four decades.

Learn more about Rich’s career and accomplishments on LinkedIn.

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Today marks 35 years of marriage to Jane, the most beautiful, caring and loving person I could ever imagine calling my wife. Who would have thunk? ... See MoreSee Less
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Looking forward to attending the 2024 Closets Conference & Expo, an event that I used to manage but now promote. Very glad to see the expo hall filling up! www.woodworkingnetwork.com/closets-conference-expo/closets-conference-expo-news/booth-space-close... ... See MoreSee Less
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Delighted to see the Urban Wood Network continuing to take strides to unite urban wood stakeholders from coast to coast. The new board of directors is a diverse group of dedicated professionals, some who I have had the honor to work with in urban wood seminars I helped organize. Good luck UWN! www.woodworkingnetwork.com/news/woodworking-industry-news/urban-wood-network-announces-new-board-... ... See MoreSee Less
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I've had a career-long relationship with the Woodworking Machinery & Supply Expo, Canada's national event for the industrial woodworking community. I've covered WMS as an editor, participated as an exhibitor, and also helped manage the show after Vance Publishing bought it. COVID forced the show to postpone in 2021, then cancel when it rescheduled in 2022. I helped promote WMS 2023 and directed the WMS Live Conference. It was a good show with even better prospects when it moves in 2025 to the Toronto Congress Centre. www.woodworkingnetwork.com/wms/wms-news/wms-marks-triumphant-return ... See MoreSee Less
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3 years ago

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Congrats to the woodworking students who participated in a most unconventional SkillsUSA National Cabinetmaking competition that was held virtually. woodworkcareer.org/2021/07/15/zooming-in-on-the-virtual-2021-skillsusa-cabinetmaking-championships/ ... See MoreSee Less
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