Hope your week is off to a good start.
We received the magazine in the mail yesterday and honestly…I have done a lot of interviews over the years and in most cases notes were not taken properly and little attention was paid to the answers provided resulting in an inaccurate/poor interview.
That is not the case here with your article.
I told Debbie last night that you definitely paid attention to what I said and took proper notes because the information and quotes were spot-on…Very nice job, well done. We really appreciate the detail given to the article.
Make no mistake, I do not miss much. From the well-sized cover picture to the paragraph written on page 3 to the life-size picture of the riding shot that is considerably larger than your feature Russell Mitchell cover bike and article pictures.
Marilyn, you folks really did a nice job. Thank you very much!
Kudos to Buck on the wonderful photo’s as well…Very nice!
— Tom Motzko, Drag Specialties
Thank you soooo much for the review in your April issue...just saw it. We do appreciate all you at IW mag have done for us in the past and still do. You all have become great friends and we are proud to be part of your family. Let us know if you need anything...would love to do something again with you if you are interested.
— AJ Thibert, Lick's Custom Cycles
I have forwarded this to the rest of the BoD for comment but I must say I am extremely impressed with how you captured the essence of the Patriot Guard Riders.
If more in the media saw the truth in our mission as clearly we would not be so reluctant to work more closely. Bravo.
The Patriot Guard Riders would certainly be willing to work with you if your magazine has any interest in future articles.
— Bob “Airwolf” Stone, Vice President of Captains, Patriot Guard Riders
Just wanted to say that is a very nice picture of the Gray Ghost II on page 25. The reflection and the clouds almost perfectly illustrate the "rule of thirds".
The Cannonball Run opening shot on page 70 at the Golden Gate is almost "painterly" with the orange of the rider apparel, bridge grid work and the parking lot markers leading the viewers eye in a sweep of front to back highlights. Gives a real three dimensional depth.Ed Youngblood's article highlights an era of real innovation and creativity in motorcycling which, thanks to Boomers and their obsession with "bad boy" cruisers, is sadly lacking in the market today......well at least the American market. Just another example of the self absorption of the children of The Greatest Generation. Now, the Geezer Gliders sit around at their Tea Parties wheezing about how the world turned out when it is they (us ) who made it a mess! From a very early age, I have had little use for my generation, but, must accept my share of the blame and the shame for what we have done.
Will history forgive us?I had the privilege of meeting Rick at the Dallas show a couple of Saturdays back. Then I went over to his Biker Beer Fest event at Strokers.
I really like Rick. I doubt there is a harder working guy in motorcycling. I may not be into all the designs he does, but the quality of fabrication, paint, etc., is just amazing. No matter how well done the photos are in magazines, or on the web, seeing the bikes "up close and personal" gives the viewer a whole new appreciation.
— Richard Creed
Thanks for putting out such a great magazine. I used to pick up and read maybe a half dozen different magazines over the years. After getting so much information overload and duplication, I narrowed my magazine of choice down to only one; Ironworks. For my money, it's the most informative, with a good variety of subjects and info that I want to know about.
Keep up the good work in 2013, & tell Sam Kanish "Howdy!" His column & articles are just one of the reasons I've recently subscribed. Your other columnists always are great reading, too!
— Ken Sypal
I've been looking for a Mag that treats both genders with equal respect and is mainly about bikes - fixing, building, riding, and talking about riding. I'm a red-blooded married guy and am naturally drawn to a good looking gal, but I must say I'm happy NOT to see all the "girly-type ads that can smother an otherwise great publication. My wife likes it too. ;) I'm dropping hints for a Christmas gift subscription and not so subtly.
— Paul Barber
One of the magazines in the mail awaiting my return was the January February issue of IronWorks. It has been a very long time since I read a magazine cover to cover.
Vincent seems more than just a “chip off the old block.” I particularly enjoyed “The Pass.” You can be very proud. Very impressive.
— Rod Woodruff, The Buffalo Chip
I just finished reading your May/June issue and thought I’d drop you a line to tell you what a well written and superbly constructed magazine you produce. You might also like to know that I had the honor of spending a couple of hours with Bert Baker last summer at Sturgis while his team worked long into the night to install a reverse gear on my FLSHC. During that time I did my best to talk him into remaining a regular contributor. Guess the pep talk didn’t hurt. Your team is second to none. Keep up the great work!
— David Wright, Integrated Communications Consulting, LLC
IW has been one of if not my very favorite magazines since Dennis and you started the shiny cover version don't ya know. If I could choose, I would be the Editor of IW over ALL the others. If and when you ever need a Senior Editor please look over here. IW is one of the few magazines that deals with the REAL rider, and the REAL WORLD of motorcycling. Most of the other magazines are poser publications.
— Buck Lovell, BLABB Buck Lovell’s American Biker Blog
You guys are doing a great job, and like having our homie Rick Fairless of Strokers Dallas having his pieces in there.
Wanted you to know I am paring down my 41 different magazine subscriptions to 1/8th that (one can only spend so much time on the commode)...yours will definitely be one of the ones I keep.
1) Iron Works
2) Cycle Source
3) Iron Horse
4) Easyriders (refresh my mammaries)
5) In the Wind (ditto)
and maybe a 6th) Hot Rod
Thanks, and keep up the good work!
I agree with the editor...she knows what shes talking about,,as far as spelling and use of words i understand...but i do the wrong thing on purpose...it bothers some people...oh well...ea poe said i become insane with long horrible intervals of santy" i like snakebite have spent to many miles trying to go along with other riders no more...i pick a direction and go,,stop when i want and try not to bother anyone...i do have a problem with most people i always thought if they ask what you thought they really wanted to know i was wrong...no problem...i am bi-polar so it is ok,,as far as the country i believe it is not or every will be what i believe it was and should be...thanks rick i understand how hard it is to wrap your head around this admin and where the country is headed...i have ridden many miles...good people...but the wountry as well as the world is going where i do not want it to go...so i will Praise GOD and ride,,,simple and effective...thanks for letting me rant...keep up the good work ,,and more words are good for me anyway...longest letter i have written in years...larry
— Larry Millican
I just finished enjoying the April issue of IronWorks Magazine. Great stuff, as always!
I want to go on record as one who ALSO does not agree with the 'conventional wisdom' that people only want 'sound bites' in their magazines, and there is no room for depth or analysis. What I have always liked about your publication is the thoughtful and well-written treatment given to whatever subject is covered.
Please keep 'goin' against the flow' - I'm sure that many others appreciate it, too!
— Ron Covell, Covell Creative Metalworking
The magazines arrived, they look fantastic & not because of my images... they layout & presentation is great.
I'm a big fan of great editing and cool layouts, and you guys nailed it!
— Jack McIntyre, Photographer
I'm a professional truck driver, and use Google magazine and Amazon kindle to get what I can. If iron works ever becomes available via digital download, I would be grateful. I have a truck stop I get to that carries it, but I don't always get there till new issue has been out awhile.
Got to get my fix of iron works especially rick fairless and bert effin baker.
Funny thing but Sandy Kosman and I were speaking about you a few days ago. He remembers you and Dennis very fondly.
— John Stein, Author: Motorcycle Drag Racing: A History