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Woodshop News mourns passing of senior writer

Woodshop News senior writer Brian Caldwell died unexpectedly of natural causes Feb. 21 at his home in Connecticut.

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Caldwell, 56, worked for Woodshop News for 10 years. Prior to being promoted to senior writer, he was a staff writer for nearly seven years.

His beat included the wood markets, new tool and machinery introductions, and the gallery scene, while also helping the editor shape the magazine's content and purpose. He was an award-winning feature writer, earning the national Apex Award for profile excellence numerous times.

"He could handle anything I threw at him: hard news, CNC innovation, human interest ... After his initial grumbling, he'd get the job done in a thoroughly professional manner," said Tod Riggio, editor of Woodshop News. "He had a lot of friends in the woodworking industry and he nurtured those friendships by keeping in close communication. He also really enjoyed exploring the country in pursuit of some great stories.

"I'll miss his complaints about the Red Sox - even after they won two World Series - and sense of humor. But most of all, I'll miss being able to depend on him for all these years."

Caldwell is survived by his wife, Becky, and a brother.

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