Once, flushed with pride for a newly
printed issue of the magazine, I
showed the finished work to a friend
of mine unfamiliar with both publishing and
mining. “Very nice,” he said. “Did you write
“Did you take the pictures?”
“Did you do the layout?”
With that, the magazine was put away and
we moved on to other topics. Why hold forth
on the role of editor? Boring someone with
unwanted details; that’s something we try to
avoid in this profession.
I would not be doing my job, however, if I didn’t draw your attention
to the departure of Peter Braul, who has been an editor at CIM Magazine
for the last four years, and is now already in full stride, pursuing his dream
of becoming a brewer. Evidence of his ideas, big imagination and sharp eye
began on the cover page and ran throughout each issue he worked on.
Over his time here, the magazine improved in appearance and grew in its
Working alongside him helped me to do my job better, and his close
work with the young editors who have since joined the magazine will serve
the publication and its readers well.
Although the charge may provide the force that breaks the rock, there
would only be noise, dust and flyrock without the explosives engineer to
oversee drill patterns, blast sequence and timing. Such is the role of the
editor, and Peter was an excellent one.
Fortunately, evidence of Peter’s talents are on full display in “The Cream
of Devon County.” His profile of Wolf Minerals’s newly commissioned
Drakelands mine highlights a modern project in a land where mining
had seemed bound to become only a curiosity of history.
This issue also features the work of our newest editor, Kelsey Rolfe,
including her contributions to our 2016 preview, “The year ahead.” Kelsey, an alumna of our internship program and erstwhile contributor,
has brought her own enviable set of skills and energy to her role.
I wish the two of them, and all of you, the best in the New Year.
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