All contributors to our site use tools in varying degrees. That’s what makes our site so interesting. You get input from novices all the way to Professionals! Our goal is to offer objective information and insight on the latest new tools and products, along with the vast array of existing brands. Our Reviews are honest and real.
Eric – Eric is an Editor and Co-Founder of Tools in Action. He started his career working for a large construction company as a laborer. After graduating from DePaul University, he entered into the financial industry. He left the financial industry after eight years, no one really knows what he does. Eric’s number one favorite activity is spending time with his wife and two children.
Dan – Dan is a Super Duper Senior Editor and Co-Founder. He was born in the UK and came to the USA when he was 7 years old. Dan met Eric shortly after, and as they say, the rest was history – unfortunately for Eric, they have been friends every since.
Dan has a diverse career background, having “worked” in the auto and airline industries. In 2000 Dan started a pretend media company, which he still runs today. He is a self-proclaimed shopaholic and geek (as seen in his reviews of every Tools in Action product). Dan has a vast range of hobbies including UTV’s and remote control vehicles. This wide array of interests comes in handy when Dan and Eric review products together, and usually produces a laugh or two or will make you fall asleep.
Travis – Travis (Conductor562 on the Forums) is a Contributing Editor and Forum Administrator for Tools In Action. He is an avid DIY’er and enjoys woodworking, restorations, and fixing whatever it is that’s broken. While he enjoys all tools, he focuses primarily on hand tools. When he’s not at work he can be found in his home shop working on something with lots of help from his 5 year old little boy Evan (aka Conductor Jr.).
Rich – Rich is your classic multi-functional craftsman who understands the challenges of trying to do metalworking, woodworking and the occasional hot rod motor swap in the same space. Over the years he has learned how to separate the various processes to make things more manageable, reducing damage to tools and the mess that goes along with it. He is known for having one of the most organized shops around.
To his family he will always be the “steel guy” which is a skill he learned from his Dad who was either racing cars or building street rods while Rich was growing up. The rest of his family is mostly woodworkers. As a matter of fact, his closest uncle was Design Editor at Wood Magazine and later WoodSmith Magazine for nearly 30 years, so if he has a question about wood he does not have to go far to ask.
So, don’t be surprised if you catch Rich with a TIG torch in one hand trying out the latest welding helmet or in the other corner of the shop cutting dovetails in a piece of walnut. When not in the shop he stays busy maintaining their acreage, messing with amateur radio or keeping up with his IT day job.