Tim Wood is the founder, owner and designer of Access Publication Design. He started this business after retiring from a 36-year career in the newspaper industry and teaching.
Wood, a resident of Columbia, Tennessee, has earned Adobe ACA industry certifications in the Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign software programs.
Wood has designed several books that have been self-published and printed by on-demand printers. His largest project to date is the interior page design of the 250-page “Church on the Square: A History of First United Methodist Church of Pulaski, Tennessee.”
While teaching printing, graphic design and photography at Columbia Central High School, he handled printing of the school’s annual Stylus literary book. The Stylus is a collection of prose, poetry and images created by students of CHS.
Initially, Wood and his students printed the book in the school’s print shop. When the printing program was phased out, Wood turned to on-demand printing to continue production of the Stylus. Wood and his students designed and generated print-ready files for several annual editions of The Stylus.
Wood’s first self-published book was “Living the Question,” a collection of his newspaper columns and other writings. It was published in 2006.
Wood is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, earning a Bachelor of Journalism degree in 1981. For the next 18 years, he worked as a reporter, photographer, and editor at three newspapers.
From 1981 to 1984, he was a reporter/photographer at the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise newspaper in Bartlesville, Okla. At the age of 25, he became the managing editor of The Weatherford Democrat, a 6,000-circulation newspaper in Weatherford, Texas. He was one of the youngest daily newspaper editors in the country at the time.
During his 12 years as editor, he won numerous awards in writing. He was honored for editorial writing, column writing, health reporting and investigative reporting. He also did a complete graphic re-design of the newspaper. His other accomplishments included planning, supervising, and writing for an anniversary special section of the newspaper.
This led to a job as editor of the Columbia Daily Herald, a 15,000-circulation newspaper located in Columbia, Tennessee. He supervised a staff of 12. He oversaw a complete graphic re-design of The Daily Herald and supervised a 150th-anniversary special section.
In 1999, Wood left the newspaper business to become a career and technical education teacher at Columbia Central High School. Initially, he taught printing and graphic design. He expanded the program to include film photography.
After a few years, the program transitioned into a digital arts and design curriculum. The printing program was phased out. The new emphasis was on graphic design and digital photography.
Wood earned the Certified Digital Designer certification from the American Design and Drafting Association. He taught a three-course curriculum in digital arts and design. Some of his students earned Adobe ACA industry certification in Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator.
Wood retired from teaching in 2018. In retirement, he serves as the part-time supply pastor of Burwood United Methodist Church in Thompsons Station, Tennessee. His interests include woodworking, guitar building, audio electronics, writing, scale modeling, acting, singing, music and exercise.
He has written a series of humor novels entitled “The Dewey Chronicles,” all of which are combined in the book “The Dewey Chronicles Reader.” Wood self-published this book, which is under global distribution.
He has presented a seminar on self-publishing at the Muletown Collective, a co-work facility located at the Columbia Arts Building in Columbia, Tenn.
He lives in Columbia with his wife, the Rev. Cheryl Raley Wood; his sons, Daniel and Michael; and dogs Buster and Birdie.