May 12, 2010

Woodworker's Safety Week 2010

It's Safety Week 2010 for Woodworkers - a good time to consider some of your own shop safety practices and think about what you might improve. One of our customers, Howard Van Valzah, contributed this great safety tip that could be valuable to some of you. We've also included some links below to other blogs that are also 'celebrating' safety week with links and tips that could help improve your workshop safety.

Got tips of your own? Share them in the comments!
Enjoy and be safe!

A Two Minute Safety Tip
by Howard Van Valzah

safetytip1.jpg As a veteran woodworker age 80 I have finally learned something I should have learned many years ago. Recently it became obvious to me that the majority of my woodworking injuries were on my left hand. The worst one was on my left thumb that wandered by itself into a table saw blade. Stitches didn't work so a skin graft was needed to complete the cure. That happened four years ago.

Recently I have been working on some large projects and observed on completion that I had three band aids on my left hand. Nothing major like the thumb incident, but they were scratches, bangs, and nicks. And then the realization came that this seems to happen after every major project, and to a lesser extent on smaller jobs. Then I looked closely at the way my hands get work done. In most cases I found that my right hand is directing work to be done. That would make you think that the right hand might be injured more frequently. Further study showed that my left hand was often used to steady or hold the work piece putting it right in line to be struck by a slipped tool or anything else that might go wrong. The right hand guiding the tool was perfectly safe. (The hand eye coordination required to get the work performed was the responsibility of the right hand. The left hand was used in support but the operator's eye was concentrating on the performance of the right hand, leaving the left hand unattended.)


Now that I knew that, I began to be more conscious of the left hand, but still got nicks, dings, and scratches on it. It quickly became clear that it wasn't enough to just be aware of the problem and hope I could correct it. Just about that time I purchased a pair of bright yellow cut-resistant Kevlar gloves from Highland Woodworking. I didn't purchase them for use with power tools - I bought them with the idea of using them when I occasionally have to hand carve a piece of work. Seeing them sitting beside the workbench one day I decided to try something. I put one on my left hand (they are reversible) with the thought that the bright yellow color might alert me to be cautious, as does the yellow light on a traffic signal. It seems to be working because I have not yet had a scratch or ding on my left hand, but I did bang it hard once, but no blood, just a severe "ouchie". I would encourage others to wear a "yellow caution light" on their left hand as a reminder that it is an accident waiting to happen.

A couple of safety links for you
The Wood Whisperer
Matts Basement Workshop

April 23, 2010

Saw Milling

sawmill1b.jpgI love my truck when it's full of wood. Look at all that walnut lumber. I had just about as soon have my truck full of walnut lumber as to have it full of hundred dollar bills. Look at that stuff!! sawmill2a.jpg

Let me tell you about this little adventure. Some friends down the road who know I enjoy wood working offered me two walnut trees off the family farm. The trees were out by the barn and blacksmith shop and had some electrical wires through one of them, so I knew taking them down was beyond me. I hired a professional tree service fellow to take them down and haul the good parts over to a friend who has a portable sawmill. Tree guy came out last week with his bucket truck and his small tractor and trimmed them up and then put the trunks on the ground. The grapple hook on the front of his tractor made short work of loading the tree trunks and they were soon at the sawmill.

Now understand the problem with walnut trees and particularly trees close to a house or a barn and in this case, a blacksmith shop, is metal. People hang horseshoes on limbs (that's good luck for most people--just not for sawyers), drive nails in tree trunks, and nail fences to them. The sawmill guy is willing to saw them for me, but he knows about metal and before he starts, he wants me to stand good for the blades at about $30 each.

sawmill3.jpgWe struck a deal and he started sawing while I was still there. I walked around the mill a good bit trying to figure the safest place to be when the saw blade found the metal I thought was in there. I had visions of metal chips and blade chunks flying everywhere, but thank goodness I was wrong. When the blade hit the first piece of metal, it sounded like a bug zapper. Just a little short "bzzt" and it was through. After several more hits, that blade was done and he reloaded a new blade. There was some beautiful lumber in these trees and after a couple of slabs off the top, we started getting 12 to 16 inch wide boards at an inch and an eighth thick. We sawed one trunk right down the middle of the pith to make bowl blanks. Those bowl blank boards are so heavy, I will have to use the chain saw to cut blanks off the end of the board while it is still on the truck. Otherwise I will not be able to get it off the truck.

When I count up to see if this whole deal was worthwhile, I think it was. I spent about $600 and I have 23 boards which average 12 inches wide and 6 feet long. That computes to around 138 board feet. Plus I have enough for about 20 bowl blanks four to five inches deep. Even allowing for waste, I think you could not buy this lumber for $600. Maybe I can sell some of that dern metal and recoup part of my cost.

April 8, 2010

Wood News April edition hits the stands!


Just in time for the first week of the Major League baseball season, Jack Masten provides a step-by-step tutorial on turning your own classic baseball bat from Northern White Ash.

And that's just one of many fascinating articles in this month's Wood News. We've got a new shop featured - Jim Chandler built his workshop in a fully restored 111-year-old barn.

There's also a nice introduction to the Power8 cordless workshop, a versatile piece of new innovation merged with good solid craftsmanship that will almost certainly make your work as an experienced woodworker or a do-it-yourselfer easier, incorporating a table saw, a circular saw, a drill press, and many other useful functions into one compact portable workshop.

Catch up with the latest news on our favorite Brazilian Woodworker - Dilo Fernandino, take a look at Mike Henderson's quick course in shop made cauls, review the new additions to our 2010 woodworking class schedule or take advantage of some of the great deals at Highland Woodworking for Festool, Steel City, Earlex, Kreg, and many more!

Check it out!

March 2, 2010

SketchUp Time

clock.jpg OK, people, it's time to get SketchUp. I know you have been putting it off because you think it is hard to learn and it is new and different and you had rather get shop time than sit in front of the computer learning to use something new. I know — I've been there.

Here are the facts. First of all it is free. Google offers a basic version free in hopes you will buy the more robust professional version later (for $495). You can buy the pro version if you want, but the free one will do 99% of woodworking stuff. Just go to Google and type SketchUp in the search box. That will take you to the download area and it is painless to get loaded and running. Just open it up and go to work. Once you learn probably four basic tools in the program, you can design most things you will want to do in your shop. If you draw all the joints in detail, it is just like building them in the shop. Plus you can get a really good sense of the scale of any project by adding people, trees, furniture, cabinets and anything else which might be helpful. You can look at your piece from any angle, turn it 360, put it in x-ray mode to see inside (if you drew the joints), add texture and color, and pretty much anything else you may have ever wished you could do when drawing plans on paper. If you are careful with the scale of everything as you draw, you can pull any dimension directly off the drawing. Plus you can take a file of your drawing to a blue print/engineering printer company and they can plot it for you at full scale. When you have that, tape it to the floor and build the project on top of it like lofting a boat.

Sean Headrick writes a very good monthly column in Wood News Online published every month by Highland Woodworking. Follow his detailed instructions to get a good start and get an idea of what this thing can do. Another site I found on the internet is sketchupforwoodworkers which has excellent tutorials for rank beginners. Spend a little time with these tutorials and the ones inside the program and you will be up to speed very quickly.

clock2.jpgYou will not be the first to use this program and many people who use it enjoy posting their finished projects on the internet for other people to use. Go back to that Google search box above and look for the SketchUp Warehouse. You can find a huge number of finished plans there including the one for the clock I built that's pictured at right, which my friend Lorraine drew for me (Yes, that's the SketchUp version she drew pictured at the top of this entry). We only had the hardware and a picture and we scaled everything else from those items. Plus you will see that many magazines and blogs offer SketchUp files you can download for use in building the projects in the articles. You're gonna like this program.

February 21, 2010

I Meet Thomas Lie-Nielsen at Highland Woodworking

Who is the most well known person you ever met? I met an ex-Senator once at work, and I was with a Congressman the other day when he brought a large check to our community. Millard Fuller, the founder of Habitat for Humanity came to town a few years ago and he autographed the hammer I use to help build Habitat houses. I should have framed it (no pun intended) because Mr. Fuller died awhile back, but it is too expensive not to use. I do think he would want me to continue to use it to build houses.

When I narrow the field to woodworking, I met Norm Abram once, and I've taken a class at Highland from Roy Underhill and another one from Mike Mahoney. I read several books by James Krenov and bought one of the planes he made, and once I sat in that Sam Maloof chair at Highland.

Thomas Lie-NielsenThen a couple of weeks ago, I dropped by the store and got to meet Thomas Lie-Nielsen, founder and owner of Lie-Nielsen Toolworks and maker of some of the finest woodworking hand planes and tools made in the world (and they're made right here in America, up in Maine). He was in town to teach a class at Highland, and also gave some hand tool demos at the store's big winter sale day the day before. I stand in awe. Everybody in woodworking knows about these planes and they are beautiful.

Lie-Nielsen No. 102 low angle block planeI picked one up and the weight and feel is such that you just know they are the best. The finish is outstanding and the blades are honed to perfection. After I picked out the one I wanted, a No. 102 low angle block plane, Thomas autographed it for me with one of those electric engraving pens right on the spot. I suppose I will have to decide whether to frame this one or actually use it like I do with my Fuller hammer.

Given enough time and energy, I can pretty much make anything I want out of wood. But when I look at one of these planes, I cannot even imagine how to begin. The scope of the metal work, the foundry work, the machining, the fitting, not to mention the actual design to make it beautiful, is just beyond me. Then on top of all that, it has to cut wood perfectly. Oh, and by the way, the Lie-Nielsen factory makes a hundred planes a day, which to me is amazing!

I really enjoyed talking to Thomas and I admire his work, but I feel like he did leave all of us short on one thing. Go look at Chris Schwartz, the editor over at Popular Woodworking magazine and see the clip of him throwing double bit axes at a target. Thomas taught him how to throw this week when Chris went to visit the Lie-Nielsen factory. (By the way, we've got plenty of those kinds of axes at Highland. You'll need one of the double bit ones.)

It just occurred to me to wonder: Will Thomas ever be back down here to show the rest of us how to throw an axe?

December 26, 2009

Thomas Lie-Nielsen to Teach Class at Highland Jan. 24, 2010

Lie-Nielsen We are delighted to announce that Thomas Lie-Nielsen, founder and owner of Lie-Nielsen Toolworks and maker of the finest woodworking hand planes made in America, will be in Atlanta to teach a class at Highland Woodworking on Sunday, January 24, 2010.

Thomas will also be giving free hand plane and hand tool demonstrations throughout the day at our Winter One Day Sale on Saturday, January 23.

In his class on Sunday, January 24, entitled "Sharpening and Using Hand Planes," he will be teaching students how to properly sharpen plane irons and other edge tools, tune and adjust a plane to achieve optimum performance, and practice developing the skills needed to use hand planes in a woodworking shop. Students are invited to bring their own hand planes (any brand: Record, Stanley, Anant, ECE, Clifton, etc. and of course Lie-Nielsen) and their own sharpening stones to use in the class. Thomas and his assistant will provide detailed instruction as well as one-on-one coaching so each student who attends will come away able to remove wispy-thin shavings that leave exquisitely smooth surfaces, and much more.

Lie-NielsenHe will also personally engrave his autograph on your Lie-Nielsen plane that you may already own or purchase during the weekend sale.

The hands-on class on Sunday is limited to 16 students, so it is important to register early to ensure getting a space for yourself. CLICK HERE for info on how to sign up for the class. You may also call 800-241-6748.

For those attending the free hand plane and hand tool demonstrations at the One Day Sale on Saturday, no advance registration is necessary.

December 12, 2009

Gingerbread House

housemidway.jpgLet's do something different this year. Aren't you tired of all that sawdust and building those projects out of cheap plywood and making stuff that everybody wows over when you give it to them at Christmas and then you never see it when you go to their house? I'm like most of you - I build stuff all the time including houses with my local Habitat Chapter. But the kids and grandkids will remember this project the rest of their lives.

We're going to build a Gingerbread House. Trust me, it's easier then you think and I will guide you through the process complete with pictures. You will need to set aside portions of about three days because if you do it all at once, you will get tired of it and mess it up. Course if you mess it up, have it for dessert, one of the other joys of working with this stuff. OK, here we go.

Make up a cardboard pattern for all the pieces. You will need a pattern for the sides 9 ½ by 5 inches. You need a pattern for the ends, 6 inches wide and the side of the end is 5 inches to match the side. The gable goes up another 2 inches to the peak. That makes an 8 pitch if I calculate correctly on my handy construction calculator. (Pitch is 33.69 degrees - I love that calculator.). Uncomfortable to stand on an 8 pitch, but if you put the house on the kitchen table and sit in a chair, you will be fine. Also make a pattern for a chimney. Cut a notch in the bottom of the chimney ends (8 pitch, remember) and make it about 2 ½ inches tall and then make sides for the chimney tall enough to reach the roof, about 3 inches. Save the pattern for next year.

You will need a recipe for gingerbread. All the magazines at the grocery will have recipes this time of the year. Roll it out (using that rolling pin you made for your wife last year) fairly thin, just under an eighth of an inch, and then cook it pretty hard. Watch it closely in the oven and when the edges start to turn a little brown and crispy, it should be done. If it is cooked too soft the roof will sag. You will need two sides, a front and a back, and two roof panels plus four pieces for the chimney. The smell of gingerbread cooking is wonderful and will linger for days. Your grandchildren will tell their grandchildren about it and the wonderful houses you built for them.

Run down to your shop and get a piece of eighth inch plywood about 12 by 18 inches and wrap it in foil for the base to build your house.

Go to the big box store (not the grocery) and get a can of "Meringue Powder." It is made by the Wilton Company and will be in the cake decorating section. Get a cake decorating squeeze bag and a couple of pretty wide mouth tips while you are there. You will need to make one batch of "Butter Creme Icing" and one batch of "Royal Icing" based on the recipes on the insert inside the meringue powder can.

roughhouse.jpgFirst thing is to assemble the house on your base with the royal icing as a kind of mortar mix. Give it about 20 minutes and the royal icing will get hard as a rock and hold your house together. Use the butter creme for everything else and you can ice the yard, set in a fence out of marshmallows and pretzel sticks, make a tree out of ice cream cones with jellybean lights, and then decorate the rest of the house however you like. Make a woodpile on the side, pave a driveway, make a stepping stone sidewalk, anything you want. Candy canes all over the place. I love picking out the candy and I spend a good bit of time in the candy aisle trying to picture how the various pieces will fit on the house. One of my favorite things is to chide everyone about not eating all the candy before we get it on the house, all the time stuffing handfuls in my mouth. Didn't take long for everyone to catch on to that one. The final step is to take a sifter of powdered sugar and sift it over the whole thing. The sugar piles up like snow and the effect is wonderful. finshed-house.jpg

Send me a picture. Merry Christmas to all!!

November 16, 2009

Highland's Mail-In Saw Sharpening Service

Have you tried the new Sharpening Service that Highland Woodworking now offers? Maybe you didn't know there was such a service available, but there certainly is. I thought I would give it a try and let you know how it works.

I had one very dull twelve inch sixty tooth carbide tipped saw blade, and five each half inch carbide patternmaker router bits, the ones with the bearing on the bottom. And no, they did not know it was me giving them a test for the blog, as if that would have made a difference. It was a Wednesday afternoon when I took the whole package to my local retail shipping outlet and asked them to pack the stuff up for me and ship it to the service in New Jersey. I live in Atlanta so they checked all three shipping options and decided on UPS to get it there on the following Friday afternoon. They charged me $12.80 for the minimum five pounds plus $2.00 for the box. Both the other shipping options were within a dollar or so. (If I'd shipped it myself via Priority Mail using one of the Post Office's free Flat Rate boxes, It would've cost around $5.00 to ship.)

The finished tools came back Thursday a week later. They are all sharpened perfectly as nearly as I can tell so far. I used one of the router bits all day yesterday routing the window openings for a new house and it performed very well.

The charge for sharpening the saw was $22.00 for 60 teeth and the return shipping was $12.00. Total cost for shipping everything and sharpening the blade was $47.00. The router bits were additional cost. Was it worth it?

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The actual sharpening cost is right in line with other services I have checked. Of course I could take my blades to a local guy working out of his backyard (no offense here people) but two problems come to mind. If I pay $135 for a top of the line Forrest blade, I darn well am not going to take it to "Ralph's Pretty Good Saw Shop" and take a chance on getting it completely messed up. Plus if a tooth needs to be replaced, I don't think I want Ralph doing it for me. One definition of a bullet is a carbide tip coming off a table saw blade.

The shipping is what adds to the cost. There happen to be two professional sharpening firms within about forty minutes of my house. If I deliver my blades to one of them, it will cost me four one way trips plus the time. On the other hand, my time is pretty cheap these days.

I conclude that even in an urban area with professional shops fairly close, if I need high end blades sharpened, I will accumulate as many as I can and ship them all together to save on shipping costs. (And if you send them at least five carbide sawblades to sharpen at one time, the return shipping is free.) I think the service is well worth it under that circumstance. On the other hand, if all I have is one $35 blade, then I'll probably let Ralph do it.

More about Highland's Mail-In Sharpening Service

October 25, 2009

A James Krenov Plane

James Krenov has died. I don't know how I missed the notification, but I just heard about it this week and I found it deeply saddening. James Krenov Krenov was able to write down his ideas about woodworking as evidenced in his work and his thoughts have endured for many years. So many people in the hobby have been influenced by his work and his writings. All of us aspire to his standard of excellence and wish we had his design sense.

For an idea about what this is really all about, consider this image of a lovely little 12" x 18" storage box that appeared in an out-of-print book. The King of Sweden collected little ceramic pieces and needed a box to store them. This one works just fine, thank you very much.

James KrenovThe scale of his pieces is what is amazing. Should you buy the books still in print, look carefully at the size of the pieces and you will realize that bigger is not necessarily better.

Last year I was surfing the net and happened on Krenov's web site. At the time he had stopped making his iconic pieces because of failing eyesight, but continued to offer planes for sale. I bought one. I think I paid $300 for it after several e-mails back and forth with his wife. After they shipped it to me, I looked at it briefly but needed to set it aside because of some illness in my family.

After hearing of his death, I looked for and found the plane I had bought from him last year. Look at his initials on the front of it. I thought he had put the blue masking tape around the throat and blade simply to keep the pieces in place for shipping, and I debated whether to take the tape off. Finally I did take it off and lo and behold, the throat was full of the most beautifully delicate shavings. Shavings put there by the master. I left them there and I don't know if I will ever take them out...

James Krenov

September 22, 2009

New Catalog from Highland

cat.jpgDid you get your new catalog from Highland yet? Mine came last week and I love browsing this thing. I can spend hours and hours looking for just the right tool or thinking up a new phase for my woodworking efforts. Somebody at the store has spent years getting the descriptions written for all the tools and books and doo-dads included in this little woodworking classic. Shoot, half the time when someone asks me a question about woodworking tools or methods, I reply with answers from this book. And speaking of little, I really like the new size of the catalog reduced to 5 ½ by 10 ½ inches from the previous sizing, thereby leaving more trees for all of us to use in making new stuff.

My wife and I used to ask each other what gifts we wanted for special occasions since we finally figured out that surprise gifts more likely than not were a waste of money. For several years, my stock answer was "One of everything in the Highland Woodworking catalog." Though I was never able to swing that deal for real, the fantasy endures.

It's a long slow rainy afternoon in Atlanta, so I sat down and added up the price of one of everything in the catalog. I did add in a couple of hundred dollars of Spax screws because I love those things and use them all the time. I also managed to exclude duplicates of many things and if there was a boxed set, I passed on buying the individual pieces and included just the set. I also left out spare parts for repairing tools.

Before placing my order I intend to get by the store and pick one each of every woodworking book as long as we're talking fantasy here. (They didn't list their books in this edition of the catalog, but they list more than a thousand woodworking books on their website.)

My order came to $53,737.94, plus the books, tax and shipping. Of course, I will have to expand my shop to hold all this stuff and I estimate about forty grand would do that. Wonder if American Express means it when they say no preset credit limit? Maybe I can get a discount on the shipping.

Request a catalog online if you want a copy and they'll add you to the mailing list.

July 24, 2009

Going to the Dogs

I saw a video once of the guy who invented the bullet proof vest police officers wear, shoot himself in the stomach while wearing the vest. He stood right up and took out two watermelons. Pretty good proof of the usefulness of the vest.

PCS240.jpgJim Yahres left a comment on Chris's post below about the new SawStop table saw. In it he referenced a YouTube video showing the famous "hot dog" demo. At the end of the video, the host challenged the inventor to put his finger in the saw. He did. Wow!

Drop by Highland tomorrow (July 25th) and see which unlucky hot dog gets to risk life and limb on a SawStop table saw. 10:45 and 2:45 Live in the Store.

Hot dogs all over the City are crawling towards the back of the meat cooler. Inventors too.

Do Not Try This at Home!!

July 4, 2009

Happy Fourth of July from Highland Woodworking


I found a way to celebrate the Fourth which I have been smiling about for two days. I went out to supper the other night at a local restaurant out by the Interstate, and at the next table was a soldier with his wife, his two small children and his mother-in-law. Now these soldiers are all volunteers these days and it is very hard on them and on their families -- I mean are you willing to leave home for a year, live in a hole in the ground, and get shot at for $35,000 a year? The people in our military do a wonderful job and whether one believes in the politics or not should not affect our support for them. With that in mind, I asked the waitress to bring their check to me. It doesn't count if they catch you doing it, but I really hope they smiled all the way home like I did, and just maybe felt a little appreciation for their service. Welcome Home Brothers! Thanks for serving your Country. Happy Fourth of July!!

June 23, 2009

Stop by the Store for a Visit

woodworking toolsHave you been to the store lately? I mean, have you visited Highland Woodworking lately? I realize many of you who might be reading this live far away and may have to buy a plane ticket to get to Atlanta, but come on, do you really like woodworking tools or not? I happen to live near Atlanta and I go by now and then just for the pure pleasure of it.

plug cutter I was in last week and I can tell you, it is quite an experience. First of all, it is truly a community of woodworkers. While I was waiting to check out, a lady came in and asked for a "bung hole cutter". Now I happen to know what that is, particularly as it applies to wine barrels, but what was really neat was that two clerks immediately took off to go get one for her. How many stores do you know of where you could walk in and announce you need a bung hole cutter and not get blank stares all around. I mean I was in the grocery store last week and they could not find the bouillon cubes.

You need to see the new displays around the store. For instance, there is a whole wall of hand made axes imported from Sweden. When have you ever seen that? There are also video monitors hanging from the ceiling all over the store running tool demos plus some of the various videos available for sale.

Another lady was checking out and mentioned she wanted to learn to carve a bird. Try telling that to someone in the big box store -- you would certainly get some strange looks, if indeed you ever got the courage to announce such a thing. The bung hole cutter customer went immediately and pulled a magazine off the shelf and turned to an article about bird carving and the customer bought the magazine on the spot. A Highland clerk suggested that he had just gotten back from a class at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina and she might want to call them for a class schedule. Someone else in line suggested she look up John C. Campbell Folk School, also in North Carolina about two hours north of Atlanta, and see what classes they have. I got the feeling she left very satisfied and is probably carving that bird already.

The point of all this is that Highland Woodworking is not just a trade name, it is a community of woodworkers who love what they do and go to huge efforts to make your woodworking more enjoyable. Stop by the store and you will see what I mean.


March 18, 2009

New Parallel Guides Take Guided Rail Cutting to a Whole New Level

From the latest issue of Wood News:

Festool parallel guide system
Festool parallel guide system

New Parallel Guides Take Guided Rail Cutting to a Whole New Level

Text & photos by Jerry Work
©2009 The Dovetail Joint
Those familiar with the Festool guided rail cutting and routing system know just how useful it is to be able to move a circular saw, jig saw or router across a stationary work piece in a perfectly straight line. In my studio I use guide rails daily to make all kinds of cuts. Festool's new Parallel Guide system also makes an excellent squaring cut guide as well, turning the guide rail and plunge saw into a fast and efficient substitute for a table saw for most cutting operations. Yup, with Festool's clever new Parallel Guide System you can virtually eliminate the need for a bulky and dangerous table saw.

February 6, 2009

Fein Multimaster FREE Demonstration Saturday, February 7, 2009

Fein Multimaster
Fein Multimaster FREE Demonstration Saturday, February 7, 2009 at 10:00am

You've probably seen the Fein Multimaster infomercial on late-night TV. Come see the real thing in action at Highland Woodworking this Saturday, Feb. 7. FEIN's engineers have added almost every conceivable function to this safe, vibration-free power tool. The Fein Multimaster is truly one of those rare tools that earns the undisputed title of "the best there is". It's a great sander, bringing fast, high-quality finishing into places that no full-size sander can reach. Fein's industrial-quality 2.3 amp motor (variable speed) drives the machine spindle at speeds from 11,000 to 20,000 opm, making this far and away the most efficient and smoothest-running tool in its class. With accessories, it's a saw that cuts wood and metal, scrapes paint, performs precision sanding, and much more. It can save you both time and money on a wide variety of home improvement and repair jobs. Come see it in action. We think you'll be impressed. Join us for a fun and educational visit to Highland Woodworking's unique Atlanta store.

All Saturday morning demonstrations take place in Highland Woodworking's retail store in Atlanta, Georgia and begin at 10:00am Eastern Time.

Map and Directions to Highland Woodworking
1045 N. Highland Ave, Atlanta, GA 30306.

January 25, 2009

Steel City Tools Exhibited at Atlanta Woodworking Show

sam2.jpg Steel City Tools representative Andrew Bondi was on hand working with Highland staff members demonstrating our Steel City Tools bandsaw, jointer, tablesaw, dust collectors and air cleaner at the recent Atlanta Woodworking Show. (Pictured above is Highland Woodworking Asst. Manager Sam Rieder talking tablesaw with one of our customers.)

The performance of our premium Wood Slicer resawing bandsaw blade running on the Steel City Tools 14" bandsaw showed woodworkers what could be achieved milling lumber to custom sizes in their own woodworking shops for a modest investment.

Steel City Tools are on display every day in our retail store showroom at 1045 N. Highland Avenue in Atlanta, and more new models of Steel City Tools featuring solid granite fences and tables are on their way.

January 11, 2009

Free Demonstration of the CarveWright CNC Routing Machine at Highland Woodworking, Sat., Jan. 17

CW.jpg Experienced woodcarver Ben Arthur will give a free live demonstration of the CarveWright CNC routing machine at Highland Woodworking in Atlanta on Saturday, January 17, 2009 from 10 AM to noon.

Until recently, Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) routing machines were available only in large industrial models costing upwards of $100,000. The CarveWright is the first CNC machine available to purchase for less than $2000, making it available to small commercial woodworking shops as well as serious amateur woodworkers who wish to eliminate much of the laborious work required to reproduce 3-dimensional objects and designs.

The CarveWright's onboard computer and design software make it simple for even a novice to carve decorative reliefs, make signs or mill just about anything imaginable in wood, high density foam as well as some plastics. Although compact (just slightly larger than a benchtop planer), the CarveWright can handle work up to 5" thick, 14.5" wide and almost any length. Users have great latitude in their ability to manipulate designs from an extensive 3D pattern library, or can create their own designs. The CarveWright is compatible with both PC and Mac operating systems.

Ben Arthur has extensive experience in CNC production, and owns and operates an industrial model CNC machine in his own production shop in Atlanta.

Attendance at the demonstration is free to the public, and no advance registration is necessary.

December 25, 2008

A Christmas Greeting from a Highland Woodworking Customer

2008christmas.jpg Dear Woodworkers,

We recently received the following nice email from John Fitzgerald, a customer who orders from us via John kindly gave us permission to share it here with our readership. We always appreciate receiving feedback from the people we do business with. We especially love hearing that our efforts to deliver on our promise of satisfaction have been successful.

Thank you, John. And thank you to everyone we have the pleasure of doing business with. We join John in wishing all of you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Here is John's email:

Hi, Folks:

I just received my order (number 113577) which I placed on December 18.

As I've come to expect from Highland Woodworking, it was very well packed, and very promptly shipped.

I was very pleased with the quality of the Anant spokeshaves and bench holdfasts I ordered (although, since I've purchased Anant planes from you, I'd guessed that I'd be happy with them).

I just wanted to take a moment out to tell you how much I enjoy doing business with you -- you put together a terrific catalog and have thoroughly mastered the intricacies of Internet marketing.

Most of all, you appear to be people of integrity who honestly describe the wares you have to offer, charge fair prices, and follow through beautifully on every order.

What a pleasure it is to buy from you!

From my house to all of your houses, and from my family to all of your families, have the Merriest of Christmases and a Wonderful New Year!

John Fitzgerald

December 22, 2008

Roy Underhill chooses our Hoffman and Hammer woodworking workbenches for his new woodworking school

woodworking workbenchOur good friend, Roy Underhill of Woodwright's Shop television fame, has chosen our Hoffman and Hammer large German workbenches for students to use in the new woodworking school he is opening in Pittsboro, NC (about 30 miles west of Raleigh) sometime in 2009. This 7-foot long, 286 pound, 2-1/4" thick solid beech workbench meets all of Roy's requirements for the traditional style of hands-on woodworking he will be teaching.

A full container of new premium woodworking workbenches has just arrived in Atlanta from Germany. Twelve of the larger size workbenches are headed to North Carolina to outfit the bench room in Roy's new school. We're very excited that Roy will be using workbenches from Highland Woodworking in his new woodworking school. Details on the school's opening will be announced soon. Check back in early 2009 for more information.

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Hoffman and Hammer premium large German woodworking workbench, model 114103

December 18, 2008

FREE DEMO 12/27/08: Inside the Acoustic Guitar with Billy Rhoton

guitar3.jpgFREE Saturday morning demonstration at Highland Woodworking Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008, 10 AM - 12 PM

Inside the Acoustic Guitar with Billy Rhoton

The acoustic guitar is an iconic symbol of American music. Few people, however, have ever had the opportunity to look inside of one, at least until now.

You are invited to join Billy Rhoton at 10 AM on Saturday, December 27 at Highland Woodworking's Atlanta retail store for a rare visual tour inside one of his handcrafted instruments. He will discuss bracing patterns and carving techniques and their relationship to tone. He will also discuss the necessary woodworking tools and traditional construction methods. The demonstration is free, and no advance registration is necessary. Highland Woodworking is located at 1045 N. Highland Ave, NE in Atlanta.

Using his talents as an instrument maker, Billy is able to combine his passion for both music and woodworking. A student of master instrument maker Ivon Schmukler, he has studied guitarmaking at the Leeds Guitarmakers School in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Having worked as a cabinetmaker since 2001, Billy founded W.R. Rhoton Guitarworks in 2008. As a musician he has toured regionally and nationally in various bluegrass and American bands, and is currently a member of the Athens, GA-based rock band, Lake City. He also gives technical assistance to woodworking tool customers at Highland Woodworking 4 days a week.

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Billy has a guitarmaking website under construction at


December 8, 2008

Woodworking fun: Erich Schatt's incredible wooden machine

Woodworking machine Is it a sculpture or a machine? For the past several years, woodworker Erich Schatt of Zurich, Switzerland has used his free time designing and building an exquisite machine built entirely of wood. What exactly does the machine do? Well, mainly it causes people's jaws to drop whenever they see Erich sitting in the driver's seat pedaling away on this amazing contraption, spinning the dozens of wooden gears whose movements are intricately intertwined using wooden chains (that resemble the drive chain on a bicycle). It even features wooden universal joints and a wooden transmission.

Woodworking machineWoodworking has been Erich's hobby and passion since he was a child. At a very young age, he was already scavenging through condemned houses salvaging timbers and flooring. Some of this beautiful wood he used in his own woodworking. The rest he sold to others to help fund the purchase of new woodworking tools for himself. Old-fashioned joinery and antique furniture continued to fascinate him as he began his woodworking career as a furniture maker and machinist. Eventually he made the restoration of antique furniture his specialty.

Woodworking machineFor the last several years, Erich has devoted about six hours of woodworking each Saturday building his machine. It had its genesis in 1998 when his interest in sprocket wheels and chains led him to successfully build a bicycle chain entirely out of wood, a process which required numerous complex calculations to get all the parts to fit together and function correctly. This led to the idea of building a wooden machine which eventually grew to occupy more than 400 cubic feet of space.

Woodworking machine

Using his considerable woodworking skills, he completed the machine in 2002 and successfully exhibited it at the annual convention of the Swiss Sawmill Association in Schaffhausen where it drew considerable interest from members of the timber industry. Since then he has continued showing and demonstrating the machine at European conventions and exhibitions.

Woodworking machineThis woodworking machine is of course not the only thing he has built out of wood. Besides furniture of every type, he has also built toys, games, lanterns, attache cases, a guinea pig stable and six-foot model of an American truck. He has turned down offers from people who want to buy the truck. Instead he hopes to complete a second trailer for the truck equipped with two chambers from which red and white wine can be dispensed at company celebrations.

Woodworking machineErich never lacks for ideas. He is already underway building a second machine, which though not as large as the first, will be considerably more intricate, featuring a planetary gear system nearly three feet in diameter. It is driven similar to the first machine using a wooden chain. The operator sits on a wooden saddle which slides backwards and forwards along "a swallowtail butterfly guide rail." He expects it will take another three years of woodworking before it is ready to exhibit.

More photos of Erich's woodworking "holzmaschine" can be viewed on his website

Visit our free online woodworking magazine Wood News

December 1, 2008

Highland Woodworking's New Woodworking Class Schedule

Woodworking Class We're pleased to announce our schedule of woodworking classes for the first quarter of 2009. Woodworking classes are held in two classrooms at our store at 1045 N. Highland Ave, Atlanta, Georgia, and are open to the public. Space is limited, so it is important to register early to reserve a seat. Click on each woodworking class name for more information and registration information.
January 10, 2009: Beginning Turning

January 10-11, 2009: Woodworking for Women: The Basics

January 17, 2009: Introduction to Marquetry

January 17, 2009: Basic Bowl Turning

January 18, 2009: Intermediate Bowl Turning

January 20-21, 2009: Wood Turning With Mike Mahoney

January 24, 2009: Hand Cut Dovetails

January 25, 2009: Cutting Mortise & Tenon By Hand

January 28, 2009: French Polish Workshop

January 30, 2009: Bookcase Design

January 31, 2009: Make & Take a Bookcase

January 31, 2009: Pen Turning

February 7, 2009: Sharpening for Turners

February 7, 2009: Tablesaw Basics

February 8, 2009: Band Saw Basics

February 14, 2009: Hollow Vessel Turning

February 15, 2009: Basic Bowl Turning

February 21-22, 2009: Beginning Turning Workshop

February 21, 2009: Picture Framing

February 22, 2009: Picture Framing

February 25, 2009: Gilding and Gold Leafing

February 27, 2009: Exploring the Maloof Rocking Chair with Charles Brock

Feb. 28-March 1, 2009: Building a Maloof-Inspired Rocker with Charles Brock

February 28, 2009: Build a Durable Picture Frame

March 7, 2009: Wood Turning: Learning to Use the Skew

March 7-8, 2009: Cabinet Building Workshop

March 8, 2009: Make a Pepper Grinder

March 14, 2009: Woodworking Furniture Repair

March 14, 2009: Intro to Chip Carving

March 14-15, 2009: Turning Lamps & Candlesticks

March 18-22, 2009: Altar in Your Space

March 25, 2009: Quick Woodworking Finishes

March 28-29, 2009: Woodworking Hand Plane Clinic

March 28-29, 2009: From a Bowl to a Platter

September 20-26, 2009: Build a Continuous Arm Rocking Chair with Curtis Buchanan

November 15, 2008

Now get FREE GROUND SHIPPING on most orders over $100*


Dear Woodworker,

In these tough economic times, we at Highland Woodworking would like to do our part to make shopping with us more economical and convenient for our customers. Currently we are providing FREE GROUND SHIPPING on most orders over $100* delivered within the 48 contiguous United States.

As always, with our product offering and staff expertise, our goal is to guide you in making sure that your tool and supply purchases from us meet your expectations and support the success of all your woodworking endeavors.

As Highland Woodworking enters its fourth decade of serving woodworkers across the country, our aim is to provide you with the same personalized service and support as we have been doing since we first entered the woodworking tool business back in 1978.

Thank you for your loyal support,

Chris Bagby, co-founder and CEO
Sharon Bagby, co-founder and CFO

*FREE GROUND SHIPPING TERMS: Merchandise total must be greater than $100 prior to the addition of any shipping charges for free shipping offer to apply. Free shipping offer excludes items listed in our catalog or on our website with flat rate shipping adders, freight collect shipments, expedited shipments, and special order items. Actual shipping and handling costs are charged for shipments outside the 48 contiguous United States. For orders under $100, please refer to our standard shipping rate table.

November 13, 2008

Announcing the winner of our Festool Giveaway Sweepstakes


Some people are luckier than the rest of us. When it comes to winning contests, Patricia and Mike Mortimer fall into the lucky category. Patricia entered Highland Woodworking's Win a Festool Package Sweepstakes and was the lucky winner out of thousands of entrants. She's shown here being congratulated by Chris Bagby, Highland Woodworking's owner and co-founder. It wasn't just the first contest Patricia has won. Among other things that she's won are a flat screen television and an all-expense paid trip to Bejing, China to attend the 2008 Olympics. We asked her how she did playing the lottery and she replied "I don't play the lottery. You have to pay to do that!"

The Mortimer's new power tool package includes Festool's Kapex KS120 Sliding Compound Miter Saw, the first miter saw with variable speed, which enables the user to match the speed of the blade with the requirements of the material. The Kapex Sliding Compound Miter Saw combines a large cutting capacity with a compact lightweight design. Of course the perfect mate to their new Kapex Sliding Compound Miter Saw is the Kapex MFT3 Multifunction Table which is designed specifically for use with the Kapex Sliding Compound Miter Saw. It features additional holes in the perforated top plate for positioning the feet of the Kapex and for mounting with clamps. Also included as part of their Kapex prize package is the Festool CT22E Mobile Dust Extractorwhich comes with HEPA filters that remove dust particles down to .3 microns. A tool-triggered switch with smooth start-up and shut-off delay, and adjustable electronic suction control make this the ultimate vac to connect to any hand power tool.

Mike works professionally doing commercial repair and finish restoration on furniture, cabinets and interiors. He is actually known for being quite the "magician" when it comes to recreating grain patterns and surfaces that have been damaged or distressed. When asked, both admitted that they were not really sure what projects they would attempt first with their new woodworking equipment. One thing for certain is that they'll definitely have room for it, as they have a 2400 square foot shop! After mentioning projects like chairs and end tables, they both joked that given the space they have, perhaps they would make a gazebo for inside the shop.

Since Highland Woodworking is well known for its Education Program, which includes a wide variety of classes for both beginners as well as advanced woodworkers, hopefully we will see both of them soon in some of our
upcoming classes
for a chance to study woodworking with our knowledgeable instructors.

Visit Wood News, our monthly online woodworking magazine

October 8, 2008

Don't Miss Highland Woodworking's Fall One Day Sale

Highland Woodworking Fall Sale

Saturday, October 18th
1045 N. Highland Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

Don't miss our Fall Sale! We'll have one-day specials throughout the store! There's plenty of shops and eateries in the area for the entire family to enjoy, so bring the whole clan and come on down!

Directions to Our Store

August 5, 2008

Highland Woodworking's New Fall Catalog is Mailing Out!

0708_hw_final_front_cover.jpgThe Curtis Buchanan class series sets the tone for another exciting catalog and season of fall woodworking. The catalog is full of new products and the great selection of woodworking tools, supplies and information you've come to rely on from us. You'll find the hot new portable steamer, Oneway's sit down lathe, our new line of John Jordan turning tools, Triton's new oscillating spindle sander and a whole host of other exceptional woodworking tools.

Education has always been one of most important products. Our legacy of presenting great American craftsmen to woodworkers continues with another special opportunity to learn from Master Chairmaker Curtis Buchanan in his Comb Back Windsor Chair series. Spend a day or a week with Curtis as he reveals the secrets of his high-back Windsor chair. Take an in depth look at traditional milk paint finishes, experience the fast paced one day comprehensive Comb Back demonstration or work the week away building your own treasured Comb Back Windsor Chair heirloom with Curtis. Regardless of the class you choose you're sure to enjoy this unique opportunity to experience the Windsor Chair World.

We are also very pleased to welcome back another talented chairmaker, Charles Brock. His group study of the Maloof chair not only gives unique insight to chair making but also covers a vast array of everyday woodworking skills and techniques a woodworker needs to master. Chuck's student base is growing fast so register early for Charles Brock's 2009 class series. Be sure to check out our complete schedule of classes and seminars online or in your catalog. If you do not currently receive our print catalog and would like to do so, please contact our Catalog Request Department or you may call our 24-Hour Toll-Free CATALOG REQUEST LINE: (888) 500-4466. Visit Highland Woodworking to shop online.

June 18, 2008

Create & Skate: Building A Hardwood Longboard - Saturday, July 5 at Highland Woodworking

Saturday Mornings at Highland Woodworking

Saturday Mornings at Highland complement our woodworking class & seminar offerings. Join us at our store in Virginia-Highlands on Saturday mornings at 10am EST for FREE, live demonstrations featuring a wide variety of woodworking skills, tools & techniques. These 1 to 1-1/2 hour-long demonstrations feature our knowledgeable staff and instructors, local clubs & guilds, guest authors, and others. Upcoming events include woodturning, woodcarving, care & use of hand tools, joinery, book signings, an introduction to woodworking design software, and much, much more.

Create and Skate: Building A Hardwood LongboardSaturday, July 5, at 10:00am—Longboarding provides countless hours of fun and cheap transportation! Building a longboard is not that difficult once you learn a few basic principles. Page Burch will talk about board design, materials, and history. He will discuss a variety of finishing techniques and provide examples of different finished boards.

All demonstrations take place in Highland Woodworking's retail store in Atlanta, Georgia and begin at 10:00am EST.

June 6, 2008

Father's Day $20 Gift from Highland Woodworking


Happy Father's Day from Highland Woodworking!

A special $20 Free Gift just in time for Father's Day.

Purchase a $150 (or greater) Highland Gift Certificate by June 15, 2008, and we will give you a FREE $20 Gift Certificate as a special bonus.

Visit Highland Woodworking to order your Gift Certificate today!

June 5, 2008

Introduction to Fly Rod Making - Saturday, June 14 at Highland Woodworking

Saturday Mornings at Highland Woodworking

Saturday Mornings at Highland complement our woodworking class & seminar offerings. Join us at our store in Virginia-Highlands on Saturday mornings at 10am EST for FREE, live demonstrations featuring a wide variety of woodworking skills, tools & techniques. These 1 to 1-1/2 hour-long demonstrations feature our knowledgeable staff and instructors, local clubs & guilds, guest authors, and others. Upcoming events include woodturning, woodcarving, care & use of hand tools, joinery, book signings, an introduction to woodworking design software, and much, much more.

Introduction to Fly Rod Making with Doug HallSaturday, June 14, at 10:00am—Most believe that the finest example of tradition in the world of fly-fishing is a finely crafted bamboo fly rod. It combines craft, time and tradition into something that you can literally hold in your hand. Doug Hall has been making bamboo rods as a passion for over a dozen years and also teaches rod making. He will demonstrate how raw Tonkin cane is split, planed and ultimately transformed into a stream ready bamboo fly rod. Through examples he will introduce you to the principles of handcrafting split-cane rods.

All demonstrations take place in Highland Woodworking's retail store in Atlanta, Georgia and begin at 10:00am EST.

May 20, 2008

Wood Turning Saturday May 31st at Highland Woodworking

Saturday Mornings at Highland Woodworking

Saturday Mornings at Highland complement our woodworking class & seminar offerings. Join us at our store in Virginia-Highlands on Saturday mornings at 10am EST for FREE, live demonstrations featuring a wide variety of woodworking skills, tools & techniques. These 1 to 1-1/2 hour-long demonstrations feature our knowledgeable staff and instructors, local clubs & guilds, guest authors, and others. Upcoming events include woodturning, woodcarving, care & use of hand tools, joinery, book signings, an introduction to woodworking design software, and much, much more.

Hal Simmons Natural Edged BowlSaturday, May 31, at 10:00am we are pleased to have Hal Simmons in the house teaching the Natural Edged Bowl. When he's not busy at the American Red Cross, he's teaching wood turning. He has studied with Nick Cook, Willard Baxter, David Ellsworth, Johannes Rieber, Chris Scott, Soren Berger and Ray Key. He enjoys traditional spindle, bowl, and hollow form turning using both exotic and domestic woods. Hal is President of the Chattahoochee Woodturners and member of the Georgia Association of Woodturners.

Hal will demonstrate how to turn a natural edge bowl. He will talk about consistency in wall thickness, chucking and mounting the piece on the lathe.

All demonstrations take place in Highland Woodworking's retail store in Atlanta, Georgia and begin at 10:00am EST.

Highland Woodworking Tops Home Depot Once Again

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For the second year in a row, the readers of Atlanta's Sunday Paper have voted Highland Woodworking (also known as Highland Hardware) the metro area's best hardware store. Coming in as runner-up to Highland Woodworking was Home Depot with its 20 metro Atlanta big box locations. Guess that really goes to show that you don't necessarily have to be the biggest to be regarded as the best. Thanks to all our customers and fans who helped select Highland Woodworking over all the dozens of other worthy hardware stores in and around Atlanta! And congratulations to Home Depot for coming in second!

Quoting the Sunday Paper:


THE LOWDOWN: Is it the tool tutorials? The woodworking classes? The down-to-earth, helpful staff? What is it about Highland Hardware that our readers always seem to love? Perhaps it's the fact that in the chi-chi district of the Highlands, where nothing seems very useful, a hardware store is a reminder of purpose, a monument to getting things done, a touch of the "real."

THE BASICS: 1045 North Highland Ave. NE     MAP


May 2, 2008

Fox Chapel Publishing's Woodworking DIY Books Win Writing Awards

East Petersburg, PA (PRWEB) April 21, 2008 -- Fox Chapel Publishing is proud to announce that two of its new woodworking books were recently selected as the top 2008 "Golden Hammer" Award Winners by the National Association of Home and Workshop Writers (NAHWW). First place in the Books Division went to Mark Duginske, author of New Complete Guide to the Bandsaw, and second place was awarded to Tom Hintz, author of New Woodworker Handbook.

The awards will be officially announced on May 7 in Las Vegas during the National Hardware Show, where winning recipients will receive a cash prize and a handsome plaque. Quality of writing was the chief criterion on which all books were judged. Judges included the best in the Do-It-Yourself field with most of the judges being previous "Golden Hammer" Award winners.

New Complete Guide to the Bandsaw is a comprehensive reference that provides basic and advanced techniques for using a bandsaw. Duginske is a fourth generation central Wisconsin woodworker, designer, inventor and writer, who contributes to magazines, such as Fine Woodworking and Architectural Digest, and whose work has been featured on This Old House. He has 8 patents on woodworking tools and has written 10 books. Duginske is considered "the bandsaw expert" in the field.

New Woodworker Handbook, by Hintz, is an easy-to-read guide to getting started in woodworking. The book is a culmination of the thousands of questions he received from beginners on his popular woodworking website. Known for his straight-forward style of writing, Hintz retired from his personal involvement in stock car racing to become a staff writer and webmaster for Stock Car Racing and Open Wheel Magazines and staff editor for Circle Track Magazine all the while enjoying his lifelong hobby - woodworking. Later he began SPEEDWORDS, a marketing firm offering web development, writing and photography services for the racing business community. His website draws more than 150,000 visitors each month. Tom says these woodworkers log onto "because they know the most effective safety tool is a well-informed brain."

Duginske and Hintz join the growing list of authors with award-winning titles published by Fox Chapel Publishing. In 2006, Charles Self won a first-place Golden Hammer award for The Woodworker's Pocket Reference.

Fox Chapel Publishing is a leading publisher of woodworking reference and project books, as well as the publisher of Woodcarving Illustrated and Scroll Saw Woodworking Crafts magazines.

Visit Highland Woodworking for more information on these and many other woodworking titles.

March 14, 2008

Highland Woodworking's 30th Anniversary Giveaway!

Festool Kapex KS120To commemorate our 30 years of service to woodworkers we are giving away to a single winner a Festool Kapex KS120 Compound Miter Saw Set with MFT 3 Multi Function Table & Festool CT22 Mobile Dust Extractor!

Festool's Kapex KS120 saw, scheduled for release Fall 2008, provides unmatched accuracy & features, including a precision dual-line laser so you can cut exactly on your mark from both sides of the saw. Included, the MFT 3 Multi-function Table- 1 table with a 1000 possibilities, versatility, portability and durability the MFT 3 stands alone as the ideal work surface. As you cut, the Festool CT22 Dust Extractor will help keep your shop dust free & is the perfect shop vac for all your hand power tools with its' triggered switch & shut off delay function. Total approximate value of the Festool giveaway package is $2700!

Visit our complete collection of Festool Power Tools & Accessories!

Official rules and guidelines are available here.

No purchase necessary. Offer void where prohibited. Participants are entered into the drawing upon completion of the online registration accessible beginning Wednesday, March 12th from Highland Woodworking. Deadline for entry is 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, August 31, 2008. Multiple entries are permitted.

Enter Now!

November 15, 2007

Georgia Association of Woodturner's Meeting November 2007

The Georgia Association of Woodturner's meets in our Seminar Room tonight at 6:30pm. They are open to visitors, so come by and check it out. Alan Leland will be demonstrating.


Alan grew up in New Canaan, Connecticut, then attended East Carolina University. After budget cuts prevented him from pursuing corrections as a career, he worked in carpentry. During his carpentry career, he developed and interest in fine woodworking and a passion for woodturning. He served as the Vice President of The Triangle Woodturners of North Carolina.(They have a new name now.) You can even see his profile on their website here.

In 1995, he started Sliding Dovetail Woodworks, now Leland Studios. These days, he focuses on teaching woodturning.

Our store is open until 8:00pm on Thursdays so you can do some shopping, too.


October 18, 2007

Georgia Association of Woodturner's Meeting October 2007

The Georgia Association of Woodturner's meets in our Seminar Room tonight at 6:30pm. They are open to visitors, so come by and check it out. Alan Batty will be demonstrating.


Alan has a lifetime of turning experience, both as a teacher and a production turner steeped in the traditions of the English woodturning trade.

Our store is open until 8:00pm on Thursdays so you can do some shopping, too.


September 20, 2007

Georgia Association of Woodturner's Meeting September 2007

The Georgia Association of Woodturner's meets in our Seminar Room tonight at 6:30pm. They are open to visitors, so come by and check it out. Stuart Mortimer will be demonstrating.


Stuart Mortimer has been turning since 1969. He is an award winning, internationally known woodturner with a wide knowledge in many aspects of turning. His demonstrating and teaching skills are recognized world wide.

Our store is open until 8:00pm on Thursdays so you can do some shopping, too.


September 3, 2007

Starrett featured on the Travel Channel

John Ratzenberger of Cheer's fame now hosts a show featuring American manufacturers on The Travel Channel. You can see John Ratzenberger's Made in America on The Travel Channel Tuesdays at 9:00PM & 9:30PM (ET/PT).


In an upcoming episode, John's show is featuring one of our favorite companies - L.S. Starrett. It should be pretty interesting. Starrett makes the best measuring tools around. You can check out their press release about it here. The original air date is next Tuesday - September 12th. The Starrett press release lists some of the others.

Also check out the About the Show section of the John Ratzenberger's Made in America website, John Ratzenberger aspires to build wooden boats - good man.


August 16, 2007

Georgia Association of Woodturner's Meeting August 2007

The Georgia Association of Woodturner's meets in our Seminar Room tonight at 6:30pm. They are open to visitors, so come by and check it out. Dick Sing will be demonstrating. Click here for a list of Dick Sing's books available at Highland Woodworking.


Dick is a professional wood turner with a long list of accomplishments and an international reputation. Dick has demonstrated and taught across the United States and also in Australia and England. Dick has an extensive knowledge of woodturning, which he is always willing to share.

He has published 7 books on woodturning and has also written articles for Wood Magazine and The American Woodturner. Dick is now going to be a regular here in the Woodworking at Home Magazine.

Our store is open until 8:00pm on Thursdays so you can do some shopping, too.


August 9, 2007

Belt Sander Racing Fun at the AWFS Fair in Las Vegas

A couple of weeks ago, I went to the Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers (AWFS) fair in Las Vegas. It was a great show with lots of new products that you'll be seeing soon at Highland Woodworking.

The highlight of the weekend were the belt sander races on Friday afternoon.

People have been racing belt sanders for many years (you can find dozens of belt sander racing videos on YouTube.) The oldest racing organization is the New England Belt Sander Racing Association (NEBSRA.)

Now, Accuride is sponsoring the Belt Sander Racing Association (BSRA.)


I took some video at the races, but it turns out I'm not a very good cameraman and I was a bit too far away. You can see some of the better shots I got at the bottom, but I found this first video on YouTube. It is much better quality than my video and covers the most amazing run of the afternoon from a great perspective.

There was an enormous crowd on hand for the racing. So many people, in fact, that one of the exhibitors re-scheduled their press conference because everyone was at the belt sander races.


Here's my video.


July 21, 2007

Greetings from Las Vegas!


Hi everybody! I've just been to the AWFS fair in Las Vegas. I waiting board my plane - which is late. I'll be posting some updates from the show next week.


July 19, 2007

Georgia Association of Woodturner's Meeting July 2007

The Georgia Association of Woodturner's meets in our Seminar Room tonight at 6:30pm. They are open to visitors, so come by and check it out. Don Geiger will be demonstrating.


Don Geiger was born in Gainesville, Florida in 1953 and currently resides on ten acres near Newberry, Florida. He has been woodworking most of his life and started woodturning in 1999. He openly admits that woodturning is now his passion.
Don usually turns wood that is obtained locally and doesn't have to pay for it. He and fellow woodturning buddies help each other harvest wood from trees that are already down and would otherwise be burned or put into a land fill. He and his buddies are frequently asked: "What type of wood did you turn that piece out of?" The reply is usually, "Free!" He has turned numerous natural edge bowls, smooth edge bowls, lidded vessels, hollow forms, and Ikebana vases.

Our store is open until 8:00pm on Thursdays so you can do some shopping, too.


July 16, 2007

Don't Miss Highland Woodworking's Summer One-Day Sale!

Highland Woodworking Summer One Day Sale Saturday, July 21st
1045 N. Highland Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

Don’t miss our Summer Sale! We’ll have one-day specials throughout the store! There’s plenty of shops and eateries in the area for the entire family to enjoy, so bring the whole clan and come on down!

Directions to Our Store

July 4, 2007

Happy 4th!

Happy Fourth of July!!

We are closed for the holiday, and we hope that all of you enjoy your holiday! We'll be enjoying bbq and fireworks, too!


Happy Birthday USA!

While we're all celebrating our national anniversary, check out our Red Hot Specials for the Fourth!

The prices are great, but the quantities are limited. Don't miss the great deals on All-in-One Clamps.

Look for great deals on Leigh jigs and a great vintage give-away in the next few days!!!!


July 1, 2007

Holy Cow!!! Great new deals from Leigh Industries!!

Leigh Industries - the leader in precision, high quality woodworking jigs, has announced new lower prices for their most capable, most popular jigs!!

These are the best prices we've seen for a long time. Check our website for the new prices on the D4R Dovetail Jig and the FMT Frame, Mortise & Tenon jig.

What a great deal for Independence Day (even though they are Canadian)!!!!!

Check out the new Super Jigs for great deals! They are incredible jigs - not as versatile as the D4R , but they are close and much cheaper!

Check out Wood News for our Leigh Jig promotion next week.


June 21, 2007

Georgia Association of Woodturner's Meeting June 2007

The Georgia Association of Woodturner's meets in our Seminar Room tonight at 6:30pm. They are open to visitors, so come by and check it out. Jimmy Clewes will be demonstrating.


Jimmy is not your ordinary woodturner. Upon a first meeting one would think of him as a renegade, a free thinker and not within the stereotypical image of a woodturner. His charming British style, unending wit, creative mind and magnetic personality are only some of the attributes that make him popular in the woodturning demonstration circuit.

Our store is open until 8:00pm on Thursdays so you can do some shopping, too.


May 31, 2007

Virginia-Highland Summerfest

This weekend the Virgina-Highland Civic Association will be hosting Summerfest right here in our neighborhood. When you come in for woodworking supplies, take some extra time to check out the festival. For more information, click on the logo.


Summerfest celebrates the beginning of summer with diverse arts, great food, live musical performances and much more. The festival takes place along Virginia Avenue, in the heart of historic Virginia-Highland.

Voted the "Best Neighborhood Festival" in Creative Loafing and consistently revered by art professionals as one of the best artists' markets in the southeast, Summerfest is a great event for the entire family. Make sure you stick around and explore the unique shopping and eclectic dining throughout the Virginia-Highland neighborhood.

If you are coming in early to shop or take a class, be advised that there will be a 5K Fun Run in the neighborhood. Some streets will be blocked off from about 7:45am until about 9:00am. Click here for a map of the race route.


May 21, 2007

Highland Woodworking Rated "Best Hardware Store"!

The Sunday Paper, All You Need to Know

The Sunday Paper, an Atlanta alternative weekly newspaper which focuses on news, culture, entertainment and local events and issues, recently voted Highland Hardware (now known as Highland Woodworking) as the "Best Hardware Store"! In their May 13-19 issue, The Sunday Paper published the results of their 2007 Reader's Choice Awards, an annual compilation of local favorites, as voted upon by readers. The listing reads:

"A spot of Zen on an otherwise bustling street, Highland Hardware is a respite for burgeoning and expert woodworkers alike. Hardware staples are available, but it's the staff's know-how that transforms a trip to pick up a bandsaw into what feels like a homey chat with community crafts-people. The store also offers a variety of woodworking classes."

Although Highland Hardware started out 28 years ago as a local hardware and woodworking retailer, over the years we have grown to become exclusively an international purveyor of fine woodworking tools. In late 2006 we changed our name to Highland Woodworking to reflect our departure from a traditional hardware store inventory to a selection of specialized woodworking and finishing supplies, tools and educational programs. Our new name is a truer reflection of the nature of our offering and our position in the woodworking industry.

Directions to Highland Woodworking.

The Sunday Paper 2007 Reader's Choice Awards

May 2, 2007

Highland Woodworking Welcomes Back Toshio Odate

It is a rare privilege and a real delight to welcome Toshio Odate back to Highland Woodworking. We're honored to offer this rare opportunity to spend a aweekend learning and practicing with this eminent master.

It was just after giving his first class here in Nov. 1981 that Toshio began work on his first book, Japanese Woodworking Tools: Their Tradition, Spirit and Use, which has become an enduring classic both here and in Japan. Decades later, we welcome him as a renowned author, craftsman and sculptor.

These classes offer a unique opportunity to experience a wonderfully different culture and practice of woodworking, even as you learn about specific tools and practical techniques.

* BONUS! Receive a complimentary $15 Highland Woodworking Gift Certificate, good on any non-power tool purchase, when you enroll in either class! †

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April 24, 2007

ToolBank Tool Drive at Highland Woodworking's One Day Sale

ToolBank Tool Drive at Highland Woodworking's One Day Sale

Saturday, May 5th
9am - 4pm

Bring in your used & extra tools to donate to the community & receive a tax deduction!

The Atlanta Community ToolBank will be at our retail store during our Spring One Day Sale accepting tool donations for their Tool Library, the country's largest tool lending program. The ToolBank provides tools to Atlanta's nonprofit organizations for use in volunteer service projects. Don't miss this opportunity to clean out your shop & put your old tools to work for Atlanta!

Learn more about the ToolBank & Tool Drive

Visit the ToolBank website

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April 23, 2007

1948 Chevy Woody Comes Back to Life

The final goalHard as it may be to believe, it was once possible to buy an automobile whose body was made substantially out of wood. Yes, those old cars were known as Woodies, and today surviving specimens are both rare and priceless.

Sean Headrick, an Atlanta-area woodworker, is currently restoring the wooden bodywork on a dilapidated old 1948 Chevy Woody station wagon. On Saturday, June 16, he will demonstrate some of the special techniques he's using to reproduce the wooden components on this old automobile while explaining the many challenges involved in such a difficult undertaking.

This free event will begin at 10am at Highland Woodworking at 1045 N. Highland Avenue, NE in Atlanta. The June 16 demo is part of the store's outstanding Saturday Mornings at Highland series, a weekly experience that is free, fun and educational for anyone interested in woodworking. Topics will vary from week to week, ranging from refinishing furniture to sharpening tools to woodturning and carving and many other creative opportunities.

Visit Highland Woodworking for more information about the Saturday Mornings at Highland educational series.

For project photos, see Sean's blog at :

Read our Wood News Online interview with Sean and see a gallery of his work.

April 11, 2007

Women Woodworkers on the Rise in Atlanta

Women in WoodworkingAlthough men have historically dominated the craft of woodworking, half of all new woodworking hobbyists are women, according to recently published reports.

Highland Woodworking, formerly known as Highland Hardware, has taught woodworking classes in Atlanta for the past 30 years. Popularity among women has increased to the extent that it now offers classes specifically for budding female woodworkers.

Marilyn MacEwen, author of Woodworking 101 for Women: How to Speak the Language, Buy the Tools & Build Fabulous Furniture from Start to Finish, will appear at Highland Woodworking’s retail store on Saturday, April 14, 2007, to speak about this growing phenomenon, as well as to demonstrate some of the key hand tool techniques she recommends for women, including cutting dovetails, basic use of hand saws and planes, and using marking and measuring tools.

A professional woodworker since 1980, MacEwen builds furniture and home accessories at her studio in Fairview, North Carolina, where she draws upon her love of the forests, mountains, rivers and wildlife surrounding her home to inspire her unique furniture designs. Her customer base extends throughout the country and abroad.

The event on April 14 is part of an ongoing series of free demonstrations known as "Saturday Mornings at Highland". At 10 AM each Saturday of the year, the Virginia-Highland store offers a free, live, 90-minute demonstration of woodworking skills, tools and techniques presented by instructors from its knowledgeable staff, local woodworking clubs and guilds, manufacturer's representatives, guest authors, and others.

A schedule describing other upcoming Saturday Mornings at Highland is available online, or you may call the store at 404-872-4466 for information about the current week’s event. Each demonstration is free of charge, and no registration is necessary. Anyone interested in expanding skills and exploring new woodworking techniques is invited to drop in the store at 1045 N. Highland Avenue, NE in Atlanta any Saturday at 10 AM.

Directions to Highland Woodworking's retail store

March 30, 2007

Highland Woodworking Invited to The Home & Design Show

The Home & Design ShowThe national Home & Design Show, an event featuring remodeling, home improvement and decorating products and services, has invited Highland Woodworking to share our knowledge and passion about woodworking and fine furniture in their "Designs in Wood" booth.

There will be an interesting blend of work on display by Highland Woodworking employees, customers and friends, including Curtis Buchanan, Michael Gilmartin, Sean Headrick, Ken Mattie, Sabiha Mujtaba and Marion Smith. The eclectic mix of creations ranges from a reproduction of a late Colonial American table to pieces of contemporary "art furniture".

If you plan to be in the Atlanta area this weekend, come by the Cobb Galleria and enjoy the show. We’ll have our new spring catalog on hand featuring new products as well as upcoming classes and seminars. Be sure to check out future home and design events in other key markets near you such as Boston, San Diego, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Orlando, Vancouver and Toronto.

Atlanta Home & Design Show
Cobb Galleria
March 30 – April 1, 2007

March 27, 2007

New Red Hot Special!

New Red Hot Special!Don't miss the new Highland Woodworking Red Hot Special! Our popular Deluxe Router Bit Storage Box is featured at an unbeliveable price, but quantities are limited, so you'll have to act fast! Visit Highland Woodworking to order yours!

If you don't see the Red Hot Special icon on our homepage, that means we've sold out, so check back soon for our next item!

March 22, 2007

Chris Ramsay, Hat Turner

Turned Cowboy HatWhat a treat. At the Georgia Association of Woodturners March meeting here at the store, Chris Ramsay turned a cowboy hat out of sugar maple. Chris has been turning hats for years and “THE” George Bush has one of Chris’ hat. There was standing room only for Chris Ramsay's demonstration. Chris started with a 20” piece of sugar maple. He rounded it and started to cut it back so he could get a mirror frame, regular hat and a mini hat out of the same piece of wood. I took a lot of pictures so you could get an idea of how he turns it.

He uses a faceplate and a chuck and at first reverses several times before he starts to profile the outside of the hat. Once the brim is cut to less than 1/8" the crown is shaped. He leaves the top most attached to the faceplate and then reverses the hollow the inside so he can put it on a special chuck to finish the outside crown. The pictures don’t do justice to what the members got to see. Hope you enjoy the pictures and if you are ever in Atlanta on the third Thursday of the month, please drop by Highland Woodworking and join us for the woodturner's meeting. We always have a great demo. The meetings start at 6:30 PM, but you're welcome to come earlier to shop in our store.

Phil Colson

Watch Chris turn a hat in the video slideshow below!

March 21, 2007

The Great Hydrocote Brushing Controversy

The Great Hydrocote Brushing ControversyHydrocote products have been Highland Woodworking’s primary water-based finish for many years. Professionals and enthusiasts have come to rely on Hydrocote’s overall quality, durability and broad choice of supporting products. They make a polyurethane for floors and tables, a lacquer for general cabinet work and an exterior urethane for outdoor projects.

In Fine Woodworking’s Dec. 2006 issue (#187), Chris Minick wrote an excellent article on water-based finishes. A lot has changed with these finishes over the years, and they’ve done nothing but get better. In the article, the author applied all the test products with a brush and concluded that Hydrocote’s Resisthane was the best value. We’ve always said Resisthane makes a good choice for professionals because it’s inexpensive, extremely durable, dries very fast and doesn’t require a large investment in spray booth equipment.

The controversy began with a letter to the editor of Fine Woodworking in the April 2007 issue (#190). In the letter, a customer came to our store to purchase some Hydrocote Resisthane based on the review in the article in issue #187. On the can of Resisthane the customer read a warning not to apply the product with a brush because of the fast drying time. Chris Minick then replied that one could certainly brush waterborne finishes as long as you didn’t overwork the wet finish and allow it to flow out. We certainly agree with this assessment. The reason Hydrocote and Highland recommend spraying Resisthane is that it does dry fast. We have found over the years of taking technical calls and talking to end users that most folks who are new to water-based finishes don’t follow the instructions completely and tend to overwork the finish. Perhaps they are used to slower drying oil based finishes that require a bit of tipping off with the brush. Thus, they get poor results with water-based finishes. Consequently, we now carry a line of water-based finishes by Ceramithane that doesn’t dry as fast and flows out better when brushed on. Can you brush Resisthane? Of course, you can, but if you’re the type of person that likes to mess around with the finish after it’s on, then consider the slower drying Ceramithane.

Chris Black

March 20, 2007

A Little Note About Our Products and Some News About Blue Chip Chisels

Irwin Blue Chip ChiselsAlmost all of us who work here, including myself, are avid woodworkers. Needless to say, we love our tools. We take an active interest in making sure the stuff we sell works. If it’s expensive, we want the best. If it sells for less, we make sure it’s a good value. The bottom line is we want our friends, our customers, to be happy and enjoy our tools. So, we have things like a tech line and a fairly liberal return policy to make sure you get what you want. Another thing we do is we test our products. Product testing has been a tradition at Highland since day one. You’ve read our ad that says, “Our catalog gives you more than just manufacturer’s specs…” We really do take this stuff home, give it a go in our own shops and try to be as honest as possible with the copy in our catalog/web site.

A while ago, Irwin bought Marples, the maker of the famous Blue Chip Chisel. The Blue Chip has been a favorite at Highland for as long as anyone can remember. I still have my original set I bought as a carpenter’s apprentice. Blue Chips have always been what we consider a good value, fairly inexpensive tools for better than average quality. I have never broken a handle, though I’ll admit to occasionally bashing one with a framing hammer. There, no one saw. Irwin recently moved manufacture of the Blue Chips from Sheffield, England to China. Our current catalog went to print before we found out, so it still says "Made in Sheffield". We actually found out today (March 20, 2007), when a new batch arrived on our loading dock. As a result, I’ll take a set home, and once again give ’em a go. I just finished sharpening the set, and so far they still take a fine edge. Over the next week or so, I’ll see how they hold up and let you know. Thanks.

Chris Black

March 17, 2007

Saturday Mornings at Highland a Great Success!

Saturday Mornings at Highland a Great Success

On February 17, 2007, we began our Saturday Mornings at Highland educational program, a series of free woodworking demonstrations every Saturday morning here in our retail store. So far the response has been tremendous.

Our first Saturday featured our own Phil Colson turning toy tops. The crowd quickly overflowed to the second floor with folks watching over the balcony. Phil engaged the crowd with his easygoing manner, answering questions and then going back to the lathe. After teaching turning techniques, Phil switched over to decorating the tops with various pens, inks and finishes. A bunch of kids, young and old, left with some sample tops and having had a great time.

Visit Highland Woodworking for the full article.

March 14, 2007

Curtis Buchanan Windsor Chair Class Video

Peek in on Curtis Buchanan's week-long "Build a Windsor Chair" class held at Highland Woodworking in April 2006!

March 13, 2007

Don't Miss Highland Woodworking's Spring One Day Sale!

Highland Woodworking Spring One Day SaleSaturday, May 5th
1045 N. Highland Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

Come spend the day at Highland Woodworking for our Spring One Day Sale! We'll have free woodworking demonstrations throughout the day, free refreshments, door prizes and special in-store pricing on hundreds of items.

The shops and eateries here in Virginia-Highlands will keep your family fed and busy all day, so bring the whole clan and come on down! We won't have a tent, so there will be parking available in our lot.

Directions to Our Store

February 23, 2007

Saturday Mornings at Highland Woodworking

Saturday Mornings at Highland WoodworkingWe are excited to introduce a new educational series, Saturday Mornings at Highland, to complement our current class offerings. Beginning February 17, 2007, join us at our store in Virginia-Highlands on Saturday mornings at 10am EST for FREE, live demonstrations featuring a wide variety of woodworking skills, tools & techniques. These 1 to 1-1/2 hour-long demonstrations will feature our knowledgeable staff and instructors, local clubs & guilds, guest authors, and others. Upcoming events include woodturning, woodcarving, care & use of hand tools, joinery, book signings, an introduction to woodworking design software, and much, much more.

Please check the online schedule or the display in our store for updated schedules of coming events. Everyone is welcome to drop in - these demonstrations are free of charge. Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to expand your skills as well as explore new woodworking techniques!

See the Saturday Mornings at Highland Schedule

Directions to Our Store

January 2, 2007

New Year's Greetings from Highland Woodworking's Owner

Dear Woodworker,

As we approach our 30th year serving woodworkers, we at Highland Woodworking would like to thank you for your incredible support.

Years ago, the people who work here created a Vision Statement for our enterprise:

"Highland Woodworking is a Learning Community that fosters the Joy of Craftsmanship and a Passion for Excellence."

Whether it is seeking advice from the many woodworking experts on our staff, taking part in our workshops and seminars, or just browsing the huge resource of useful information contained in our excellent catalog, website and store, your participation and enthusiasm is what has made the work meaningful and worthwhile for us.

We welcome your presence in our Learning Community, and we especially welcome your visits, be they by phone, mail, the Internet or in person.

Best wishes for the coming year.


Chris Bagby, Owner & Founder
Highland Woodworking, Inc.

November 15, 2006

New Highland Woodworking Giveaway!

Enter for a Chance to Win a New Kind of Power Tool: an Apple® MacBook Pro Laptop!

Enter the Highland Woodworking New Kind of Power Tool Giveaway!

Visit Highland Woodworking starting Nov. 1st to Enter Our New Giveaway!

Computers are everywhere these days, but few woodworkers have realized their value in the design & layout of projects from the simplest jewelry box to the most complex piece of furniture. Highland Woodworking is now giving you the opportunity to win a new kind of power tool to take your woodworking to a new level!

Visit the Highland Woodworking website and enter for a chance to win:

  • 15" Apple MacBook Pro Laptop
  • Parallels Software & Windows XP Pro
  • SketchUp Pro 3D Design Software that is powerful, easy to learn & a blast to use. It's the perfect tool for your woodworking projects. Give it a try at
  • OtterBox Rugged Laptop Case
  • $100 Highland Woodworking Gift Certificate
  • Prize valued at over $3,000!

Registration opens Wednesday, November 1, 2006, and deadline for entry is 11:59pm ET on Sunday, December 31, 2006. Multiple entries are valid, so enter as many times as you like!

See Official Giveaway Rules & Guidelines

November 1, 2006

HemlockFest 2006

HemlockFest 2006 Press Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Forest Hilyer (706 265 5282) or

Murray Lamb (706 973 9067)

You can help Save the Hemlock Trees: Hemlockfest 2006

The Lumpkin Coalition (a non-profit 501c3 charitable organization) announced today the second annual Hemlockfest in North Georgia. Hemlockfest 2006 will be held at Starbridge (just one hour north of Atlanta near the historic town of Dahlonega) on November 3 & 4.

The survival of hemlocks is being threatened by the woolly adelgid, an aphid like insect introduced from Asia and now spreading through the north Georgia forests. This benefit will raise funds and awareness to help save these magnificent trees that arguably define southern Appalachia and keep our rivers cool enough to sustain such temperature-sensitive species as trout and crayfish. 100% of donations/proceeds from the festival will go toward advancing the hemlocks defense against the woolly adelgid. Our efforts last year contributed significantly to the establishment of a beetle (which prey on the adelgids) rearing lab at the University of Georgia.

FireDance as well as Music from such genres as singer songwriter, bluegrass, Celtic rock, and jam band will be performed. Family and child activities will also take place and food, drink, and t-shirts will be available for purchase. "Terrapin Brewing Company" from Athens, Ga. will team up with "The Crimson Moon" from Dahlonega, Ga. to offer a wonderful selection of food and drink.

Tickets for the two day two night (primitive camping option available) festival range in price from free (for those under the age of 15) to the pre-sale prices of $15 for Friday, $20 for Sat, $30 for both days (add $5 for each night of camping and another $5 to each day for last minute gate price). Special student rates are available with ID.

Donations and/or ticket purchase (100% tax deductible) may be made in the forms of check or money order and made out to -Lumpkin Coalition- and mailed to 3865 Dawsonville Hwy, Dahlonega Ga. 30533, or by credit card through a pay-pal service at the following website: Tickets will also be made available at various locations around Dahlonega TBA.

For directions or further information (on the hemlock/woolly adelgid issue, the bands, ticketing, where to make donations, how you can help, etc.) please visit our website at or e-mail us at: You may also call: Forest Hilyer at 706-265-5282 or Murray Lamb at 706-973-9067.

The Lumpkin Coalition is a 100% volunteer nonprofit 501c3 charitable organization that formed in 2005 to address issues concerning North Georgia, Lumpkin County, and its residents. We are dedicated to preserving quality of life for all those who share it. To this end we support the preservation of a clean and healthy environment, responsible living, and responsible growth.

October 15, 2006

Woodturner's Bandsaw Blade Kudos

Hello Highland Woodworking,

Recently I purchased some of your Woodturner's Bandsaw Blades, plus a few new items to help rebuild my 15 year old Delta 14" bandsaw. As a professional woodturner-studio artist I just wanted to pass along my observations: namely, these are the absolute BEST bandsaw blades for woodturners. Over my 25+ years of woodturning I have tried them all, every brand, every configuration including carbide tipped (very expensive but nice) ... but these are incredible. I just mounted one and began trimming a fresh chuck of green ambrosia maple, very wet and heavy. The blade never stalled, never even whimpered ... and I am sometimes a bit aggressive.

Add to this the rapid response time from your store and the fast delivery, and you can mark me a VERY satisfied customer.

Please feel free to use this as an endorsement or recommendation or whatever. I have already passed along the info to several other woodturners I know and I expect some of them to also switch to your blades. Keep up the good work!

Dick G.
AAW Honorary Lifetime Member

October 1, 2006

Highland Woodworking In-Store Event

Highland Woodworking

Don't Miss Our In-Store Fall Tool Sale!

Saturday, October 14
9:00am to 5:00pm

One-day specials throughout the store!
Free Refreshments!
Prize Drawings

Frank BowersFree Demos
(Approximately 1 hour long - space limited, so come early!)

  • 9:30am - Turning Relaxed
  • 10:00am - Raised Panels on the Tablesaw
  • 10:30am - Skew Chisel Techniques
  • 11:00am - Creating a Colonial Finish with Milk Paint
  • 11:30am - Making a Baseball Bat on the Lathe
  • 12:00pm - Finishing Myths Dispelled
  • 1:00pm - Build Two Essential Tablesaw Jigs
  • 2:00pm - Hand Tool Joinery Techniques

Chris BlackWe invite you to spend a festive day at Highland Woodworking as we host our semi-annual Tool Sale. We will have sale pricing, free refreshments, free demonstrations & door prizes. The wealth of restaurants & shops in Virginia Highlands wil keep the whole family fed and entertained, so pack everybody in the car & come on down! We won't have a tent, so we'll have parking available in our lot.

We're easy to find, about 3 miles from the heart of downtown Atlanta, Georgia and only a couple of miles from the three interstates in the area.

Directions To Highland Woodworking

September 15, 2006

Turning Contest Winners Announced

Scratch Awl Turning Contest Winners

We are pleased to announce the winners of the Highland Woodworking Scratch Awl Turning Contest. We had such a tough time judging the last contest that this time we let YOU join in the fun and pick the winners this week via an online voting form.

Due to the slim margin between the two contestants receiving the most votes, we decided to award prizes to both of the top two entries. You picked:

  • 1st Place (with 28% of votes): Brian Watson, Dawsonville, GA - $50 Gift Certificate

  • 2nd Place (with 23% of votes): Kathleen Kruse, Covina, CA - $35 Gift Certificate

Thanks to all who participated!

See all the entries in Highland Woodworking's Turning Contest Gallery

September 1, 2006

Mid West Tool Collectors Association Meeting

Just wanted to let everyone know that the fall semi-annual Mid West Tool Collectors Association meeting will be held on October 26 - 28, 2006 in Chattanooga TN at the Holiday Inn Choo Choo. We are expecting over 400 people to attend.

This meeting will include great programs, a lot of tool buying & selling, incredible displays, an auction, a What's It session and fellowship with others that share an interest in antique/traditional tools. The meeting begins on Thursday with the famous parking lot sale that starts when you still need a flashlight. On Friday, we move inside to a large trade room through noon on Saturday. Early Saturday afternoon there is an auction. All during this time, there are programs of interest for both men and women.

You have to be a member of M-WTCA to attend. All M-WTCA members should have already received a registration package. This year, members can also select the Saturday Only Option which only allows access to the trade room, What's It session and auction on Saturday.

If you are not a member and want to attend, you have two alternatives. First you can join now and attend all three days by going to the website at and getting an application and mailing it in ASAP. Let me know and I will get you a registration form and let those running the meeting know you plan to attend. This must be done now to avoid a late registration fee.

A second alternative for non-members is to attend on Saturday only. If you join at the door (starts at 7:00 am) for the normal $25 yearly membership fee, you will get in to the Saturday activities (trade room, What's It session, displays and auction) plus be a full member through 2007. This is a great way to find out what M-WTCA has to offer and experience an incredible day of "tooling". If you are within 250 miles of Chattanooga, why not consider making this trip, as it will be one you won't forget.

If you have any further questions, please contact me at or call 919 828-2754.

Hope to see you in Chattanooga,
Ed Hobbs