May 212015

mayhwtWe’ve hit a milestone with The Highland Woodturner: 50 issues!

This month’s 50th issue focuses on the educational aspect of woodturning with several authors sharing their love of teaching.

This month’s issue includes:

Making a Tapered Reamer– Curtis Turner has begun the journey toward making his own Windsor Chair and to start, he has made his own tapered reamer. In this article he discusses the different steps he took to create this project.

Celebrating Woodturning by Teaching– Temple Blackwood celebrates our 50th issue by sharing his love of teaching. He discusses his teaching process for a first time woodturner and the process of turning a ceremonial gavel.

Show Us Your Woodturning– This month we are sharing the beautifully turned bowls created by Jeff Greenberg. On many of his bowls Jeff incorporates beautiful inlay designs and colors.

Phil’s Turning Tip– This month Phil’s tip is to take a turning class, whether it be at Highland Woodworking, John Campbell Folk School, or get some instruction from your local woodturning guild.

All of this and more in our 50th issue of The Highland Woodturner!

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May 202015

In honor of the recent publication of Virtuoso -The Tool Cabinet and Workbench of Henry O. Studley, an in-depth examination of one of the most beautiful woodworking tool chests ever constructed, we are having  a contest!

For your chance to win a FREE copy of this highly in-demand publication, all you have to do is submit a photo of your own “tool organization system” with a brief description. Now, we understand that not everybody has a tool chest like Studley, or maybe you don’t even have an actual tool chest and that’s okay! For the purposes of this contest, we want you to submit a photo of how you organize your tools. Whether it is in a tool chest like Studley’s, a tool box, a cabinet drawer, your mother’s heirloom dresser, or a plastic storage box, we want to see it!

The H.O. Studley Tool Cabinet

The H.O. Studley Tool Cabinet

The winner will be chosen by our resident blogger, Terry Chapman, so if you need to find ways to impress him, feel free to read any of his past blogs to find out his likes and dislikes.

You can either post your photos as comments on this blog entry, or email them to

Contest ends on May 31st, 2015 at 11:59pm EDT. Let us know if you have any questions and GOOD LUCK!

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May 192015
Snakes And Wood In The Unlikeliest Of Places

You just thought I screamed when I saw the baby possum. When I looked up and saw this snake skin in the un-likeliest of places, I immediately froze. Standing on a ladder, it reminded me of when I worked in microwave communications electronics.  Our teachers always told us, “It’s not the big voltage that will kill you.  You’ll […]

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May 072015
The May 2015 issue of Wood News Online

This month we’ve got a brand new issue of Wood News Online full of woodworking project ideas, woodworking tips, and more! This month’s projects include: Constructing a Quilt Storage Rack– Forrest Bonner created a Sara-Style Quilt Rack design in Sketchup and then used that design to build the actual rack for a friend of his. […]

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May 052015
Tips from Sticks in the Mud - May Tip #2 - Reusing Disposable Gloves

No Southern-fried Southern boy wants to be called a Yankee, but we share the characteristics of shrewdness and thrift.  Thus, each month we include a money-saving tip.  It’s OK if you call me “cheap.”  Here is an old glove trick straight from the surgical suite.  Back in the day, before latex, surgical gloves were resterilized […]

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