Apr 272016


As I have said before, my wife is constantly insisting that I have three of every woodworking tool ever invented. Of course that’s not true. There are many of them that I only have two of. (However, at last count I had 37 different chisels, 28 pairs of pliers and 19 sharpening stones.) Now please understand; I’m not one of those tool- collector guys who own lots of shiny new tools – but hardly ever makes anything with them. I assure you, all of my tools are well used – I usually have about five or six projects going at any one time – and all are kept sharp and ready to use at a moment’s notice.

In addition, I also have a usual complement of power tools – table saw, drill press, lathe, band saw, etc, etc. Not to mention all sorts of sanding, clamping, gluing, and finishing supplies and other goodies.

So what’s the problem?

Well, it’s this.

I was 86 years old on my last birthday in October. I’m still active and going strong and I keep saying that I plan to live forever. (So far, so good.) But I also know that one of these days, those tools will need to be looking for a good home – preferably with someone who will both appreciate them and use them with the care and love that I have.

I figure that my collection is worth somewhere around $30,000 and one option would be for my wife to sell them and enjoy the proceeds. Trouble is, she surely doesn’t know the value of most of them and wouldn’t know their fair market value. And it would make me turn over in my grave to have her sell one of my $45.00 chisels for 25¢ at a garage sale to some guy who would turn around and sell it for $2.00 at a swap meet.

Of course I’m sure someone will ask, “Why not pass the collection along to your children?” Neither of my grown children would be interested. Neither would any of my step-sons.

It has also occurred to me that another perhaps even better idea would be for her to donate the entire lot to some school or organization that would put it to good use training the future woodworkers of America.

I would love to hear from some of my fellow woodworkers out there about their ideas or suggestions for solving my problem. Thanks in advance.

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Apr 192016

The Festool Roadshow came through Atlanta, GA last Friday, April 15th and setup in our parking lot at Highland Woodworking for a day full of Festool demonstrations, giveaways, education and more!

The Festool Truck arrived at Highland Woodworking at 8pm the night before the Roadshow

The Festool Truck drove through the narrow streets of Virginia Highlands and arrived at Highland Woodworking at 8pm the night before the Roadshow


Festool Roadshow truck driver Eric Wilfong utilized the help of several Roadshow staff members blocking traffic on the street to squeeze his 70-plus foot long rig into the narrow entrance to our parking lot.


The weather was perfect for the event and we had a great turnout throughout the day! Over 100 people stopped by the event!


Chris Bagby, owner and CEO of Highland Woodworker, was there to greet everyone who attended.


The Festool Roadshow truck was an attraction within itself!


The truck opens up into a giant floorspace which allows the set-up for different Festool demonstration stations.


A birds-eye view from the roof of Highland Woodworking

Several members of the Festool show staff were on hand to give demonstrations of all of the different Festool tools, as well as answer any questions. The staff in attendance were Larry Smith, Allen Kensley, Georg von dem Bussche, Jeff Covey, and Robert Hatfield.

Robert Hatfield discussing the new Festool CT SYS HEPA Systainer Dust Extractor

Robert Hatfield discussing the new Festool CT SYS HEPA Systainer Dust Extractor


Robert Hatfield demonstrating the Festool CT SYS HEPA Systainer Dust Extractor that comes with a convenient over-the-shoulder strap


The crowd gathers around Allen Kensley who demonstrates the Festool TS 55 REQ Plunge Cut Track Saw


The Festool Roadshow was a great chance for people to test out any of the Festool tools and learn how to use them.



Jeff Covey demonstrating the Festool OF 1400 EQ Router


Every Festool you buy comes in a convenient systainer that is easy to carry, pack up, and helps to keep your shop tools organized!

In the middle of the event, Highland Woodworking had a drawing where 1 lucky attendee, Doug Frey, took home the Grand Prize of a $300 Highland Woodworking Gift Certificate.


Doug Frey, winner of our in-store giveaway standing in our Festool department at Highland Woodworking.

At 2pm it was time to close up shop. It was very interesting to watch them “tear-down” and get everything ready to move along to the next stop in Nashville, TN. They were even able to put the Festool CT SYS HEPA Systainer Dust Extractor to work in order to clean up all of the day’s dust and shavings.






Allen Kensley cleaning up after the day’s demonstrations with the Festool CT SYS HEPA Systainer Dust Extractor

To see more photo’s from the Festool Roadshow at Highland Woodworking, checkout our Facebook Photo Album.

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Apr 082016
Making a Few Unique Walking Sticks

For the past several years I have been forced to start using a walking stick for better balance and stability. When people ask, I tell them that I get unsteady when I drink too much. That usually stops any further questioning. The first one that I made was a salvaged branch from our backyard apricot tree that finally […]

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Apr 042016
POLL: What's On Your "Workshop Playlist?"

The germ of this post comes from Steven Johnson.  You’ve heard of him.  If not, get to know him by clicking here to learn more about the Down To Earth Woodworker. Steve wanted to know what music you and I have on our “workshop playlists,” what music puts us in the mood for woodworking and […]

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Apr 032016
Tips from Sticks in the Mud – April 2016 Tip #2 - Sock Protection

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.” This is actually a Steven Johnson trick, but I’m pretty sure he gave it to me because he knows I’m constitutionally […]

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Apr 022016
Tips from Sticks in the Mud – April 2016 - Tip #1 - A Thumbscrew Loosening Mechanism

Welcome to “Tips From Sticks-In-The-Mud Woodshop.” I am a hobbyist, not a professional, someone who loves woodworking, just like you do. I have found some better ways to accomplish tasks in the workshop and look forward to sharing those with you each month, as well as hearing your problem-solving ideas. I’m not sure whether this […]

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Apr 012016

This weekend, Atlanta is hosting a bunch of woodworkers in town for The Woodworking Show. Highland Woodworking is sharing a booth with SawStop, so if you’re at the show, be sure to stop by and say hello! A few of the show-going woodworkers are also taking advantage of our store’s nearby location and checking it […]

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