Highland Staff

Oct 292020

In the October 2020 issue of Wood News, Char Miller-King interviews Victoria Kim, a fellow woodworker from Georgia whose woodworking combines her incredible oil painting skills with her passion for building.

This month’s feature is a hidden gem in my book. She brings a unique set of skills to the table that were developed in her home country, Korea, combining her oil painting skills and intense passion for building. Victoria Kim of Kingsland, Georgia, and owner of The Fine Rustic is the epitome of artistic inspiration for both men and women.

Click here to read more about Victoria Kim’s impressive creations

Oct 272020

In the October 2020 issue of Wood News, Temple Blackwood shows us how to turn an ancient and well-used carver’s mallet in different sizes and weights.

One day following an email inquiry exchange, a new friend travelled some distance to bring me several fresh-cut, large logs of apple, a gift-in-trade. In the course of our conversation, I learned that the tree had been a favorite of his late grandfather and that he hoped I would replicate his grandfather’s ancient and well-used carver’s mallet in different sizes/weights from some of the logs so he could use them in his own carving.

Click here to read how Temple turned the mallets

Oct 222020

In the October 2020 issue of Wood News, Norm Reid reviews Christopher Williams’s book Good Work – The Chairmaking Life of John Brown.

Good Work – The Chairmaking Life of John Brown is a book that, when I first laid my hands on it, I was not so sure I would want to read. Or more to the point, I was pretty sure it was a book I could let pass me by. After all, I had just read another book about an English woodworking magazine columnist and more of the same did not seem especially appealing. But I picked up this book somewhat reluctantly, perhaps because it’s a beautiful book, and then something unexpected happened. I got hooked, on the book, yes, but especially on John Brown the man.

Click here to read the rest of Norm’s review of Good Work – The Chairmaking Life of John Brown

Oct 212020

In the short video below, Jim Dillon demonstrates the use of a simple side clamp honing guide, explaining how to use it to sharpen your hand tools consistently and repeatably. This honing guide plus many other useful sharpening tools are available at Highland Woodworking.

Oct 152020

In the October 2020 issue of Wood News, Jim Randolph returns for an issue to share some quick tips on setting up and using the Bora Centipede.

My new 4′ x 8′ Bora Centipede needed a workout, so I stretched it to its limits and went looking for a sheet of plywood to place on top. What? What kind of woodshop doesn’t have a full sheet of plywood? That’s OK, a partial sheet will give me all the flat surface I need.

Click here to read the rest of Jim’s article on using the Bora Centipede in the Sticks-In-The-Mud Woodshop.

Oct 132020

In the September 2020 episode of The Highland Woodworker, Chuck looks at the Festool Kapex KS 120 Miter Saw with Stand and Extensions. He demonstrates setup, explains the Miterfast, built-in holddowns and the UG Mobile Miter Station, just a few of the details that would make the Kapex a great addition to any workshop.

Take a look at the video below and see if this Miter Saw setup is the right one for your shop!

Order a Festool Kapex with Stand and Extensions by October 31, 2020 and save $465!

Oct 082020

In the October 2020 issue of Wood News, Bob Rummer unpacks a collection of shop-made tools from his Great Grandpa’s toolbox, and it led him to reflect on the connection between toolmaking and woodworking.

One reason we make tools is to meet the special demands of unique projects. As a luthier, Grandpa Burnham made a lot of scrapers. Hacksaw blades seldom went in the trash, they were cut up and turned into tiny knives and scrapers for particular tasks. He modified his drill press to rough out body blanks and to precisely gauge the thickness of complex curves. In his shop there were drawers full of custom clamps made from dowels and bolts (you can never have too many clamps) as well as a special jig for re-hairing bows. In many cases these were not tools you could go buy at the store. Grandpa had an intimate knowledge of the woodworking tasks involved in creating instruments. He also had a knowledge of the principles of tool design and function. His specialized tools made his work more efficient and precise.

Click here to read the rest of Bob’s article on the making your own woodworking tools.