Highland Staff

Apr 142021

For the April 2021 issue of Wood News Online, Bob Rummer discussed how he thinks about restoring broken pieces:

My Grandpas knew a lot about how to restore broken things. Grandpa Rummer was the furniture doctor. He repaired, refinished, and re-upholstered countless pieces that are now cherished heirlooms. Grandpa Burnham repaired and restored musical instruments, including a violin that its owner accidentally shot with a handgun. My broken stool led me to reflect on the process of un-breaking things.

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Apr 082021

For the April 2021 issue of Wood News Online, Temple Blackwood wrote about strategies for getting the younger generation involved in woodworking:

As many of us age into emerging responsibilities of family seniority, we have time and inclination to reflect on our own experiences, family traditions, and stories of our own “amazing” and “impressive” adventures of the past. If we are lucky, we have opportunities to share these tales with our younger generation relatives and their friends, an important transmission of passing along oral history, family values, identity building, and family pride. But the competition for grabbing today’s children’s time and attention is stiff, and it is essential to have “a gimmick” that will attract them and sustain their desire to participate.

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Mar 242021

For the March 2021 issue of Wood News Online, Norm Reid reviewed Country Woodcraft: Then and Now:

What we have here is an unusual book. Country Woodcraft: Then and Now is the second edition of a long recognized classic, a pioneer in its field, a welcome re-release for a new readership and, most likely, the old readership as well. Normally, a second edition incorporates revisions and new material and blends it with the original content so the changes are seamless and therefore unrecognizable. That’s not what Langsner has done here.

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Mar 102021

In the March 2019 episode of The Highland Woodworker, Chuck took a look at the impressive support and dust collection provided by the Leigh VRS1200 Vacuum & Router Support for PORTER-CABLE 4200 Series Dovetail Jigs.

Take a look at the video below and see if the VRS1200 Vacuum and Router Support is the right tool for your shop!

Mar 042021

For the March 2021 issue of Wood News Online, Bob Rummer addresses different types of learning. He then discusses how each type of learning affects your woodworking skills over time:

One of my earliest lessons in the shop is marked by a thin white line across the back of my left thumb. Through pain and injury, I learned to appreciate the value of good workholding devices. They say, “Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first and the lesson afterwards.” Experience is also the best teacher. Once was enough.

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Mar 012021

The Wikipedia definition of Woodworking is “the activity or skill of making items from wood, and includes cabinet making, wood carving, joinery, carpentry, and woodturning.” Based on this definition, woodworkers are made up of a variety of different people: cabinetmakers, woodcarvers, carpenters, woodturners, and many others.

This month, we want to know how you classify yourself (or if you even do) when it comes to woodworking? Maybe you dabble in a bit of everything and overall you just consider yourself a woodworker. Or maybe you focus solely on lathe work and are just a woodturner.

If your answer isn’t among the options, please choose ‘Other’ and write it in!

Feb 252021

For the January 2021 issue of Wood News Online, Norm Reid writes about one of his favorite woodworking projects: making wooden boxes. When his friend offered him some rustic looking wood, Norm got creative and used it in his box making.

Recently, a friend tore out a fence where he works and saved me a small pile of the boards he recovered. Mostly they are red oak, with a few chestnut oak boards in the mix. Though they had been in place for years, the interiors of the boards were still quite solid. I decided to put this wood to use making small boxes that display the untouched exterior.

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