Highland Staff

Apr 302021
 

Maine is very special to the Bagby family, owners of Highland Woodworking, for a number of reasons. Not only is it home to Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, but it is where Molly Bagby first learned how to cut a dovetail at the Center For Furniture Craftsmanship. It also happens to be where the Appalachian Trail ends, a hike that owner, Chris Bagby, has completed several times. Starting this Summer, Maine is getting a new woodworking school, the Maine Coast Workshop, which will be focused on Traditional 18th Century woodworking and carving, with an emphasis on hand tools.

Founder, William Francis Brown, had the following to say about why he wanted to start a woodworking school, particularly in Maine where there is already an abundance of fine woodworking education:

“When I started thinking about starting traditional woodworking classes, focusing on 18th century tools and techniques, I had to consider that there are a number of craft schools out there and the Maine coast happens to have a particularly high concentration.  Would another school be viable?  Fortunately, my areas of interest happen to provide a niche that dovetails and nicely complements the other surrounding schools.  Peter Korn’s ‘Center For Furniture Craftsmanship‘ is 15 minutes away.  I’ve taken classes there over the years and am a big supporter and admirer of his school.  Their multi-acre campus focuses more on contemporary work and longer-term apprenticeships.  The focus of Kenneth and Angela Kortemeier’s wonderful ‘Maine Coast Craft School‘, an hour away in Bristol, ME, is primarily green woodworking and strictly hand-tool work. The Shelter Institute in Woolwich teaches post-and-beam home construction; The Apprenticeshop in Rockland focuses on traditional boatbuilding.”

“We welcome all skill levels from complete beginners to advanced professionals.  Suggested skill level for each class will be clearly marked in the descriptions. Class size will be as small as 5 students in order to maximize one-on-one time with the instructors.  So, in sum, our focus is traditional hand-tool techniques, small class size, world-class instruction, and classes for all skill levels.  I am very proud of the quality of teachers this first year: it’s a veritable who’s who of world-class makers and carvers.” 

Some of this year’s teachers include Mary May, Matt Kenney, Alf Sharp, among many other talented woodworkers who will be offering a variety of classes that can be found on the Maine Coast Craft School’s schedule of upcoming classes.

If the Bagby family makes it back to Maine again this Summer, maybe you’ll find them at one of these great new classes!

Apr 292021
 

For the April 2021 issue of Wood News Online, Norm Reid reviewed James Krenov: Leave Fingerprints:

James Krenov is a man who, to woodworkers at least, needs no introduction. And yet, the life of this iconic cabinetmaker and teacher contains far more richness than is generally understood. Though he seldom spoke in detail about his upbringing and the influences that led him to working in wood, there was a time when Krenov toyed with the idea of an autobiography. It would, no doubt, have been a fascinating addendum to what his writings reveal about the inside of his mind. But it was not to be. Fortunately, Brendan Bernhardt Gaffney has done the next best thing by providing a richly detailed exposition of Krenov’s life and work in this book, James Krenov: Leave Fingerprints.

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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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