Highland Staff

Feb 232021

For the February 2021 issue of Wood News Online, Temple Blackwood shares his opinion on turning multiples:

The most typical questions asked by my woodturning students and demonstration bystanders regard turning multiple copies of the same design. “Do you get bored?” “How do you sustain your attention?” “Are they really the same?” “What is the challenge?”

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Feb 182021

Almost everybody knows that the “proper” way to install a router bit is to bottom it out in the collet, then withdraw it 1/16″ to 1/8″ before tightening the collet nut. Almost nobody, however, knows why. We’ve never seen an owner’s manual divulge the secret, and we’ve seen the real story in print only once or twice in the last twenty years. The stuff you have heard is almost certainly hogwash: you pull the bit back to reduce vibration, or to decrease heat transfer into the motor spindle, or perhaps to keep fairy dust from getting in your eyes. Even though such things actually show up in print from time to time, they’re entirely nonsensical.

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Feb 172021

In the February 2021 issue of Wood News Online, Bob Rummer discusses the history of the wood that was used to build the Resolute Desk in The White House, and then related it to his own projects, considering how the wood he uses often has a past history of its own.

The story of the object may not be the wood as much as the making. I have fretwork pieces made by a great-great uncle carefully labeled by my Grandma – “Made by Uncle Newt.” For me they are a priceless connection to a woodworking tradition and a story that matters to me.

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Feb 112021

For the February 2021 issue of Wood News Online, Norm Reid reviewed The Anarchist’s Workbench:

The Anarchist’s Workbench, the third of Christopher Schwarz’s series, is the most complete treatment of workbench experience available. At its base, it’s a thorough personal review of the good, the bad, and the ugly of the author’s experience in building workbenches.

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Feb 092021

For the February 2021 issue of Wood News Online, Char interviews Sarah Lynn, the self-proclaimed “when I have time for it” woodworker who brings the outdoors into her craft by creating beautiful mountain art.

When you live in Canada one of the privileges is the beauty of the snow topped mountains and breathtaking winter wonderland views. The majestic scenery can invoke inspiration into each one of Sarah’s pieces.

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Feb 042021

For the February 2021 issue of Wood News Online, Andrew Miller wrote an article about making his own Roubo hollows and rounds after stumbling on L’Art Du Menuisier:

From “the old hag’s tooth” to a Holtey masterpiece, the hand plane is arguably the most captivating tool in woodworking. It has been around for thousands of years, and during that time it has transfigured trees into fine furniture a few thousandths at a time.

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Jan 282021

For the January 2021 issue of Wood News Online, Bob Rummer shares his thoughts and philosophies on what he calls “the dreaming part” of creating a project, which is where the designing and planning takes place all in your head before the first sketch is even made.

I heard someone call the design and planning stage the “dreaming part.” Somewhere, someone has an idea of something they want made. For example, I saw a documentary on penguins and thought, “I love the cute way they waddle — I want to make a child’s push toy that will waddle just like a real penguin.” I can see it in my head.

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