Highland Staff

Feb 172022

For the February 2022 issue of Wood News Online, Morgan Amos describes his unusual workbench setup:

While there are a plethora of resources and examples of workbenches, this article is intended for those who want to resurrect and economically work with what they have to produce an unconventional workhorse.

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Feb 102022

The Sjobergs Smart Workstation Pro is a great workbench solution for the space or budget challenged woodworker. The bench top clamps to nearly any counter or table. The work surface is made from solid beech. It won’t replace a full workbench, but you can definitely hold a drawer side or front in it to make hand-cut dovetails, and it is great for projects where you can’t be in your workshop.

Take a closer look at the Sjobergs Smart Workstation Pro

Feb 082022

For the February 2022 issue of Wood News Online, Bob Rummer reflects on the amount of physical labor once required before the invention of power tools:

Eric Sloane, in his book A Reverence for Wood, says that only when we can look at objects from the past through a craftsman’s eyes, understanding what went into making the object, can we truly begin to appreciate both the people and the object. So let’s take a trip to Opelika, Alabama. In Municipal Park there is a little covered bridge over Rocky Brook. It is one of only 11 historic covered bridges left in the state. Take a closer look, do you think you could make this?

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Feb 032022

For the February 2022 issue of Wood News Online, Norm Reid reviewed Make a Chair From a Tree – 3rd Edition, by Jennie Alexander:

Make a Chair from a Tree is a very special book. It is, in some ways, a typical how-to-build-it guide to constructing a green wood chair. And if that was all it was, it would be a meritorious addition to woodworking literature. For within its pages you will find valuable tips on preparing green lumber and fashioning it into a now-iconic chair form. But this volume represents much more than that. Let me explain.

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Jan 272022

This week we released the January 2022 episode of The Highland Woodworker, this time featuring woodcarver Randy Walters! We get to see some of Randy’s incredible relief carvings, and he even demonstrates some of his techniques.

John Doyle from Popular Woodworking offers a great tip for anyone who has been frustrated trying to use paper patterns.

And Chuck took a closer look at the Elipse Integra P100 Dust Mask with Eye Protection, a fantastic dust mask that now includes eye protection. It is a great solution for woodturners who want dust protection and eye protection without the cumbersome interference of a dust mask and a face shield or safety glasses.

If you have been looking for something new to watch, sit back and enjoy another great episode!

Jan 252022

For the January 2022 issue of Wood News Online, Temple Blackwood followed up on his previous article about turning a proper nut bowl. This time he demonstrated how to make a companion nut hammer to go with it:

The holidays here at home, as well as in the shop, included a full opportunity for visitors to enjoy cracking and eating an assortment of nuts – walnuts, pecans, peanuts, and more – in the new “butternut” nut bowl that was featured in last month’s column.

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