Highland Staff

Dec 182018

Lost Art Press has really upped their game this year in the variety of books they are releasing. We were especially excited to see this book on crafting utensils, given the current spoon carving craze. Norm Reid read the book and reviewed it for us:

In this brilliant little book, Slojd in Wood, Jögge Sundqvist provides a complete course in crafting utensils and other useful items from wood. Though the Swedish term slöjd may at first be off-putting to English-speaking readers, it needn’t be. Slöjd refers to crafty and traditional ways of working with hand tools to make functional and decorative items for around the house and homestead. The term itself derives from the word slög, meaning artful or clever. Slöjd is a practice that has evolved from centuries-old traditional practices of self-sufficiency that can be applied to many types of raw materials. Here, Sundqvist shows how to craft items from his chosen medium, wood.

Click here to read the rest of Norm’s review

Click here to purchase your own copy of Slojd in Wood

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Dec 132018

I think we can all agree this world would be a little better off with more woodworkers, right? All of the skills we learn from woodworking – self-reliance, persistence, planning, hand-eye coordination, the ability to problem-solve, are useful in many areas of our lives.

If you aren’t sure what gift to get the non-woodworker on your list this year, maybe it is time to try and convert them to a woodworker? At Highland, we’ve got ideas for all tool categories at economy and premium level pricing, so you can find the right gift for anyone who might like to learn to work wood.

Take a look and find the perfect gift for the aspiring woodworker in your life

Dec 112018

Christopher Schwarz has noticed a trend in some sections of the woodworking world: otherwise capable woodworkers struggle when it comes to using their hand tools, even when their tools are of the highest quality. Chris thinks he knows why that might be the case.

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Nov 202018

Not all of us have beautiful natural light pouring through the windows of our shop. And even if you do, you may still need more light in your shop. The sun does go down at the end of the day, after all, and we aren’t always done with our woodworking by sunset! If you are looking for a great light to shine on your woodworking, the Flex Arm Magnetic LED Work Light might be just what you are looking for.

Matthew Morris walks us through the key features of this flexible work light and shows off some of the convenient ways you can use it around your shop.

Click to find out more about the Flex Arm Magnetic LED Work Light, available at Highland Woodworking.

Nov 152018

We are excited to present the brand new fifth issue of Mortise & Tenon Magazine! Take a look at what Norm Reid had to say about it:

Once again, Joshua Klein and his co-editor Michael Updegraff have brought forth an eclectic and engaging gathering of articles about matters woodworking in Mortise & Tenon Magazine, Issue 5. As is their wont, the articles range widely in scope, emphasizing an historical perspective, with nary an electron-powered device in sight. While respect for tradition is evident throughout the issue, missing is the explicit attention to conservation and preservation that was evident in prior issues. Also missing is any attempt to present a how-to-do-it approach to our art and craft. What remains, though, is delightful and inspiring, as well as a darn good read.

Click here to read the rest of Norm’s review

Click here to purchase your own copy of Mortise & Tenon Magazine

Nov 132018

We all love spending time in our workshops, but what if we could make our shop a little nicer to be in by adding a couple of capable accessories? Listening to some music or a sports game would certainly make that sanding task go by more quickly. And a brightly lit space is much more enjoyable than a dark, poorly lit shop.

The Festool Sysrock and Festool Syslite II can help. Take a look at the video below to see our Down to Earth Woodworker Steve Johnson’s thoughts on the Festool Sysrock. And click the link below the video to read about the Festool Syslite II and why Steve no longer thinks of it as a ‘glorified, overpriced flashlight’.

More Than a Worklight: The Festool Syslite II

Click to find out more about the Festool Sysrock and the Festool Syslite II, both available at Highland Woodworking.

Oct 302018

From Roy Underhill’s saw mill home to Nick Offerman’s LA workshop, Charles Brock has interviewed many woodworkers in between and told us dozens of fascinating stories in the 7 years he has been hosting The Highland Woodworker.

Now you can find any episode of The Highland Woodworker in our ALL NEW Highland Woodworker archives page! Or just re-watch the entire series from beginning to end, if you are in the mood.

Take a look and find your favorite episode in The Highland Woodworker Archives.