Highland Staff

Oct 132021
 

For the October 2021 issue of Wood News Online, Norm Reid reviewed Kitchen Think by Nancy Hiller:

Kitchen Think is, as the name states, an opportunity to think broadly and carefully about the design and execution of a kitchen remodeling project. If kitchen remodeling is in your future, even a minor upgrade, then you will greatly benefit from a good read of this book.

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Oct 072021
 

For the August 2021 issue of Wood News Online, Norm Reid reviewed The Workshop Book By Scott Landis:

The Workshop Book’s primary value is the opportunity it offers to survey a wide range of workshop solutions through the eyes of woodworkers who have adopted them. This is an excellent resource for any woodworker setting out to create a new shop, whether for the first time or as an upgrade.

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Sep 302021
 

For the September 2021 issue of Wood News Online, Sait Cakmak discussed his process for using a 35mm #7 Hirsch Gouge along with a few other hand tools to carve a bowl:

I recently bought a 35mm #7 Hirsch Gouge from Highland Woodworking. I immediately wanted to put it to use, so I decided to make a bowl.

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Sep 282021
 

For the August 2021 issue of Wood News Online, Samuel Colchamiro wrote a history of the mortise and tenon joint, and shared his step by step process of creating this popular joint found in many pieces of handmade furniture:

Historically, the mortise and tenon was the most ubiquitous joint used in fine furniture, and for good reason. When executed properly, the mortise and tenon joint has significant strength and a large glue surface that ensures the joint will last for generations.

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Sep 232021
 

For the September 2021 issue of Wood News Online, Temple Blackwood discussed his process for getting Christmas gifts started and finished in time for the gift-giving season.

With six grandchildren growing up rapidly, I have done pretty well with personalized gifts in each child’s early years making small-people’s rocking chairs and benches, moving on to size and age-appropriate toys, as well as brain-twisting puzzles.
The problem for me as they become teenagers is that I cannot keep up with their wide interests and the newer gadgets that might impress and please them for birthday and Christmas gifts.

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Sep 142021
 

For the September 2021 issue of Wood News Online, Norm Reid reviewed The Artful Wooden Spoon By Joshua Vogel:

When the author of The Artful Wooden Spoon, Joshua Vogel, took up spoon carving, he had it in mind to document his procedures so others could replicate them. His goal was a book to convey his observations. And so, he asked himself just how many spoons would he need to carve to justify sharing his experiences: a few dozen, perhaps, a hundred maybe? Vogel set out to carve as many as he could, using a variety of wood sources, tool sets, designs, and techniques. In the end, I suspect he carved well in excess of 100 spoons, with a range and variety well-evidenced throughout the book. His outcome: a well-informed guide to spoon carving that combines well-organized instruction with inspiring examples.

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Sep 092021
 

For the September 2021 issue of Wood News Online, Bob Rummer discusses the importance of the “thinking spot” in his shop and how it plays a part in his woodworking.

My thoughtful spot is Mr. Francis’ folding lawn chair. Hugh was my 90-year-old neighbor in Alabama. He shared a lot of wisdom with me, like, “Keep the parts, you will find a use for them someday” or “Prune the muscadines and enjoy the wine.” He sat in this lawn chair in his shop/mill house while we watched the gristmill rumble through another bag of corn. He gave me perspective on life. I have kept his lawn chair in my shop, and I pull it out on nice mornings when the shop door is up to sit and think and enjoy a cup of coffee.

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