Highland Staff

Jan 152021


For the January 2021 issue of Wood News Online, we included an article written by Jeff Jewitt on achieving a Mission Oak finish:

We do not sell Stickley stains at Highland. The factory uses a multi-step process using proprietary dyes; oil glazes and industrial solvent spray lacquer that’s typically beyond the scope of most home finishers. An alternative method which yields excellent results is based on the steps below and can be easily done by hand. If you follow the steps, you should have great results.

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Jan 132021

For the January 2021 issue of Wood News Online, Norm Reid reviewed A Cabinetmaker’s Notebook by James Krenov:

A Cabinetmaker’s Notebook, the first of several books by the legendary James Krenov, offers an opportunity to get inside the thinking of a man who was an exemplary artist, craftsman, and a deeply individual woodworker.

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Dec 032020

The holidays are already upon us and the year is almost over. Many of us have found more free time in the shop than past years have offered us. Some people may have even found a new love of woodworking this year.

Every year we share our Woodworking Gift Guide, which includes the newest tools released this year, as well as some great gifts for your shop. This month we want to know what is the #1 woodworking gift you want for the holidays this year?

Feel free to add your own answer as well!

Dec 012020

In the November 2020 issue of Wood News, Char Miller-King interviews Annette Amadin, a woodworker who is an engineer by day and a hobbyist by night.

Annette Amadin is a world traveler. Born in Nigeria, she has visited all seven continents. Her understanding of culture and diversity has spilled over into her thoughts about appreciating power tools and respecting the process of creating. Leaning on the knowledge of others to get going in her craft, Annette enrolled in the Marc Adams School of Woodworking, where she regularly attends classes to hone her skills.

Click here to read more about Annette Amadin’s woodworking shop and to see some of her impressive projects

Nov 252020

Using the Festool Vecturo

In the November 2020 issue of Wood News, Jim Randolph returns for another issue to tell us about a project where he was happy to be able to use his Festool Vecturo.

I make lists. Sometimes, my lists fail me.

Mostly they fail me when I forget to customize them for a particular job, and that’s what happened this time. I’d put a new “window” air conditioner in our kennel at the office. However, the kennel’s huge windows aren’t a sash style, and, thus, won’t accommodate simply sliding a window unit in, closing the glass and pulling out the side aprons. No, it requires cutting a hole in the wall and making the hole and the air conditioner work together.

Click here to read the rest of Jim’s article on how he used his Festool Vecturo to solve a problem.

Nov 132020

For the November 2020 issue of Wood News Online, Temple Blackwood wrote about transforming a burl with woodturning:

Nearly a month ago, I received a call from a woman who had apparently read one of the local “who’s doing what around here” in a popular newspaper insert. She told me that she and her husband had saved what they thought were valuable cherry burls from the woods near their summer home about two hours away from my shop, and they were hoping I might “turn them into something” – art? — bowls?

Click here to read the rest of the article on turning burls

Nov 122020

In the November issue of Wood News, Bob Rummer shares stories of his own toy-making inspiration for the holidays:

I have shared before about some of the toys that were made by my Grandpas and my Dad. While they all did serious woodworking, I suspect that toymaking brought a special twinkle to their eyes around Christmas.

Click here to read the rest of Bob’s article about making your own toys.