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Sep 242020

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We at Highland were very proud to recently be featured in Nancy Hiller’s “Little Acorns” profiles on the Lost Art Press blog. A lot has happened in the past 40+ years and Nancy did a great job capturing some of our favorite stories, including a dinner with President Jimmy Carter, Roy Underhill’s infamous fried chicken SawStop demonstration, and much more.

Take a look at Nancy’s article and learn a little of the history of Highland Woodworking.

Sep 172020

In the September 2020 issue of Wood News, Marshall Knox describes his own woodworking journey, and offers some ideas for how to improve your own woodworking capabilities.

In years past, people acquired skills through a slow process of apprenticeship. Long hours under the watchful eye of a master craftsman. Today some may still follow that path though traditional apprenticeships are not as plentiful. But there are many other paths…

Click here to read the rest of Learning the Craft of an Aspiring Woodworker

Sep 152020

In the September 2020 issue of Wood News, Norm Reid reviews Doug Stowe’s book Build 25 Beautiful Boxes.

Perhaps you’re looking for ideas about small things you can build as gifts. Like many of us, you may have an abundance of leftover scraps just too good to burn but too small for furniture. Whatever your motive, Build 25 Beautiful Boxes may be a great way to meet your needs.

Click here to read the rest of Norm’s review of Build 25 Beautiful Boxes

Sep 112020

In the September 2020 issue of Wood News, Char interviews a duo of woodworkers known as Material Curls, who collaborate together on their projects and don’t mind pointing out their woodworking mistakes and pitfalls.

One of the most distinct traits a person can have is to laugh at themselves. In woodworking we often find ourselves making simple mistakes, such as inaccurate measurements on our last useable board or running out of clamps. These mishaps can make or break our moments. Makers like Danette and Kat of the duo Material Curls have packaged their brand as “D.I.Try Experts” into a beautiful presence on social media. One in which they share their pitfalls of projects that took an alternative direction when diving into.

Click here to read the rest of Char’s article about Material Curls.

Sep 092020

In the short video below, Justin Moon explains the use of a wide variety of Hand Drills, including the three sizes of Schroeder Hand Drills, two different Bit Braces and a 2-speed Breast Drill. If you are trying to find a tool that will help ease tearout and allow you to drill more precisely, a hand drill might be just what you are looking for!

Sep 032020

In the September 2020 issue of Wood News, Bob Rummer relates some of the history he has learned about woodworking, and reflects on the things today’s woodworker has in common with woodworkers from centuries past.

One of the glorious things about woodworking is the long and rich history of our craft. As I reflect on ancient Romans and Egyptians, my Grandpas and Great-great-great grandpas, and all the woodworkers who have gone before us and produced so many beautiful and useful things – I get an overwhelming sense that when we start woodworking, we are stepping out onto a well-travelled road.

Click here to read the rest of Bob’s article on the history of woodworking and how it connects us to the present.

Aug 272020

You’ve learned how to remove rust that has accumulated on your woodworking tools. Now take the next step and try these preventative measures to keep rust from taking hold in the future! In the video below, Justin Moon demonstrates several excellent rust prevention products and procedures for keeping your workshop rust-free.