Highland Staff

May 072020

In the May 2020 issue of Wood News, Bob Rummer discusses how the 1930s were a boom for home crafts and leisure activity, and considers how that might compare to current events.

The coronavirus crisis is changing what we do with our spare time. We can’t all go hiking when we want, and playgrounds, rec centers and libraries are closed around the country. In the 1930s, people were looking for ways to fill their time with meaningful activity and many were looking for ways to find supplemental income.

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May 052020

In the May 2020 issue of Wood News, Doug Stowe shares some great tips for involving kids in your woodworking.

Since kids have been spending more time learning from home, it is important to still be able to emphasize a hands-on learning approach. What better way to do that than have your kids join you in your workshop!

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Apr 232020

In the April 2020 issue of Wood News, John Wolf shares his process for a unique woodworking project: the spinning top.

Spinning tops are often the first project taught to new turners, particularly if they are 12 or younger. Some of us are still fascinated by tops even though that 12 year old mark was passed many decades ago. John Wolf recently started making singing tops. These are tops that make a resonate note as they spin.

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Apr 212020

Some years back, before he actually purchased a SawStop for his shop, Steve Johnson (the Down to Earth Woodworker) decided to do some deep thinking and some calculations to determine if the SawStop would be worth the price.

I know first hand what an excellent table saw feels like, sounds like, and how it performs. I know their value. So how could SawStop, at slightly less money, but with an expensive safety feature added, possibly perform as well? The price/value equation seemed skewed and it had me stymied.

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Apr 092020

For the April 2020 issue of Wood News Online, Norm Reid reviewed Craig Thibodeau’s excellent guide, The Craft of Veneering:

I’ve recently become interested in delving into the practice of incorporating veneer into some of my projects. To get started in this, I’ve read several books on veneering. While each has its strong points, none, in my opinion, is as complete an introduction to veneering as The Craft of Veneering by Craig Thibodeau.

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Apr 072020

In his new column in the April 2020 issue of Wood News, Bob Rummer shares how woodworking can affect four key dimensions of our mental health and well-being.

I have written about some of the psychological benefits of woodworking before, how shop time can help us manage anxiety and stress and contribute to a more positive outlook on life. As I think about our current situation let me share how woodworking can affect four key dimensions of our mental health and well-being.

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Apr 032020

First of all, we would like to thank everyone who is working in the medical fields, trucking, retail sales, manufacturing, delivery, sanitation and every other essential worker out there for all of their services they are continuing to provide during these times.

A lot of us, who aren’t in these fields, have more than likely found some extra time on our hands that we would normally be using commuting to work, socializing with friends and family, or attending sports practice. For a lot of people, this has been newfound time to start a new hobby or get better at something you have already been pursuing….like woodworking.

Is the shop calling?

There are also those of us who have kids and are now doing double duty as both parents and teachers. Now could be a good time to add shop class into your child’s schedule. Not only is it teaching them new skills but it gets you into the shop!

This month we want to ask how are you spending your time around the house? And if it’s not listed in the poll, feel free to comment on this blog post!