Kelley Bagby

I grew up around woodworking tools (see picture, age 4-5ish) but only recently started doing some of my own woodworking.

Sep 162021

For the September 2021 issue of Wood News Online, Randy Cordle shared his experience constructing a set for his family’s favorite game, Mazza:

Mazza is an easy to construct yard game that’s fun for family and friends and has enough variety to keep players entertained. No skill is necessary, and it can be played in small spaces such as a backyard or larger areas like a community park. The game uses scoring hoops that can “travel” for each round of play, so distance between rounds can be increased gradually during the game to provide a healthy amount of walking exercise if desired.

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Aug 122021

For the July 2021 issue of Wood News Online, Char interviewed Erin Longfellow, a woodworker who specializes in the Japandi style of furniture:

You can tell Erin pours a lot of her of herself into her work. “My projects are all things I want or need for myself. If I’m making them, I feel that I might as well take others along so they can learn too. I love that so many people have learned things and decided to tackle projects from watching my videos. I want people to realize that if you have the desire, you can build anything.”

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Apr 142020

In this new video, Jim Dillon demonstrates his method for quickly getting a hand plane blade for a bench plane sharpened and back to work. Watch this step-by-step video and you will be on your way to a shop full of sharp tools!

Mar 252020

Did you already finish watching the latest episode of The Highland Woodworker (featuring the legendary Don Weber!) and now you need something else to keep you busy?

Check out our full archives of The Highland Woodworker, going all the way back to Chuck’s first interview with Roy Underhill in episode 1! Each episode contains some great inspiration for your woodworking shop and future projects!

Take a look at The Highland Woodworker archive page

Mar 262019

For the March issue of Wood News Online, Norm Reid reviewed one of Lost Art Press’s newest offerings, The Intelligent Hand:

The Intelligent Hand, by the recently-deceased David Binnington Savage, is a distinctive and aptly titled work by a highly accomplished cabinetmaker. This impressive book, published by Lost Art Press, fills several important niches in woodworking literature. First and foremost, it’s an autobiographical account of the life of an exemplary cabinetmaker. In reading it, you’ll come to appreciate a life well lived by a man who overcame many challenges to become the accomplished artist that he was.

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Nov 292018

When my kids were 4 and 6, we decided to move to a new house. The house was in a great Massachusetts town with good schools and a friendly community, and the house came with nice, new, clean walls. Our old house, in contrast, had a doorway leading from the kitchen to the pantry that we would use to regularly mark our daughters’ heights from when we could get them to stand upright. We even had heights for their favorite stuffed animals (who never seemed to grow…)

As we were starting to pack up, I happened by the door frame with all the years of height markings and my heart dropped. We were not only leaving this house with so much of our history, we were leaving the actual tangible evidence of our kids’ growth. Should I remove the piece of door frame and take it with us? Did I even have time to be thinking about this? When was the moving van arriving again?

When I mentioned it to my mom, she had the perfect solution. Two days later a tall package arrived on my doorstep, and in it was the Heirloom Timeline Growth Ruler. I was able to copy over the marks from the door frame of our old house, and we can keep our new clean walls that way for a little bit longer.

Kids grow up so fast.

Everybody says it, of course. It is such an overused cliche, but when you actually get to the point of your kids being ages 4 and 6, you start to realize why everyone says it. It is shocking how true it is. And in between all the milestones and accomplishments, when things slow down for a minute, it is nice to literally take measure of where your kids are at, so you might have some hope of remembering this blur of a time.

Jul 052018

In an article he wrote in 2016, Steve Johnson addresses dust collection in the shop, arguing that even with a high quality dust collector and a good air filtration system, you still can not expect to have clean air in your shop. (Though he still thinks both of these systems are important to have for other reasons!) Steve thinks he has found a solution though to help him breathe a little more easily.

Read Steve’s article to see what he found.