Kelley Bagby

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

Nov 092010

This coming Saturday, November 13th, is Festool Demo day at Highland Woodworking. Dan Durant, Festool expert, will be on hand from 9am-4pm and will demo all of the most popular Festool items available in-store. So come on down if you are in Atlanta or nearby – bring your problems and Dan will provide you with the Festool solution.

Check out this link for a few more details about our Festool Demo Day.

Nov 042010

Hi there Woodworkers!

Just wanted to let you know that the November edition of the Highland Wood News is out and ready for you to read.

We have an exciting issue this month, with contributions from a few regulars and a couple new items for you as well! Customer Richard Rank gives us his take on how this is shaping up to be The Year of the Workbench; Alan Noel presents an in-depth article providing many tips for choosing a finish; and Steven Johnson, our Down to Earth Woodworker, delves into many topics this month, including a primer on how to prepare your workshop for a potential disaster as well as a continuation of his column from last month, where he discussed the future of woodworking.

We also have several great video links for you, including a lesson on how to sharpen a plane blade, a follow-along video for assembling the affordable European workbench, and the video everyone has been talking about – Roy Underhill and a piece of southern fried chicken versus a Sawstop. Check it out here if you haven’t seen it yet, and watch it again if you have!

All this plus some great deals makes this month’s Wood News a great read. But don’t take my word for it – go take a look yourself!

Oct 202010

So Roy Underhill visited Highland Woodworking this weekend, and while he was there he took a look at our power tool selection. He was especially interested in the SawStop table saw, particularly in its regional capabilities. Sure, the SawStop works on a New York hot dog, but in Atlanta, we tend towards the southern fried cooking end of the food spectrum for testing our power tools. The following video shows what happened when Roy decided to double check the saw for us:

Oct 152010

Matt Vanderlist has been busy since returning from Woodworking in America – I spent some time this afternoon catching up on his entertaining Spoken Wood podcasts.

My favorites from among his new ones include one by Chris Schwarz on workbenches (and comparing them to baking homemade bread) and one by Kari Hultman where she talks about the personalities of her wooden planes.

Check them out – they are a great Friday afternoon distraction!

Oct 142010

Buy Flexcut Carving Tools
Get Cash Back!

If you’ve ever wanted to get into carving, or if you are an experienced carver and you want to add to your tool collection, Highland has a great deal for you, courtesy of the Flexcut Tool Company.

If you buy any Flexcut tools totaling $50 or more, you get $5 cash back. If you spend $100 or more, you get $10 back! It’s that simple. And these rebate coupons are valid through 7/31/2011.

If you are just starting out, check out the 5-piece palm chisel set – a great collection of tools for the novice carver. If you are beyond beginner, you might want to upgrade to the 11-piece craft carver set.

Check out the Flexcut rebate on the Highland Woodworking site, or scroll down to see the coupons.
Flexcut carving tools available at Highland Woodworking.

Oct 082010

We are very happy to report that Peter Galbert, who is scheduled to teach a chairbuilding class at Highland Woodworking this fall, is gaining more notice in the woodturning world.

Woodturning Magazine published a fantastic profile on Peter in October of 2010, and he was even featured on the cover! Inside the article he discusses his process, including the “human quality” he strives for in all of his chairs, by achieving subtle variations between the turnings. Our personal favorite part of the article is when Peter talks about imagining “someone mistaking a loaf of bread for a doorstop” to help him stick with the tools that allow the wood to do what it does best.

Take a look at the article here, and check out Woodturning Magazine, or pick one up at Highland Woodworking!

Read Peter Galbert profile
Download Peter Galbert profile (better quality)
Woodturning Magazine
Signup for Peter Galbert’s chairbuilding class at Highland Woodworking

Oct 052010

The October edition of Wood News is available – take a peek!

This month we’ve got great articles and product deals, as usual. Starting with the Down to Earth Woodworker – Steve Johnson considers the future of woodworking in his typical eloquent fashion, as well as addressing practical concerns for the present, including some sound safety tips and a great how-to video and demonstration for building a better bench hook.

Our Show Us Your Shop column features Luke Cabanel’s beautiful timber frame workshop, and Show Us Your Stuff offers up the impressive craftsmanship of Harold Burrows, including a gorgeous dentil build-up molding on a cabinet with a soapstone top.

Mickey Hudspeth builds his own power tools, and those tools and his shop are featured in the article The Incredible Homemade Workshop.

Alan Noel has a new finishing column and Sean Headrick is back this month with his Sketchup column, plus we have a newly updated class schedule and a truckload of deals for you – all in the October Wood News. Go check it out!