The internet has introduced many new ways for us to delve into woodworking including YouTube Channels, blogs, forums, websites…and the list goes on. Before the internet, the only real way to get inspiration was from published magazines like Fine Woodworking and Popular Woodworking, or public programming like The Woodwright’s Shop and The New Yankee Workshop.
This month, we want to know how you get your woodworking news and project inspiration, whether through print or online. Let us know in our September 2020 poll and if there is another resource you use, let us know in the comments!
Over the past few months, online learning has become a way of life, most notably with schools and offices being closed and kids having classes and businesses having meetings through Zoom and other online resources. Not only has our children’s education switched to online, but you can now take online exercise classes, cooking classes, even woodworking classes!
Woodworking education is a large part of Highland Woodworking’s mission statement where we seek to fan the flames of interest and excitement in the craft of woodworking, and contribute to its growth throughout the country. One step we’ve made in the past 10 years to help broaden our educational platform is our Highland Woodworking YouTube Channel, which is full of a variety of product tours, technique demonstrations, and project how-to’s.
Whether learning online or in-person, this month we want to know what are you most interested in learning about woodworking right now? Many of us have found more time in the shop and it’s a great time to learn a new woodworking skill that you might not have had the time to delve into before. Whether it’s getting your tools sharper through sharpening skills, or learning the most accurate technique to make a hand cut dovetail, what is a woodworking skill you want to learn more about?
In this month’s issue of Wood News Online, David Jones wrote an article on Wood Resources and the variety of places you can source your wood from to turn into woodworking projects.
Back in 2017, Jim Randolph asked a polling question of “Where do you get your wood?”. Our readers listed a variety of answers that weren’t in the original poll, and with the resources listed in David’s article we wanted to ask this question again 3 years later!
Whether it’s as simple as sweeping all of the dust you’ve created or as intricate as applying The Down to Earth Woodworker’s 5S program to your shop, whatever it is, we hope you’re enjoying your shop and making projects that will last a lifetime!
And if there is an improvement you’ve made in your shop that isn’t listed, please add it as ‘other’ or list it in the comments!
Highland Woodworking was recently featured on the podcast whts nxt. The podcast is described by podcaster, Taylor Marks as “A podcast hosted by a recent college graduate who is a little lost so she figured she’d do what she likes to do: talk to people. Join me as I talk weekly with various professionals about what they do and how they got there! I am on the hunt for, “do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life” vibes.”
On the podcast, Taylor interviewed Molly Bagby, daughter of Chris and Sharon Bagby who started Highland Woodworking. Molly discusses her background, how she grew up in the retail store, and how Highland Woodworking came to be.
I have been in the woodworking “business” since I was born. My parents, Chris and Sharon Bagby, had already owned Highland Hardware (now of course known as Highland Woodworking) for 8 years. My mom began bringing me into work shortly after I was born (and did the same with my sister Kelley 10 years prior). Both of us were exposed to woodworking at a very early age having grown up in the store.
This month’s poll asks “How did YOU first learn about woodworking?” Did you go into your parent or grandparent’s shop at a young age and watch what they were making? Did you make your own projects in scouts? Did you take shop class in school? Did you just recently retire and want to learn something new in your spare time? Or is it your career? Answer below, and please be sure to add your own answer in the comments if yours is not listed!
Molly Bagby is an employee at Highland Woodworking. She grew up at Highland Woodworking from a mere 1 week old and now does a variety of jobs to help keep her parents’ business running. You can follow her on Instagram @HighlandWoodwoman.