Molly Bagby

Jan 042021
 

With 2020 now behind us, it’s time to look to our woodworking resolutions for 2021. Part of Highland Woodworking’s mission statement is to “fan the flames of interest and excitement in the craft of woodworking, and contribute to its growth throughout the country.” This past year, many of us found more time at home to learn a new skill and Highland did our best to encourage this through our new Highland Woodworking Live Online Classroom.

This month, we want to know what is a new woodworking skill you would like to learn or one you would like to get better at in 2021? Leave your answer in this month’s poll and if the specific skill you want to learn isn’t listed, you can add it in the ‘Other’ comments.

Oct 022020
 

We can all admit that one of the best parts of the project is being done with it. But what about the finish? Some people prefer not having any finish on their project to give it the completely natural wood look. Other people go to the opposite spectrum and paint their wooden projects with acrylic craft paint finishes. Then there are the more common types of finishes, a variety of which your common hardware/woodworking store will have a plethora of, including fillers, dyes, stains, oils, lacquers, and waxes.

We want to know your preferred finish. Answer it in this month’s woodworking poll below!

Sep 012020
 

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!

Aug 032020
 

We sell a variety of brands and tools here at Highland Woodworking, but one tool you can’t get anywhere else is our award winning Wood Slicer Resaw Bandsaw Blade.

Woodworkers have been using the Wood Slicer for over 25 years and have had many things to say about it:


 The cut was so easy, and the wood tracked through the blade straight as an arrow.
 The cuts were so good I had to look twice to see the cut side from the machine planed face! I didn’t think it was possible to get that smooth of a cut out of a bandsaw.

This month we want to know if you have tried the Wood Slicer? And if you have, please let us know how it worked for you in the comments on this poll!

Jul 022020
 

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?

Jun 022020
 

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!

May 012020
 

In our April poll we asked “How Are You Spending Your Time at Home?” and the most popular answer was Working on Shop Improvements (28.97%). This month we’re wondering, what those shop improvements are? 

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!