Molly Bagby

May 032013

Chris Adkins

Today’s Follow Friday is Chris Adkins, someone you may already be familiar with, who has recently become a large presence in today’s woodworking community. Along with Dyami Plotke and Tom Iovino, Chris has helped bring a new following to woodworking as a founder of the Modern Woodworkers Association, an online community founded in 2010. The MWA was started “as a way to organize woodworkers participating in online communities, help spread the word about the network of woodworkers and the knowledge they share, help connect people, who share a love of the craft both online and off, and build a framework for growing the craft for the future.”-MWA Website.

In our April Wood News, we featured Chris in our popular Show Us Your Wood Carving column. Chris is a third generation woodworker based in Atlanta, GA, whose “day job” is a general contractor. Although he doesn’t call himself a wood carver, his beautiful Tree Box (seen below) begs to differ. This project started out as just a 1 day box project that he was making to practice his dovetail cutting, and then he decided to add the tree carving at the very end. The tree design was cutout with a scroll saw and then carved through a combination of hand carving and a Dremel Tool with a carving bit attachment.

Tree Box

Paul Sellers, lifestyle woodworker and Founder of the New Legacy School of Woodworking, mentioned Chris and the MWA in one of his blog posts about a recent visit he made to Atlanta. Click HERE to read the blog and more about Paul Sellers. While he was in town, Paul even participated in one of the popular Modern Woodworkers Association’s Podcasts, where he and Chris discussed his work, his background, and how to get younger people involved in woodworking.

To find out more information about Chris Adkins, you can visit his High Rock Woodworking website HERE. His website features lots of great links to articles, videos, and projects on all things woodworking.

Follow Chris’s individual Twitter HERE, and the Modern Woodworkers Association HERE.

ABC Cube made of Maple, Oak, and Chestnut, that also acts as a rattle.

Apr 302013
Standing Desk with Roy Underhill

Standing Desk with Roy Underhill

In addition to doing demonstrations for the Highland Woodworking 35th Anniversary One-Day Sale this past Saturday, Roy Underhill stuck around on Sunday to teach a day-long demonstration workshop on building a standing desk (pictured left). While the actual process of creating this desk from start to finish would take much longer than the allotted time for the class, Roy demonstrated the different techniques needed to create the different parts of the desk, as well as the joints needed to piece them together. Although we didn’t take a finished product home with us, we all got to learn the skills needed to build our own and have Roy help us with our techniques.


Using his Marking Gauge to mark out his cuts


More marking with acute precision


Sawing dovetails with his one-of-a-kind Lie-Nielsen Saw created just for him

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Maybe the Lie-Nielsen was a bit too big for these cuts

I have taken a few classes from Roy before this one, most notably during Woodworking In America a few years ago. Not only is Roy a great teacher, but he is also very entertaining and definitely knows how to keep his audience. From using audience participation to create a “human workbench”, to the cool and smooth maneuvers of “Spoffer”, Roy had plenty of one-liners and musings to keep this demo class on its toes.

Never a dull moment with Roy

Never a dull moment with Roy

Roy’s custom One-Stroke Dovetail Saw in action

Apr 292013

Roy working with his chisels.

Highland Woodworking had a wonderful turnout for our 35th Anniversary Celebration and One-Day Sale this weekend. We were excited to have our special guest, Roy Underhill, in the store on Saturday doing demonstrations of a variety of hand-tools, both old and new.

In addition, we had representatives from Carter Products and Festool doing demonstrations throughout the day, while visitors were able to stop by and checkout their latest products.

Be sure to checkout our Facebook page in the coming week for more photos and videos of the celebration and Roy’s visit!

Alex from Carter Products

Alex from Carter Products


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Later in the day, Roy moved outside to demonstrate sharpening to passersby

Later in the day, Roy moved outside to demonstrate sharpening to passersby

Apr 262013

I’m not sure how many readers were in attendance at Woodworking In America 2010, but whenever Roy Underhill is mentioned in any sort of conversation these days, I always think back to this picture of one of his classes that weekend and how entertaining he was in his demonstrations.

Roy doing a demo during one of his classes at WIA 2010

Roy has been well-known in the woodworking community for several decades now, and his influence is still going strong. Roy is still producing new episodes of his popular PBS show, The Woodwright’s Shop, every year, and that combined with Roy’s opening of the Woodwright’s School in 2009 allow him to have quite an impact in all facets of the woodworking world.

During his visit captured in the above video, Charles Brock got to explore Roy’s beautiful North Carolina mill property, in addition to checking out The Woodright’s School located in Pittsboro, NC. As someone who enjoys both woodworking and the outdoors, I am quite envious of Charles’ visit and one day hope to have my own opportunity to make it out there.

In the meantime, I am excited to see Roy this weekend when he comes down to Atlanta for the Highland Woodworking 35th Anniversary Celebration and One-Day Sale. In addition to his vast knowledge of woodworking, I’m excited to experience his humorous antics and jokes firsthand. Though I’m not sure if anything can ever beat the combination of Roy and Christopher Schwartz together in the same room for Roy’s keynote speech at the 2010 WIA Dinner. The speech ended up becoming more of a roast between Roy and Chris, and I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house after it was over. I wasn’t the only one who laughed until they cried!

Apr 242013


Previous submissions for the Show Us Your columns from L-R: Lance Chase, (Show Us Your Stuff), Gary Porter (Show Us Your Shop), Bill Cosentini (Show Us Your Wood Carving), Jim Marx (Show Us Your Woodturning)

ATTENTION WOODWORKERS! We are currently seeking submissions for our Show Us Your columns that appear in our monthly publications Wood News and The Highland Woodturner. We have four different columns dedicated to YOUR woodworking, 3 of which appear in Wood News, and 1 of which appears in The Highland Woodturner.

The four columns are:

1) Show Us Your Stuff: Whether it is a boat, chair, desk, or whathaveyou, show us what you are making!

2) Show Us Your Shop: Depending on your organization style, you will probably have a different shop layout from your neighbor next door. Show us pictures of your shop and its shop layout and tell us how its organization helps to benefit your woodworking.

3) Show Us Your Wood Carving: From the block of wood you start out with to the end result, we want to see your carving process.

4) Show Us Your Woodturning: From bowls to pens and everything in between, show us what you’ve been turning.

We invite you to EMAIL us photos (800×600 resolution) of your woodworking projects, shops, wood carvings, or woodturnings, along with captions and a brief history and description of your submission to  If we feature your submission in a future issue of Wood News or The Highland Woodturner, you will receive a $50 store credit and several mentions of your work or shop throughout our blog and social media outlets.

Apr 192013


Each month we feature several different woodworkers in both our Wood News Newsletter as well as The Highland Woodturner,  our monthly publication devoted to wood turning. In this month’s issue of The Highland Woodturner, we are featuring Diane Davison, a woodturner from North Olmstead, Ohio.

Diane comes from a long line of male woodworkers and was first exposed to woodturning after watching her uncle turn when she was younger. She began doing her own woodworking over 20 years ago when she wanted to build a desk and later became a self-taught woodturner.

Her woodworking tool collection began with a handheld scrolling jig saw and she later added  a table top scroll saw. Once she decided she wanted to learn turning, her husband bought her a lathe for Christmas and she has been turning ever since. For inspiration she often goes to the Lumberjocks Forum and finds pieces that interest her, which she then tries to duplicate.


Basswood Canister with Banksia Pod Handle and Toothpick Holders

In addition to creating turned pieces, she also enjoys creating band saw boxes and intarsia, a form of wood inlaying, which you can see below in her aromatic cedar, cherry and poplar rose box.

Intarsia Rose Box

Intarsia Rose Box

You can view more of Diane’s pieces at her Lumberjock website HERE.

Apr 122013

In our monthly newsletter, Wood News, we have several columns that feature different woodworker’s Workshop Setups, Wood Carvings, and Woodworking Projects. In April’s newsletter, we featured Ramon Gibbs in our Show Us Your Stuff column. We wanted to share a little more information about Ramon and his projects, specifically his methods for creating his amazing scaled furniture.

From his website, Ramon describes his artistic method in the following way: “Before each creation I sit in meditation and envision the emotion of only one personality, that of the recipient or perhaps a place.  I try to embrace that passion in an effort to take you to a place you have been longing to return, or enchanted by yearning fantasies.”

Ramon uses the passion that he describes in many of his pieces, some examples of which you can see below:

Jewelry Box Desk and Swivel Chair


Baby Grand Piano

The Gatekeeper

Ramon has a specific method of creating the scale for his furniture. He creates it in 1/5 or 1/6 of the actual size by rounding up the actual dimensions of the piece he is reproducing and then dividing that number by 5 or 6 depending on the scale. He then mostly uses butt joints and glue versus more complicated joints and screws in order to put the pieces together.

If you are interested in seeing more of Ramon’s works you can visit his website HERE.