Molly Bagby

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.

Apr 112013

Pinterest Pin It Button

With all of the new forms of social media coming out these days, it seems like there is always a new ‘next big thing’. Well in this case, we really do believe that Pinterest will be the ‘Next Big Thing’ for the woodworking community, as it does a great job highlighting the often amazingly detailed visuals of woodworking that can be hard to get across in a medium like Twitter or Facebook. With that in mind, we are proud to unveil the new Highland Woodworking Pinterest page!

Our page features many different boards, including those dedicated to tools and products that can help you DIY, as well as boards that feature work(s) that have been submitted by our customers and readers.

Our current boards include:

Projects for the Kids: Whether it is one of our Woodman Concept Kits or one of our Red Toolbox Project Kits, we’ve got lots of ideas for the kids and the kids-at-heart to get started in woodworking.

Show Us Your Workshop: A popular column in our Wood News monthly newsletter, these pins will give you inspiration for your own workshop with different designs and organization techniques.

Tools to DIY: A collection of our favorite tools you can use to “Do-It-Yourself” and create your own woodworking project.

2013 Jig Design Contest: Occasionally, we have contests where readers and customers submit their own designs, and the most creative/useful win a Highland Woodworking Gift Certificate. Our most recent contest was our Shop Jig Design Contest, and this board includes details of every single submission!

Woodworkers You Might Know: From Roy Underhill to Chris Schwarz, these pins will give you some great links to interviews and project ideas from the best of the best.

DIY Project Ideas: We’ve got lots of ideas for you with our different Downloadable Plans, as well as other interesting and inspiring projects that you can create.

Show Us Your Carving: Another popular section in our monthly Wood News, here you will find different carvings by our customers and readers.

Show Us Your Stuff: Our most recent submission section, these pins will give you inspiration with projects made by our customers and readers, that vary from miniature furniture to John-Deere inspired chisel chests, and everything in between.

You can also use Pinterest to Pin your own ideas from various websites you may be browsing like Highland Woodworking. On our webpage, you will now see a small icon with a P (like the first image in this blog entry), which you can click and then pick the picture you want to pin from the webpage on to one of your own boards. This is a great tool for making wish-lists or a list of tools and methods you might need to create your project.

Let us know if you have any suggestions or ideas for Pinterest boards you would like to see, and feel free to visit and follow our Pinterest page by CLICKING HERE and get inspired!

Apr 052013

In our monthly newsletter, Wood News, we have several different columns that feature different woodworker’s Woodshop Designs, Wood Carvings, and Woodworking Projects. In April’s newsletter, we featured Bruce Herndon in our Show Us Your Shop column. We wanted to share a little more information about Bruce and his specialty shop.

Bruce’s shop specializes in crafting custom split bamboo fly rods for fly fishing. His rods are not just for use in the sport of fly fishing, but they can also be presented as works of art. At the moment he is working on about 9 different rods at the same time (which you can see an example of above).

Because of the construction process of the bamboo rods, his shop requires open and unobstructed space in order to have room for the different machinery as well as for the length of the rods that are being built.

Bruce built up his shop from a gutted detached two and one half garage after moving to a new house in Northeastern Washington state. The garage wasn’t in very good condition and was one to two inches lower in one corner, had two 110 wall outlets and was not insulated or finished in any way. To fix up the shop he did the following:

  • Corrected the lower corner by jacking it up and pouring a new slab of concrete.
  • Rewired the shop for both 110 volt and 220 volt and installed over 20 wall outlets along the walls and in the ceiling.
  • Removed one of the garage rollup doors and aded a beautiful stained glass window of a Rainbow Trout, which created by a local stained glass artist (see picture above)
  • Added both the shops dust collection and compressed air system, located outside inside an attached carport. The two dust collectors are both 110v and 220v.
  • Had 1/2 of the ceiling vaulted in order to better test-fit the bamboo fly rods.
  • Built a loft for special dry storage of the 12′ culms of bamboo. There is enough space for approximately 175 culms of bamboo.

The shop is heated with a pellet stove during the cold winter months that can be as cold as -20 degrees, and then cooled with an air conditioning system during the hot summer months that can reach to over 100 degrees.

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

Apr 042013

highland2013catalogOur newest Spring/Summer 2013 Highland Woodworking catalog is now published and is hitting mailboxes around the country. But if you don’t subscribe or haven’t gotten yours yet, you can easily access the full catalog on our website HERE.

Unlike our past online catalogs, the Summer 2013 catalog is now able to be viewed by iPad and iPhone users as well! Just go to the catalog website and the full catalog will appear on your screen. You can flip through the pages with the arrows, just as if you had it in your hands.

If you just love that feeling of being able to highlight or mark up your catalog, and haven’t signed up to receive the physical catalog by mail, you can do so HERE.