Molly Bagby

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.

Apr 012013

After the popularity of Terry Chapman’s May 2011 What’s in YOUR Zombie Apocalypse tool kit? blog entry, we have taken your suggestions and created The Highland Woodworking Zombie Apocalypse Bug-Out Bag. Forget the chainsaw, as today’s zombies have seen all of the movies and know how to counteract the ever-popular chainsaw method of destruction. In today’s zombie society, it’s all about the hand tools and battery-powered drills.

Your very own Zombie Apocalypse Bug-Out Bag will come with the following life-saving, zombie eliminating woodworking tools:

1) Crown 1″ Rolled Edge Skew Chisel-Make sure you have the longest handle you can get. This is for both for leverage over the tool rest and distance between you and the zombie.

2) Festool TI 15 Impact Drill/Driver Li 3.0Ah-These Festools have a really long lasting battery, which is critical, since you never know how long the apocalypse will last. Don’t waste your batteries.

3) Drill Mounted 2 1/8″ Forstner Bit-This one is a little too close to the zombie to suit me, but it will do the job.  Perhaps a cranial hit from the rear — oh wait, no brains, right?

4) Japanese Ikedame Ryoba Saw-Be sure you get this in the flesh eating teeth. Long handle and long blade works best.

5) Five Freud Thin Kerf Ultimate Cutoff Blades: 12″ x 96 Tooth, .091″ Kerf-It has 96 carbide teeth, it is thin enough to fly quickly and fly like the ultimate frisbee. Thin, fast, and deadly, wait they’re already dead!

6) Gransfors Bruks Nordic Battle Axe-this one speaks for itself, other than you really need a horned helmet to execute the blow.

7) Stick Fast CA Wood Finish Starter Kit-Spread a circle of this glue around your shop and it will be “the perfect glue for joining dissimilar materials.” You need to use the medium or thick viscosity glue since the thin will soak in too quickly to be effective and you need to have the activator close at hand so you can set the glue immediately. Otherwise they just stumble on through it.

8) Face Shield-Essential equipment for splatter control.

9) Gloves in a Bottle-No more sandpaper hands? How about no more zombie hands! Use this after you just decapitate a zombie and keep your hands feeling clean and smooth.

All of these tools for the small price of just $4,113.00, while supplies last*

As an added bonus, if you order your Bug-Out Bag within the next 24 hours, we will include 2 tickets for a tour of The Walking Dead set in Senoia, GA, just 35 miles from Highland Woodworking. Here you will have the opportunity to put your tools to the ultimate test!

We welcome any comments or questions if there are any added necessities or concerns that you can think of, as your safety and preparedness are our top goals!



*Please note that while we strongly encourage the use of hand and power tools in case of a zombie attack, this package is not actually available. We hope you enjoyed our holiday amusement and please have a safe and fun April Fools Day.

Mar 272013

paulsellersWe always enjoy coming across blog articles or reviews about Highland Woodworking, especially those where woodworkers young and old discuss their history with our 35 year old family business. We recently came across Paul Sellers’ website and blog, where he describes his days of receiving our woodworking catalog and dog-earring the pages, as well as his recent visit to our retail store in Atlanta. CLICK HERE TO READ HIS BLOG.

Paul Sellers Highland Woodworking Picture

Mr. Sellers has been woodworking for over 45 years and is the Founder of the New Legacy School of Woodworking, which has two locations in both Penrhyn Castle, UK and Schuylerville, New York. To learn more about his woodworking school, The New Legacy School of Woodworking, visit their website.

Mar 222013

I recently came across a wooden structure outside a house in my neighborhood, similar-looking to a birdhouse, but with a large window in the front “door.”  Inside were several used-books with a wide range of subject matter and atop the structure I saw a sign noting that this was The Little Free Library, Take a Book, Return a Book. The sign also included the web-link to, and a unique number. Although I wasn’t interested in taking a book at the time I was very intrigued by the concept and decided to do a little research when I got home. Upon further research on the website I found out that this one structure in my neighborhood was part of an entire nationwide community movement.

Little Free Library Easthampton

The Little Free Library is a non-profit organization that was founded in 2009 by Todd Bol and Rick Brooks and based in Wisconsin. Since then these libraries have popped up in front yards and public places all across the United States and even in locations throughout the world. Anybody can create their own library either with the company’s pre-manufactured structures for sale on their website, or by using your own creativity and woodworking skills with their plans and tips for builders. After creating your library you can register it through the Little Free Library website for $35 where you will then receive your charter number and have your library represented on the official map.

The library structures can range from simple to extravagant. Most libraries are similar in size with average dimensions of 19″ x 23″ x 16″.  The basic model offered for sale is made of weather-resistant plywood and featues a relatively standard design that can be a great decorating project for the kids. From there, you can get really fancy and build up the design to a log cabin, barn, or even a British phone booth! The designs can also be made up of multiple shelves to allow for even more book storage and sharing.

If you choose to build your own library, it makes for a fast and easy woodworking project. The organization encourages builders to use recycled and found materials to make your library unique as well as environmentally friendly. You can incorporate almost any sort of material into your library so long as it is safe to the touch and weather resistant. Some people have constructed their libraries in honor of a loved one, and have incorporated something of theirs into the materials in order to make a lasting legacy. And once you get to the actual painting and decoration of your library, the sky is the limit! Some corporate organizations will incorporate their logo onto the library (especially if they have sponsored the structure), or even made replicas of their actual businesses. Whatever you use to build and design your library make it unique and inviting in order to encourage your community to use it.

As for the books that you supply within your library, you can either supply them yourself with what you think people might be interested in reading from your own collection, or you can seek out donations from your local bookstore. Just be sure to have enough books in there at a time to keep people coming back and sharing their own.

Be sure to check back in a few weeks, as Highland Woodworking’s owner Chris Bagby and his wife Sanne are currently building a Little Free Library in their front yard in Atlanta using recycled materials. We plan to share some photos of their project on this blog as work progresses. If you happen to get interested and decide to build you own Little Free Library, be sure to send us a photo so we can include it in a future blog post.

Click HERE to see Sanne’s first entry about the beginning process of building a Little Free Library and her finding of the wood materials to make her project complete.

Mar 132013
Gail O'Rourke

Gail O’Rourke

While we are all familiar with the many popular woodworking shows that have had long runs on public television (The Woodright’s Shop with Roy Underhill, New Yankee Workshop with Norm Abram, and This Old House, among others), there are a few that have gone less recognized. One of these was Woodworking Together, hosted by Gail O’Rourke back in 2007.

While this show is no longer in production (like many cable/public television woodworking shows), it still got me interested in Gail’s story as a Woodworker.

Currently, Gail works in the Cape Cod area of Massachusetts as a Cabinetmaker and Designer, specializing in Kitchens, and her story of finding her profession is a pretty interesting one.

She had just moved into a new home with her husband and three kids. They began renovations on the house and by the time they were done they didn’t have any money to spend on actual furniture, so she turned to woodworking and crafted her own (with the help of her brothers in the beginning). I have noticed that this seems to be the way a lot of people find their interest in woodworking, and what better way to learn than building all of your own furniture?

After discovering her talents as a woodworker she went to work for Timberwolf Woodworking in order to hone her woodworking skills. After a year and a half she decided it was time to open her own cabinetmaking business, Hometown Woodworking, where she solely ran all aspects of consulting, construction, and even cleaning up the space.

Due to the rough economy, she realized she needed to work with bigger firms and had several positions before settling with Cape Kitchens, doing kitchen design and project management.  She still maintains her Hometown Woodworking site ( if anybody in the Eastern Massachusetts area is interested in checking out her designs and maybe even contracting her for your next kitchen!