Molly Bagby

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!

Mar 032020

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.

Feb 032020

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.

Sharon Bagby with daughter Kelley in 1976, shortly after Kelley was born

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.

Jan 032020

With the New Year comes resolutions and what better way to start off 2020 than by making some resolutions specifically related to your woodworking goals.

2.5 years ago I started a step stool project while attending the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Coastal Maine and while many people in the class finished their project, I was a bit further behind and had to bring my project back home to Atlanta, still in 3 different pieces. 2.5 years later, I have yet to finish my project and so this year, my resolution is to finish this project I have been “working on.”

While I did add dovetails to each of these 3 pieces, I still have quite a bit of work to do…and the project is still in 3 pieces…

What about you? What are your woodworking resolutions for 2020? Answer in this month’s poll.

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.

Dec 062019

As woodworkers, we have a talent in making things, which comes in handy right about now during the holidays. Sometimes we make one big project for that really special someone in our life. Other times we mass produce a bunch of smaller projects so we can share them with more friends and loved ones.

This month we’re wondering what kind of projects do you make for the holidays? Answer in our poll below and feel free to comment with anything that isn’t listed as one of the poll answers!