Molly Bagby

Sep 262019

This past Saturday, September 21st, five members of the Atlanta Woodcarvers Club came to Highland Woodworking to show off their carving skills.

Atlanta Woodcarvers Club members from left to right: Nelson, Sidney, Deb, Les, Lamar

They set up in the Highland Woodworking carving tool section and spent about 3 hours working on a variety of projects including small dog figurines, several relief carving designs, and comfort birds. The comfort birds are a big project the group has been working on to send down to children in Haiti. It’s a carved out bird that has a long back/tail which the person holding it can run their thumb across when they’re worried or anxious. They key is to sand the bird down to a smooth enough finish.

The group meets weekly at the Tucker Recreation Center in Tucker, GA. You can find their full schedule including upcoming events by clicking here. One of their biggest demonstration events will be coming up next month at the Georgia National Fair in Perry, GA from October 3-13, 2019.

View a gallery of photos from Saturday’s event by clicking here.

Lamar Holland works on a dog carving

Apr 172019

On Monday, April 15th, we got a surprise visit from Anne Briggs (@anneofalltrades) along with several other well-known woodworkers including Adam Beasley (@lazyguydiy), Tamar Hannah (@3x3custom), Rick LaFaver (@thewoodworklife) and Huy Huynh (@alabamawoodworker).

Touring the Highland Woodworking classroom

We first connected with Anne back at Handworks in Amana, Iowa in May of 2015 when she was helping out at the Sterling Tool Works booth. She then started our Women in Woodworking column for Wood News Online back in 2015, which created the foundation for future column authors Andrea Ramsay and Char Miller-King.

This was the first time Anne had visited our Atlanta store since she was in town for another meeting and she was excited to see where all of the tools that we ship out on a day to day basis actually come from.

Similar to Anne, a lot of our customers who shop with us online often try to include a stop at Highland when they are in town and if you’re reading this, we invite you to do the same if you’re ever in the neighborhood!

Apr 052019

Here at our retail store in Atlanta we carry a variety of locally sourced slabs from Atlantic Fine Woods just one town over in Decatur, GA. Similar to Highland, Atlantic Fine Woods is also family-owned, specifically by a brother/sister team made up of Joe and Laura Sissoko.

The two of them and their sawmill were recently featured in an interview on WABE, Atlanta’s local NPR station, which you can listen to by clicking here.

Unfortunately, we’re unable to ship the wooden slabs that we carry in-store, but if you’re ever in the Atlanta area, be sure to stop by Atlantic Fine Woods or Highland to see these beautiful slabs in person!

Mar 082019

In honor of International Women’s Day, we’re sharing our Women in Woodworking Archives. This is a compilation of all of the past women we have featured in our Women in Woodworking column from Wood News Online, our monthly woodworking newsletter.

This column was started by Anne Briggs, also known as Anne of All Trades. She passed the column along to Andrea Ramsay who interviewed a variety of woodworkers all over the country who have been making their mark in the woodworking world.

We’re excited to be restarting this column in our upcoming April 2019 issue of Wood News Online. If you or someone you know would like to be featured in this column, please email Molly Bagby at

May 112018

After we first announced in 2017 that The Highland Woodworker had reached its series finale we received dozens of phone calls, emails and comments saying “say it ain’t so!” Well we listened to our viewers and we have returned with 4 brand new episodes in 2018!

Our Spring 2018 episode includes the following:

-Not only does Doug Stowe build fine furniture and beautiful boxes – he also teaches young and old alike how to express themselves as woodworkers. His story and a lesson in box building is sure to inspire.

-Popular Woodworking Magazine’s David Thiel teaches us how to size a band saw blade in Tips, Tricks and Techniques.

-Our Tool Box segment introduces the Narex Spoon Carving Kit.

You can watch the full episode below:

Be on the lookout for the additional 3 episodes throughout 2018 and if you haven’t signed up to receive the episodes in your inbox you can do so by clicking here.

May 022018

Photo Credit: Bill Rush Photography

On Saturday, April 28th, 2018, we celebrated Highland Woodworking’s 40th Anniversary! We were excited to have our special guests Nick Offerman, Roy Underhill, Thomas Lie-Nielsen and Chuck Brock. We also had demonstrators from Festool and SawStop as well as a carving demonstration by Jim LeClaire. Our guests and demonstrators were located throughout the store offering a variety of demonstrations, discussions, and overall woodworking camaraderie.

Nick Offerman signing his books

Upstairs we had actor/woodworker Nick Offerman signing copies of his books Good Clean Fun, Gumption, and Paddle Your Own Canoe. In the middle of the day Nick took a break from signing and came downstairs to demonstrate the quick technology of the SawStop Professional Cabinet Tablesaw PCS. Instead of doing the demonstration with a hot dog, Nick specifically requested a bratwurst. Despite a new kind of “test dummy” than is normal for these demonstrations, the SawStop still proved itself and barely nicked the bratwurst.

In our Seminar Room we held our Dovetail Donation Challenge where we partnered with Building Homes for Heroes, an organization that builds or modifies homes, and gifts them, mortgage-free, to veterans and their families. With the kind donations of our customers we ended up raising $295 for the charity, which Highland Woodworking matched and the organization will be receiving a check for $600. We also had carver, Jim LeClaire demonstrating his figurine carving.

Roy working his machines

Roy Underhill, host of The Woodwright’s Shop, was centerstage in the middle of the store entertaining customers with a variety of his woodworking machines he brought down from his shop in North Carolina. His machines were all powered by hand and “kids of all ages” were excited to try them out.

Also in the middle of the store we had Thomas Lie-Nielsen and Deneb Puchalski from Lie-Nielsen Toolworks. Deneb was demonstrating a variety of Lie-Nielsen planes, chisels and saws while Tom was answering questions and chatting with customers.

Charles Brock interviewing Roy for a future episode of The Highland Woodworker

Charles Brock, host of The Highland Woodworker was stationed at the front of the store with his sculptured rocker he brought down from his shop in Tennessee. Throughout the day Chuck was also conducting interviews for a future episode of The Highland Woodworker so be on the lookout for that episode!

In the back of the store we had our Festool representative on hand answering questions and demonstrating our wide array of Festool Power Tools.

We hope all who came had a wonderful time and if you couldn’t make it to our store this past weekend, you’re always welcome to come visit us here in Atlanta!

Click here to view our photo gallery with highlights from the event.

Apr 132018

Yesterday, Chris Bagby (also known as my Dad and one of the Owners of Highland Woodworking) and I went to Winnona Park Elementary in Decatur, GA where we were interviewed by a class of 30 3rd graders taught by Mr. Matthew Hicks. The class is currently studying Entrepreneurship and they have had several business owners from around the Metro Atlanta area come in to discuss their businesses and how they got started.

My Dad and I came with a stack of our newest Spring/Summer 2018 Catalogs to hand out to the students as well as a copy of our very first tool catalog printed back in 1982. To give the kids more of an idea of the products we sell, I also brought my Narex Spoon Carving Starter Kit which I started a few weeks ago at the Ormewood Park Makers Festival where Highland Woodworking had a booth promoting our store and woodworking classes.

One of the main questions was how the business was started and what resources were needed in order to start the business. My Dad discussed how he and Sharon, my Mom,  founded the business as Highland Hardware back in 1978, across the street from its current location in Virginia-Highlands. Armed with both a bank loan and a personal loan from Sharon’s parents, the two were able to rent the building at 1034 N. Highland Ave for just $500 a month. He emphasized the importance of capital, a dedicated staff, and an attractive storefront/layout as important resources for starting a business.

We had a fun time answering the kids creative questions and getting them (hopefully) interested in woodworking as well as in possibly starting their own businesses in the future.

If you want to read more about the history of Highland Woodworking, check out our About Us page on our website.