Molly Bagby

Jan 252017

woodworksfront-1Last weekend was the opening of Wood Works, a gallery exhibition at the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF) in Watkinsville, GA, running from January 20th-February 17th, 2017. Highland Woodworking is presenting this event full of woodworking projects from some of the Southeast’s most talented woodworkers.

Over the next few weeks, the exhibition will be hosting several special events which we’re sure will be of interest to many of our readers.

On Saturday, January 28th at 10:30am, there will be A gallery talk by Philip Moulthrop and Sabiha Mujtaba at OCAF, which is free and open to the public. Sabiha is both a class instructor and employee at Highland Woodworking whose work is being exhibited at Wood Works.

On Friday, February 3rd at 7:00pm, there will be a PechaKucha, a series of short, fast paced, graphically illustrated commentaries by multiple wood artists hosted by Sons of Sawdust co-founder Matt Hobbs at OCAF. This event is also free and open to the public, and will include refreshments.

Wood Works has been written up by several media outlets, including:

WUGA, the local NPR affiliate, did a short interview with Alf Sharp and Abraham Tesser by Michael Cardin.

The Flagpole, by Barbette Houser.

BOOM, by Theresa Rice on the show: Romancing the Wood .

The Athens-Banner Herald, the local daily paper had a wonderful story by Wayne Ford.

The Oconee Leader, by Wayne Ford on Abraham Tesser, the organizer of Wood Works.

Apr 192016

The Festool Roadshow came through Atlanta, GA last Friday, April 15th and setup in our parking lot at Highland Woodworking for a day full of Festool demonstrations, giveaways, education and more!

The Festool Truck arrived at Highland Woodworking at 8pm the night before the Roadshow

The Festool Truck drove through the narrow streets of Virginia Highlands and arrived at Highland Woodworking at 8pm the night before the Roadshow


Festool Roadshow truck driver Eric Wilfong utilized the help of several Roadshow staff members blocking traffic on the street to squeeze his 70-plus foot long rig into the narrow entrance to our parking lot.


The weather was perfect for the event and we had a great turnout throughout the day! Over 100 people stopped by the event!


Chris Bagby, owner and CEO of Highland Woodworker, was there to greet everyone who attended.


The Festool Roadshow truck was an attraction within itself!


The truck opens up into a giant floorspace which allows the set-up for different Festool demonstration stations.


A birds-eye view from the roof of Highland Woodworking

Several members of the Festool show staff were on hand to give demonstrations of all of the different Festool tools, as well as answer any questions. The staff in attendance were Larry Smith, Allen Kensley, Georg von dem Bussche, Jeff Covey, and Robert Hatfield.

Robert Hatfield discussing the new Festool CT SYS HEPA Systainer Dust Extractor

Robert Hatfield discussing the new Festool CT SYS HEPA Systainer Dust Extractor


Robert Hatfield demonstrating the Festool CT SYS HEPA Systainer Dust Extractor that comes with a convenient over-the-shoulder strap


The crowd gathers around Allen Kensley who demonstrates the Festool TS 55 REQ Plunge Cut Track Saw


The Festool Roadshow was a great chance for people to test out any of the Festool tools and learn how to use them.



Jeff Covey demonstrating the Festool OF 1400 EQ Router


Every Festool you buy comes in a convenient systainer that is easy to carry, pack up, and helps to keep your shop tools organized!

In the middle of the event, Highland Woodworking had a drawing where 1 lucky attendee, Doug Frey, took home the Grand Prize of a $300 Highland Woodworking Gift Certificate.


Doug Frey, winner of our in-store giveaway standing in our Festool department at Highland Woodworking.

At 2pm it was time to close up shop. It was very interesting to watch them “tear-down” and get everything ready to move along to the next stop in Nashville, TN. They were even able to put the Festool CT SYS HEPA Systainer Dust Extractor to work in order to clean up all of the day’s dust and shavings.






Allen Kensley cleaning up after the day’s demonstrations with the Festool CT SYS HEPA Systainer Dust Extractor

To see more photo’s from the Festool Roadshow at Highland Woodworking, checkout our Facebook Photo Album.

Feb 162016

A lot of our customers like to send us pictures of what they’ve made with the tools they’ve purchased from Highland Woodworking and so we’ve decided to make a new column in Wood News Online called Show Us What You’ve Made With Your Highland Woodworking Tools.

Our first column feature was a Homemade Dog Sled made by Bruce Wollison from Durango, CO with help from the Rikon 10″ Bandsaw that he bought a few months ago from Highland Woodworking.


Click the photo to find out how William used his Rikon 10″ Bandsaw to create this beautiful dogsled

We invite you to SEND US PHOTOS of your woodworking project made with a tool (or tools) purchased from Highland Woodworking. (Email photos at 800×600 resolution.) Receive a $25 store credit if we show your project in a future issue.

Sep 292015
Top Ten Reasons You Might Be a Woodworker

Top Ten Reasons You Might Be a Woodworker

2015 marked my 4th year attending Woodworking in America (also known as WIA or in the case of this year #WIA15). Despite the fact that Highland Woodworking hasn’t had a booth during any of these years, it is still fun for a few of us from the store to be able to attend the event to network with everyone and learn what’s new in the world of woodworking. It is a great opportunity for those who have a passion in woodworking to come together during one weekend a year and just hang out, while getting to learn more about their passion.

Five of us from Highland Woodworking attended this year. Me (Molly), Chris Bagby, Kelley Hibberd, Blair Downing, and Cooper van Rossum. This year we all had various agendas, which revolved around attending classes, speaking with vendors (both old and new), socializing with woodworkers, and trying to get as much of the action into video and photo form.

This year’s event was held in Kansas City, MO for the first time. Lately, WIA has been traveling to a different city each year and I think with Kansas City being a very central location it allowed a lot of woodworkers to attend who haven’t been able to in years past. One of the coolest parts of the event being held in Kansas City meant that on the Thursday night before the event, we were graciously invited to the museum home of William “Bill” Robertson which was filled with beautiful antique tools, as well as a variety of exquisite miniatures that he is well-known for building. Also in attendance were several of our artisan toolmakers, including our newest vendor, Chris Vesper from Vesper Tools, who also helped organize the event.

The gentlemen from Modern Woodworker's Association (MWA) recording their show with Mike Siemsen from Mike Siemsen's School of Woodworking

The gentlemen from Modern Woodworker’s Association (MWA) recording their show with Mike Siemsen from Mike Siemsen’s School of Woodworking

Also on Thursday evening, our friends from Modern Woodworker’s Association (MWA) hosted a get-together at the hotel restaurant/bar, which allowed us and a lot of other woodworkers in attendance to reunite with old friends who had met at past years WIA’s. This is a great opportunity to discuss the current projects being worked on back home, which tools you are excited to purchase in the marketplace, and whose classes you are eager to attend.

Friday and Saturday were the main 2 days of the event, and were chock-full of classes, vendor demonstrations, tool buying, BBQ, and overall fun. I was able to attend bits of several classes including The Kerfing Plane & Resawing by Hand with Tom Fidgen, How to Make a Magazine with Megan Fitzpatrick from Popular Woodworking, Caring, Feeding, & Use of Marking Knives with Dave Jeske from Blue Spruce Toolworks, 3D Shapes with Rasps with Scott Meek, Chair Design with Jeff Miller, and The Unwritten History of Workbenches with Chris Schwarz, among others.

Roy Underhill teaching his Roubo Bookstand class to a full house

Roy Underhill teaching his Roubo Bookstand class to a full house

Down in the Marketplace we got to visit with several of our vendors including Earlex, SawStop, Festool, Woodpeckers, Knew Concepts, Sterling Tool Works, Texas Heritage, Hamilton Woodworks, Bad Axe Toolworks, Lie-Nielsen ToolworksLost Art Press, and more!

Chris Bagby taking a look at the beautiful Bad Axe saws made by Mark Harrell

Chris Bagby taking a look at the beautiful Bad Axe saws made by Mark Harrell

One of the cool parts about the Marketplace is that almost every hour they feature a special “ShopTalk” session, which either involves a live demonstration of a product, or a discussion about current woodworking industry news. I was able to attend several of these sessions including HVLP Spray Finishing Basics with Earlex, which involved in overview and demonstration of the Earlex Sprayport, a great tool for giving an even coat of finish to your projects.

The start of the Roy Underhill/Stumpy Nubs interview

The start of the Roy Underhill/Stumpy Nubs interview

One of the most anticipated ShopTalk sessions was on Saturday and featured an interview of Roy Underhill, conducted by James Hamilton (Stumpy Nubs). I learned a lot about Roy in this interview, including the fact that he was a theatre major in college (hence why he began the interview session quoting Hamlet), and the fact that when he was pitching The Woodwright’s Shop for a 2nd time to PBS, he decided to bring his axe along with him just for a little bit of extra motivation for them to sign him. As you can see it was a very entertaining and insightful interview, which also provided a little extra pitch for his newest piece of fiction, Calvin Cobb – Radio Woodworker.

Overall, it was a very fun-filled 2.5 days and I think it really helps to bring out the camaraderie that can often be found in the woodworking world. I think one of the highlights for me was on Friday night when a group of 10 of us went to the famous Jack Stack Barbecue (one of the many highly acclaimed restaurants in the Kansas City BBQ scene). It was a 1.5 hour wait for a table so 8 of us ending up getting their takeout and went back to the hotel lobby to eat it together. It was pretty cool to be able to eat dinner with master craftsman, Jeff Miller!

CLICK HERE and HERE to see our WIA 2015 Photo Albums.

Aug 132015

Recently, Master Carver Sabija Mutjaba collaborated with Scott DeWaard on a huge triptych carving for the Marian Chapel in the All Saints Catholic Church in Knoxville, TN. This project was a huge undertaking and the beautiful video below captures the creative process from start to finish.

Video produced by Joan Karpeles (
The video has gotten a lot of feedback and we wanted to share some of the thoughts and comments it has received so far:

  • It was a real pleasure to watch such wonderful skill.  Thank you. Best Wishes, Brendan.
  • That’s about the finest woodworking project video I have ever seen.  Excellant work and craftmanship.-Bill 
  • Jaw dropping skill.
  • Beautiful craftsmanship, If I could do two thumbs up I would. Thanks for the video.
  • Takes the phrase Master Craftsman to an all new level. Thank you for sharing your creation Sabiha and Scott.-Anthony
  • Breathtaking.  Absolutely incredible talent!-Robin
  • Beautiful design, multi-material work, and excellent finish in the wood, paint, and gold. Worthy of the designation: made by a master. – Annie
  • That was not only beautiful but inspiring.-Gabriel
  • So wonderful to see a creation of such art today…seems like a lost art, doesn’t it?…we need more people with so much talent to continue creating such beautiful relics to enjoy for many years to come…God Bless you for your talent and contribution to so many…LJK
  • A true labour of love.
  • Absolutely beautiful artistry and craftsmanship!!! I watched several times and must say I admire your work! Thank you for sharing!
Jul 172015

hwt52We just released our July 2015 issue of The Highland Woodturner with articles and tool specials aimed specifically toward turners.

This month’s issue includes:

Helpful Accessories for Turning– Curtis shares some accessory ideas for your turning shop including task lighting, a center punch, edge protectors for your skews, and more!

The Sailing Vessel Solution– Living in Castine, ME, Temple Blackwood works on a lot of turnings for sailboat repairs, including the recent repair he did on the Schooner Timberwind out of Belfast, ME.

Chris Ramsay, Hat Turner– In this classic blog entry, Phil Colson discusses a visit from Chris Ramsay to the meeting of the GA Association of Woodturners, where he did a live demonstration of turning a cowboy hat!

Show Us Your Woodturning– This month we’ve got the beautifully turned platter made by Les Campbell, who made the project for the widow of his friend that gave him the wooden slabs.

Sizing Bowl Gouges– Phil has a useful tip on how bowl gouges are sized depending on which country they were made in.

All of this and more in our July 2015 issue of The Highland Woodturner.

Jul 072015

No Southern-fried Southern boy wants to be called a Yankee, but we share the characteristics of shrewdness and thrift.  Thus, each month we include a money-saving tip.  It’s OK if you call me “cheap.”

What are you going to use to mix your different woodworking concoctions in?  The underside of a plastic food container makes a great mixing surface for two-part epoxy.

If the only plastic box around is full of cookies, you have no choice but to eat them before turning it over to use for an adhesive-mixing surface.  If you get in trouble for that, just say, “Jim Randolph said I had to!”

If the only plastic box around is full of cookies, you have no choice but to eat them before turning it over to use for an adhesive-mixing surface. If you get in trouble for that, just say, “Jim Randolph said I had to!”

Nothing, however, beats the underside of an aluminum soda pop can.  And, they are still recyclable after you finish your project!


Allow the aluminum to achieve ambient temperature prior to adding glue ingredients.  The can, glue and project would/should all be the same temperature.  A cold can will likely interfere with curing and/or sticking properties of the glue.


Jim Randolph is a veterinarian in Long Beach, Mississippi. His earlier careers as lawn mower, dairy farmer, automobile mechanic, microwave communications electronics instructor and journeyman carpenter all influence his approach to woodworking. His favorite projects are furniture built for his wife, Brenda, and for their children and grandchildren. His and Brenda’s home, nicknamed Sticks-In-The-Mud, is built on pilings (sticks) near the wetlands (mud) on a bayou off Jourdan River. His shop is in the lower level of their home. Questions and comments on woodworking may be sent to Questions about pet care should be directed to his blog on pet care, We regret that, because of high volume, not all inquiries can be answered personally.