Jun 162016
Temple Blackwood - My 2016 Summer Woodworking Reading List
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Perhaps as a result of the impact of meeting Peter Korn in November 2015 at the meeting of NEMA (New England Museum Association) and then reading his book Why We Make Things and Why It Matters (David R. Godine, Publisher ©2015) in January, I have been steeped in reading books that reveal and explore the passion and spiritual richness […]

Jun 152016
Norm Reid--My 2016 Summer Woodworking Reading List
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I am fascinated by the potential of hand tools, especially handplanes, for crafting fine work.  My high interest in hand tools is reflected in my summer woodworking reading list. Paul Sellers’ Essential Woodworking Hand Tools is a thick and beautifully-presented compilation of information about all manner of hand tools.  I’ll start with this book for […]

Jun 062016
Highland Woodworking's New Ax Display
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The new wall display in our retail store for showing off our ax inventory is now finished! The grid pattern of holes lets us easily alter the position of the custom wooden dowel pegs to accommodate just about every size of ax we offer. A handsome mitered box with dovetailed key splines and a sliding […]

Jun 032016
The new Tormek T-8 Sharpening System has (almost) arrived!
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Do I look excited? You can see why! The brand new Tormek T-8 Sharpening System has arrived into my shop for a video review. I can’t wait to unbox this machine and check it out! Some of the new features include: Fully cast zinc body – including better tolerances especially for the guide posts New […]

Jun 022016
Woodworking Project - Making a Fishtail Pipe Box
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A common feature in colonial American houses and taverns was the pipe box.  A tall slender box, often featuring ornamentation on its top edges and sometimes incorporating a drawer for matches and sundries, it could hold a half dozen or so long-stemmed clay pipes ready for use.  I really like the looks of these pipe […]

May 272016
Starrett Precision Squares
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Starrett tools have been known for their high level of precision and quality American-made tools since 1878. It is easy to look at their tools and wonder what makes them worth the price, and the answer to that question lies in the remarkable level of precision as well as the long life of these tools. Plan to […]