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The Highland Woodworking Staff

The mission of Highland Woodworking is to help our customers become better woodworkers. To accomplish this, we depend on the wide-ranging skills and experience brought to the job by our exceptional staff.


Chris Bagby, Owner & CEO
A 1973 graduate of Georgia Tech, Chris co-founded Highland Woodworking in 1978 with Sharon Bagby. He originally provided custom millwork services before focusing mainly on marketing. His other interests include photography, tennis and thru-hiking backcountry trails, including the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail and Continental Divide Trail. He also teaches weekly Yoga and Qigong classes. His oldest yoga student is 93 years old. (It's never too late to start!)


Sharon Bagby, Owner & CFO
Sharon graduated from Georgia Tech in 1974 with a degree in Management Science. She and Chris worked together at King Hardware in Atlanta before starting Highland Hardware in 1978. After retiring in 1995, she rejoined the company in 2008 where she manages day-to-day operation of the business.


Molly Bagby, Marketing
Molly has been involved with Highland Woodworking since she was born and to this day remembers taking naps in the shipping area. She is currently the Editor of Wood News Online and the Highland Woodturner, and also manages Highland’s social media pages. She loves cats!


Kelley Bagby, Marketing
Kelley joined Highland at the young age of 2, when Chris and Sharon opened the store. Throughout her childhood Kelley helped around the store, so it was only natural to return to the business later in life. Kelley is responsible for the weekly emails as well as many of Highland's other marketing endeavors.


Don Baumann, Sales
Don joined the Highland staff in January, 2014 after a 40-plus year career as a salesman in the Information Technology industry representing firms such as Dell Computer and Hewlett-Packard. He developed his love for woodworking after taking a beginning woodworking class way back in the late 70’s. He gradually acquired more skill and more and more tools and began making things for family andfriends. Today he has his own small business and enjoys making custom furniture for neighbors and friends. Don spends his time enjoying his family, playing golf, traveling, building furniture and sharing his knowledge and experience with Highland customers.


Terry Chumbler, Sales and Education
The son of a cabinetmaker, Terry has been involved in woodworking and construction almost his entire life. After extended periods as a professional photographer and building submarines, Terry came back to cabinetwork and construction. He now provides excellent customer service and takes care of logistics for Highland's weekly woodworking classes and seminars. He's always happy to share his knowledge of woodworking no matter what the topic.


Phil Colson, Assistant Manager
Before joining Highland Woodworking in 1984, Phil was a dancer, stained glass designer and horticulturist. His father was a master craftsman, and Phil has worked with wood all of his life. He's always ready to share his vast reservoir of woodworking knowledge. Visit his woodturning website at www.philcolsonwoodturner.com.


Sidney Dew, Sales and Purchasing
Sidney came on board in 1985 after a landscaping career. His woodworking interests have included picture framing & finishing; the latter has steered him into studying faux finishing techniques, which he puts to good use helping customers. He is locally famed for an unusual sense of humor and unfailing willingness to lend a helping hand whenever & wherever needed.

Jeff Dillon, Sales
Jeff's enthusiasm for forestry began when he was a young boy hiking through the deep woods of Northern Wisconsin with his father. His interest in hand crafted furniture began soon after in his fathers shaker-style workshop. He says he still has a lot to learn but his excitement for the craft is contagious. He's especially eager to spread woodworking knowledge and education amongst a younger generation and looks forward to introducing newcomers to this deeply satisfying pursuit.


Blair Downing, Purchasing Manager and Sales
Blair graduated from Georgia State University in 1996 with a BA in History, and joined Highland soon afterwards. When he's not reading, golfing, or going to Atlanta Falcons games, he is turning on one of the five lathes in his basement. He also owns a 1966 Mustang whose restoration is a longterm work in progress.

Patty Elder, Shipping
After a decade of bartending, Patricia Ann found herself in the local Atlanta Arts Festival. For the past decade, she's been appearing daily at Highland Woodworking, putting the HIP into SHIPPING!



Michele Grenet, Graphic Artist
Michele started off as our catalog cover artist, but now she helps handle production of the entire Highland Woodworking catalog--and she's the reason it looks as good as it does. A BFA graduate of the University of Georgia, she went on to study art in Italy before returning to Atlanta. She enjoys traveling, gardening, tending her horses and playing tennis.

Therese Lepionka, Sales & Shipping
Therese graduated from PSU with a degree in Insurance. She earned her CPCU while working in that field for 20 years before quitting to raise her 2 daughters. Her hobbies include sewing, cross stitch, crocheting and reading. She is enjoying her time at Highland Woodworking learning and relearning tasks (she was a cashier way back in high school!)

Alexandra Lovinger, IT Customer Service
Alexandra was blown across the ocean by a cold winter storm in the month of February. After walking barefoot on Atlanta's fabled Stone Mountain a few days later, she decided to make Atlanta her new home, went back to Germany, packed a few pots & pans and has been with us ever since. She takes care of Internet orders and issues related to Customer Service. In her spare time she tends to her growing Bonsai collection and spends as much time as possible with her furry & feathery friends.


Robin Merritt, Shipping
Robin started working at Highland in February 2012. After many years in the mechanical design field working with metal products, she decided to "branch" out with a woodworking company. Robin works in the shipping department, making sure your items come to you well packaged and in a timely manner!


Sabiha Mujtaba, Wood Carver and Instructor
Sabiha has been a full-time woodworker & carver for 20 years. She is a member of the Furniture Society, and her work has been shown in American Craft Council Shows, in the Decatur Arts Festival and the ACC Southeast. She was featured inFine Woodworking Magazine Design Book Seven. She is represented by Shidoni Gallery in Santa Fe, NM. Visit her website at www.chrysaliswoodworks.com.

Sam Rieder, Assistant Manager
A savvy woodworker and lover of fine tools, Sam rejoined the Highland staff in 2008 after returning from a few years of living in Denmark. He previously owned and operated retail stores on two different continents. When not busy assisting customers, Sam works tirelessly making our Atlanta retail store a delightful showplace for fine woodworking tools.

Ed Scent, Highland Woodworking cardholder since 1995
Ed began his woodworking career by studying boatbuilding at the Landing School in Maine and worked for an architectural woodworking firm building curved stairs. He avoids breathing dust and pollen to keep his voice sharp for the voice recordings you hear upon calling our store.


Jackie Todd, Sales
Jackie has lived in the Atlanta area all his life. He's been in the saw and tool sharpening trade since 1975 and is ready to try his hand at the woodworking side of tools. Jackie says that working at Highland Woodworking is a double blessing because he can learn from those working and shopping here while passing on his own knowledge about tools.

Steve Walker, Sales
Steve is one of the newest members of the Highland Woodworking family. He has been a woodworking hobbyist for over 20 years. He and his family live in Marietta and enjoy gardening, reading and baseball.


Bill Worden, Sales and Purchasing
Bill worked for many years as a professional counselor before coming on board at Highland back in the mid-1990s. In addition to serving customers, Bill also manages our extensive woodworking book department. He's always receptive to hearing about new woodworking books to add to our selection. In his leisure time Bill enjoys gardening, hiking, writing music and playing the guitar.
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