Featured Classes

Turn a Pepper Grinder Turn a Pepper Grinder with Hal Simmons

August 13
Class Size: 8
Tuition: $95
Item# 991433


Basic Skills Woodworking Basic Skills Woodworking with Sabiha Mujtaba & Heike Muller

Saturday & Sunday
August 19 & 20
Class Size: 8
Tuition: $260
Item# 991435

See Our Other Classes

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Alan Noel's Finishing Corner

Alan Noel Summertime Blues

We are now into the dog days of summer when the humidity is very high, not to mention the temperature. It is under these circumstances in particular that finishing can become a sticky mess, unless you are lucky enough to have an air-conditioned shop space.

Although it's best to avoid finishing if the relative humidity is over 85 - 90%, there are a few tricks that can help you if you absolutely have to apply a finish when it's like a sauna in your shop.

Read Alan's tips

IWF 2006

IWF 2006 Returns to Atlanta

August 23-26

Georgia World Congress Center
285 Andrew Young International Blvd., NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30313


IWF 2006

And don't forget to stop by our retail store while you're in town for the show!

There's plenty of shops and eateries here in Virginia-Highlands to keep you and your family fed and busy all day, so bring the whole clan!

Directions to our store from IWF

Gene Choquette,
Prolific Contestant & Creative Woodturner

by Doug Hall

Western Hat, Gene Choquette In our profile of another of our contest winners, we wanted the title to reflect his multiple contest entries and convey his creative use of woods, designs and embellishments, as well as the diversity of the items he turns.

Gene Choquette recently tied for Second and won Third Place in Highland Woodworking's 4-in-1 Screwdriver Turning Contest. We were struck by the uniqueness of each of his screwdriver designs and contacted him for more information about his work. Doug Hall spoke with Gene about his passion for turning and why he chose to enter a record eight handles into our competition.

Read Doug's interview with Gene

View a slideshow of Gene's work

Warped bowl

Ask the Staff

E-mail us at woodnews@highlandwoodworking.com with your woodworking or finishing questions. Selected questions will be answered in future issues. If your question is selected for publication, we'll send you a free Highland Hardware hat.

Question: I've noticed that some of my newly-turned bowls have warped, and one has also cracked slightly. This has never happened before. I have not changed my woodturning or finishing techniques recently, so I cannot figure out what I'm doing wrong. Is there any way to prevent this?


The Man Who Created Our Idea of Early American Furniture by Richard McCandless

Reader Contribution

The Man Who Created Our Idea of Early American Furniture
by Richard McCandless

If not for one man, lots of today's woodworkers wouldn't make reproduction furniture. Except for him, lots of us wouldn't have our sense of early American style and of value - our aesthetic. Except for him, our houses and rooms wouldn't look as they do. Yet few can name him. Who was he?

Find Out!

Highland Woodworking

Celebrate Highland Hardware's New Name!

Highland Hardware is now Highland Woodworking !

Everything else remains the same - we offer you the same quality tools and service and the same enthusiasm for woodworking you have come to rely on over the years.

To help us celebrate, enter to win our incredible $2000 Tormek Giveaway ! Registration opens Friday, August 18, 2006 at www.highlandwoodworking.com .

Don't miss this amazing opportunity to win a complete Tormek Sharpening Package with all the jigs PLUS a $1000 Gift Certificate!

See Official Giveaway Rules

Learn more about our name change

Scratch Awl Turning Contest!

Scratch Awl Turning Contest!

It's not too late to enter our newest Highland Woodworking Turning Contest, featuring our Scratch Awl Kit . We had such a tough time judging the last contest that this time, YOU will pick the winners! The winner will receive a $50.00 Highland Hardware Gift Certificate.

For five days following the contest deadline, Sept. 1 through Sept. 5, we will have an online voting form where you will be able to cast your vote for your favorite entry. Links to the form will also be available on the Highland Woodworking Website . Contest results will be announced in the September issue of Wood News Online .

See contest rules and guidelines

Online Contest Entry Form

Print Entry Form to mail in

Featured Item

Flexible Flush Cut Saw 056427


Flexible Flush Cut Saw

$15.99 (Reg. $19.99)

With 22 teeth per inch, no set, and a thin, very flexible blade, this saw is designed for glassy-smooth flush cutting dowels, plugs, thru tenons and other protrusions without marring adjacent surfaces. In use, the handle is usually held at a modest angle with about 2/3 of the blade's length pressed gently against the workpiece. Blade length 6"; overall length 14-1/4". Item# 056427

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