Featured Classes

Introduction to Marquetry Introduction to Marquetry with Jane Burke

Sept. 23
Class Size: 8
Tuition: $84
Item# 991468

Marquetry is the art of using carefully cut and precisely fitted wood veneers to create designs in a single veneer sheet. In this class, Jane will discuss how to create designs and select veneers and show you how to apply the designs to your project. You'll make a small project incorporating most of the basic techniques required to do any marquetry project.

Turn a Hollow Vessel with a Finial Lid Turn a Hollow Vessel with a Finial Lid

Saturday & Sunday
Sept. 30 & Oct. 1
Class Size: 8
Tuition: $195
Item# 991442

Take a day of instruction from each of our top two turning instructors! The class will begin with a day of turning a hollow vessel with Frank Bowers, followed by Hal Simmons teaching you how to design and turn a finial lid for your vessel on the second day.

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Alan Noel's Finishing Corner

Alan Noel Going Deep...

When finishing a project that has carvings or decorative moldings, applying oil-based glazes to these areas is a great way to accentuate the lines of moldings and carvings that have been incorporated into the piece.

With a few simple steps, you can bring out the accents and add depth and character to the overall look of the piece.

Read Alan's tips

Daryl Rickard: Woodturning Artistry Beyond the Grain
by Doug Hall

Carved Elm Bowl Daryl Rickard recently tied for Second Place in Highland Woodworking's 4-in-1 Screwdriver Turning Contest. We were intrigued by the contrasting woods and design of his entry and contacted him to learn more about his work.

Upon our request, he sent us photos of some of his pieces, and we were astounded by the range of his artistic talent. Daryl combines woodturning, carving, woodburning, texturing, painting and other techniques to create beautiful and truly unique pieces.

He spoke to Doug Hall about his inspirations and his departure from the purist approach to woodworking.

Read Doug's interview with Daryl

View a slideshow of Daryl's work

Cutting Miters

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 would like to get some help regarding mitered picture frames. I cut my frame pieces on my miter saw and they look great, until I try to put them together. There is always a small gap on one of the corners. When I adjust or tighten that corner it affects one of the others. How can I get a better fit or straighter miters on my frame pieces?


Traditional Handmade Japanese Tools by Iain Tyndal

Reader Contribution

Traditional Handmade Japanese Tools
by Iain Tyndal

In the 1980's I had a small workshop beneath a cobbler's shop in the Beaches area of Toronto. One day a Japanese friend of mine brought me three tools which had belonged to his grandfather, Mr. Yashimoto. All are curious, but the sharpening stone is probably the most interesting of all. This is a natural waterstone that has been hand-hewn from a rough piece of rock. It is not a perfect rectangle and the underside of the stone still bears the marks of the cold chisel that was used to shape it.


I Went to Turner's Heaven by Phil Colson

Employee Contribution

I Went to Turner's Heaven
by Phil "The Turner" Colson

The 20th Annual American Association of Woodturners National Symposium was held in Louisville, Kentucky in June of this year. This was my first national symposium and I didn't quite know what to expect.

Little did I know, but I was in for quite a treat...


Highland Woodworking Tormek Giveaway

Enter Our Incredible $2000 Tormek Giveaway!

Visit the Highland Woodworking website and enter for a chance to win our incredible $2000 Tormek Giveaway !

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

Deadline for entry is 11:59pm ET on Saturday, September 30, 2006. Multiple entries are valid, so enter as many times as you like!

See Official Giveaway Rules

Groz Planes on Sale!

Groz Planes on Sale!

Groz, an established Indian precision toolmaker, gives woodworkers another affordable choice for planes based on classic Stanley designs.

Castings are hefty and finish and refinement are superior to current production Bailey pattern planes. All adjustments are fluid and precise, and these planes are easily tuned to give solid, competent performance.

Groz #60-1/2 Low Angle Block Plane (199173)

$19.99 (Reg. $24.99)

Groz #4 Smoothing Plane (199171)

$26.99 (Reg. $36.99)

Groz #5 Jack Plane (199172)

$36.99 (Reg. $46.99)

Scratch Awl Turning Contest!

Scratch Awl Turning Contest Deadline Extended!

It's not too late to enter the Highland Woodworking Turning Contest, featuring our Scratch Awl Kit . The deadline for entries has been extended to September 30, 2006. 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, Oct. 2 through Oct. 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 . The winner will be announced on our website on Oct. 6, 2006 as well as in the Nov. issue of Wood News Online .

See contest rules and guidelines

Online Contest Entry Form

Print Entry Form to mail in

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