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Seth Rolland Trimerous ChairInterview With Furniture Maker Seth Rolland
Seth Rolland is a full-time studio furniture maker producing commissioned work. His designs always incorporate flowing, moving lines. That motion has become his signature, allowing his work to be immediately recognizable. Some pieces are simply carved into curves, others are steam-bent, taper-laminated or vacuum-formed. Although a fine furniture maker, his approach to design can be utilized in many other areas of woodworking.
His work has been featured in Fine Woodworking, several books and on TV's "Modern Masters." He is represented by numerous galleries, has exhibited nationally and can be seen on the web at www.sethrolland.com.

Highland Hardware is very fortunate to be able to present Seth's workshop "Creating and Introducing Curves" in the Tage Frid Seminar Room this October. We had the opportunity to speak with Seth from his studio in Port Townsend, Washington.

Read our interview with Seth

View a slideshow of Seth's work

 
Highland Hardware Tent Sale

Don't Miss Our Fall Tent Sale!
Mark your calendars for Saturday, Oct. 22 and join us from 9am to 4pm for our semi-annual tent sale. Save on hundreds of our most popular items, enjoy free demos and more!

Featured Classes

Cabinetmaking Basics Class 991140Cabinetmaking Basics: Build a Base Cabinet with Drawer with Jim Dillon

  Monday-Wednesday
August 22-24
 5pm-9pm
 Tuition:$325
Item# 991140

 

Antique Restoration Class 991134Antique Restoration with Alan Noel



Saturday & Sunday
August 27 & 28
 9am-5pm
 Tuition:$250
Item# 991134

See Our Other August Classes

Download our Summer 2005 Class Schedule .pdf

View slideshow of May 22-27 Windsor Chair class

Alan Noel's Finishing Corner
Tip Numero Dos

Good finishing brushes are designed to last and their prices reflect this. To keep brushes soft and supple, be sure to first clean them with the appropriate thinner, such as mineral spirits for oil-based finishes, alcohol for shellac, etc.
After cleaning with the correct thinner, using lukewarm water and hand soap, lather them completely and rinse until all evidence of finish is thoroughly washed out.
This will take 3 or 4 washings, but in the end, the brush will be very clean and after it is hung to dry or wrapped in paper to dry, it will be good as new.


Bowl Turning

Ask the Experts
E-mail us at woodnews@highlandhardware.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 am getting ripples on the inside of my bowls when I'm turning. Can you help me?

Answer

Screw Gripper Pliers 146607

Hot New Item
Screw Gripper Pliers
$24.99


Ever stripped or broken off the head of a screw? These pliers are specifically designed to grab and remove damaged screws. They have toothed openings milled into the jaw and the nose of the tool so that you can securely grip mangled fasteners for easy extraction.
The small, long nose reaches into tight spots without compromising holding power or damaging surrounding surfaces. Pliers can grip screw heads from 1/8" to 9/16" in diameter. Overall length is 6".
Item# 146607

Employee Contribution
Finishing Lessons From a Small Shop Professional
by Chris Black

If you ask any woodworker what their weakest skill set is, they will probably say finishing. Perhaps it's because we've spent all our time mastering joinery and furniture design that we've neglected the art of finishing. As a result, we relegate ourselves to finishing with something someone recommended at a paint store that may or may not be applicable to what we're doing. Then when that doesn't work out, we fall back on slow-drying, slow-building wiping oil that at least gave us predictable results in the past. Start talking about coloring wood and we're completely lost. We'll try any old can of thin hardware store stain and pray for the best. How come we'll spend days on design and weeks on construction but give little consideration to the coloring process?

More

Heart of Dixie Woodcarving Seminar, Show & Sale
August 24 - 28, 2005
CJBoyd Knee Spirit
Old Alabama Town
301 Columbus Street
Montgomery, Alabama


Seminar
August 24, 25 & 26
Sponsored by: Old South Woodcarving Studio

Show and Sale
August 27 & 28
Sponsored by: Old Alabama Town

For more information please contact Carole Jean Boyd at 334-868-9999

Helpful Hint
Bandsaw Blade Tensioning Tip

Once you have your bandsaw blade tensioned and tracked properly, there's one last bit of tuning you can do that can make a big difference in cutting performance. Before you bring the lateral guides and thrust bearings up close to the blade, shut the saw's wheel covers and turn the saw on. If the blade vibrates at all, try increasing or decreasing the tension very slightly until the blade runs in a straight, quiet, single line from wheel to wheel. You'll get a big payback from this simple step: cuts will be much smoother when you've eliminated a major source of fluttering in the kerf, and the saw will cut more efficiently and quietly as well.

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