Custom Furniture Designer & Craftsman
by Doug Hall & Elena Vega
Sean Headrick is a longtime customer of Highland Woodworking. He's been coming into our store since he was a teenager and still visits us several times a week to discuss his latest woodworking endeavor or to show us a neat Google SketchUp drawing he's done. (In fact, he introduced us to the design software and our 3D Warehouse collections are made up of his wonderfully detailed tool and furniture models.)
Sean specializes in detail-oriented, 1920's era furniture, millwork and clocks, often with features like hidden compartments, turned elements and leaded glass. But he likes the challenge of building almost anything; for example, he loves building treehouses and he is currently reconstructing the woodwork on a 1946 Chevy Woody Station Wagon, reproducing each component from new stock. Follow his progress on his blog.
Impressed by Sean's beautiful designs, exceptional craftsmanship and his amazing ability to teach himself just about anything, we just had to learn more about him. So during one of his visits to our store he generously took the time to talk with us.
Read our interview with Sean
View a gallery of Sean's work
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Question: I screwed up and tried to stain bookcases I made out of maple. They look terrible. How do I recover?
by Chris Black
Years ago when I was in the service, we had a system for maintaining vehicles and equipment called PMCS, which stood for "Preventive Maintenance, Checks and Services". Basically, it was a to-do list divided into daily, monthly and yearly routines. By checking the timetable, the list reminded you what to do to keep things running smoothly and operating safely. With spring arriving, I thought it might be nice to go though the shop and see what needs to be done.
ToolBank Tool Drive at
Highland Woodworking's One Day Sale
Saturday, May 5th
9am - 4pm
Bring in your used & extra tools to donate to the community & receive a tax deduction! The Atlanta Community ToolBank will be here during our Spring One Day Sale accepting tool donations for their Tool Library, the country's largest tool lending program. The ToolBank provides tools to Atlanta's nonprofit organizations for use in volunteer service projects. Don't miss this opportunity to clean out your shop & put your old tools to work for Atlanta!
Learn more about the ToolBank & Tool Drive
Visit the ToolBank website