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Explore a decade of woodworking in our archived collection of woodworking articles, woodworking tips and woodworking nostalgia Highland Woodworking

Retro Woodworking

Before ever publishing a woodworking tool catalog, Highland Hardware began sending out to its customers a product-oriented newsletter called "Wood News" which featured articles on woodworking tips, hand tool techniques and woodworking updates. Published two or three times a year, it soon grew into a small woodworking magazine, actually one of the early examples of what came to be known as a "magalog." In 1992, the magazine format was merged into the store's comprehensive tool catalog, which now appears in four editions each year. Its in-depth analysis of the tools we sell has won consistent praise over the years from customers, journalists and tool manufacturers.





Our aim has always been to promote woodworking among individuals by providing access to the tools, materials and ideas which combined with patience and desire lead to skill in making things from wood.

  • Wood News Issue #1 December 1977
    Featured Articles:
    Woodturning 101 Tips
    Learn About Wood Part 1

  • Wood News Issue #2 Feb - Mar 1978
    Featured Article:
    Learn About Wood Part 2

  • Wood News Issue #3 April - May 1978
    Featured Articles:
    Black Walnut Tree Notes
    Wood Joinery - Woodworking Joint Types

  • Wood News Issue #4 August 1978
    Featured Article:
    A Tribute To American Chestnut

  • Wood News Issue #6 February 1981
    Featured Article:
    Timeless Woodworking Books (Coming Soon)

  • Wood News Issue #7 Fall 1981
    Featured Article:
    Design Trip (Coming Soon)

  • Wood News Issue #8 Winter 1982
    Featured Article:
    Toshio Odate Japanese Tool Seminar

  • Wood News Issue #9 Spring 1982
    Featured Article:
    Waterstone Sharpening (Coming Soon)

  • Wood News Issue #10 Fall 1982
    Featured Articles:
    Setting The Japanese Plane (Coming Soon)
    Using Watco Stains and Oil Finishes (Coming Soon)

  • Wood News Issue #11 Spring 1983
    Featured Article:
    Restoring Wright's 1895 Skylight (Coming Soon)

  • Wood News Issue #12 Fall 1983
    Featured Article:
    Roy Childs On Turning Tools (Coming Soon)

  • Wood News Issue #13 Spring 1984
    Featured Article:
    Predicting Wood Shrinkage by Species

  • Wood News Issue #14 Summer 1984
    Featured Article:
    Dovetail Design

  • Wood News Issue #15 Spring 1985
    Featured Article:
    Thoughts On A Work System - Woodworking Advice From Mark Duginske
    Thoughts On Woodturning by Wallace Macfarlane

  • Wood News Issue #16 Fall 1985
    Featured Article:
    Hustling Wood - Making Treen by Wallace Macfarlane

  • Wood News Issue #17 Spring 1986
    Featured Articles:
    Toolmakers Of Miki
    Turning A Chalice And Paton by Roger Foster (Coming Soon)

  • Wood News Issue #18 Fall 1986
    Featured Articles:
    Comprehensive Boatbuilding Tools List
    Commodity, Firmness and Delight by Wallace Macfarlane

  • Wood News Issue #19 Spring 1987
    Featured Article:
    Calamity, Frailness Yet Delight by Jack Tuberville

  • Wood News Issue #20 Fall 1987
    Featured Article:
    Sam Maloof Hybrid Half-lap Joint by Zach Etheridge (Coming Soon)

  • Wood News Issue #21 Spring - Summer 1988
    Featured Articles:
    Dale Nish Lecture Notes By Jack Warner
    Two Tips For Fine Tuning Your Bandsaw By Mark Duginske (Coming Soon)
    The Story Of Dovetails by Bill Stankus (Coming Soon)

  • Wood News Issue #22 Winter 1989
    Featured Article:
    How I Survived in the Woodworking Business by Curtis Whittington

  • Wood News Issue #23 Spring - Summer 1989
    Featured Article:
    Using Sanding Machines For Grinding By Mark Duginske (Coming Soon)

  • Wood News Issue #24 Winter 1990
    Featured Article:
    Tracking Bandsaw Blades By Mark Duginske (Coming Soon)

  • Wood News Issue #25 Summer 1990
    Featured Article:
    How To Use A Wood Scraper

  • Wood News Issue #26 Winter 1991
    Featured Article:
    A Visit with Tage Frid by Jack Warner

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