Q & A
I am a relief wood carver. My question is, what is the best way
(and what tool should I use) to bring out the back of the carving? I would like some depth to it.
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Hands-On Bowl Workshop with Mike Mahoney
for 2 full days of personal hands-on instruction with master bowl turner Mike Mahoney.
Highland's Upcoming Woodworking Class Schedule in Atlanta
Many classes fill up quickly, so please register now to make sure we hold a spot for you.
February 25, 2009
Gilding and Gold Leafing
February 28, 2009
Build a Durable Picture Frame
February 27, 2009
Follows Function: Exploring the Maloof Rocking Chair with Charles Brock
Feb. 28-March 1, 2009
Building a Maloof-Inspired Rocker with Charles Brock
March 7, 2009
Learn to Use the Skew
March 7-8, 2009
Cabinet Building Workshop
March 8, 2009
Make a Pepper Grinder
March 14, 2009
March 14, 2009
Intro to Chip Carving
March 14-15, 2009
Turning Lamps & Candlesticks
March 18-22, 2009
Altar in Your Space
March 25, 2009
Quick Wood Finishes
March 28-29, 2009
Hand Plane Clinic
March 28-29, 2009
From a Bowl to a Platter
September 20-26, 2009
Build a Continuous Arm Rocker with Curtis Buchanan
Classes Suitable for Teens
Saturday Mornings at Highland
invite you to attend one of our free educational woodworking
demonstrations which take place every Saturday morning at 10 AM here in
our Atlanta retail store.
If you are interested in teaching one of our Saturday
morning demonstrations, please send an email to
(We compensate Saturday Morning instructors with a $50 store Gift Certificate.)
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passing through, we invite you to visit and leisurely browse our amazing retail store. The thousands of
woodworking tools on display here await your personal examination.
1045 N. Highland Ave NE
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By Dilo Marcio Fernandino
Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil
My first workshop was the kitchen of my rented apartment. I purchased a tiny carving bench (23" x 23" top) and sharpened my few old chisels. My first adult-age project was a double bed with matching side tables. A few years later we moved into our own apartment where my wife granted me the exclusive use of a tiny service closet (7 ft x 6 ft), where I have now been working for over 30 years. Despite its lack of elbow room and my wife's prohibition against dust and noise, this tiny space became my "paradise" where I have managed to build a few very nice pieces.
Going Pro as a Woodworker
Part 4 of a Series:
By Douglas Bittinger
Smoky Mountain Woodworks
It should be safe to assume that anyone who is considering making the leap from part time to full time woodworker already has a full stable of tools -- at least enough to do whatever kind of woodworking you are considering. But, for the sake of completeness and as an aid to those who may be just at the "ogling" stage, here are some thoughts on tool selection based on many years of personal experience.
Thoughts on Tool Selection:
Axes: Timber Framing Tools of the Trade
By Gabel Holder
Axes come in all shapes and sizes, from small 1-1/2 pound hatchets to large broadaxes with a 14" edge. While we don't use every one of the axes pictured, we do use many of them regularly in our work of building and restoring traditional timber frames.
with Alan Noel
THE REAL SECRET TO
BETTER WOOD FINISHING
Nothing is more frustrating than to spend countless hours building something with our own hands only to feel helpless when it comes to adding that final touch, the magic color or finish that we see in our mind's eye that will make it complete. Or, to put it another way, building a Rolls Royce and having to paint it with a brush.
Want to know the secret?
Why Not Write
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of editorial material (articles, photos and videos) from our customers and readership, and for every one we
accept and publish in
Wood News Online
, we will compensate the contributor. We typically pay up to
$100 (in the form of a store gift certificate) for a thousand-word article with photos. The amount of the gift
certificate may be prorated for shorter articles. Articles submitted may be edited by us at our discretion,
and compensation may vary depending on the published length.
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All That's New at the
Highland is Offering Great Mail Order Prices on STEEL CITY TOOLS!
We are extremely impressed with the superb workmanship and innovative design built into each of these Steel City machines. American tool industry veterans (including former leaders of Delta Machinery) have created this new line of tools manufactured in China to an exceptional standard of quality. A change in the model year allows us to offer great prices on a number of these terrific machines. Act now to take advantage of these super deals.
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In Stock Once Again!
Our Premium German Woodworking Workbenches
Hoffman & Hammer is a small family-owned German company that takes great pride in its reputation for well-built traditional-style workbenches, for which we have been the major American importer for a number of years. At the end of December we received a new ocean container of these fine benches, more than half of which were purchased during their first week in stock. Here's what one customer told us after setting up his new bench:
"This workbench is fantastic, especially for the price. It was packed
and shipped beautifully and I was able to assemble it in 15-20 minutes.
The two vises close flush with the bench surface and the top is near
perfect flatness. I had minor racking when used heavily, but I built a
short cabinet underneath to triangulate the stretchers and legs...
needless to say it is now a COMPLETELY solid bench. I have used an
Ulmia bench for years and this bench fits right in.
We do still have a few of the
workbench models on hand available for immediate delivery.
January Book Feature:
A Complete Guide to Creating Your Perfect Bench
y Lon Schleining
This splendid book is not just a bunch of pretty pictures, although it is indeed richly and beautifully illustrated in full color. A labor of love which occupied the author for many years,
succeeds as an authoritative source that will thoroughly educate anyone who wishes to navigate the challenge of acquiring just the right bench for their woodworking needs. With thanks to the Taunton Press for their permission, we are reprinting Lon's delightful Introduction here in its entirety.
This Month's Featured Tool Department:
Wood Router Bits
Over the long haul, woodworkers typically invest far more in router bits than they do in the wood router itself. Our huge offering of
high quality carbide-tipped router bits
has grown to meet the needs of both
serious amateur woodworkers and
discriminating professionals. Machined for precision and rugged durability, these are among the best router bits available, and they're backed by industry leaders including Amana, CMT, Eagle America, Toolmasters and Whiteside.
Articles worth studying:
Featured Highland Staff Member
Although a number of Highland staff members are heavily into woodturning, no one here is more passionate about it than Phil.
He has now entered his 24th year working at Highland Woodworking (and he was a frequent customer for several years before that.) Phil is a veritable reservoir of all sorts of woodworking
knowledge, and he's always glad to share it. Be sure to visit his woodturning website at:
Highland Woodworking Gift
An awesome present that's always appreciated by
just about any woodworker anywhere.