Highland Hardware Wood News Online No. 8, January 2006

Featured Classes

Picture Framing with Stuart Altschuler Picture Framing with Stuart Altschuler

Sunday, Jan. 8
Class Size: 18
Tuition: $145
Item# 991351


Classical Carving with Chad Awalt Classical Carving with Chad Awalt

Friday, Jan. 27
Sat. & Sun., Jan. 28 & 29
Class Size: 10
Tuition: $350
Item# 991308

See Our Other January Classes

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Alan Noel's Finishing Corner

Alan Noel The Party's Over
A call that I get very often after the holidays is "How do I get candle wax off my prized antique piece of furniture?" or "I have a spot on my table that won't go away".

Fortunately, minor damage can often be treated without too much trouble. Below are a few simple tips for repairing common blemishes in wood furniture. However, if your piece is particularly valuable or the damage is severe, you may want to consult a furniture restoration specialist before attempting these or other repairs.

Read Alan's Tips

Mark Duginske

Jim Dillon Interviews Mark Duginske

This February 10th-12th marks the return to Highland Hardware of Mark Duginske. We're very pleased he's coming, not just because we admire his books and inventions, and not just because he's a nice guy (which he is). It's also because Mark was one of the first teachers in the Tage Frid Seminar Series, and his return reminds us of how far we've come since a few brave souls would huddle in our improvised "seminar room" (actually an unheated warehouse) to learn from names like Frid, Duginske, Osolnik and Odate (who also is returning soon; stay tuned here for details).

Mark's visit in February includes a free slideshow/lecture, "Creative Design", at 7pm on Friday, February 10th, followed by an intensive weekend demonstration class, "Woodworking Mastery of Tools, Methods & Jigs". Wood News caught up with Mark at his home workshop in snowy Wisconsin to get a sneak peek at what might be happening in February's seminar.

Read Jim's interview with Mark

See a detailed description and/or register for Mark's free seminar on February 10, Creative Design (991311).

See a detailed description and/or register for Mark's seminar on February 11 & 12, Woodworking Mastery of Tools, Methods & Jigs (991312).

Marquetry Artist T. Breeze Verdant to Teach at Highland Hardware

Moonflower, Inlaid Guitar by T. Breeze Verdant As a self-taught marquetry artist, T. Breeze Verdant creates beautiful designs with woods, Paua abalone and fine metals. Using very thin veneers, he creates elaborate images and landscapes on boxes, guitars, jewelry and small tabletops. Refusing to totally produce the same item over and over again, Breeze works in cycles and his designs are constantly evolving.

Highland Hardware is pleased to present T. Breeze's week-long workshop in February, "Introductory Marquetry: Exquisite Inlaid Mountain Boxes".

Read "T. Breeze Verdant: A Look at the Artist"

View a slideshow of T. Breeze's work

See a detailed description/register for T. Breeze's workshop, Introductory Marquetry (991310), on February 6 - 10

Mortise & Tenon

Ask the Staff

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 new to mortise and tenon joinery. I find when I glue up the joint and clamp it, the glue squeeze-out is very difficult to remove around the edges and leaves a thin film which does not allow the stain or finish to penetrate. How do I clean the glue off those edges effectively?


Delta/Porter-Cable films at Highland Hardware

Highland Hardware Partners with Delta/Porter-Cable

Last month Highland Hardware was pleased to work with Mark Reitz of Glass Eye Projects, Jeff Anderson of The Fitzgerald and Company Agency and personnel from Delta/Porter-Cable on a project for Delta/Porter-Cable Tools. Highland Hardware was selected as the location to shoot two videos, one for Delta Power Tools and the other for Porter-Cable Power Tools. During the three-day production, the Tage Frid Seminar Room and our warehouse space was magically transformed into multiple shop spaces to be videotaped. Several members of our staff can be seen in the videos including Chris Black, Ed Scent and Doug Hall, as well as two of our popular instructors, Frank Bowers and Jim Dillon, who also served as Technical Consultant. Also featured are renowned Atlanta artists Michael Gilmartin and George Berry.

View a slideshow of the video production

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