Introduction to Relief Carving with Sabiha Mujtaba
Friday, Feb. 10
Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 11 & 12
Class Size: 6
Turning Eggs & Spheres with Hal Simmons
Sunday, Feb. 26
Class Size: 8
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Saving Money (and the Environment)
A good way to save money when buying most any type of finish is to buy as small a quantity as possible to do the job. If you run out you can always buy more to complete your project. Buying only what you need not only saves you money, but it also cuts down on the amount of leftover finish you need to store, reuse or dispose of.
This past December Highland Hardware was selected as the location to shoot two videos for Delta and Porter-Cable Power Tools. During the three-day production, the Tage Frid Seminar Room and our warehouse space were magically transformed into multiple shop spaces to be videotaped.
The videos have been completed and you can now view them on our website. Delta/Porter-Cable will air them as commercials, show them at trade shows, and distribute them with their marketing materials. Several members of our staff can be seen in the videos including Chris Black, Ed Scent and Doug Hall. Also featured are two of our popular instructors, Frank Bowers and Jim Dillon, and renowned Atlanta artists Michael Gilmartin and George Berry.
The Windsor style has been around almost 300 years. Classic lines gracefully framing negative space have led some to refer to the chair as utilitarian sculpture. Master craftsman Curtis Buchanan makes his Windsor Chairs in much the same way they were made 200 years ago. His small, one-man shop is located in the heart of Tenneesee's Jonesborough Historic District. Buchanan has written articles for and has been featured in
, and has taught in many craft schools both here and abroad. His chairs are in the permanent collection of the Tennessee State Museum, the Southern Highlands Craft Guild, and Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson.
Curtis will return to Highland Hardware in April to teach his popular week-long Windsor Chair class. Participants will make Windsor Youth High Chairs, a style of Windsor chair of which Curtis was a key presenter at the recent Windsor High Chair Symposium in Colonial Williamsburg.
Read more about Curtis Buchanan
See a detailed description and/or register for Curtis's class on April 10 - 15, Build a Windsor Youth Chair (991322)
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Question: I've been turning for several years and do fairly well with bowls. Candlesticks, however, are a different story. Once I've settled on a design, the first one goes well. Matching the second one to the first one is excruciating! I use calipers and parting tools to get the heights on the contours, but they never come out quite right.
I've tried leaving both pieces on the lathe without separating them and have also tried finishing one and using it as master. Neither method seems to work very well. After a lot of fussing I find myself giving up and going with "good enough".
I don't believe I turn enough to justify a duplicating attachment...
Do you have any suggestions for turning duplicate pieces?
The Woodworkers' Guild of Georgia was formed in 1980 by a group of dedicated woodworkers, and today the membership of amateur and professional woodworkers exceeds 400. The guild recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, and members new and old - including several of the founding members - gathered to reminisce about the early days. Ted Baldwin organized the celebration and brings us the following account of the event.
Highland Hardware has been an ardent proponent of Japanese waterstones for many years. So, when Norton came out with their U.S. made waterstones, we wanted to give them a go. After almost two years of shop use and testing, we are pleased to offer these fine stones.
We've found the Norton stones work just as remarkably as their Japanese counterparts, but with some differences. The Norton stones wear a little tougher in general, and thus require less frequent flattening. The 200 grit stone cuts more aggressively and is less likely to clog than other coarse stones. It's perfect for flattening the backs of new tools and removing large bevel nicks. The 8000 grit stone is just wonderful, and is slowly becoming one of our favorite polishing stones. It will quickly put a mirror shine on the toughest tool steels, including the new cryogenically treated A2's. All Norton stones are 3" wide x 8" long x 1" thick, making them wider than even our large Japanese waterstones. They will readily accommodate wider plane irons, and all tools can be easily honed with roller guides. Each stone comes in a nonskid, plastic case for clean use and storage.
You care for and maintain Norton waterstones in all the ways you're familiar with. (See our handout, Waterstone Sharpening ). You can use the Norton Flattening Stone (156620) for truing all the stones, and a nagura stone (026425) can be used to raise the slurry on the 4000 and 8000 grit stones.
Set/4 Norton Waterstones
Norton 200x Green Stone (156611) $29.99
Norton 1000x Waterstone (156612) $41.99
Norton 4000x Waterstone (156613) $55.99
Norton 8000x Waterstone (156614) $83.99
Norton Flattening Stone (156620) $25.99
Nagura Stone (026425) $4.99