Apr 132018
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Yesterday, Chris Bagby (also known as my Dad and one of the Owners of Highland Woodworking) and I went to Winnona Park Elementary in Decatur, GA where we were interviewed by a class of 30 3rd graders taught by Mr. Matthew Hicks. The class is currently studying Entrepreneurship and they have had several business owners from around the Metro Atlanta area come in to discuss their businesses and how they got started.

My Dad and I came with a stack of our newest Spring/Summer 2018 Catalogs to hand out to the students as well as a copy of our very first tool catalog printed back in 1982. To give the kids more of an idea of the products we sell, I also brought my Narex Spoon Carving Starter Kit which I started a few weeks ago at the Ormewood Park Makers Festival where Highland Woodworking had a booth promoting our store and woodworking classes.

One of the main questions was how the business was started and what resources were needed in order to start the business. My Dad discussed how he and Sharon, my Mom,  founded the business as Highland Hardware back in 1978, across the street from its current location in Virginia-Highlands. Armed with both a bank loan and a personal loan from Sharon’s parents, the two were able to rent the building at 1034 N. Highland Ave for just $500 a month. He emphasized the importance of capital, a dedicated staff, and an attractive storefront/layout as important resources for starting a business.

We had a fun time answering the kids creative questions and getting them (hopefully) interested in woodworking as well as in possibly starting their own businesses in the future.

If you want to read more about the history of Highland Woodworking, check out our About Us page on our website.

Apr 122018
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Back in the December 2016 issue of Wood News, Norm Reid reviewed actor/woodworker Nick Offerman’s newest title Good Clean Fun. This excellent book provides a look inside the inner-workings of the well-known Offerman Woodshop and much more!

If you’re looking for a good time reading about wood, woodworking and woodworkers, you need go no further. In this, his third book, actor, humorist, author and, yes, woodworker Nick Offerman tells all about the Offerman Woodshop. It’s a quirky read and as the cover suggests full of “assorted tomfoolery.” And fun. Once I had it in my hands, I could hardly put it down.

We are excited to have Nick Offerman (plus several other special guests) set to visit our store in Atlanta for our 40th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, April 28th. Come out and enjoy the day with us!

Click here to read the rest of Norm’s review

Click here for more information about our 40th Anniversary celebration

Apr 102018
Tool Review: Leigh B975 Box Joint & Beehive Jig
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In the April 2018 issue of Wood News, Jeff Fleisher take a closer look at the all new Leigh B975 Box Joint & Beehive Jig, a great new tool that simplifies the process of making box joints and ensures the consistency of your joints. The Leigh Box Joint & Beehive Jig is the perfect jig […]

Apr 042018
April Woodworking Poll: Do You Use/Trust the Laser On Your Tools?
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  Measure twice, cut once. Such sayings are legendary, sage advice. We all know that accuracy is one of the most important factors in a good woodworking outcome. Usually, it’s a matter of “taking the time.” Taking time to mark accurately, line up a cut accurately, and execute the cut accurately. Whether a butt joint […]

Apr 032018
Mixing Epoxy – Tips from Sticks in the Mud – April 2018 – Tip #2
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No Southern-fried Southern boy wants to be called a Yankee, but we share the characteristics of shrewdness and thrift. Thus, each month we include a money-saving tip. It’s OK if you call me “cheap.” Back in the day, can openers created a sharp-edged disk of metal that was at least as dangerous as a Ninja […]

Apr 022018
Using and Storing Epoxy – Tips from Sticks in the Mud – April 2018 – Tip #1
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Welcome to “Tips From Sticks-In-The-Mud Woodshop.” I am a hobbyist who loves woodworking and writing for those who also love the craft. I have found some ways to accomplish tasks in the workshop that might be helpful to you, and I enjoy hearing your own problem-solving ideas. Please share them in the COMMENTS section of each […]

Mar 222018
Show Us Your Shop:<br>Gary Wegner's Own Festool Heaven
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In the latest issue of Festool Heaven, we featured Gary Wegner’s woodworking shop. When Gary Wegner left his farm and moved into town in Spokane, WA, he decided to reinvent his wood shop by eliminating his tablesaw and replacing it with a Festool TS 55 Tracksaw and MFT Workbench. Take a look at the pictures of his […]