Georgia Magazine - October 2019 - 26

Carving out
a niche

LEITA COWART

Above: Woodworker Phil Colson uses a
gouge to shape the outside of a turned bowl.
Below: Highland Woodworking in Atlanta has
evolved to serve an international community
of woodworkers, offering high-quality tools
and educational classes.

Atlanta's Highland Woodworking
helps craftspeople find their groove
By Laura Raines

hat began as a traditional hardware store in
Midtown Atlanta in 1978 is now a mecca for
woodworkers from around the world.
First-timers and regulars feel welcomed by
Highland Woodworking's gleaming, planked floors
and old-timey mezzanine. They delight in the
shelves filled with essential and hard-to-come-by
tools, hand-forged axes, chisels, rasps, drill bits,
dovetail jigs, spokeshaves and hand planes, alongside a rich variety of shop supplies, woodworking
plans and books about guitar-making, birdhouses,
home improvement and more.
Those who can't drop in find the products and
tips they need online through the highlandwood
working.com website, the store's monthly "Wood
News" or the seasonal mail-order catalog, which is
an educational read on its own.
Customers come with wish lists and problems

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to solve, and they find not only a knowledgeable staff but also a
community of other woodturners, furniture makers, refinishers
and cabinetmakers with a passion for working with wood.
"In the store, we'll re-create a problem in order to solve it
and may discover new problems in the process," says Sydney
Dew, a wood finisher and longtime employee. "But we're going
to help people find what they need."

Learning from others
"Woodworkers are incredibly giving and sharing people. If
someone asks how they do something, chances are they'll say:
'Come with me. I'll show you,'" says Phil Colson, woodturner,


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