ROAD TRIP!! This weekend is my much anticipated trip to Atlanta, Georgia for The Woodworking Shows event. The event is Friday-Sunday so I made the drive over on Thursday to spend some time going to different places around town. One place in particular was the highly regarded Highland Woodworking store. It was an AMAZING place with a very friendly staff. If you’re not familiar with Highland Woodworking, it’s a two story woodworking store in Atlanta, Georgia that has soooooooo many woodworking items. Most of which are on my wish list. I can see how it would be easy to blow the shop budget pretty quickly in there. They also have a website where you can purchase through them if you are not local to the Atlanta area. I’ve been getting my bandsaw blades through their online store since getting my bandsaw.
The rest of this short, impromptu article is a small glimpse of the store and of my visit. I really wish I got more pictures while I was there but regardless I still wanted to share what little bit I was able to get. If you ever have the chance stop by while visiting Atlanta I highly recommend checking it out.
I made the road trip from home with Shawn Stone and we met up with my good friend Jeff Ferguson to check out the store. Lathes, bandsaws, Festool, to all kinds of hand planes and chisels and even a few sets of 48”of layout dividers! You can barely catch a glimpse of those dividers in the top left of this first picture.
While at the store we met up with the owner, Chris Bagby, and got neat behind the scenes tour starting with the classroom upstairs. They were in the process of moving benches around and setting up the classroom for a timber framing class later that evening. The classroom had quite a few well used workbenches, some power machinery, and just a great, feel good, woodworking atmosphere.
There’s something about old used workbenches that I find so fascinating. So much character. So many battle scars from completed projects. And so much life left in them.
While walking through, Chris told us a bit about the history of the building and some changes that came along the way.
He also showed us the behind the scenes operations at the store. In a storage area upstairs there was an interesting chair hinging from the ceiling. It was a chair that Sam Maloof previously used to demonstrate and teach with in the classroom.
After the upstairs tour we went back downstairs to the rear of the building where the shipping and receiving area was and ventured to a small warehouse they had out back. It was quite a sight seeing piles of workbench vises, a huge stack of SawStop table saws, and other various power tools waiting to find their new homes.
They also had a very tempting deal on a 18” Rikon bandsaw that I came very close to pulling the trigger on. I quite possibly might have picked one up had I been in my vehicle for the trip. Oh well, there’s always next time ;)
While the visit to the store was planned the behind the scenes tour and history lesson on the store from Chris was unexpected. Thanks again, Chris! After visiting I’ve got a much higher regard or appreciation for the business. Most all of the employees have been working there for many years and it really felt like everyone loved doing what they do and loved working there. That’s something you don’t see often these days. Everyone was so nice and welcoming. It just felt like a great place to be. As a small business owner myself, it’s really nice to see other small businesses winning. I really wish I would have been prepared for the tour and taken a ton more pictures but like I said it was unexpected and I was just soaking it all in. So if you’re headed to the Atlanta, Georgia area for whatever reason be sure to at least stop by and take a look around. You’ll be glad you did. By the way, this isn’t a sponsored post or anything like that. I just really like supporting small businesses and was really impressed with this one today.