In our previous blog post we featured the Arbortech staff woodworking competition winners.
If you missed our previous blog post on the competition winners you can check it out here.
We had some great submissions from our staff and we’d like to share these projects with you to showcase their fantastic work. Check out the woodworking projects below.

 

Plywood Cluster Table
 This table will be one of six, creating a cluster table.
Created by: Kevin Inkster (CEO)
Wood used: Plywood Cluster Table

Arbortech tools used:

Kevin at work on his cluster table

 

Myrtle Turtle 

Created by: Kristine Inkster (Executive Director)

Wood used: Queensland Myrtle wood
Arbortech tools used:

Kristine carving the details on the turtle

 

Celtic Door
Created by: Matthew Cormack (R&D)

Wood used: Pine wood

Arbortech tools used:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celtic Door was milled to size and doweled

 

Perth Skyline
Created by: Nora Redzwan (Sales)

Wood used: Camphor wood

Arbortech tools used:

 

 

Representation of Perth Skyline
My Grand Daughter’s Clock
Created by: Peter Tashjian (Production)
A photo calendar with monthly and yearly photos were inserted into round pockets into their appropriate location. A clock was mounted, chiselled letters and the face of Peter’s grand-daughter were inscribed.

Arbortech tools used:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peter’s clock for his grand-daughter

 

Stretch

Created by: Steve Marsh (Finance Dept)

Wood used: Pine wood

Arbortech tools used:

 

 

“Stretch” giraffe

 

The Golden Dragon

Created by: Barry Fitzpatrick (Production)

Wood used: Jarrah

Arbortech tools used:

Using the Power Chisel to carve out the dragon

 

Stool With Sad Face
Created by: Rocky Xu (R&D)
Wood used: Pine wood

Arbortech tools used:

 

Carving from the wood using the Mini TURBO

 

Pagan Cross

Created by: Bill Ginn (Manufacturing Team)
Wood used: Curly Jarrah

Arbortech tools used:

 

 

Using the Power Chisel to carve out the cross

 

 

Live, Love, Laugh
Created by: Christine Taylor (Secretary)

Wood used: Sheoak

Arbortech tools used:

 

 

Christine’s piece and message was inspired by Vicky Galbraith’s attitude to life

 
Created by: Peter Godden (Arbortech shareholder)Turbo Fossil

This was Peter’s first time using the TURBO Plane and he said that “the TURBO Plane allowed me to express my creative desires in a way that gave me the freedom to explore different techniques, textures and shapes which were previously difficult to achieve. Whilst the convex of this piece invokes the observer to experience texture, shadow, form in contrast, the concave face offers the subtle qualities of colour and grain patterns. So it is with this sculpture I have looked at opposing surfaces, allowing a deeper appreciation of my creative process, the wonders of natural wood and the great tools to carve it with.

Wood used: Sheoak

Arbortech tools used:

 

 

Peter’s first experience using the TURBO Plane and he loved it
REMINDER: We hope you have enjoyed viewing our staff competition woodworking projects and stirred some inspiration in you to use Arbortech tools to create some amazing woodworking projects and sculptures.
What are your thoughts on our staff’s woodworking projects? We’d love to hear from you! Please leave your comments below in the comments section.

 

The public Woodworking Competition has been extended and closes on Monday 22nd July 2013 by 4.00pm WST.
We are still accepting entries so please send through your entries by clicking here.
Enter your woodworking project today for a chance to win a fantastic Arbortech tools pack up to the value of $1,000 AUD!
For all competition details and entry forms please click here.
Best of luck!!

As you may have read from our previous blog post, Arbortech celebrated 25 years in business this year on June 30th by hosting a anniversary party which one of the event’s highlights was the staff woodworking competition.

 

Last year we ran an Arbortech staff woodworking competition for the first time and the woodworking projects that were submitted showed us that our staff are quite the wood artists!  Click hereto see last year’s woodworking project submissions by our staff.

 

This year’s woodworking project entries were just as fantastic and it’s great to see the woodworking skills of our staff have improved and they have gone on to create more fabulous woodworking pieces.

 

The winning woodworking project were awarded prizes in the categories of;

  • People’s Choice
  • Most Practical
  • Best Project Plan
  • Best Novice

 

Drumroll please….here are the winning staff woodworking projects for 2013.

 

Winner “People’s Choice” 

This piece represented the project that received the most votes at the show. This is a chip and dip bowl which Junior spontaneously thought up when the woodworking competition was announced.

 

The “One”

Created by: Junior Linke (Manufacturing Team)

Wood used: Olive wood

Arbortech tools used:

 

 

Junior hard at work on his project

 

Winner “Most Practical” 

For the second year in a row, Bela has reclaimed the title for the “Most Practical” project. The “Souper Ladle” is now a permanent kitchen utensil in Bela’s household.

 

“Souper Ladle”

Created by: Bela Inkster (Graphic Designer)

Wood used: Olive wood and Jarrah

Arbortech tools used:

Mini-TURBO

 

Winner “Best Project Plan”

For the second year in a row, Sven has won a prize in the woodworking competition. Last year he won the “Best In Show” title for his “Contemplation Bench” and this year still a winner, won the “Best Project Plan” category for his well documented project plan of his Sculpted Coffee Table.

 

“Sculpted Coffee Table”

Created by: Sven Blicks (General Manager)

Wood used: Jarrah board and Karri, sourced from a salvage yard

Arbortech tools used:

 

 

“Sculpted Coffee Table” with removable top

 

Weekend project – Sven working on his woodworking project

 

 

Sculpted coffee table work in progress
Winner “Best Novice”

This is Ismail’s first woodworking project and everyone was impressed with what was produced from a novice woodworker.

 

“Fish”

Created by: Ismail Amat (Manufacturing Team)

Wood used: Pine wood

Arbortech tools used:

Power Chisel

 

 

“Fish” leaf like motif carving
Congratulations to Junior, Bela, Sven and Ismail on your woodworking project win!

 

What are your thoughts on the winning projects?

 

We’d love to hear your comments and thoughts! Please leave your commentary below in the comments section.

 

Arbortech Beginnings

The story of Arbortech truly started from humble beginnings with CEO and Arbortech original tools inventor, Kevin Inkster and his wife, Kristine living in Nannup – a small country town in the South West of Western Australia. Kevin and Kristine made a living from a combination of driving school buses, mechanical repairs and woodworking.

About Kevin Inkster
From a very young age it was already evident that Kevin had an intuitive, inventive flair in him. At the age of 18 he came up with the design concept of self lighting cigarettes.  The idea was pursued by unscrupulous investors who told him the idea was unpatentable. 
Designing had always been a love for Kevin and he spent his spare time experimenting with other different design and concepts. In fact, most of Arbortech’s woodworking tools are a result of Kevin’s experimentation.

Kevin with an early Woodcarver Blade in 1988



The Original Woodcarver Blade
In 1984 Kevin and Kristine were  joint cafe owners with another business couple. The building required complete renovation and it was decided the cafe would go through a fit-out. With limited funds to hire a professional to do the work, Kevin became hands on with the entire fit-out. This project further fueled Kevin’s interest for invention and woodworking as he felt the lack of tools on the market for woodworking.
Kevin continued with his passion for woodworking and making a bit of extra income from making wooden chairs, in partnership with another craftperson, Peter Godden who was making tables from wood sourced from the forest floor. 
Kevin became frustrated at the lack of woodworking tools for freehand shaping the seat bases. That was when Kevin decided to try his hands at a new contraption by wrapping a chainsaw chain around part of an old Volkswagen cover.

 

The Original Woodcarver Blade in 1984


Between 1984 – 1987, Kevin experimented with many prototypes and eventually the design evolved through a series of improvements and testing.

Woodcarver Prototype 2



In 1988 Kevin decided to enter his creation of a Sculpted Reclining Chair (made using a Woodcarver prototype) into a woodworking competition which  won the South West Arts Festival’s woodworking prize of $3,000. From here the decision arose as to whether Kevin wanted to continue with his love for woodworking or venture into manufacturing of woodworking tools. The choice was to commercialize the Woodcarver after receiving a $5,000 government grant in June of that year, with an office being set up out of Kevin and Kristine’s home to run their business.
Kevin’s sculpted Jarrah chair sold for $3,000




Kevin’s first chair sculpture won the South West Prize $1,000 in 1987


Arbortech Incorporated 
As such, Arbortech was officially incorporated. In October 1988, Arbortech attended the first Timber & Working With Wood Show in Melbourne. The Woodcarver made a debut appearance and also demonstrated, which intrigued and generated much interest to the woodworking enthusiasts. The Woodcarver was sold for $50.00 and completely sold out by the end of the show weekend. Having netted sales of $14,000 from the Woodcarver sales, it was a big achievement for Kevin and Kristine, and it was clear the teamwork between the humble couple paid of. 

The Original Woodcarver Blade going to market in 1988

The following year, an office was set up in the main street of Nannup. Further success followed when the Woodcarver blade was awarded the BHP Steel award.

Kevin with his BHP Steel Award


In 1990, Kevin and Kristine were able to move from their home office to an office building at 50 Westchester Road.  This same year, the demand for the Woodcarver grew and Arbortech received an order of 50,000 Woodcarver blades from Ryobi in the United States.


The growth of sales and business lead to Arbortech expanding and needing a larger office to facilitate the business operations and activities. In 1993, a purpose built corporate office and manufacturing facility at 67 Westchester Road, Malaga was built. Business activity only went from strength to strength from here as Kevin continued his passion for woodworking and developing woodworking tools out of his love for design and experimentation. In 1996 the woodworking range expanded to include more woodworking tools which have translated to the preferred tools for many woodworkers today.

Arbortech Ventures Into The International Market
With the appreciation for woodworking growing and the increased demand for woodworking tools beyond the Australian market, Arbortech expanded business operations and ventured into the export market with the opening of a US office in 2007 and European office in 2011.

Whilst woodworking tools are a big part of Arbortech’s product portfolio, Arbortech’s name has been associated with engineering excellence and innovation for the award winning brick and mortar saw known as the Allsaw.

Newspaper clipping from 1993 featuring Kevin with his award winning Allsaw



Arbortech also gained international recognition for the development of the Airboard, a unique personal hovercraft that was featured at the Sydney 2000 Olympics Opening Ceremony.

The Airboard
 
Arbortech continues to focus on research and development to bring the best and most innovative products to the market.  A renewed focus on woodworking products has seen the release of the TURBOPlane in 2012 and following it’s success, the release of the Mini-TURBO to the Australian market in May 2013 at the Maleny Wood Show. The Mini-TURBO will be released to the international market in September 2013.

Celebrating 25 Years
Having started from humble beginnings and evolving to an internationally recognized brand name, we thought such achievement needed to be celebrated at our 25 year anniversary. 

 

No celebration is complete without cake!


 The party was held at Arbortech head office grounds on Sunday, June 30th with attendees of Arbortech staff and their family members, shareholders, suppliers, auditors and other members associated with the Arbortech team. Drinks and canapés were served and everyone mingled happily.



 

Kevin making a speech






                                     
                                               No Arbortech event is what it is without the Arbortech Band
Getting into the groove







The Arbortech Band cranking the tunes for the crowd!


As part of the 25 year anniversary and annual woodworking competition, one of the highlights of the party was judging the staff woodworking projects.

This marks the 2nd year of the staff woodworking competition and we covered this in a previous blog post of last year’s staff woodworking winners and projects.
Arbortech staff had been working hard on their woodworking project and this year’s entries were equally as impressive as last year’s submissions.
Stay tuned for our next blog post for coverage of the staff woodworking project and the winners.

Before we close off this blog entry we wanted to express our appreciation to our customers who have supported us through the years and been loyal Arbortech tool users. We look forward to serving you for many more years to come!

If you have any comments or suggestions about Arbortech tools, our company or anything else, we welcome your thoughts and would love to hear from you.

Until then, happy woodworking!