A bit of a flashback to Flint’s earlier work.

 

 

Location: Nannup, Western Australia

Inspiration for sculpture:
There are eight Totem Poles in total and each is 7 meters high which was completed in 2008.
The local council purposely cut down the Jarrah trees and Flint was asked to do work his magic on the trees.

Tools Used:

 

Process: 

With most of Flint’s work, the process is very similar from one project to another. The amount of work depends on the complexity of the tree and end carving.

  1. Debarking
  2. Chainsaw work – This step took a whole to talk the bulk of the wood out and working out the proportions. The time for this process really depends on what project it is so therefore, timing varies. The main chainsaw work here is to take the main bulk of the timber away.
  3. Proportions – When Flint carves out the proportions he is careful to not add too much definition so he has room to move with proportions if needed. Once he is happy with the proportions he works on the definition and hard cuts. Once it is down to this stage he will then look at the finer details and works from here.

 

Completion time:

One week for each Totem Pole. Flint did about another dozen Totem Poles and there will be more coming Totem Poles which Flint will be working on for the remainder of 2013.

Flint Edward Sculpting – Gecko

Here is one of Flint’s current sculpting commissioned work.

Location: Rose Gum, Honey Wood Estate, WA

Inspiration for sculpture: 
The client requested for a piece to sit in the children’s playground that was of a native Australian animal. With the tree stump that was to be used from, Flint decided to carve a Gecko. The Gecko is bolted into the concrete so the children can freely play on it.

Tools Used: Arbortech Mini-Grinder, TURBOPlane, sanding discs

Process: 
The wood used for the Gecko was a lot harder wood which slows down the process a bit however, Flint is always armed with his Arbortech tools and he says “this wood is harder to work with and makes the debarking process longer than normal but with Arbortech tools there is no drama!”

  1. Debarking
  2. Chainsaw work – This step took a whole to talk the bulk of the wood out and working out the proportions. The time for this process really depends on what project it is so therefore, timing varies. The main chainsaw work here is to take the main bulk of the timber away.
  3. Proportions – When Flint carves out the proportions he is careful to not add too much definition so he has room to move with proportions if needed. Once he is happy with the proportions he works on the definition and hard cuts. Once it is down to this stage he will then look at the finer details and works from here.

Completion time: Three and a half weeks (due to the hardness of the wood).

Watch this space for more Flint projects!

Flint Edward Sculpting – Dolphins

More of Flint Edward’s work below.

Dolphins

Location: Perth Motor Lodge Flag, WA

Inspiration for sculpture: 
The shape of the timber inspired Flint to create dolphins. Still with the animals theme, Flint decided to carve the dolphins as they are the animals of the world and everyone loves dolphins!

Tools Used: Arbortech Mini-Grinder, Power Chisel and sanding discs.

Process: 
For the dolphin carvings, it was the same process as that of the wedgetail eagle. 

  1. Debarking
  2. Chainsaw work – This step took a whole to talk the bulk of the wood out and working out the proportions. The time for this process really depends on what project it is so therefore, timing varies. The main chainsaw work here is to take the main bulk of the timber away.
  3. Proportions – When Flint carves out the proportions he is careful to not add too much definition so he has room to move with proportions if needed. Once he is happy with the proportions he works on the definition and hard cuts. Once it is down to this stage he will then look at the finer details and works from here.

Completion time: One and a half weeks.

Stay tuned for more work from Flint!

We have featured Flint Edward in our earlier blog post (click here if you haven’t read the post or seen the amazing pictures yet) and he is known for his work with wood and ice, which is nothing short of amazing. 

Check out more of Flint’s recent work below.

Wedgetail Eagle With Fish

Location: Perth Motor Lodge Flag, WA

For this sculpture Flint wanted to stay with the Australian animals theme. This tree had three limbs coming off it and Flint had to come up with a concept that would utilize the timber. Flint also wanted to carve an animal that had “life” to it and from the structure of the tree it would be perfect to carve an eagle swooping down to attack it’s prey. The challenge in this sculpture was getting the proportions right and structurally conveying the carving.

Inspiration for sculpture: 
Flint lives in the country, Green Hills which is 23km from York and there is a hill nearby that has a family of wedgetail eagles which he sees every day.
Tools Used: Arbortech Mini-Grinder, Power Chisel and sanding discs.

Process: 

  1. Debarking
  2. Chainsaw work – This step took a whole to talk the bulk of the wood out and working out the proportions. The time for this process really depends on what project it is so therefore, timing varies. The main chainsaw work here is to take the main bulk of the timber away.
  3. Proportions – When Flint carves out the proportions he is careful to not add too much definition so he has room to move with proportions if needed. Once he is happy with the proportions he works on the definition and hard cuts. Once it is down to this stage he will then look at the finer details and works from here.

Completion time: Three and a half weeks

Stay tuned for more work from Flint!

More animals made from wood chips.

Has our series of wood chips carving posts inspired you? Have you created your own version of wood chip carving sculptures? If so, we’d love for you to share with us! Please send your version to us via email by clicking here.

Sergei’s work of wood chip sculptures continue. If you didn’t see the first blog post of this series, we suggested using left over wood chips and shavings from your use of Arbortech tools to start projects such as these. Not only is this a great way to recycle wood chips but it looks like a good challenge for those looking to make something different. If you are looking to try something like this for the first time we recommend you start small and aim for a rustic appearance. These particularly intricate and extremely precise sculptures take over 6 months to complete, so if you want to simply test the waters remember – start small. Good luck!

 

We welcome your comments below.

Here are some more ideas and stunning creations made from wood chips.
The artist and creator of these magnificent sculptures is not named. This man takes wood chips which is from Red Cedar, soaks them in water for many days. He then starts his building process of the animals and for each creation it would take him about 6 months.
Many people have offered him large sums of money for each piece yet he will not put a dollar value on his creations and he won’t sell his work.
His work is truly amazing and very inspiration!



 
What do you think of this man’s sculptures made from wood chips? Leave your comments in the section below! 

As a woodworker, you’re likely to have piles and piles of wood chips every time you do your woodworking. Especially if you are into power carving and Arbortech tools!

Depending on the size and scope of your woodworking you probably have a good accumulation of wood chips sitting somewhere in your working shed or work space.

These days, we’re all about being “green” and minimizing our carbon footprint. So, ever wondered what you can do with those remaining wood chips? We have an idea….

The next time you’re carving with Arbortech blades and have those wood chips left over, don’t throw them away! Instead, save them and use them to create something of the following nature….

Let these images inspire you!

 

 

How amazing are these sculptures made from using left over scraps of wood chips? We will be posting more blogs about projects that use left over wood chips so stay tuned.

We’d love to hear your comments so please feel free to leave comments in the section below.

Winners Are Grinners

The proud winner of Arbortech’s Woodworking Competition, Rachel Bramley surely is one happy woman! Rachel won the first place prize for the competition which was an Arbortech prize tool package which includes the Arbortech Power Chisel, Mini-Grinder, TURBOPlane and the newest addition to range of woodworking products, the Mini-TURBO.
We’d like to extend a huge congratulations to Rachel and confident she will make the most of her new collection of Arbortech tools to create more truly amazing wood carvings.

Check out Rachel’s blog posts below.

Keep up the great work Rachel!