The Journey of Arbortech Woodworking Tools With Clive Firth
Written by Clive Firth, UK

I used to demonstrate Arbortech tools at woodworking shows. I even did a couple of shows demonstrating for Brimarc Ltd. When my ill health got the better of me I retired to Cumbria, I started the Solway Woodcarving Group in 2006. I was the only one with both hand tools and power carving tools. I have taught loads of people who thought that, they would never be able to carve. I am very proud of my group and the work that we have done in the local community raising money for many a good cause over the last eight years or so.
Here are some photos of my carvings.

The tools that we used was the Arbortech Industrial Woodcarver, the TURBO Plane to smooth out the seat and other flat areas. The original Industrial Woodcarver was also used to rough out the main shape of Neptune, to shape his hands, chest and Trident.. The Arbortech Industrial mini discs was used to cut and shape detail, i.e. fingers, finger nails, beard and the Neptune Crown with two fish.

 

I would like to share how the story chair came about.
My group and I were asked to build the chair for the Town’s Community Garden. At first I thought about the old stories that I was told as a child such as Jack and the Bean Stalk, Little Red Ridding Hood, etc..but soon realised that they now deemed old fashioned. I looked at modern day stories Harry Potter, Gruffalo and others. Both avenues seemed to have limitations and did not reach over all age groups. At the time there was a lot been said to me by people who lived here all their lives about passed events and their memories. Silloth was built in Mid to Late Victorian times. There were clown and singing acts on the Green, donkeys, then more modern day and up to today there are shows and events on the Green. Everyone that spoke to me were keen to tell me of the nice, happy and fun times on The Towns Green, they all had stories to tell. So I decided to make the design to cover all those events and happy times because all had a many, many stories.

 

On the back the is a Big Ferris Wheel, The Happy & Sad Faces of Theatre, Music score and beer glass’s a Marquee and people outside it.
These representatives of The Fairs, the Theatre, the Music & Beer festival and the Art & Craft Shows. On the one side are the Clown of both yester year and modern years, the donkeys and the laying/planting of the Towns Green is represented by flowers. On the other side the are Kites for the Kite festival and an Old Steam tractor/Roller to represent the Vintage Steam Rally.

The Arbortech TURBO Plane is reviewed by Bob Duncan in the Fall 2014 issue of Woodcarving Illustrated Magazine.

Bob says about the TURBO Plane; “When I first tried the TURBO Plane, I set my feet firmly, grabbed the grinder, braced my shoulders and wrists, and applied the tool to the wood. I was pleasantly surprised at how little resistance I felt as wood sliced off the blank. This tool moves wood without causing wrist, arm and shoulder fatigue.”

 

Read the article HERE.