Staff Woodwork Comp Winners 2015

THE JOURNEY

WINNER OF PEOPLES CHOICE AWARD

Made by Steve Marsh
Steve is the Financial Controller at Arbortech and has discovered his love of woodworking after  using Arbortech tools, he has won the staff competition 2 years in a row.  His piece started out as a piece of Sheoak (West Australian timber) which he salvaged from his brother’s property many years ago so the there is a lovely aged colour to the wood.
The shape of the wood basically dictated shape of the sculpture and he started to play with hollowing out the log by using the Mini TURBO.  He then used the TURBO Shaft to get into those hard to reach places and create the deep channels as well as gently smoothing the shape of the wood.
Once he was happy with the overall shape he used the Contour Sander to sand the piece together with some hand sanding where needed.  Steve had always intended to put on some metal off cuts from the Arbortech Brick & Mortar Saw blades to represent his family however during the making of the piece it became more about life’s experience and journey.
Putting these metal pieces onto the piece proved to be one of the most difficult tasks due to their size and the way he wanted to attach them to the wood.  Steve pre-drilled all the holes and each piece of metal was screwed with 2 screws.  He then finished off the whole piece with oil.
Steve plans to mount the piece on a metal square with a supporting bracket to hold it upright in the garden.
ANNUAL ARBORTECH STAFF WOODWORKING COMPETITION – 2015
Well it’s that time of year again when all of our staff are encouraged to make something using Arbortech tools.  The idea was to help everyone understand how the tools work and what they can be used on so we can all help our customers questions and queries with real experience and knowledge.  This is now the third staff competition we have had and the benefits have far outweighed our expectations and any hesitation anyone might have had before starting their project has gone.  We now have people planning their project way ahead of the start date and hear stories of working late into the night sanding and shaping.   All new employees are encouraged by others to get started so creativity and healthy competition is well and truly alive and well.   We are very proud of everyone for participating in this competition and producing such a wonderfully high standard pieces.

 

 

I am going to write up some blogs about each piece over the coming months and while I am getting the photos and stories together for these I thought it was probably easy for me to write about my own entry first.  As a Director of Arbortech, some people think that being married to Kevin and being around woodworking for the last 30 years that I would be quite good at using our tools.  The truth is that I am not and can be considered as much of a novice as most other staff.  So onto my entry which won runner up prize from the independent judging panel..

 

THE SEED POD 
 by Kristine Inkster 
We recently picked up some lovely wood called Sheoak which was cut down by mistake by the local council who had left several logs of approx. 30cm  (12”) diameter.

 

I chose a piece which I estimate to be approx. 60cm (24”) long and decided to carve a bowl.  The wood looked like it had been cut a couple of months previously so it was still quite green.  I first started by using the TURBO Plane to  smooth the surfaces and give me a nice surface to work with.

 

Once I had a block to work with I marked out the rough shape of the opening I wanted in my bowl and started with the TURBO Plane and then continued with the Mini TURBO due to the tight opening I had penciled.

The Mini TURBO was great and easy to use and as I had made a bit of a wave shape on the top of my bowl so I could get in and under this.

 

The shaping part of my bowl was done in about an hour and a half so I then started using the Mini Grinder sanding discs with 60 grit.  After the rough sanding was finished I used the Contour Random Sander with some finer sanding discs attached and this was great for getting up under the lip and into the bowl.

 

 After I had finished the sanding there was some splitting in the wood happening as it was still a little green so I started filling it with some resin and waited for it to dry.  After a day or so it was cracked some more so I filled it some more.  This went on for several days until I decided that I would never end up filling all the cracks and knocked out the resin and sanded back the crack to make it a feature.

 

 

I then painted a Black Japan stain onto the outside to give it a point of difference which I am happy with and hence the name seed pod.  I finished it off with some wax on the outside and oil on the inside.