Maleny 2017 was yet again a huge hit, thank you to all of those who came to visit and support us! For those of you who don’t know, The Maleny Wood Show is hosted in rural Queensland and is renowned for showcasing the finest crafted timber products, timber cutters, live woodworking demonstrations and hands on workshops. There were plenty of things happening this year including our first kids workshop, Pacific Islander totem demonstrations and of course the prestigious Wootha Prize.
We thoroughly enjoyed running our first ever session of the Arbortech Lil Woodworkers Workshops, this one was called ‘Make a Sign’ with the Arbortech Power Chisel. We were inundated with kids aged 7 years and up who were eager to learn some new skills and unleash their timber creativity. Not only did they learn about proper power tool safety, handling and processes, but also were given the chance to create designs freehand or with stencils. Every participant walked away with their creation and a huge grin on their faces!
Another great attraction at the show was Shane Chirstensen who hosted two Pacific Island wood sculptors to demonstrate wood carving for the three day long show. During the festival, each carver sculpted a traditional totem pole to represent their island with the help of some modern wood carving technology – the TURBO Plane. Shane says “From my experience of carving at festivals with Pacific Islanders, the Islander Carvers are used to using chainsaws for larger cuts, and moving down to the chisel work, but we all know the Arbortech TURBO plane and Industrial Woodcarver can nearly replace the chainsaw and can carve much finer and smoother”.
We were very happy to support Shane in his endeavor to unit cultural traditions with new advances in woodworking technology – our tools will provide new, safer and therefore more enjoyable ways for the Islander to craft and power carve wooden items back home.
The Wootha Prize is another stand out even at the Maleny show. Every year wood turner, wood sculptors, carvers and furniture makers enter this prestigious woodworking event which is the only themed exhibition art prize for woodworkers and wood artists in Australia.