Post Maleny Expo 2017

Post Maleny Expo 2017

 

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.

 

The 3rd Place and prize went to Guy Breay for his sculpture titled ‘Navajo Revelation”. Guy used Arbortech tools to help him achieve the beautiful organic shape, hollows and twists in his piece.

 

 

 

 

 

How to fit sanding discs to the Arbortech Contour Random Sander

 

Remove hex nut and replace with plastic flange and countersunk screw which is punched straight through the sanding disc, adding the ability to use sanding discs without adhesive and keeping the  disc in place during use.  An additional kit with flange, screw and allen key will be available for purchase.

To remove the sanding disc grip the aluminium piece below the sanding disc and simply unscrew as it should be hand tightened, otherwise use a tool to loosen if necessary.

Remove hex head screw from the centre and replace with the flange and screw (these can be glued together)

This method of attaching a sanding disc can be used with or without adhesive backing on the pad.  If using a pad without adhesive simply push the screw/flange component through the centre of the disc and use on internal curves. Note* this method is not suitable for external curves as the screw/flange will make your work.

 

CAUTION: Always use the metal mounting flange of the grinder. The TURBO Plane or the plastic washers supplied with the TURBO Plane have to center on the ridge of the metal mounting flange. Do not put the TURBO Plane or the plastic washers on the spindle shaft without using the metal mounting flange.

Turbo Plane fitting instructions

Depending on the size of the spindle of your grinder, you may have to use the white plastic reduction washer in order to correctly center the TURBO Plane on the metal mounting flange.

M10 SPINDLE GRINDERS
STEP 1.  The plastic white washer has to centre on the ridge of the metal mounting flange. Push the washer down and make sure it centres on the ridge.

STEP 2. If you wish to raise the blade you can use the black spacer washers on top of the white reduction washer.

STEP 3. Use the lock nut with the ridge facing down. Ensure that the lock nut is engaging sufficient thread of the spindle and is level or below the top of the spindle shaft thread when tightened.

M14 or 5/8 SPINDLE GRINDERS

STEP 1.  The black plastic spacer washer has to center on the ridge of the metal mounting flange. (If no spacer washers are being used the TURBO Plane has to center on the ridge of the mounting flange)

STEP 2. If you wish to raise the blade you can use the black spacer washers.

STEP 3. If you have used the black spacer washers use the Lock Nut with the ridge facing up. Ensure that the lock nut is engaging sufficient thread of the spindle and is level or below the top of the spindle shaft thread when tightened.

 

Maleny Wood Show 2017

 

Visit us at the Maleny Showgrounds in Queensland for the annual Maleny Wood Expo!

The show takes place from the 29th of April to the 1st of May.

We will be contributing to the new show addition the Junior Landcare Paddock – where we will be offering kids “Make a Sign” with Arbortech Workshops across the 3 day period.

If your child would like to learn how to use the Power Chisel to carve their name, age, picture of a butterfly or even a dinosaur – make sure you stop by.

Not only will they walk away having learnt a new skill, they will also get to keep their creation to hang up on their bedroom wall.

 

“Make a Sign” with Arbortech – Children Workshop Details

Date: 29th April 2017 – 1st May 2017

Time: Workshops will be running continuously from 10.30am to 2.30pm daily

Cost: $5 per child (to cover cost of materials) on the day

Minimum age for participants: 7 years

Workshops will be fully supervised and led by qualified Arbortech woodworkers.

 

Purchase tickets to the Maleny Expo online here and visit us at the Expo 🙂


No.10 – Touch Wood Sculptures

This funky chair is hand carved from a single piece of Oak. Sculpted by Touch Wood Sculptures, it is retailing for approximately $7000 AUD! Taken from a 250 year old Oak tree that was felled for safety reasons, the Oak’s new form is minimalist, modern and somewhat rustic. The Industrial Woodcarver would be ideal for the initial removal of stock, followed by the TURBO Plane for the planing and medium sculpting components. The Mini Grinder would be the perfect option for getting into those tight spots around the arms and legs.

No.9 – Puzzle Stools

Wooden Puzzle Chair / Table (artist/ date unknown). This would be a great project to let the kids get involved with. Each piece is an individual stool or when combined it becomes a coffee table, talk about versatility and creativity in the home. Make the base of each piece out of solid timber for a more artistic or sculpted look with the TURBO Plane. Use the TURBO Shaft to create the puzzle shapes around the edges. You could also carve your family members names on each piece for a personalized touch – each piece belonging to a different family member but when put together it is symbolic of the family unit.

No.8 – Hugo Franca

 
Cocoon like piece carved from trunks by Brazilian designer, Hugo Franca. Very cool piece of functional art.
 

No.7 – Leaf Chair

For Art Nouveau fans, this sculptural chair is from the Mountain Region of France, c1900. The carved detail in the leaf veins along with the narrow hard to reach places in the back legs can be accomplished quickly and easily with the Mini Grinder.

No.6 – Hand Stools

 

We could barely handle ourselves when we came across these two hand inspired bar stools. Created in the 1960’s by Pedro Friedeberg these eclectic stools would add a touch of creativity and fun to any home.

No.5 – Anthropomorphic

This funky chair was made from Birch Plywood; it is called “Anthropomorphic” and was designed by Sergio Gill. 
 

No.4 – David Delthony

 
 A carved, laminated plywood chair created by David Delthony, c1985.

To sculpt a chair like this, (obviously adding a bit of your own style and flair!) you’ll need to stack laminate timber and bind them together with a strong wood adhesive such as Gorilla Wood Glue. Allow to set for a day or two and start sketching the design with a carpenter’s pencil. Sculpt away excess plywood with the TURBO Plane in line with the design. You will need to alternate angling the TURBO Plane – flat to achieve a planning effect and on a slight angle to achieve the varying curves of this flowing design. You may need to consider the Mini TURBO or Mini Grinder to reach into the smaller concave areas such as the back rest.  Plane the right side a bit more than this version to achieve a flat surface for your tea or coffee!
 

No.3 – Glemham

Sophisticated and intricate – The “Glemham” by Alex Johnson took 6 months to complete with the help of tools such as Chisels and Gauges. Alex believes that people will admire his effort and decorate their home with this special chair.
 

No.2 – Dragon Throne

 
This Dragon throne made it to No.2 because of it’s size and intricate design / detail (artist/ date unknown). Game of Thrones fans would appreciate this throne in their home, perhaps a smaller version though…?
 

No.1 Scorpion Seat

This cool and crazy Scorpion chair made it to No.1! It was made by Russian artist  Vyacheslav Pakhomov. This handcrafted scorpion chair measures in at six and a half feet and is available with leather upholstery and a variety of wood finishes.
If the translation on his website is correct, it does seem to be available for purchase for the relatively modest sum of approximately $3,636. 
Which one is your favorite?
 
 
 
 
Arbortech Woodworking Competition 2016!

On the 20th of August, the Arbortech courtyard in Perth Western Australia was once again transformed into an outdoor art gallery, with staff members showcasing their talent and pieces of work in the 2016 Arbortech Woodworking Competition. Family members, friends and colleagues gathered to view the wood creations that were all crafted using the Arbortech Woodworking range of products. To say “woodworking revolution” is an understatement, as the pieces in this year’s competition were nothing short of stellar. So much so, that a number of pieces have already been sold to the public.

 

Among the experienced staff woodworkers, there were a few new and nervous additions to the Arbortech family this year Max, Ramesh, Jana, Ade, Patricia and Alicia –“The Novices”. Although new to woodworking, they all gave the tools a go and where all equally shocked by how easy the Arbortech woodworking tools were to use and even more shocked at what they could do with the tools.

 

Plywood serving tray - Arbortech Tools

 

“We aren’t kidding when we say the Arbortech tools give their users the “Freedom to create the Impossible” says Patricia, our talented Graphic Designer and creator of the “Lagoa”, a beautiful, layered plywood tray.

 

Surf Board - Arbortech Tools

 

Max, another Novice and the company Management Accountant goes on to say “I was a little nervous before using TURBO Plane, I have not had any practice using it. I was afraid I would take too much wood off and there would be no way to fix it. But I was very surprised at how fast I got the hang of it – it was actually the most enjoyable part of the project: using the TURBO Plane.  I also used the Power Chisel to carve the design and TURBO Shaft to carve the holes to install the fin – they were also fun to use – surprisingly, it all went as I envisioned (it is a true testament to how user friendly the tools are – I have never made anything out of wood before).”

 

wooden Manta Ray - Arbortech Tools

 

On another note, the more experience staff woodworkers did not fail surprise either, showcasing their perfected techniques, talent and creativity.  A testament to this is Matt Cormack, our Product Designer who has been with Arbortech for over 20 years. He carefully sculpted his piece out of Plywood. The challenges lay in the fact that the project was small and the wood was fairly unstable which resulted in small pieces breaking off. Despite these challenges Matt managed to pull off a beautiful piece of woodwork called “Manta”.

 

Now take a look at for the rest of the pieces…

 

Flame by Sven - Arbortech Tools

Cheese Board - Arbortech Tools

Gadget Tray - Arbortech

Wood carved wine holder - Arbortech Tools

Wooden clock - Arbortech tools

Wooden Book Ends - Arbortech Tools

Wood desk organiser - Arbortech Tools

wooden shark sculpture - Arbortech Tools

wood peanut bowl - Arbortech Tools

wood vessel sculpture - Arbortech Tools

Wooden Sculpture - Arbortech Tools

Organic Wooden Bowl - Arbortech Tools

Walnut Wood Tray - Arbortech Tools

Wood chisel fish picture - Arbortech Tools

Wood Beer Carrier - Arbortech Tools

Plywood Sculpture - Arbortech Tools

Pine Totem Pole - Arbortech Tools

Cat Tree - Arbortech Tools

Chiseled Name Sign - Arbortech Tools

Koala Sculpture - Arbortech Tools

Wooden Emblem carving - Arbortech Tools

Candle Holder - Arbortech Tools

Paella Tray - Arbortech Tools

 

Saving the best for last – obviously this piece won 1st place, but I bet you wouldn’t believe this won first place in the NOVICE category!  Jana was initially inspired by the Arbortech creation of the Twist Candle.

 

Wooden Side Table - Arbortech Tools

 

 

 

 

 

 

A chat with Australian wood sculptor Ian Bell
We talk to professional woodcarver and sculptor, Ian Bell about his passion for woodwork, Arbortech and his new found adventure with Sculptures at Killalea.

 

Tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into wood carving and sculpture?

Years ago I lived in Tasmania and worked as a ship builder and gained lots of experience using every type of hand/power tool available .I was looking for something creative to do in my spare time and in 1995-96 completed an associate diploma in art craft and design and have been hooked on wood carving ever since.
How does your life of woodcarving compare to your life before? Do you ever miss you previous career’/s?I have much more freedom now and can structure my days around creating artwork. As far as my previous career goes, it was a means to an end and has now allowed me the opportunity to pursue my passion.
What is the inspiration behind your work? Can you tell us a bit about your artistic style or technique?I love nature and particularly the ocean and try to echo the shapes and patterns I see into my work. I would describe my style as free-form and try to always incorporate texture, form and contrast.

 

 

 

You have your own gallery now, how did that start?

I supply quite a few galleries with my work and have a gallery section on the website. It takes hard work and lots of time.

 

How have our (Arbortech) tools played a role in your sculpting process? Do you have a favourite tool?

I have been using the Arbortech woodcarving attachments on my grinders for many years and find that they allow me to move lots of material very quickly which means I have more time and energy to produce even more work. All the tools serve a purpose but if I had to choose a favourite…it would have to be the Industrial Woodcarver.

 

What is your favourite piece and why?
Hard question to answer…they are all my favourite pieces while I’m working on them because that’s when I’m learning the most as every piece has it’s challenges and no one piece is the same.

 

You are a co-founder of the Sculptures at Killalea festival that’s making its debut later this year in NSW. Has your passion for wood carving played a part in creating the Festival? Tell us what sparked this idea and what you hope to achieve with this event?
Definitely, and the idea to create this type of event stems from one thought, which was “How good would sculptures look in this beautiful area.” My hope is that people and particularly kids get that light bulb moment that starts them on their own journey with sculpture or any other creative pursuit.

 

To visit Ian’s gallery online: http://www.ianbellcreations.com.au/

To find out more about Sculptures at Killalea please visit http://www.sculpturesatkillalea.com.au/

 

Candle stick holder out of waste wood by Kevin Inkster:

Right from the beginning, Arbortech tools have been designed with salvaged wood, recycled wood and waste wood in mind.

The very first tool I developed was what I now consider to be a crude form of the Woodcarver blade. As rough as it was, it removed wood incredibly fast so I took it to a piece of Sheoak and freehand carved a bowl which I still have and love.

 

Sheoak bowl

I refined the blade for better control and then looked for larger projects. My specialty as a woodworker was in making chairs. To supplement my income in those days, I drove a country school bus. I had noticed a fallen Marri tree on my run so I took a chainsaw along one day, and got the school kids to help me drag a section of the trunk onto the bus. My intention was to carve a whole chair directly from the tree trunk using the new tool that I had developed. Not a particularly practical chair but it did have some charm. I noticed that when carving smooth free form shapes into the wood, that the grain and features of the wood would reveal beautiful patterns that would not be apparent in normal milled timber.

 

Chair carved from a Marri tree trunk

 

The result was that it won a major prize at a local Wood Festival and kicked off the beginning of Arbortech.

Since then, almost all of Arbortech wood working tools have been developed with either salvage or waste wood in mind. The TURBO range of products are ideal for machining wood in the round such as tree branches, roots or stumps. Of course they can be used with milled timber and I have done a lot of work by blocking up milled or dressed timber, but I always made a point of using waste or reject wood. Below are some examples of furniture that I made using a whole truck load of paneling wood called Scribe. Each piece is an off-cut that has been rejected because of a flaw such as a sap pocket. As it happens, such flaws become features when sculpted and do not affect the strength of the finished article because of the blocking up process.

 

Chair made from scribe

 

For our annual Arbortech staff competition, we encourage the use of salvaged or waste wood. We collect interesting wood from street verge throw outs and use every thing from small branches to wooden pallets.

 

Stylish coffee table by Kevin Inkster

‘The contemplation bench’ by Sven Blicks

 

Beach house sign by Kevin Inkster

Watch the tutorial here

 

‘Stretch giraffe’ by Steve Marsh
Buddha face by Kevin Inkster

 

 

 

Artist Interview – Steampunk Gun by Vince Austin

 

Our main purpose at Arbortech is to provide you with the means to get creative. To produce beautiful works of art with our tools using your creative genius. We love to see artists using our tools on a variety of different pieces and then showing the world.

Meet Vince:

 
 
A wildly ambitious creative artist in Western Australia. Vince has a fascination for the steampunk genre and has created an absolute masterpiece called the “Elephant Hunter Hunter” which we had to share with you. And naturally, we had to pick his brain to see how he thinks when coming up with his creative pieces:
 

 
1. What inspires you to make steampunk guns?
As an artist I’m driven by many variants, in the case of the steampunk ethos it is an affinity with dark timber, leather, brass and copper. Victorian futurism is one of its definitions and the idea of making a gun that has functions other than firing bullets appeals to me greatly. To handle a weapon with the weight and apparent function which is completely harmless is thrilling! The Elephant Hunter Hunter is its own statement in this regard


2. When did you first make one?

I made a couple of large sci-fi guns in 1999 and they were purchased and used to dress a local club for the turn of the millennium, giving it that futuristic feel. 
My first steam punk pistol was a fractional tethering modulator called the ‘turtle boner’.
3. How long does it usually take you?

Depending on the complexity, from 7 to 10 days for smaller items up to 2 or 3 months for larger ones.
These puppies are built on a whim as it were and often a found or given item can facilitate a whole offshoot of additional aspects. They truly evolve with me.
4. Are you fascinated by the steampunk theme and why?

This is where I’m at present, I’ll change and grow like many artists do, but right now, this blend of form and function, suggestive of a traditionally crafted piece of archaic technology simply floats my boat.
5. You’re spending quite some time on these items, does it hurt to let them go to a buyer?
Yes it’s my puppy, it’s a real piece of my life, unique and for sale, a process, a journey. When it’s gone there is a void. So I take lots of construction photos and finished pictures to see me through the darker mourning.
6. How did you come up with the Elephant Hunter Hunter name?

Live by the sword die by the sword, as we sow so shall we reap, hunt as you too will be hunted, do to others as you would have done unto yourself, karma. There’s more. I could go on for days!


7. How much are you selling the Elephant Hunter Hunter for?

Currently $30,000. Keeping in mind it is and will be the only one in the known universe.
8. Did you use Arbortech Tools and where?

Yes of course, the butt of the gun was carved from a jarrah roof joist with the TURBO Plane; it’s perfect for those fluent curves. The Mini Grinder and Turbo Shaft were also used for some other more detailed handles on the pistol grips.

9. Would you recommend Arbortech for future use?
Absolutely, reliable robust and they do what they claim to do. This is not always the case with many tools on the market!
Thank you Vince for your time and keep on creating.
Arbortech Staff Woodworking Competition Entries 2015

Mahi Mahi

by Matthew Cormack

I used leftover 12mm marine ply from the floor of my boat.  I traced the fish off a photo by eye onto one of the pieces and roughly band sawed it out.  I used that as a template to draw it onto three more pieces and band sawed them all out.

The four fish shaped pieces of ply were laminated using Aquadhere, a wood glue.  I used the TURBO Plane to rough out the form of the fish, using the layering in the wood to help with the contours (see unfinished picture showing the contours).  It was finished with the Mini TURBO and Contour Sander prior to using diluted food colouring to add the colour.

 

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