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.

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!

In our previous blog post we featured the Arbortech staff woodworking competition winners.
If you missed our previous blog post on the competition winners you can check it out here.
We had some great submissions from our staff and we’d like to share these projects with you to showcase their fantastic work. Check out the woodworking projects below.

 

Plywood Cluster Table
 This table will be one of six, creating a cluster table.
Created by: Kevin Inkster (CEO)
Wood used: Plywood Cluster Table

Arbortech tools used:

Kevin at work on his cluster table

 

Myrtle Turtle 

Created by: Kristine Inkster (Executive Director)

Wood used: Queensland Myrtle wood
Arbortech tools used:

Kristine carving the details on the turtle

 

Celtic Door
Created by: Matthew Cormack (R&D)

Wood used: Pine wood

Arbortech tools used:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celtic Door was milled to size and doweled

 

Perth Skyline
Created by: Nora Redzwan (Sales)

Wood used: Camphor wood

Arbortech tools used:

 

 

Representation of Perth Skyline
My Grand Daughter’s Clock
Created by: Peter Tashjian (Production)
A photo calendar with monthly and yearly photos were inserted into round pockets into their appropriate location. A clock was mounted, chiselled letters and the face of Peter’s grand-daughter were inscribed.

Arbortech tools used:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peter’s clock for his grand-daughter

 

Stretch

Created by: Steve Marsh (Finance Dept)

Wood used: Pine wood

Arbortech tools used:

 

 

“Stretch” giraffe

 

The Golden Dragon

Created by: Barry Fitzpatrick (Production)

Wood used: Jarrah

Arbortech tools used:

Using the Power Chisel to carve out the dragon

 

Stool With Sad Face
Created by: Rocky Xu (R&D)
Wood used: Pine wood

Arbortech tools used:

 

Carving from the wood using the Mini TURBO

 

Pagan Cross

Created by: Bill Ginn (Manufacturing Team)
Wood used: Curly Jarrah

Arbortech tools used:

 

 

Using the Power Chisel to carve out the cross

 

 

Live, Love, Laugh
Created by: Christine Taylor (Secretary)

Wood used: Sheoak

Arbortech tools used:

 

 

Christine’s piece and message was inspired by Vicky Galbraith’s attitude to life

 
Created by: Peter Godden (Arbortech shareholder)Turbo Fossil

This was Peter’s first time using the TURBO Plane and he said that “the TURBO Plane allowed me to express my creative desires in a way that gave me the freedom to explore different techniques, textures and shapes which were previously difficult to achieve. Whilst the convex of this piece invokes the observer to experience texture, shadow, form in contrast, the concave face offers the subtle qualities of colour and grain patterns. So it is with this sculpture I have looked at opposing surfaces, allowing a deeper appreciation of my creative process, the wonders of natural wood and the great tools to carve it with.

Wood used: Sheoak

Arbortech tools used:

 

 

Peter’s first experience using the TURBO Plane and he loved it
REMINDER: We hope you have enjoyed viewing our staff competition woodworking projects and stirred some inspiration in you to use Arbortech tools to create some amazing woodworking projects and sculptures.
What are your thoughts on our staff’s woodworking projects? We’d love to hear from you! Please leave your comments below in the comments section.

 

The public Woodworking Competition has been extended and closes on Monday 22nd July 2013 by 4.00pm WST.
We are still accepting entries so please send through your entries by clicking here.
Enter your woodworking project today for a chance to win a fantastic Arbortech tools pack up to the value of $1,000 AUD!
For all competition details and entry forms please click here.
Best of luck!!

As you may have read from our previous blog post, Arbortech celebrated 25 years in business this year on June 30th by hosting a anniversary party which one of the event’s highlights was the staff woodworking competition.

 

Last year we ran an Arbortech staff woodworking competition for the first time and the woodworking projects that were submitted showed us that our staff are quite the wood artists!  Click hereto see last year’s woodworking project submissions by our staff.

 

This year’s woodworking project entries were just as fantastic and it’s great to see the woodworking skills of our staff have improved and they have gone on to create more fabulous woodworking pieces.

 

The winning woodworking project were awarded prizes in the categories of;

  • People’s Choice
  • Most Practical
  • Best Project Plan
  • Best Novice

 

Drumroll please….here are the winning staff woodworking projects for 2013.

 

Winner “People’s Choice” 

This piece represented the project that received the most votes at the show. This is a chip and dip bowl which Junior spontaneously thought up when the woodworking competition was announced.

 

The “One”

Created by: Junior Linke (Manufacturing Team)

Wood used: Olive wood

Arbortech tools used:

 

 

Junior hard at work on his project

 

Winner “Most Practical” 

For the second year in a row, Bela has reclaimed the title for the “Most Practical” project. The “Souper Ladle” is now a permanent kitchen utensil in Bela’s household.

 

“Souper Ladle”

Created by: Bela Inkster (Graphic Designer)

Wood used: Olive wood and Jarrah

Arbortech tools used:

Mini-TURBO

 

Winner “Best Project Plan”

For the second year in a row, Sven has won a prize in the woodworking competition. Last year he won the “Best In Show” title for his “Contemplation Bench” and this year still a winner, won the “Best Project Plan” category for his well documented project plan of his Sculpted Coffee Table.

 

“Sculpted Coffee Table”

Created by: Sven Blicks (General Manager)

Wood used: Jarrah board and Karri, sourced from a salvage yard

Arbortech tools used:

 

 

“Sculpted Coffee Table” with removable top

 

Weekend project – Sven working on his woodworking project

 

 

Sculpted coffee table work in progress
Winner “Best Novice”

This is Ismail’s first woodworking project and everyone was impressed with what was produced from a novice woodworker.

 

“Fish”

Created by: Ismail Amat (Manufacturing Team)

Wood used: Pine wood

Arbortech tools used:

Power Chisel

 

 

“Fish” leaf like motif carving
Congratulations to Junior, Bela, Sven and Ismail on your woodworking project win!

 

What are your thoughts on the winning projects?

 

We’d love to hear your comments and thoughts! Please leave your commentary below in the comments section.

 

Arbortech has been around for a while…25 years to say the least!

It’s been quite a journey and it is now 25 years since we first introduced Arbortech’s first woodworking tool, the Woodcarver Blade in 1988 when the company was also established.
 We are proud of all our achievements including establishing our brand in the woodworking and masonry industry, developing and expanding our product portfolio and internationalization to date.

To help celebrate our 25 year anniversary, we would like to invite you to enter our WOODWORKING COMPETITION. 


How To Enter: 
Whether your skill level is novice, intermediate, of a skilled woodworker, we strongly encourage you to be a part of this competition!
Pick a wood project you would like to create. There is no limitation as to what you can produce and we encourage you to let your creativity have no restrictions.
You need to provide photos of your starting point, in progress and of course, the finished wood art piece. You also need to demonstrate your use of any Arbortech tool/s during your wood project creation.
You need to provide a description of the type of wood used, any finishes and/or other unique characteristics in the description field of the entry form. Click here to download the entry form. Please Note: If you are having problems filling out the entry form electronically please download Adobe Acrobat Reader. You can then open and fill out the pdf entry form using this program.
Upload your photos to our Facebook page under the “Woodworking Competition 2013” folder of your original woodworking project being created using Arbortech tools.
Competition is open to all residents; both in Australia and international.
Competition Guidelines: 
We wish to inspire you and let your creativity to be unleashed!  We encourage you to get creative with your project!
This woodworking competition is about originality, fun and creativity. The entries are not purely based on the best looking project but rather a number of different constituents.
The winning entry will be chosen based on the following criterion being best fulfilled:
  • The wood piece is unique, original and creative
  • Provided the best photographic evidence of the various project build stages; from start, in progress to finish
  • Provided the best evidence of Arbortech tools in use
  • Provided the best documentation of project details such as description, explanations of techniques and general commentary about the project build 

The Prize:

The winner will receive a full set of Arbortech Woodworking tools to the value of $1,000 AUD.

The woodworking tool prize kit includes:
  • Power Chisel
  • Mini-Grinder
  • TURBOPlane
  • Mini-TURBO

Competition Important Dates:
Competition is open to all residents from Friday 10th May 2013.
All entries must be submitted to our Facebook page under the Album “Woodworking Competition 2013” by Monday 8th July 2013, 4.00pm WST. 
The winner will be announced via our Facebook page on Wednesday 15th July 2013.
Terms & Conditions of Entry:

  1. You must provide photographic evidence of using Arbortech tool/s as part of your woodworking project. The use of Arbortech tools must have been for part or for all of your project.
  2. You must provide the completed entry form along with your photo submissions. All question fields must be filled and completed.
  3. By entering the competition, you hereby warrant that all information submitted by you is true, current and complete.  Arbortech reserves the right to verify the eligibility of all entrants.
  4. Entrants must be over the age of 18. If you are under 18, you must have consent from your parents/guardian your entry to the competition rules.
  5. Arbortech reserves the right to disqualify any entrant if there are reasonable grounds to believe the entrant has breached any of the rules.
  6. Closing date for submission to our Facebook page is Monday 8th July 2013 by 4.00pm WST. Entries submitted after this date will not be accepted.
  7. Winners will be chosen at our discretion based on our evaluation of the specified competition criterion.
  8. Prize package is non transferrable and not redeemable for cash. Arbortech reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value at any time.

Congratulations to….

You are the lucky winner of Arbortech’s Guess & Win The Tool Contest!

We anticipated many people would be able to correctly guess what the new will be correctly. This was the case however, there can only be 1 winner.
As specified in the contest, the winner with the most accurate description of the Mini TURBO. Aldo Shiroma Uza best described the tool with his expression of “with replaceable carbide teeth”.

Congratulations again Aldo Shiroma Uza on your win of the Mini TURBO! We hope you will enjoy the tool!

Thank you to everyone who submitted their guess in our contest. As a thank you, we would like to offer you a discount on your purchase of the Mini TURBO.
Please email our sales department to place your order and redeem your discount!

Thank you again everyone who entered and stay tuned for more competitions in the near future!

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