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Carving An Easter Bunny From A Tree Trunk Using The TURBO Plane
This woodworking project of carving an Easter bunny from a tree trunk is courtesy of Arbortech’s German dealer/distributor, Bengs.

 

This is a translated version from the original German version.

 

Read on to see a guide on how to create this Easter bunny project and also watch the video of the project in progress.

 

The shape of the Easter Bunny is very simple so that is also for a beginner with no experience in carving sculptures feasible.

 

Arbortech Tools Used:

 

For German customers, you can purchase Arbortech tools here.

 

For Australian, US and international customers, Arbortech tools are available here.

 

Project Completion Time:  2 hours

 

As the material we use this time a trunk made of wood. It is advantageous if the timber is already dry otherwise the rabbit could get through the drying cracks later. The log used by us was still very fresh and very humid. The log should be initially divided by pencil marks in four areas.
  • Base
  • Hull of the Rabbit
  • Head
  • Ears

 

Now, it is advisable to individually edit each view. I’ve been using the Arbortech TURBO Plane started to carve the back part, and then the page views was made ​​and at the end of the front view. Thus, at some point A square hare. By doing so, you can very well correct and check if it looks good, the shape of hares. If you are happy with all views, the edges are broken and you can set individual body parts molding.

 

 

The ears I have done as a precaution the very end because I was worried that you could give me to cancel it by mistake. With the Industrial Woodcarver the shape of the ears will end up caught up and removed the connector between the two spoons. The Woodcarver is also well suited to shape the ears. The delicate ears I then worked up by Arbortech TURBO Plane. Since the TURBO Plane cutter disk is not only suitable for rough work but also for fine finishing work was also this work slight of hand. As a last resort, we could not indicated by the Industrial Wood Carver front and rear paws.
Finish the decoration is Easter Bunny!

 

Click on the image to watch the video of this project below.

 

https://youtu.be/cz4ep76_KgM
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.

 

 

Woodworking Project: Mustache Clock Using the Arbortech Power Chisel & Mini-TURBO

This nifty woodworking project, the mustache clock, is a great gift idea or a bit of quirky home decor to display on your mantel, bookshelf or counter.

Time required: Approximately 2 hours

Arbortech tools required:

  • Power Chisel
  • Woodcarver’s Starter Kit 5 Chisel Pack
  • Mini-TURBO

Wood used: old stair oak

Our woodworking dealer from Germany created this version of the mustache clock however written in German, we have translated to English in this blog post.

You can build very small or witty gifts with Arbortech tools. Here is the new hipster clock tinker itself. On this page you will find an instruction manual how to use less material and cost a great Mustache (Moustache) can build clock. The material used for the clock an old stair oak was used.

 

 

First, a mustache is printed glued to the wood pile and cut with a band saw. Of course you could also form the basis of a Wood Carver Rout, in our case, we have used a band saw.

 

The Mustache Dial

The mini turbo kit we cut a rectangular hole in the fits the movement. It could use a template, since the recess is not visible later you can mill freehand them too. The front of the clock is also dealt with the mini turbo kit. Only the outer ends are thinner then cut the edges rounded off with the small Schnitzfräser. If the shape of the timber profile of a mustache corresponds to it can be a bit sanded with coarse sandpaper. However, it should not be too smooth grind coarsely ground as it works better him. The Turbo Chisel and a 90 ° chisel from the 5-MultiPart chisel set then some grooves carved into his mustache. To set the clock to color wood stain color mahogany was used. After the stain dry the clock was once again sanded to obtain a Vinitage look.

 

The Movement

Finally, the movement is mounted. When you buy a clockwork it are the waves for the pointer as long as possible. Most of the dial thickness is specified in movements. The thicker it may remain the easier it is to produce.

Click on the image below to watch the project video (please note: video is in German).

 

German Video

 

For the original video of this mustache clock project (and in English), below is Arbortech’s video.

 

English Version

Be Quiet

Created by Rocky Xu, Arbortech R&D Engineer

 

Novice woodworker? No 

 

Description of your wood art?

Last year I did a face but not an exact 3D one. This one goes further. I feel it is not as hard as I thought originally and get a sense of achievement as it is getting more clear. The process is the most important.

 

Where did you get your inspiration for your wood art piece?

I wanted to make something useful and at that time I was practicing living in the present. I decided to make something that would be a reminder of that. I thought of a lot of concepts but still thought this figure is the most applicable to me. This sculpture I carved is to remind me to be living in the present time and also reduce the noise in my mind.

The inspiration for my wood “Be Quiet” sculpture

 

 What Arbortech tool/s did you use to create this piece?

 

How long did it take for you to complete this project?
 I worked on the project for 15 minutes to 2 hours each time. In total it took about 20 hours for this piece.

 

What was your process in the creation of this project?

 

 1.  Choosing the material
I didn’t want the wood to be too big because too that would mean a lot of materials would need to be remove. It is hard to find something that is of a suitable suitable size but I ended up finding a long wood block and I cut a square piece from it. The good thing is the that the wood was hard but the bad thing was that it wasn’t a cubic shape.

 

2. Carving
Decide on the rough position of profile of the features and start caving from shallow to deep gradually. At the same time adjust the profile of the face and head gradually.  After comparing the picture and my wood, I shifted my focus to the area of lips, hair and shoulders. The positioning of the eyes and nose was a bit hard to balance. My fellow colleague, Boro, brought in a statue of a girl’s head (which he had sculpted himself) to show me the correct ratio of the features on the face. I learned the ration was 3:1.
When I was carving the area near the eyes, as I carved deeper, the natural pattern of the wood showed up. Because it is a kind of hard wood, the pattern shows one kind of transparent red, and the pattern is formed around features on the face naturally and looked fantastic.
I drew a rough profile on the wood and started taking the wood off gradually. As I went on I found that it is impossible to follow the template picture exactly and I gradually deviated from it and started to follow my own form my wood artwork.
On the face there is some areas which are narrow and hard to carve but in these places the Arbortech Power Chisel helped a lot.

 

I also spent a lot of effort on the hand because the gesture of the hands is the focus of the whole artwork. To make the gesture looking real and natural, I used my own hands as a template, followed the shape and the angle and I’m pretty happy with the results.

 

Where does this piece reside now?

The carving now currently sits on my desk at work. I spent relatively a lot of time on the hands of this wood carving and now every time I see it, I get much satisfaction from the artwork I have created because of the effort I put in it. The beauty of woodworking is (as Kevin Inkster says), “no matter how good your skill is, it is unique and a piece of original artwork.

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The AS170 masonry saw is ideal for electricians, plumbers, masons, builders but it isn’t just limited to these trades only.

 

 

 

Yep, a serious tool for serious work!

 

 

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Different wood species are good for different purposes and uses.

 

This blog post we will be putting larch wood in the spotlight. This wood is the ideal wood and perfect for exterior work and furniture.

 

Read on for the rundown on larch wood.
  • In practical medicine the bark of Larch and resin were used for respiratory and kidney ailments as well as in bandages for burns
  • Larch prefers to grow alone in full sunlight
  • It’s habitat is Russian Siberia with plenty of swamps, bogs and moist soil
  • When Larch is properly processed, its inherent beauty becomes more vivid
  • Due to its legendary properties Larch is considered to be one of the best among the wood types. It used to be especially popular in Venice, Italy and other great marinas
  •  Larch wood has become a staple of residential and commercial applications
  • Larch is resistant to extreme climate conditions, repels, insect and fungus attacks, and is not harmed by acids or alkalis. It possesses inherent silica content and natural oils, which eliminate the need of using any preservatives or sealants
  • Larch may be left untreated for years and yet be easily restored to its original golden brown color, although some prefer to add some color to it
  • The beauty and durability of Larch has led to its lasting popularity in the production of outdoor decking and interior decorative trim, as well as all military and commercial European ships until XIXth Century
  • Larch is the ideal wood for decking, for it’s become the standard of excellence. Boat builders have appreciated natural characteristics of Larch for centuries; its unparalleled durability, workability and resistance to all extremes of climate. Larch wood remains unaffected by insects, fungus, acids or alkalis. The natural oils eliminate the need for preservatives and sealants used to prevent wood from cracking. Larch is also appreciated for its golden color, dark markings and straight grain. Although coarse in texture, it is smooth to the touch and virtually has no raised grain. Owners may choose any shade of finishing or leave its natural silver grey color
  •  The City of Venice was constructed on platforms raised above water, and resting on piles made of Siberian Larch. After 1400 years some of the piles were inspected. It turned out that larch piles serving as a base for the underwater part of the city have become so hard that cutting them either with an axe or with a saw is next to impossible
  •  Larch decking requires no further maintenance and has a number of advantages. This product is suitable for residential decks and walkways as well as commercial and public spaces

 

 

www.maliburemodeling.com/deck.htm

Source: http://www.maliburemodeling.com

 

The Light Of My Life

Created by Kristine Inkster, Arbortech Executive Director

 

 
Novice woodworker? No 

Description of your wood art?
The base of a lamp for the home.

 

Where did you get your inspiration for your wood art piece?
The piece of wood. I carved this piece because I was running out of time before the event was to be judged and saw this piece of cypress pine which I thought would make a good lamp base.

 

What type of wood did you use?
Camphor laurel.

 

What Arbortech tool/s did you use to create this piece?
  • TURBOPlane
  • 4″ sanders
  • Mini Sander
  • Mini Industrial

 

What was your process in the creation of this project?
I cut it in half to make two pieces the same size and then drew a rough shape for the neck before cutting each piece with a bandsaw. After deciding which sides I wanted to show as the external edge of the lamp, I then ran a channel for the wiring down the center of each piece using the Arbortech Mini-Grinder with the Industrial Blade attached.

 

Once I had the channel I could glue both pieces together so  I could start shaping.  I then used the TURBOPlane to take off the edges and give me that nice rounded rectangular shape.

 

When I was satisfied with the shape I  used the Contour Sander to sand the neck and sides.  I then used oil to finish off as I wanted a matte finish before threading the wiring through and gluing in a small piece of aluminum tubing into the top to make it look a little nicer.  Then I purchased a lamp shade which suited the base and have placed it on the entry hall table.

 

Where does this piece reside now?
Entry hall table in my house. See picture below of the lamp being displayed at my house. 

 

 


Yesterday’s Hero

WINNER 2014 Arbortech woodworking competition

 

Created by Steve Marsh, Arbortech Financial Controller


                                                                  

Novice woodworker? No 

 

Description of your wood art?
Scrap wood rescued from a tree which was being cut down. It was left outside to season and rot before being rescued and preserved. Showing contrast between extremes of condition within the torso. 

 

Where did you get your inspiration for your wood art piece?
The wood before rotting looked like a “complete” male torso. The wood itself was the inspiration.
I salvaged the wood when a neighbour cut down a very large Marri tree, originally the wood had an extra small branch which made it look much more like a male torso than it does now. The “natural” shape was displayed in my outdoor area for many years and provided habitat for many creepy crawlies and bugs. I noticed that the wood had started to rot, and I was keen to not lose the piece altogether. This coincided with me looking for a project to complete for the woodworking competition. Voila!  I decided to try and make a sculpture from the wood. I have many more pieces of wood in my yard from the same tree and hope to be making more items using this wood.

 

What type of wood did you use?
Marri. 

 

What Arbortech tool/s did you use to create this piece?

 

What was your process in the creation of this project?
Firstly I started to remove any rotten wood, this was much more extensive than I had originally thought and ended up with the almost the entire core of the branch being removed, I then decided to finish the job and hollowed it out entirely. I wanted to highlight the affects and patterns in the wood caused by its long term exposure to the elements. Even quite late in the process there small inhabitants were fleeing their homes! and yes I did feel bad!
The process was quite organic and the style of the piece changed quite significantly while working on the wood. I ended up doing far less work on some parts that I had originally intended (mainly the legs) and other parts ended up being worked much more in order to show up the contrasts in the wood. This was a much different process to the other pieces I have made, where I had a very clear idea of what I wanted to achieve before even starting the work.
Once the piece was finished I decided that it should be mounted in such a way as to highlight the contrasts between the various surfaces, so I used a piece of salvaged building timber and iron rod to mount the torso. The process was very rewarding in itself with many creative ups and downs and at one point quite late in the process I was on the verge of starting a new project, but I am glad that I saw it through and am ultimately very happy with the outcome.

 

How long did it take for you to complete this project?
Overall the project took about 10 hours spread over a couple of weeks. For the sanding I was able to use the new Arbortech Contour Sander which saved me an enormous amount of time, and allowed me to achieve a finish which I would have struggled to achieve otherwise. I did spend significantly longer time during the process thinking about the progress and where to from here.

 

How did you feel about being the winning piece for this year’s staff woodworking project?
It was great, it was especially rewarding as I had been very unsure about the piece when I was working on it and it was not until close to finishing it that I could see where it was going, even when finished I was a little unsure about it. So receiving the recognition was great, and it is always nice to receive positive feedback from colleagues and friends.

 

Where does this piece reside now?
The piece takes pride of place in entry hall, and does sometimes double as a hat stand. I have an old house and the hallway is quite dark so I am currently thinking about adding some lighting to the piece. If I do it would be an up light recessed into the stand.

 

Final comments?
When I attended high school it was compulsory for boys to do woodworking and metal working. I was never good at either and spent my entire year of woodworking trying to make a table (which my mother loved, as only a mother could). Since I have been working with Arbortech I have been inspired to try a different approach to working with wood and this has allowed me to produce a number of pieces which I have given as presents and also have around my house. This has allowed me to explore and develop a creative side which I previously would not have done. Thanks Arbortech!
 

Wooden Bowl

 

Created by Boro Trpevski,
Arbortech Production & Quality Control Engineer

 

 

Novice woodworker? Yes. This was my first woodcarving piece and I have learned some new skills in woodworking with great help from my colleagues. I enjoyed this project very much. Understanding what I can achieve with the Arbortech tools, I will test my artistic skills with my next woodworking project (next time will be something more complex). 

 

Description of your wood art?
A bowl in the shape of a heart.

 

Where did you get your inspiration for your wood art piece?
The shape of the wooden off cut piece. It was natural to follow the shape as is with small modifications. The natural shape of this wood piece and it’s size dictated what I could carve out of it. I wanted to preserve the outer spiky form in particular and the outline of the off cut already had a triangular/heart looking form which I more or less followed and created the heart looking bowl.

 

What type of wood did you use?
Burl.

 

What Arbortech tool/s did you use to create this piece?

 

What was your process in the creation of this project?

1. I started with the Arbortech Mini Grinder and the Woodcarving Blade only to realize the wood was too hard and it would take too long. I decided to switch to the TURBO Plane for a rough cavity shape on a dipper side of the bowl, then continue with the Mini TURBO to carve the internal shape.

 

2. Next, I used the Arbortech Mini Grinder and the mini Industrial Blade to make a more pronounced “heart” shape out of the bowl. For sanding, I used the Arbortech Contour Sander with several grits.

 

3. The last step was waxing and polishing.

 

How long did it take for you to complete this project?
Approximately 1 hour and a half to complete this project.

 

Where does this piece reside now?
It is on a dining table in my home, radiating love for all.