Backyard Bonanza | Garden projects to inspire

With the warmer weather just around the corner for our Northern Hemisphere friends, we’ve rounded up our favorite power carving projects perfect for the home and garden. These are great for people at all skill levels, from a complete beginner to a woodworking pro.

All you need is discarded scrap wood, Arbortech tools, and a bit of creativity to complete these simple yet impressive DIY summer projects!

So… Let’s get inspired, shall we?

CARVE A DECORATIVE MUSHROOM

Tools Used: Mini Carver and Power Carving Unit with Arbortech attachments.

‘TREE FROG’ GARDEN SCULPTURE

Tools Used: Mini Carver, Power Chisel, and Power Carving Unit with Arbortech attachments.

POWER CARVED GARDEN GNOME PLANTER

Tools Used: Power Chisel, Mini Carver, Power Carving Unit with Arbortech attachments.

‘GARDEN GOANNA’ WOODEN SCULPTURE

Tools Used: Mini Carver and Power Carving Unit with Arbortech attachments.

Feeling creative? View our extensive range of home and garden projects here.

Happy Power Carving!

5 Easy DIY Projects

For the ‘maker’ in us all, we selected 5 easy, fun and practical power carving projects that pretty much anyone can do. From woodworker, DIYer, craftsperson or creative, these projects don’t take too long and don’t require too many tools. You can follow the step by step instructions for individual projects if you want guidance or inspiration, otherwise dream big and let your creativity lead the way.

Remember the most important thing is having a go (even if it turns out a bit different than planned) and enjoy tapping into your creativity.

Feel free to leave your comments at the bottom of the project pages and if you complete a project, post it on social media and use the following hashtag #arbortechdiy

Easy to make dinner party utensils that every home needs. Create any shape or style of spoons and add your own touch to suit your home and decor.

This cute little bowl was made from a tree branch we found. It’s the traditional wooden bowl with a few interesting twists, like a textured and burnt band to give it character.

Add a personalised touch to a nursery or children’s playroom with a custom clock design. This project is ideal as a gift or present and easy to adjust to suit any taste.

This project is incredibly versatile as there are so many alternatives to chiselling you can explore. From lettering to kitchen art this will be the start of a whole lot of fun.

Power carve your own laptop stand, with beautiful curves and long lines. You can use almost any type of timber planks for this project, including recycled floorboards.

Cloud Clock

The kids cloud clock is a fun, easy project that looks great in any nursery or kids playroom and makes a great personalized gift idea. You can get really creative with your own spin on the shape of the clock and colors, giving it a bright happy finish or a funny moody cloud look.

Find a timber to suit your design. 

Look for inspiration for your clock shape. We were inspired by a cloud design we found on Pinterest for a nursery and made a few changes to make it our own. We created the rough shape of the cloud and raindrops on the computer then printed it. We simply cut out the cloud and drops, and traced around the outside straight onto the piece of wood. You can download our design here. If you have your own ideas in mind simply sketch straight onto the wood. Make sure you sketch in the sections of the cloud that you want raised to give you a 3D effect and the fluffy cloud-like feel.

Start cutting out the clock

You are ready to start carving. Firmly clamp the timber to a bench and using the Mini Carver with the Mini Pro Blade begin cutting away the outline of the cloud design. Don’t worry about shaping the fluffiness of the clouds yet, this step is all about getting the outline right 

Shape the curves giving it 3D elements

When you are happy with the rough outline of the clock it’s time to give it 3D contours and rounded edges. We penciled in the areas that we wanted to carve away to give the cloud a fluffy feel, which we had to redo from time to time as the carving process removed the pencil markings. How aggressively you chose to shape the cloud at this stage really is a matter of taste. We just added gentle contours and relied on the painting to further enhance depth and the shape.

Remember that you want the clock face (the circle with the numbers) to be on a relatively flat surface, so keep the majority of the shaping to the outside.

Shape the back of the clock

Turn the cloud over and continue shaping the outer contours and curves. As the back is where the clock mechanism will be placed it doesn’t really need much 3D shaping. A flat section where clock mechanism will be located will also ensure it fits up against the wall nicely when it is hung.

Rough sanding/ fine shaping

Once you are happy with the general shape of the clock it is time to sand. Attach a relatively coarse sandpaper grit to the flexible sanding pad and then onto the Mini Carver. It is important to adjust the speed of the tool to around 3, to ensure you don’t over do the shaping or burn the wood. Play with the setting to see what works best for you.

Drilling the hole for the clock mechanism shaft

Mark out where you want the numbers on the face of the clock to sit and where the centre is. This is where the shaft of the clock mechanism will come through and where you need to drill a hole. Make sure your drill bit is wider than the diameter of the clock shaft, so it fits through easily.

Carve out the timber to fit the clock mechanism

On the back of the cloud you will need to hollow out the wood to allow for the clock mechanism to  be positioned. Mark out the side of the mechanism (ours was square) and start to carefully carve using the Mini Pro with the Mini Turbo Blade. (You can also use the TURBO Shaft).

Just keep an eye on the depth of the hole as you carve. You want to ensure the clock shaft comes out on the front side of the clock, and allows enough space to fit the hands.

 

The depth of the void is crucial to making the mechanism sit properly out the front. This may require multiple test fits and adjustments. Be patient and trust in the process!

Sand some more

Using the Mini Carver sanding attachment, use a finer grit sandpaper this time and sand the entire clock to achieve a smooth finish. You can then use the Contour Sander to further smooth out the surfaces or hand sand with fine-grit sandpaper to finish.

Time to shape the raindrops

Shape the raindrops using the Mini Carver and the Mini Pro by carefully clamping each raindrop to a table and gently shaping the curves.

This part can be a bit tricky depending on the side of the rain drops. When clamping smaller items, sometimes small scrap piece of wood help to hold it in place.

Make the back of the raindrops flat so they sit straight against the wall.

Sand the raindrops

Go back to the Mini Carver Sanding attachment, start with the coarse grit and make your way to the finer sandpaper. By the time you are finished that should feel relatively smooth.

Make sure you sand the back of the raindrops flat just like you carved them.

Paint

This part is really up to you but as we weren’t very aggressive in shaping the cloud so we used the paint to give the clock additional depth.

We covered the cloud with a white base and feathered out the blue paint to accentuate the curves and the fluffiness of the cloud. We also chose 4 different colours for each raindrop and used poster paint with a pearl additive to achieve a shimmery look. 

We also gave the clock face a cute little smile with sleepy eyes. Perfect for the nursery.

Fit the mechanism

Fit the clock mechanism and the numbers (You can also chisel out the numbers if you wish)

Hang it up!

Set the clock the time, put batteries in it and hang on the wall. Voilla!  P.S. We won’t blame you if you spend the entire afternoon admiring your clock.

Coffee Sign

Berry Bowl

Laptop Stand

Salad Servers

Wooden Sign

Every now and then, you might find yourself bored with a space and just want to add that little bit of oomph! Well, a chiseled sign could be the perfect thing to spruce up your home and give it more character. With just a little wood and paint, you can create something that can change the way a space looks and feels. The best thing about these signs is that they’re super easy to make and you can choose any design that your heart desires! 

Need a dose of DIY signs in your life? Read more to learn how you can make one super fast!

Find inspiration for your design from anywhere you like

Get inspiration from the most creative part of your brain or…. Pinterest, otherwise use our templateWe created a simple little design on the computer. Then before printing, we flipped the design so that it becomes a mirror image and printed it the exact size we wanted the project to be.

Transfer onto the wood using acetone (nail polish remover)

Lay the image face down on the wood, and using a rag soaked with nail polish remover rub the liquid over all the printed parts of the design. The acetone should soak the paper, which will transfer the ink onto the wood, giving you a perfect design template to follow. Make sure you take your time and apply firm pressure.

If you’re confident, you can freehand draw your own design onto the panel instead of transferring it.

Chisel out the outline

Secure the wood on a solid surface using clamps. We used the Power Chisel, for the whole project as it’s easy and fun. To ensure the ‘coffee’ lettering had sharp edges  we used the 60 degree deep V (8mm) that comes with the Power Chisel. First horizontally across the grain, then vertically along the grain. As a ‘Rule of Thumb’, Chisel the outline, outermost ink line of the letter or image first, then remove wood inside the outline. 

Chisel out the rest

We used a combination of the 60 degree deep V (8mm) and the 90 degree deep V (18mm) to chisel out the rest of the lettering. For larger areas where you need a smoother chiselled area, use the 20mm shallow gouge chisel. You can also use the 7mm deep and shallow gouges for detailed carving. All these chisel profiles come with the Power Chisel.

When cutting a curve, always cut away from the grain instead of carving into the grain to avoid the wood splitting.

Add border

Once we are finished with all the lettering and chiselling, we decided to add another design feature and chisel out a recessed border. For this, we used the 90 Degree deep V (18mm). So get creative! You can chisel any kind of frame that suits your design. The sky is your limit!

Paint your masterpiece!

Use a thick water-based acrylic paint (poster paint) to paint the chiselled out areas. Be mindful of the type of paint you use as some types of water based paint will soak into the wood and give is a slightly blurred look.

Apply a generous amount of paint and don’t be afraid of spreading the paint around and going out of the carved out edges. We know, it’ll look hideous, but don’t worry, we’ll get rid off the excess paint soon!

Start sanding

Once the paint is dry, sand off the excess paint using any type of sander you have handy (we used the Contour Sander). You can even hand sand if you wish! Use a medium-fine sanding paper to get rid of excess paint. Then use a fine grit to finish the surface of the timber. To remove and additional wood chips and dust, use a clean, dry brush.

Apply a clear finish of your desire. 

You can use oil or wax to finish off your sign. If you’re planning on hanging this project indoors, use a non-toxic finish, and be mindful of fumes.

Add sign hangers

Drill a small hole with a fine drill bit to avoid splitting the wood from the screw. Be sure not to drill out to the other side.

Hang it up

Find a rope or a sturdy twine and tie it to the sign hangers to hang up the sign.

Enjoy looking! haha

Salad Servers

Berry Bowl

Laptop Stand

Cloud Clock

Laptop Stand

Heutzutage findet man in so gut wie jedem Haushalt zumindest einen Laptop oder ein Tablet und so gesehen gibt es kaum eine bessere Möglichkeit Individualität und Kreativität zu zeigen, als mit einem eigens kreierten Laptop Ständer. Dieses Projekt ist für jeden DIY Liebhaber sehr leicht umzusetzen.

Es empfiehlt sich die Holzplatten nach dem Zusammenkleben über Nacht trocknen zu lassen, da der Trocknungsprozess einige Stunden in Anspruch nehmen kann. Das Zuschneiden der Holzbretter, das Schnitzen, das Schleifen und das Ölen benötigt hingegen weniger Zeit. Dieses Projekt ist für alle geeignet die einen schnellen Erfolg sehen möchten.

Bauholz ist nicht immer schnell verfügbar, aber es gibt unzählige Alternativen. Du findest Holzbretter grundsätzlich in jedem Baumarkt, kannst aber genauso gut alte Holzdielen oder anderes recyceltes Holz verwenden.

Find deine Inspiration

Wähle dein ganz eigenes Design oder benutze einfach unser Modell.

Holzbretter zuschneiden

Schneide die Holzbretter in die gewünschte Tiefe deines Ständers.

Wir haben 2 Holzbretter verwendet(240mm Länge und 120mm Breite) – schneide diese in 300mm lange Rechtecke.

Sollten Teile des Holzbrettes verzogen sein (wie dies bei uns der Fall war) verwende diese Rechtecke NICHT für die weitere Bearbeitung.

Kleben

Trage den Kleber auf beiden Seiten auf und streiche anschließend mit einem Schaber gleichmäßig über die gesamte Fläche. Wiederhole diesen Vorgang nun bei jedem Stück bis du die gewünschte Breite deines Ständers erreicht hast.

Lege beispielsweise Backpapier unter, damit das Werk nicht auf der Werkbank haften bleibt.

Festklemmen

Wir haben Schraubzwingen verwendet. Wichtig ist, dass du hierbei darauf achtest, dass die Klemmen groß genug sind um alle mit Klebstoff bearbeiteten Teile zusammenzuhalten und deine gewünschte Breite für den Laptop Ständer ergibt. Achte beim Anbringen der Klemmen darauf sie stufenweise und mit gleichmäßigem Druck zu befestigen, sodass sie unter gleichmäßigem Druck zusammengehalten werden. Wir haben PVA Kleber für den Innen- und Außenbereich verwendet. Die Trocknungszeit beträgt mindestens 24 Stunden.

Mach dir keine Gedanken, wenn Kleber an der seite herausquillt. Du kannst den Kleber am Ende einfach wegschleifen.

24 Stunden warten

Schneide das Seitenprofil deines gewählten Designs aus und skizziere es auf die Seite an welcher das Holz zusammengeleimt ist.

Klemmen und fräsen

Mit der TURBO Plane Frässcheibe kannst du nun vorsichtig die Rundungen fräsen. Starte mit der Unterseite deines Holzblocks bis du zu der Außenlinie des Seitenprofils an den Rändern kommst. Arbeite dich von unten nach oben indem du dich mit der Turbo Plane von unten beginnend abwechselnd von links nach rechts Richtung oben arbeitest bis du eine glatte Oberfläche hast, welche in einer Ebene mit dem Seitenprofil ist.

Sobald du mit der groben Form der Unterseite zufrieden bist, kannst du mit der Oberseite beginnen. Drehe nun deinen Laptop Ständer um und gehe bei der Oberseite genauso vor wie bei der Unterseite. Das Design der Oberseite ist ein wenig anders, da es eine kleine Wölbung zur Stützung des Laptops oder Tablets hat. Behalte dies im Hinterkopf wenn du die Oberseite bearbeitest.

Schleifen

Sobald du mit der Form deines Laptops/Tablets Ständer bist, ist es Zeit für das Schleifen.
Wir haben ein 100mm Sanding Pad verwendet, aber du kannst grundsätzlich jede beliebige Art von Schleifpapier verwenden. Für den letzten Feinschliff haben wir auch noch den Contour Sander, welchen du auch durch Sandpapier mit Feinkörnung ersetzen könntest, verwendet, aber da wir die Werkzeuge haben, dachten wir können wir diesen Schritt dadurch vereinfachen. 

Ölen

Wenn du mit der Form deines Laptop Ständers zufrieden bist geht es im letzten Schritt an das Ölen.

Abhängig von der Oberfläche die du gerne hättest, kannst du das Holz nun mit Lack versiegeln, was es glänzen lässt, oder für den matten Look mit Wachs bearbeiten.

 

Berry Bowl

Keys, snacks, fruits. What do they all have in common? You probably have bowls for them around the house. There’s definitely something magical in carving a bowl that you can actually use, and surprisingly, they’re super easy to create and take less time than you may think. So get your creative juices flowing, find some scrap wood and follow us on a journey from log to bowl.

The design and the wood

We found a tree branch (6”, 150mm in diameter) which dictated the size of the bowl and ended up as a small decorative bowl.  We wanted something a little less conventional so we decided to go with an oval shape for the bowl… also because it worked well with the shape of the branch. Finally we decided to add a few little extra design elements so opted for a black textured band and little feet.  

Planing 

Using the TURBO Plane, plane the top and bottom level to create two flat surfaces, it’s pretty straight forward.

Mark the oval shape for the outline of the top of the bowl to suit the width of the log or branch. With the TUBRO Plane shape the outline of the bowl creating an elliptical cylinder.  This requires a bit of patience and a light touch. Gentle gentle here are you don’t want to cut any large chunks that will impact the symmetry of the bowl.

Don’t worry about shaping the rounded curves at the bottom just yet.

Hollowing out

Mark the inside of the bowl that you intend to hollow out.

Make sure to leave the wall thick enough for additional shaping from the outside to later create the 3D textured band.

Using the Ball Gouge on a 45 degree angle to start, hollow out the inside of the bowl, being careful not to be too aggressive as you need to leave room for adding the feet at the bottom as well as recessing on the outside of the bowl to create the raised black band. 

First Sand

When you are happy with the general shape of the bowl, it’s time for the first sand. Sand the inside as well as around the outside of the bowl. We used the Contour Sander, because it’s really quick at sanding curves but you can use any type of sander.

Don’t worry about being too thorough as the most important part at this stage to sand  is where you wish to position the textured band.

Creating the textured band

It’s time to create your textured band. Once you know what pattern you want, mark out the width of the band around the outside of the bowl. Using the Ball Gouge lightly create a ripple texture making sure to cover the entire area where you marked the band as well as on the lines, as they will be cut back later.

Before you start texturing your bowl make sure you have a little practice on a scrap piece of wood until you perfect your pattern.

Add fire to your Bowl!

We used a propane torch (or you could use a Creme Brulee kitchen torch) to give the ripple texture a nice charcoal colour which really brought out the pattern the Ball Gouge made.

This part was a lot of fun!

Creating the raised band

Lightly pencil the the width of the band. Then using the TURBO Plane carefully and lightly start start removing above and below the pencilled marks. This bit can be a bit tricky. You will eventually have a complete raised textured band.

Don’t worry if it’s not even, it all adds to the character of the bowl.

Curving the bottom of the bowl

Once you are happy with the band turn the bowl over and lightly curve the edges to round the bottom leaving enough wood to carve the feet.

Giving your bowl little feet

We gave our bowl 4 little feet. We started using the Ball Gouge to run down the middle of the feet length ways, and then crossways. This should give you the rough shape for the feet. We tidied them up a little, very carefully with the TURBO Plane.

Sanding and oiling

Last steps, which really brings out the beautiful grain and colour of the wood. Gently sand the bowl being careful with the little feet and avoiding the band. Dust off your creation and it’s ready to oil.

Chiseled Sign

Salad Servers

Laptop Stand

Cloud Clock

Every year at Arbortech, we are enthusiastically encouraged to participate in the annual Staff Power Carving Competition. 

The rules are simple: 

  • Dream up any type of woodworking project
  • Use at least 1 Arbortech tool
  • Finish it in 3 months

At the end of the 3 months, we create a pop-up art exhibition held for one afternoon filled with laughter, music, delicious food and prizes.

It’s an interesting ‘mixed bag’ of people that work at Arbortech, from super competitive enthusiasts to more reserved humble creators. Every one of them is respected and appreciated for their contribution to the competition and of course, the part they play in the company.

Some people didn’t start their projects until a few days before the deadline (typical student style), others started on day one and chipped away at their projects every day. A few hadn’t ever picked up a power tool in their life, so needed a little guidance and a practice piece of wood to work on before they found their groove. 

Regardless of their skill level or style, everyone contributed something pretty cool by the time of the exhibition. As creators of truly unique quality tools, understanding how easy it is to ‘create’ something from a scrap piece of wood feels pretty good.

All in all, it’s incredible to see the beautiful finished pieces, some of which look like they belong in an art gallery, created by people who are relatively new to the world of power carving. 

Novice

Name: Melting Clock – Running Out of Time

Inspiration: Salvador Dali and the alarming rate of global warming

Wood: Camphor Laurel

Tools Used: Mini Carver with Mini Pro and Sander, Power Chisel, Contour Sander, TURBO Shaft, TURBO Plane, Sanding Pad on Power Carving Unit

Name: Octo Beer Caddy Pus

Inspiration: Being recycled boat timber, I decided to make a nautical themed item. I also wanted something practical to use

Wood: Puon Pine – Recycled Boat Timber

Tools Used: Mini Carver, Power Chisel, Mini Pro

Name: Console Table

Inspiration: I needed a table for my hallway at home and thought this console table would work well

Wood: Jarrah – Recycled picket fence

Tools Used: Power Carving Unit, Levelling Guide, Chip Catcher, TURBO Plane, Sanding Pad, Contour Sander

Name: Bunny Stool

Inspiration: I wanted to make my nieces a cute little stool they can sit on and play with

Wood: White Gum

Tools Used: Bandsaw, TURBO Plane, Sanding Pad, Power Carving Unit

Name: Don Gato

Inspiration: My Beautiful cat and how annoying my toilet’s door is

Wood: Olive Wood

Tools Used: Mini Carver, Mini Industrial, Mini Pro, Power Carving Unit, TURBO Plane, Sanding Pad, Contour Sander

Name: Treasure Chest

Inspiration: A jewellery box for my daughter. The piece of wood reminded me of a pirate treasure chest, which is why I chose it

Tools Used: TURBO Plane, Ball Gouge, Contour Sander, Power Carving Unit, Bandsaw

Name: My Favourite Three

Inspiration: Three of my favourite coffee mugs

Wood: Olive Wood

Tools Used: Mini Carver, Ball Gouge, TURBO Shaft, Mini TURBO, Sanding Pad, Contour Sander, Power Carving Unit

Name: Wok Trivet

Inspiration: Asian Wok has curved bottom which will not sit well on a normal trivet so I made one specifically for my work

Wood: Camphor

Tools Used: Mini Pro, TURBO Plane, Contour Sander, Power Carving Unit

Name: Tired Mama

Inspiration: As a busy mum of an energetic toddler, I wanted an easy project

Wood: White Gum

Tools Used: TURBO Shaft, Power Carving Unit, Sanding Pad

Name: Turbo Plane

Inspiration: A chunky cartoon appearance which also makes it resistant to the crashes and bumpy life of a toy

Wood: Blocked Plywood

Tools Used: TURBO Plane, Industrial Woodcarver, Trade Blade, TURBO Shaft

Name: Zelda Female Gnome

Inspiration: To use up wood left over from my renovation

Wood: Offcut Plywood

Tools Used: Power Carving Unit, Sanding Pad, Mini TURBO, Sanding Pad, Contour Sander

Name: Lovin’ Spoonful

Inspiration: Whilst on retreat at Jhana Grove I was doing a lot of walking through the forest, flowers and fallen timber. This piece of wood caught my attention on a possible ladle, to ladle loving kindness or metta

Tools Used: Mini TURBO, Contour Sander

Name: Layered Flower Dish

Inspiration: I really wanted to do something with Plywood as it has those lovely layers. Wasn’t really sure what I was doing so just made something simple

Wood: Marine Plywood

Tools Used: TURBO Plane, Mini Carver, Contour Sander, Power Carving Unit

Name: Apakah

Inspiration: People and Diversity

Experienced

Name: Goanna

Inspiration: I always wanted to sculpt a piece inspired by nature. This was my first attempt and I really enjoyed it

Wood: Recycled Australian Red Gum

Tools Used: Power Carving Unit, TURBO Plane, Mini Carver, Power Chisel, Contour Sander

Name: Round Stool

Inspiration: Created using a “poor man’s lathe”. I wanted to make something freehand but round at the same time

Wood: Recycled Spotted Gum / Lemon Scented Gum

Tools Used: Power Carving Unit, TURBO Plane, Sanding Pad, Industrial Woodcarver, Ball Gouge, Contour Sander

Name: Bench Seat

Inspiration: I needed a bench in the bedroom to put my shoes/socks on while sitting as my bed is too high

Wood: Red Gum (furniture grade)

Tools Used: TURBO Plane, Power Carving Unit, Sanding Pad, Contour Sander

Name: Vessel Collection

Inspiration: I wanted to showcase the scope of Arbortech woodwroking tools

Wood: Jarrah, Karri and Desert Bark

Tools Used: Ball Gouge, Mini Carver, Contour Sander, Power Carving Unit

Name: Mallee Skull

Inspiration: To create a usable piece and to make it look as natural as possible

Wood: Mallee Root

Tools Used: Ball Gouge, Mini Carver, Industrial Blade, Mini Ball Gouge, Contour Sander, TURBO Shaft, Power Carving Unit

Name: ‘Hoot’ The long eared Owl

Inspiration: Saw a Postcard in St Albans Cathederal, England that had an owl photo. I purchased it and then used it as a plan for my carving

Tools Used: TURBO Plane, Power Chisel, TURBO Shaft, Contour Sander, Mini Carver

Name: Lady of the Lake

Inspiration: What I saw in the wood

Wood: Gilmit

Tools Used: Every Arbortech tool!

Name: Bowl

Wood: Offcut pine

Tools Used: Industrial Blade, Power Carving Unit, Mini TURBO, Ball Gouge, Sanding Pad, Contour Sander

Name: Less is more

Inspiration: I needed a soap dish for the newly renovated bathroom. I decided to create minimalistic soap dish that combines square and round geometric forms, and textured, tactile surfaces

Wood: Jarrah

Tools Used: Mini TURBO, Ball Gouge, Power Chisel

Name: Olive Wood Baguette Natter

Inspiration: Friends used a ceramic version at a dinner party recently

Wood: Olive

Tools Used: TURBO Plane, Ball Gouge, Contour Sander, Power Carving Unit

10 Best Wood Chairs you can Power Carve with Arbortech Tools!


No.10 – Touch Wood Sculptures

This funky wood 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 is a 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 power carve or power chisel 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

 
This large wooden bench is a 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 wood 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 power carved quickly and easily with the Mini Grinder.

No.6 – Hand Stools

 

We could barely handle ourselves when we came across these two hand inspired wood bar stools. Created in the 1960’s by Pedro Friedeberg these eclectic stools would add a touch of creativity and fun to any home. If you don’t feel ready to take on the bar stool size, why not create an ornament sized version for your home entry table!

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 wood 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. Power carve excess plywood away 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 wood chair. While this project was carved with traditional hands tools one could easily use power carving tools to create this magnificent carving in a fraction of the time.
 

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 will you try to power carve?
 
 
 
 
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. You can view both of the projects and how to make them on our Power Carving Project Page.

 

Wooden Side Table - Arbortech Tools

 

 

 

 

 

 

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