Sunday, March 22, 2015

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 TURBOPlane 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 Indusrial 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.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Woodcarving Illustrated Magazine: TURBOPlane

The Arbortch TURBOPlane is reviewed by Bob Duncan in the Fall 2014 issue of Woodcarving Illustrated magazine. 

Bob says about the TURBOPlane; "When I first tried the TURBOPlane, 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 fatique."

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

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

This nifty woodworking project, the mustache clock is a great to give as a gift or just displayed 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 Schnitzfr√§ser. 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

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

What Tradies Want: The Arbortech AS170!

There's the old saying "you get what you pay for." Yes, we believe that is true. We get a lot of questions as to why the Arbortech AS170 is "so expensive." Perhaps if you are just purely comparing the product to a mass manufactured in a country with very cheap labour and many other development factors, then yes, perhaps the tool would be considered expensive.

When the tool is sitting on the retail shelves or if you happen to see an advert for the tool in a magazine, it just doesn't do any justice or the AS170. This is where trade shows and exhibitions are great as we demonstrate to a live audience/potential customers see the value and what the tool is capable of. 

This brick and mortar saw is an ideal tool for;

  • Tuckpointing
  • Brick Removal
  • Restoration
  • Renovation
  • Repairing Brick Walls
  • Lintel Repairs
  • Cutting Cement Block
  • Historical Restoration
  • House Repairs & Repointing
  • Toothing Brickwork
  • Chimney Repairs
  • Expansion Joints
  • Installations of Vents, Registers etc.
  • Electrical Outlets
  • Plumbing
Arbortech participates in several trade shows throughout the year in parts of Australia, United States, UK and Europe. Want to request a demo? Click here to request one now. Alternatively, you can stay up to date on the shows we will be exhibiting by checking on our website under "Events".

We're not biased to say that we think the AS170 is a fantastic tool for every tradesman. The AS170 was tried and tested by a tradie for Australian magazine, What Tradies Want.
The tool review is being featured in this month's issue of the magazine. Check it out below. Click on the image read the full article. 

Monday, February 16, 2015

How To Properly Fit Your TURBOPlane To Your Angle Grinder

The Arbortech TURBOPlane has been one of our best selling woodcarving blades since it was released in May 2012. Woodworkers from around the world have commented that this tool is one of their holy grail and favourite woodworking tools, helping them to make their woodworking projects so much easier and faster. 

The TURBOPlane is ideal for; 
  • Freehand power carving in soft and hard wood
  • Rapid sculpting, planing and trimming
  • Using on flat surfaces
  • Using on an angle it is ideal for free formed and convex and concaved shapes
Freehand power carving in hard
As with all tools, knowing the proper way to handle and use it will enable you to best utilize it's capabilities and make your work easier, be more efficient, safer and more enjoyable. The TURBOPlane is no doubt one of those woodworking tools that are relatively easy to use. We demonstrate the TURBOPlane a lot at woodworking show exhibitions we attend and people are amazed at what the tool can do and just how easy it is to use. Unfortunately we are limited to the shows for live demonstrations  so here is a quick step by step guide on how to properly fit your TURBOPlane to your Angle Grinder. 

STEP 1.  
 Always use the backing nut. Do NOT put blades or backing weathers directly on the spindle.

STEP 2. 

The plastic washer or the blade has to centre on the ridge of the backing nut. It will NOT centre on the spindle. 

Depending on the diameter or the ridge you will have to use the black or white backing washer. Push the washer down and make sure it centres on the ridge.

On smaller diameter ridges you may have to use the white washer first and then the black washer to further raise the blade.

Still got questions? Leave us a comment in the comment section below this post or email us directly by clicking here

For more tutorial, tips and tricks and project videos on the TURBOPlane and other Arbortech woodworking tools, check out our YouTube woodworking channel by clicking here.

Staff Woodworking Competition - Tailor By Christine Taylor

Created by Christine Taylor, Arbortech Secretary 

Novice woodworker? No 

Description of your wood art?

I like to eat fish, I love the flowing curves of a fish shape and a fish is a strong symbol of nature and my son loves fishing.
I had previously carved some fish and wanted to make a bigger (fatter) fish.  I found some rafters from our disassembled pergola in the garden and thought they would be suitable.  They were very suitable, however I was disappointed that by the time the wood was shaped around the fins the size of the body of the fish had diminished somewhat!

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

Fish shapes and my son's love of fishing.

What type of wood did you use?

Recycled jarrah.

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

  • TURBOPlane
  • Mini-TURBO
  • Contour Random Sander 
  • Mini Sanders

 How long did it take to complete this project?
The project probably took about 8 hours in total.
What was your process in the creation of this project?
  1.  Finalize the design and select the wood
  2. Shape the fish using Arbortech tools
  3. Oil sanded fish with Arbor-oil
  4. Make frame from recycled roof batten using miter and handsaw. 
  5. Assemble and hand fish in frame using hooks and fishing line.

Where does this piece reside now?

The Tailor is ‘swimming’ on the hearth in front of the fireplace at my house. It is enormously pleasurable and satisfying and amazing to see the finished product after visualizing the idea and collecting the raw materials.