Using salvaged or recycled wood with Arbortech tools.
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.
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 panelling 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.
For our annual Arbortech staff competition, we encourage the use of salvaged or waste wood. We collect interesting wood from street verge throwouts 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|
|'Stretch giraffe' by Steve Marsh|
|Buddha face by Kevin Inkster|