Kevin Inkster

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Join Kevin in getting the 2021 Global MakerFest underway.

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Nick St. Amand
TC Timberart

One of our more memorable collaborations with Nick was the giant waving American flag build he did a couple of years ago. Join us to watch Nick build a miniature version of that waving flag from curly maple and walnut.

Nick runs TC Timberart, a Veteran owned and operated small business custom woodworking shop. In his former life he was a letter carrier for the USPS. He has done framing and carpentry side jobs for most of his life. Nick started his business just doing freehand carved signs, 4 years ago. Since then he has grown  so much in his woodworking career, grown his skill set, and found a love for power carving. Nick really enjoys working on unique one of a kind projects. His focus is on quality not quantity. He not interested in mass production.

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Tracey Cheuvront & Kathrina Nellis - Bastionhead

The Arbortech TURBOPlane: A Powercarving Powerhouse. Watch and learn as Bastionhead Woodworks share their woodworking tips and tricks.

Tracey Cheuvront and Kathrina Nellis comprise Bastionhead Woodworks and have spent the last several years doing freestyle wood shaping with both hand and power tools.  Their eclectic methodology allows them to respect the nature and character of wood as a living thing, while efficiently creating works that are not only beautiful, but functional and intended to be held and used.  Major themes in their teaching include power carving techniques, understanding the strengths and limitations of wood, and finding the best is whatever kind of wood shows up.

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Kevin Inkster

The wait is over… The Precision Carving System has FINALLY arrived!

Watch the founder of Arbortech Tools, Kevin Inkster share some tips, tricks, and good-to-knows about its components and features.

A man who needs no introduction… Mr Kevin ‘Viking’ Inkster – founder of Arbortech, inventor, woodworker and musician.

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Jimmy DiResta

Ever the true craftsman, watch as Jimmy brings together his love for metal and woodworking when carves an anvil from an ordinary stump.

Jimmy DiResta embodies the unique title of “forever curious maker”, fascinated by all things mechanical and handmade.” His curiosity sparked in childhood during playtime with his father’s tools and later a high school gig in a sign shop put him on a track for a lifetime career in making.

Taking on inventor-type roles at various toy companies and simultaneously teaching design and fabrication courses at his alma mater, School of Visual Arts, all provided the perfect training for his talents to flourish. Jimmy’s approach to life and projects have always remained unpretentious, organic, and solutions-oriented.

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Paul Jackman

Last year during MakerFest, Paul was in the midst of one of his most ambitious projects yet, the giant wavy vase. You may recall the laughs we all shared over the amount of sanding he needed to do. Well, Paul is back this year with a not-so-Jackman sized version of that project. Tune in to see Paul make a mini version of one of his more memorable projects.

Located in eastern Massachusetts, Paul Jackman is a full-time maker and content creator working with a mix of materials, typically focusing on high-end reclaimed and upcycled projects through woodworking.

One might say he likes to push the boundaries, often creating enlarged wooden projects that he likes to refer to as “Jackman Sized”. These off-the-wall projects test his patience, but also push his skill-set to the next level, which is the real reason behind them. He makes fast-paced and entertaining build videos there that are made for everyone, but with the ultimate goal to get the younger generations excited about making again.

Referring to his educational background, Jackman says that very few people these days are lucky enough to have the hands-on learning experience that he had, so he’s trying to pay it forward by translating what he knows into very easily digestible videos where people are entertained while they learn and often laugh at his own expense (usually on purpose… usually).

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Tracey Cheuvront & Kathrina Nellis - Bastionhead

In just an hour we will go from log to ready for sanding (except for that pesky year of drying time!) while discussing wood considerations, tool options, and bowl design.

Tracey Cheuvront and Kathrina Nellis comprise Bastionhead Woodworks and have spent the last several years doing freestyle wood shaping with both hand and power tools.  Their eclectic methodology allows them to respect the nature and character of wood as a living thing, while efficiently creating works that are not only beautiful, but functional and intended to be held and used.  Major themes in their teaching include power carving techniques, understanding the strengths and limitations of wood, and finding the best is whatever kind of wood shows up.

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Eric Spencley

Join us to watch the master of handcrafted furniture, Eric Spencely power carve a modern console table.

Eric started woodworking in high school and developed an instant passion. He then went on to The Ohio State University to pursue an Engineering degree and lost touch with building. Two years after graduating and moving to a new apartment, he realized he needed a dining table.  Being unsatisfied with store bought options, Eric borrowed a miter saw and built his first project since high school. After that first build, he knew I had to bring this passion back.

 

Eric covers a wide range of project types for furniture, decor, shop projects, and plans to start home remodeling projects once I buy my first home. While the projects change, the one thing you can count on is clear content that’s educational and chalked full of awful jokes.

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George Vondriska

Join us live with George Vondriska of Vondriska Woodworks and the Woodworkers Guild of America for one of George’s notorious power carving classes.

George Vondriska has been teaching woodworking since 1986. In addition to running his own woodworking school, George has taught woodworking courses for woodworking shows, woodworking schools, retail stores, the U.S. Peace Corps, the Pentagon, Northwest Airlines, and Andersen Window. George is the primary instructor for Vondriska Woodworks woodworking classes.

You may also know George from his work as the Tools and New Products Editor for American Woodworker Magazine, his articles in Fine Woodworking, WOOD, and Woodworkers Journal Magazines, or from his current position as Managing Editor of WoodWorkers Guild of America.

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Erich Perkins - Rescued Oregon Timber

Join us to watch Erich as he goes through his process of sourcing wood, carving wet vs dry wood and what goes into making his famous epoxy plates.

Erich started woodworking as a way to relax and be creative. He needed a motivating hobby to distract him from his daily grind. He started out cutting urban trees and making slabs. Then Erich had an epiphany, logs are heavy. So he started a business called Rescued Oregon Timber with two other guys, Rob Hammerly and Scotty Schwartzkoph. They continue to reclaim urban trees but have added power carving, pyrography and table manufacturing. They are associated with the Urban Lumber Network West. Erich is forever evolving and learning more about himself through the crafting of wood and the people associated with it.

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Tracey Cheuvront & Kathrina Nellis - Bastionhead

Make a simple gift or decorative accent from a scrap board, fallen limb, or other piece of found wood.  We will do some live carving as well as a show and tell of what can be accomplished in a single shop session. 

Tracey Cheuvront and Kathrina Nellis comprise Bastionhead Woodworks and have spent the last several years doing freestyle wood shaping with both hand and power tools.  Their eclectic methodology allows them to respect the nature and character of wood as a living thing, while efficiently creating works that are not only beautiful, but functional and intended to be held and used.  Major themes in their teaching include power carving techniques, understanding the strengths and limitations of wood, and finding the best is whatever kind of wood shows up.

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Michael Alm

Join us live with Michael Alm for a Q&A and watch Michael work on a white oak and brass light fixture that will be featured in a future video.

Michael Alm is a Seattle based artist and woodworker. After a number of years working for museums, galleries, and other artists, Alm found the perfect space for building out his dream shop. In 2014 he left his day job and started Alm Fab.

Alm Fab began as a design/build company, but in recent years has become a lot more. Alm produces two woodworking videos a month on his YouTube channel, and creates DIY plans for his projects. He frequently experiments with new furniture pieces, sculptures, and power tools  tools in his daily posts on Instagram. His goal is to share his knowledge with others and help them up their game in the wood shop. 

Popular projects include the Melting Table, the Murphy Bar, and his many experiments with Patterned Plywood. He loves integrating power carving into his builds and is working on a number of new carved pieces this year. 

For the 2021 Arbortech Makerfest, Michael Alm will be answering your questions about past power carving projects, as well as showing his latest build, a massive wood and brass light fixture.

To learn more about Michael Alm, check out his website almfab.com.

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Carl Jacobson

A master of the lathe as well as Power Carving, join us to watch Carl Jacobson combine the lathe with a little bit of Arbortech to carve a beautiful bathroom sink.

Say hello to Carl Jacobson from the Woodshoptv. Carl started woodworking with my grandfather as a young boy. He continued woodworking through high school, and started woodturning after seeing a turned project in a friends shop. Some of his fondest memories are working with his grandfather in his wood shop. Being able to share their passion for woodworking, ties it all together.

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Kevin Inkster

No lathe? No worries! Kev shows you three ways to turn wood without a lathe. This makes wood turning super easy and at minimal cost.

A man who needs no introduction… Mr Kevin ‘Viking’ Inkster – founder of Arbortech, inventor, woodworker and musician.

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Kevin Inkster

Watch as our fearless leader Kevin ‘Viking’ Inkster power carves the mythological Norse god of death and war, Odin – the one-eyed All-Father. He will also be sharing a few of his favourite Viking inspired carvings over the past few months.

A man who needs no introduction… Mr Kevin ‘Viking’ Inkster – founder of Arbortech, inventor, woodworker and musician.

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Shane Christensen

Travel (virtually) to the top end of Australia and discover the unique flavors of Australian wood chips perfect for BBQ smoking.

Shane Christensen is a professional sculptor living on the Sunshine Coast, QLD Australia. Shane calls himself an ‘environmental artist’ which is an interesting combination of his past life working in Conservation and Environmental Protection, and his current direction which is Chainsaw Carving. After a Feathertail Glider moved into one of his sculptures he realised that what he was creating wasn’t limited to art but also gave native animals a home. In recent years, Shane introduced native Australian Stingless Bee Hives into some of his sculptures. He found that they were instinctively attracted to a particular type of wood he was carving with.

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David Doyle

Learn about a selection of trees that are indigenous to Australia and unique to their climatic conditions. Discover how emerging carver and artist David Doyle uses them in his projects.

David Doyle is a Barkindji man based in Broken Hill, NSW. His family is from the Menindee region of the Baaka, or Darling River. Following the traditions of his great-grandmother, Doyle is an emerging carver and artist. He makes carved emu eggs, mussel shell jewellery, and wooden objects including bowls and sculptures. Doyle explains: ‘I use materials from the Baaka in most of my sculptures because I’m making something that’s part of myself, part of my culture and my history’.

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Pene Turner

Join maker and all round creative genius Pene Turner as she shares her journey and woodworking passion. Learn how Pene developed her unique carving style with a few tips, tricks and tales along the way!

Art has been in her life from age two, beginning in the Pottery Studio of her mother, accomplished artist Alison Brown. Through her life she has added layers of diverse ability, using a multitude of techniques and products which, along with her understanding of design, have facilitated the transition to shaping wood that she immerses herself in today.
Within the use of wood her goal is to make items of use that not only have a point of difference, from her signature handle ‘fick’ to her flowing shapes, but that are also practical and aesthetically pleasing to the eye and the hand. The tactile smoothness in the finish of her pieces, a direct contrast to the natural hardness of the wood.
Her love of nature, colour, tones and textures all lend themselves to the forms she creates, and form much of the foundation of what inspires her.

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Jolien Brebels

The name’s Bond, James Bond.

Dutch toy-maker Jolien Brebels demonstrates how to carve James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5, the most famous car in the world, out of wood

Jolien Brebels is a 27 year old maker from Belgium who specialises in wooden toys and decorations. It’s hard to believe that Brebels started her woodworking journey just a few short years ago! What started out as a simple project to give her nephews has grown into a passion. She creates and donates all her wooden toys and decorations to charities and disadvantaged children. Brebels documents her passion for wood working through videos in hope to inspire others.

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Ed Elliott

Tune in to see what Ed Elliot has been up to since our last chat with him.

Ed Elliott is an award-winning sculptor specialising in large scale figurative pieces, often designed with a specific site in mind. He has received national acclaim for his innovative work in wood and bronze, creating highly innovative and emotive work in his distinctive style. Ed shows the flexibility that must be accepted to be able to sculpt with wood and allow it to speak, that has led him to become one of the nation’s leading sculptors in this medium. He works from his studio in the West Midlands, UK and exhibits widely across the UK and abroad. With public pieces in six counties and work collected globally he is widely recognised for his ambitious pieces and his striking style.

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Lila Ferber

Alright stop, collaborate and listen… To Lila Ferber as she power carves ice using Arbortech Tools.

Lila Ferber is an artist and exhibit fabricator from Omaha, Nebraska.  She received her BFA in Sculpture from the Kansas City Art Institute. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows nationally, including New York, DC, Portland, and Phoenix.  She interned with the Salem Art Works Sculpture Park in New York, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the exhibit fabrication department at the Omaha Children’s Museum, and the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center in the marble quarries of Vermont.

 

Currently in Portland, Lila is teaching woodturning classes on the lathe and studying ice carving.  Most recently, she carved ice at the Feb 2020 Portland Winter Light Festival, and does virtual ice carving performances for the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. She creates abstract, playful wood carvings and oil paintings with bright colors and organic forms.  She’s worked large-scale in foam and wood.  The shapes and textures found in nature inspire her art.

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