Arbortech started in Nannup, a small country town in the South West of Western Australia where my wife Kristine and I were living an “alternative lifestyle”. We made a living from a combination of driving school buses, mechanical repairs and woodworking. We believed in the simple philosophy that a person who did that which they loved doing, was already successful’. In fact, I came to believe that no one could compete with a   person who loved what they were doing because they were prepared to do it anyway.
Inventing had always been a love of mine and most of my woodworking tools were a result of experimentation. When we formed Arbortech in 1988 to commercialise our first successful product “the Woodcarver Blade”, we promised ourselves that we would continue with this philosophy and search for people who also enjoyed their work.
The result is that our tools are designed, made and marketed in Australia by people who love tools. Naturally our staff are formally qualified but there is no better qualification than their level of commitment and enthusiasm which is embodied in every one of our products.
It is our intention to produce interesting products that are a joy to use with marked improvements in performance and safety over existing tools. I have come to realise that inventing is the easy part and that taking concepts from prototype to product to market is far more difficult, especially for a small company located in Perth, which is possibly the most isolated city in the world. Yet that is exactly what we do and for that reason I believe that Arbortech is my best invention yet.
So what is the secret behind Arbortech? It’s the passion that comes from pursuing our dreams. All of our products embody these qualities and take the concept of freehand shaping to a new level, allowing very smooth controlled cutting.
We at Arbortech believe that everyone has a creative spirit and we continually get enjoyment and inspiration for new product development from seeing our customers creativity come to life by using our tools. If you are not already inspired to go do some woodwork, I invite you to learn, share, gain info and ideas by visiting our website, sharing your photos on Instagram and following us on Facebook and Youtube.
I sincerely hope you enjoy using our products for many years.