Thursday, 20 November 2014

Sk8Shades - Making Wooden Sunglasses From Skateboards


Sk8Shades, based in Durban, South Africa, makes hand-crafted sunglasses with wood recycled from used skateboards. Dave de Witt, the man behind the company, came up with the idea when his sunglasses began falling apart and he decided to use the wood from an old skateboard to create his first pair of Sk8Shades.

On the Sk8Shades website, Dave describes the creation process: Once the used boards have their grip tape removed and have been cross-cut, ripped, planed, sanded, laminated, squared, veneered, sanded and sized, they are ready for laminating into a curve. This is done, one-by-one, using clamps and moulds made from off-cuts of birch plywood. Shaping edging and grooving takes place on one of the bench-mounted routers and comes 24 hours after being removed from the moulds. Temples are shaped from the tails and noses retaining some of the graphics. All moulds, templates and tooling is made in-house using basic tools, woodworking machinery and a few Franken-tools made up from various pawn-shop finds. With +250 laminated glue joints in our layered frames and up to 200 in our Dirty or Clean frames, Sk8 Shades are rebuilt layer by layer to create a strong, lightweight and comfortable frame.

We were lucky enough to be given our very own Sk8Shades by Dave made using Triton tools and these are now proudly on display at Triton HQ.


Check out Dave's website to see more of his designs : www.sk8shades.com

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Choose Woodwork for Life

Meet Alistair ‘Jock’ McConnachie - a man with a passion for nature, wood, and creating beautiful objects.
Having served time as a lawyer in Cape Town, Jock decided to change direction and get closer to nature.  The result is Timber Village - a truly unique part saw mill and lumber yard and part artisan workshops and show room for bespoke contemporary furniture. There is even a museum highlighting the history of the timber trade in and around the area.

Visitors can choose from an amazing selection of indigenous timbers, which includes some truly spectacular woods, due to the fact Timber Village is based in the Knsyna forest on South Africa’s Garden Route.  In this short film Jock talks about Timber Village as well as the motivation to work with wood creating custom furniture. Look out for the giant slab of Yellowwood - a jaw-dropping piece of exotic timber.


Timber Village played host to the recent ‘Working with Wood’ festival in Knysna, and you can see more about that in our earlier post working-with-wood-festival. We will be checking back with Jock at a later date to see how the Yellowwood slab develops.
If you would like to know more about Timber Village please visit their website: http://timbervillage.co.za/

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Surf meets woodwork, meets art.

The Triton blog has been showcasing exceptional individuals we would describe as ‘Masters of Wood’ for some time now. Our latest Master is Patrick Burnett from Kommetjie near Cape Town, South Africa. Patrick has a love of the sea and surfing, and he has combined that with a passion for working with wood – designing and hand-crafting stunning hollow wood surfboards. We visited Patrick to find out more about his work and the drive behind his creative process.



For those interested in learning more about Patrick’s work, his approach to sustainable craft, and details of how to book a course where you can make your own board, please see his website: www.burnettwoodsurfboards.co.za

Monday, 27 October 2014

Working with Wood festival, Knysna


Our Triton team recently visited South Africa to meet woodworkers and gather information to share on the Triton blog. We met some interesting and talented woodworkers, from an independent craftsman making beautiful wooden surfboards, to a modern factory reproducing traditional designs. We will share their stories with you over the next few weeks.

This is the first of our stories from Knysna, a traditional timber and woodworking town situated on the coast in Western Cape at the foot of South Africa.  Knysna originally developed as a timber town to support the growing colony in Cape Town,  and the ‘Working with Wood Festival’ was organised in support of the Knysna Timber Initiative (KTI), a non-profit association of stakeholders in the timber industry, including local government. The festival is held at Timber Village, an extraordinary woodyard and craft centre and a real melting pot of information and ideas for woodworkers.  We will take you on a tour round the Timber Village in more detail in another post.

In addition to the main site, festival visitors were also able to visit local timber factories in Knysna and surrounding areas to see how local wood products are made, and to buy locally manufactured items.  All aspects of timber production was on show - from young tree seedlings, timber harvesting and milling technology, to fine furniture and craft products - all made by local individuals or businesses.  The Working with Wood Festival hopes to inspire and grow interest in the town’s heritage, and to spread the word that specialist knowledge and skills both in forestry and fine timber production are still flourishing in Knysna today..

Fine design and craftsmanship from Fechters on display
Traditional skills from Timber village



Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Best of the Woodworking Web - Brass Tacks

Sorry we've been a bit quiet on the blog front recently, but we've been busy helping the team in South Africa with a couple of fantastic woodworking shows (more to come on those soon!).

Today we're bringing you a great video featuring the team at Brass Tacks, a furniture design company who use reclaimed bits of wood and craft them into beautiful pieces of furniture. Kevin and his team enjoy using only their hands and a select number of tools to carry out these incredible transformations:

"Picking out the lumber is my favourite thing that I do, just because it's the beginning of something that's going to end up really beautiful. We really put care and love into it, and it turns into something that was completely the opposite of what it started out as, and that's just what we get so excited about - the transformation."


Credit: Brass Tacks - Kansas City from Summer House Films on Vimeo.

If you've come across any interesting videos like the above, we'd love to see them! Just leave us a comment below.

Friday, 19 September 2014

Best of the Woodworking Web - Walking in a Wooden Wonderland

Henrique Oliveira is a São Paulo-based artist who uses recycled materials and returns them to their true natural form. This latest piece, titled Transarquitetonica, is a giant network of root-like tunnels which can be explored from the inside. Oliveira's largest piece to date, he sees it as not just an installation but an experience for the senses.



We love this creative use of discarded construction site materials and the way Oliveira's work returns the wood back to the beginning of its journey.

You can see more of Oliveira's work on his website: www.henriqueoliveira.com

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

International Woodworking Fair - Atlanta


Every two years the city of Atlanta plays host to the International Woodworking Fair, and the range of products and services on display this year was astonishing. From specialist manufacturers of the smallest carving tools, to demonstrations of factory-scale high speed processing of sheet materials, there was something for all to see. 
A particular crowd-pleaser was the growing number of displays with high specification CNC routers, which were able to reproduce designs with intricate detailing at simply the touch of a button.
Triton Tools exhibited with an impressive booth displaying the full range of equipment available, as well as a couple of special show previews. Whilst the award-winning Triton routers and a limited range of Triton Precision Power Tools have been available in the US for some years, the complete expanded range already distributed in other parts of the world will arrive in the USA for the first time from November 2014.

Due for release in 2015, the new Triton Workcentre WX7 attracted a lot of attention at its first showing in the US. Hands-on enthusiasts and experienced journalists alike were keen to learn more. Here is an interview with Woodworkers Journal that offers a bit more information.