Voegeler Creations are a souvenir wholesaler who creates gifts from local products and distributes to tourist destinations all around Australia. Among the materials they use are local woods as well as Trotec’s laser woods to make their range of products, including jewellery, fridge magnets, picture frames and much more.
John Voegeler and his wife initially purchased a Speedy 100 laser engraving machine, building their entire business around this single machine. They became very close to the team here at Trotec Australia, helping out at the WA Wood Show, and blew us all away when they won themselves a Speedy 360 in the Trotec Applications Contest.
Initially, John Voegeler was looking for a machine to help with his artwork – he wanted to print his oil paintings. When stumbling across Trotec, he assumed the machines were large format printers. However, when he saw what the laser machines were capable of, he began to come up with all sorts of ideas…
“The laser machine opened up a whole new door for me. There is so much you can do with it, it’s just incredible. I’ve made some amazing things with my Speedy 100”.
Today, John is creating some beautiful pieces. He uses the Trotec Solid Wood range as well as the unique South Australian wood ‘She Oak’. It only grows in Albany, where John and his wife live, and you can’t be found anywhere else. Apparently, it is a very valuable and sort-after material, and John says it is perfect for laser cutting and engraving!
“The local She Oak got me. It has an incredible look to it – when it’s laser processed, you can just see it was meant to be. It gives off that beautiful timber contrast, really complimenting the laser work.”
"The Solid Wood is very, very high-quality timber, and it lends itself well to the laser. I also use the Veneered MDF, which I find is a superior product to what I was using before. It always cuts beautifully and always looks good. When you put it in the machine, there is never any warpage – it’s just great!"- John Voegeler - Voegeler Creations -
The main reason John decided to purchase a laser machine from Trotec was the quality:
“I was looking online for laser machines - I was watching videos. And I kept on going back to Trotec just because of how it was made. You could see the quality of the machine in the video, and I knew I wasn’t going to buy something cheap. I wanted something reliable, industrial and could work every single day. The Speedy 100? It hasn’t missed a beat in the five years I’ve owned it. Not one.”
Voegeler Creations has also been blown away by the support that Trotec offers, especially for a little business in Albany, which is quite a long way away from any Trotec office.
"There are a lot of creative people in Albany – and Australia! I am one of those people, and I’m lucky enough to have found a Trotec machine to enhance what I do, AND lucky enough to win a Speedy 360 which will continue to help me. I am thrilled with Trotec!"- John Voegeler - Voegeler Creations -
Late last year, in celebration of our 20th anniversary, we decided to hold a very special international competition that would highlight Trotec laser customers all around the world and their amazing creativity! It was no easy feat, but eventually we were able to select 20 winners! Each winner has received a Speedy 360 flexx for one whole year… and Voegeler Creations has the privilege of representing Australia as the only Aussie winner selected! Now that’s something to be proud of!
More about the winning Applications Contest entry
Johnny entered this competition with his beautiful photo frame. It truly highlights the work and dedication of the company – a worthy winning piece!
The surface of the frame is flawless due to the high attention to detail and the timely method of laser etching that is involved in creating this beautiful product. First, it is carefully laser etched. Then, the first inlay is inserted before it is sanded down to a smooth, flat surface. This process is repeated, again and again, until all inlay components have been added and the elegant image of the blue wren is completed.
The finished result is high-quality and stunning – making it suitable for a commemorative item or even a regular photo frame! To top it off it’s all created with a Trotec laser machine (excluding the glass and screws). Even the hinges and backboard of the frame are created using the Speedy 100 laser engraver. This project involved so much care, time and patience, and we are extremely impressed with Voegeler Creations winning creation!
"It was a Thursday, the day before Good Friday, when I received a phone call. I thought it was a telemarketer, but it was a guy called Reece from Sydney and he told me that I had won the Speedy 360. I didn’t hear him the first time – it just sort of went through one ear and out the other. It then clicked as to what had actually happened and I broke down… I was very humbled and excited."- John Voegeler - Voegeler Creations -