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A small carving and a Memorial project
GMAN
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From: My Island
Posted: 2006-01-02 6:57 pm   Permalink

Way to go 8FT, that is wicked. I know all too well how difficult working with wood like that can be. It looks magnificent though! Any ideas on a stain treatment?

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Aaron's Akua
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Posted: 2006-01-02 9:22 pm   Permalink

8 FT., you really worked the layers well on this tiki. I have the same issues with a redwood log I've just started. It's tough because the sapwood isn't always the same depth throughout the length of the log. Well, you know what I'm talking about. I really like that headpiece.
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Benzart
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Posted: 2006-01-03 05:34 am   Permalink

NICE Tiki there 8Ft. You handled the outer layer beautifully to get the 2 tone effect throughout the whole piece, not an easy tas.
I'm very envious of yout Walnut tree score. SCORE! Been working on it for a Month you say?? You have been holding out on us, haven't you now..I'll expect to see a Whole slew of Black Walnut carvings in the near future from you. Way to GO.
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JohnnyP
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Posted: 2006-01-03 3:21 pm   Permalink

Looks really neat. With that two tone just a clear finish would be perfect.
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Sam Gambino
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Posted: 2006-01-03 5:03 pm   Permalink

Hey 8 ft, that really is a cool piece. That IS some fine 2-tone work you have going there!
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Basement Kahuna
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Posted: 2006-01-03 10:15 pm   Permalink

Neat piece...Black walnut smells cool, too, when you carve it, doesn't it?

 
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JimTandem
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Joined: Jan 02, 2005
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From: Ontario, Ca.
Posted: 2006-01-03 11:48 pm   Permalink

Wow 8Ft! That took some serious attention, if you went just a bit too deep anywhere on the outer layer you wouldn't get a second chance. I'm impressed and the curve is cool.

 
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SilverLine
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Joined: Mar 02, 2004
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From: Kansas City
Posted: 2006-01-04 5:38 pm   Permalink

That's looking GREAT! You've done a lot in just a weekend! Ya know, it's gonna be like 65 on Saturday! Bet I know what you're going to be doing! Sure wish I could get started on one.


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MooneyTiki
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From: Jensen Beach,fla
Posted: 2006-01-06 08:05 am   Permalink

Aloha 8ft Tiki!!!!
That is a very nice tiki that you carved!!
I am enveious that you found that nice wood to carve. Keep having fun carving thats what its all about!
Aloha for now your friend,Mooney!!


 
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TikiTikiBoom
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From: So Cal
Posted: 2006-01-09 11:33 pm   Permalink

The contrasting colors from JUST the wood really make this a unique and special piece.

Add to that the way you managed to "carve with the flow" of the wood, and that's one nice tiki!

Nice nice
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Alldo
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From: So Cal
Posted: 2006-01-10 10:11 pm   Permalink

Nice job on making the different colors work with each other. The way that the colors work with and against each other is abstract in a way. Painters used to use this as a way to distract the viewer from seeing the obvious and to invite the imagination to see what it wanted to see. Art is in the eye.........you know what I mean. Keep up the good work......Alldo
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Jungle Trader
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Posted: 2006-01-11 07:35 am   Permalink

I hear that black walnut is the absolute best for carving and sculpting.
Keep up the good work 8 foot.
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8FT Tiki
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Posted: 2006-01-11 5:13 pm   Permalink

Happy New Year one and all! I thank you for the replies to this walnut tiki I am working on now. Since my last photos were added I have done a couple of more details to it. Now all I need is a good weather day for the finishing touches.
The forecast isn't too bad so by the end of the weekend I may have it ready for the installation! Drop in on me again soon for more photos.
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8FT Tiki
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Posted: 2006-01-17 3:31 pm   Permalink

Thanks to an unseasonally warm January day I have finished the detail work I was doing and got a couple of coats of sealer on the carving. In order to make the eyebrows show up better I used a walnut stain and then wiped off the excess. For the areas around the mouth, between the teeth and headress I used it full strength and did not remove the excess. This is what gave it the darker look in those places.





OK now here is where I would like your opinions. I thought I might like the look of a headband below the actual headress so while carving I tossed around some ideas on how to achieve this. I concluded that the best way I could do this would be to find a belt and wrap it around the forehead. I knew I wanted something that looked woven and since it is going to be outside in the elements, a synthetic instead of a leather belt. So I checked the thrift stores until I found this black belt. Ever seen a tiki with a black belt? He doesn't have arms or legs so I don't know how dangerous he is as a black belt. Anyway, look at the first photo and the last two and tell me if you think it looks better with or without the headband belt. Thanks, I am looking forward to your opinions. 8FT




 
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JohnnyP
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Posted: 2006-01-17 3:49 pm   Permalink

It came out very nice. I like all the different color stains. You did a great job with the different colors showing the contrast yet keeping the main grain of the log visible.

As far as the belt goes. It looks good either way!
JP


 
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