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The big Swizzle
AlohaStation
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Joined: Sep 27, 2004
Posts: 2384
From: So FL
Posted: 2010-02-08 4:02 pm   Permalink

Well its been a while since I've posted an update. Mostly because the stuff I'm working on just isn't up to snuff IMHO. The Coconut logs that I acquired have not been very receptive to my carving. First I started off with cutting a log in half and carving it while it was still very wet. Carved great but dried like crap! The halves warped and cracked dramatically. The cracking will look great once I stain them but the warping bizarre - these are salvagable. It went so well with the halves that I immediately started the largest of the logs. The plan was to carve the image and leave the bark on to reduce the cracking. It worked, but I ran into another problem - MOISTURE. While the outside of the log dried nicely the inside turned into moldy straw (middle image). Some of my initial cuts were too deep and as it dried the body completely broke off! While checking its progress in drying I grabbed the tongue and it broke off with no pressure - DAMN! This log will probably be a total loss!!! 3 hours of carving lost!

Meanwhile, I have also been working on my Mahogany tiki. Progress is slow with this one but its really starting to shape up. Below is just a tease...



 
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drasticwagon
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Joined: Dec 27, 2008
Posts: 263
From: DFW , Texas
Posted: 2010-02-08 5:03 pm   Permalink

King of the leaning tikis.

 
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congatiki
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Joined: Jun 01, 2004
Posts: 2538
From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2010-02-08 6:37 pm   Permalink

Yes, you are the king of the leaners:-)
I really...really like the one on the right. Great pose and
typical Alohastation attitude. Nice stuff.


 
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BIG tiki scott
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Joined: Sep 18, 2009
Posts: 373
From: lehigh acres florida
Posted: 2010-02-08 7:10 pm   Permalink

yepper those coconuts are a pain!!! but the guy on the right i have to aggree is kickin !!!! i luv it!!! cheerz!!

 
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TikiMango
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Joined: Jun 17, 2008
Posts: 798
From: Satellite Beach, FL
Posted: 2010-02-08 7:11 pm   Permalink

Those two tikis look drunk, which is perfectly acceptable! Save that bodiless mute tiki for a beach burn. I'm diggin' that mahogany tiki, it's got AlohaStation written all over it.
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Pupule Tiki!


 
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Benzart
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Joined: Jan 09, 2004
Posts: 10397
From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2010-02-08 7:13 pm   Permalink

YO TOM, Ya, that stuff Ain't up to Snuff and Sho'nuff you don't seem 'ta care cause you keep carving the same Bent and twisted bodies that make us all smile and laff and wonder just how you did dat and we wonder how you don't try fixin'um up. I think you gots your friend/brother/Pal, Will helpin'you and .......xxxoooxxxoooxxxoooxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxxooxooxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxoxxoxoxoxooxxxxxoxxoxxxxoxoxxx now stop that you tu!

Yer stuff is Heaps better than you think it is and you should get a write-up in the tiki Magazine soon. Call Nick and make it happen or I will Will,,Won't you??? In Fact there should be a whole SoFlochapter Everymonth and I Think you Should head it up, what Say Tom, Hey?/ Seriously!!!


 
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BIG tiki scott
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Joined: Sep 18, 2009
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From: lehigh acres florida
Posted: 2010-02-08 8:04 pm   Permalink

i seacond the motion!!! yeah wattyah say!?!? cheerz!!

 
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coconuttzo
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Joined: Jan 13, 2010
Posts: 144
From: Hilo, Hawaii
Posted: 2010-02-08 9:33 pm   Permalink

How tall or old(guestimate) were the coconut trees?

I have been a tree trimmer here in Hawaii for over 15 yrs. & have cut down a lot of trees. I have never tried carving coconut trunks, but from my experience of just working with them, I wouldn't bother with anything less than 20' from under the bottom of palm's head. That is the softest and more prone to split part of the trunk(coconut palms only).

What might work best is anything beyond that length, meaning trees would have to be taller than 20'. The grain(red/brown dots on crosscut section) should be more tightly close to each other & not spaced like the softer part.

Although the trunk is a whole lot harder, I'd think for carving, your time & energy will be well worth spent because it will last a whole lot longer.

It's just my opinion.



 
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laojia
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Joined: Feb 04, 2009
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From: Metz Lorraine France
Posted: 2010-02-08 9:34 pm   Permalink

Curious thing that palm tree in dry rot. I love the two bent tiki brother and I am waiting to see more the Mahogany ...

J.


 
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Lake Surfer
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Joined: Oct 21, 2002
Posts: 3414
From: Milwaukee, WI
Posted: 2010-02-08 11:07 pm   Permalink

Nice work Tom. They look great, even without a tongue.

GIve me the workout of real wood any day, I don't know how you guys deal with that palm. I've had a piece here for 6 years, I think if I touch it it will turn to dust.

But like the others said, I love the character these guys have got with the leans and all, way to work with what nature gave ya!
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SDshirtman
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Joined: Sep 19, 2009
Posts: 71
From: San Diego, CA
Posted: 2010-02-09 11:20 am   Permalink

I love the one on the right. Nice work


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AlohaStation
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Joined: Sep 27, 2004
Posts: 2384
From: So FL
Posted: 2010-02-09 6:08 pm   Permalink

Thanks for all the compliments - they keep me motivated. The tikis were straight when I started - I swear - obviously they weren't happy with their posture and as they dried the wood warped. It does give them a very organic feel.

Mango - I don't know if the tikis are drunk, but I did notice my rum stash is starting to dwindle.

BTS and Nutzo - The logs were very fresh from trees that were probably over 40'. The Coconuts were a dream to carve very soft and moist (I would compare it to carving an apple - easy and wet). The issue came when I left them to dry. I knew there would be issues but I wanted to see if I could overcome some of the disadvantages. If you split the logs in half and remove the core the logs dry nicely. However, you do need to either brace or use something to hold the logs flat while they dry. The base of the logs dries well while the main stalk of the tree has a core of the stringy fibers (this may be different for different species of coconuts). Standing dead palms would be my choice next time.

laojia - Not dry rot - the opposite - too much moisture!

Benz - stop it, I'm blushing. I don't know about SFL article, but maybe something about Garage carvers (or hobbyists).

Lake - I haven't had to much luck with palm and agree with you about carving hard wood. The problem I run into is the logs are always wet or the bark is nightmare or the fibers don't hold detail... That's why I really enjoy working on the Mahogany. I'm very fortunate to have those trees growing around me locally!

Now I have to get busy and finish sanding - sanding - sanding - sanding...


 
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seeksurf
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Joined: Sep 27, 2007
Posts: 2144
From: Buckley, WA
Posted: 2010-03-01 6:53 pm   Permalink

Fine fine fine work. Love the attitude of the guy on the right!

 
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tikigodz
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Joined: Oct 12, 2009
Posts: 439
Posted: 2010-03-04 5:25 pm   Permalink

The bodies are sick! very clean that is such a pain in the ass for me to get done.

 
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AlohaStation
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Joined: Sep 27, 2004
Posts: 2384
From: So FL
Posted: 2010-03-06 1:31 pm   Permalink

After watching my buddy carve his Monster Muddler for Frankie's...
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?mode=viewtopic&topic=29383&forum=7&start=90
you know I had to get in on the fun.


I shaped the dowel on my lathe and carved the handle. The muddler is 13" long with 8" of muddler and 5" Ku. Carved in Cherry(?), stained and finished. Wplugger made the base for his muddler but it wasn't the right size - fits mine perfect. This was fun so I may do more.


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