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The big Swizzle
Benzart
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Joined: Jan 09, 2004
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2010-09-14 6:14 pm   Permalink

Excellent looking Carve aloha, Glad you finally found a good piece of palm. It Looks like Washingtonian or what they call Mexican Fan but I can't tell for sure. Did the palm fronds have thorny looking stalks?
Can't wait to see this guy!
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AlohaStation
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Joined: Sep 27, 2004
Posts: 2383
From: So FL
Posted: 2010-09-15 07:19 am   Permalink

Sorry no updates. He's still drying and I'm distracted with some other household projects (this weekend will be spent surfing!!!!).

Benz - I'm not sure, because I picked these up after they were cut down. We have a friend that has started on a 12' log - hopefully he will post pics soon (he's just getting started)

When it comes to Palm I have found that where you live has specific effects on the logs. The logs I have been getting are full of water - it makes sense, since it rains here almost every day in the summer. I have cut down dead trees and had water flow freely out of the log. Species is another issue. Here in SFL there are so many different species its hard to keep track of whats what. I was recently enlightened to just how little I know when it comes to Palm species. I have no less than 6 different species in my yard alone - and what I knew them as was totally wrong!

The best thing for mold growing on fresh wood is to let the log dry. You can kill or remove the mold, but if the log still has moisture then mold will continue to grow. I won't finish this guy for a few weeks - which is good news for my "honey do" list.


 
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amate
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Joined: Oct 03, 2009
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Posted: 2010-09-16 08:38 am   Permalink

Looking forward to an update.

 
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AlohaStation
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Joined: Sep 27, 2004
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From: So FL
Posted: 2010-10-26 6:51 pm   Permalink

Well its been a month and the tiki spent his time in the sweatbox. After spending a month drying out I dove into finishing him. Paint, burn and Poly. He's 6' tall and the skull is right at eye level, very ominous. So just in time for Halloween...



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4WDtiki
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Joined: Aug 03, 2004
Posts: 1968
From: Omao, Kauai
Posted: 2010-10-26 7:13 pm   Permalink

That looks great! That's paint on the skull?!? Looks nicely aged!

 
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seeksurf
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Joined: Sep 27, 2007
Posts: 2144
From: Buckley, WA
Posted: 2010-10-26 7:32 pm   Permalink

Classic! the the rough look you have going on with this fella.

 
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leleliz
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Joined: Sep 02, 2008
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From: NorCal
Posted: 2010-10-26 7:53 pm   Permalink

Love that skull!

 
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finkdaddy
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Joined: May 11, 2004
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From: Wisconsin
Posted: 2010-10-27 04:30 am   Permalink

Sweet Jesus, that's amazing!!
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Creative Chimp
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Joined: Jul 31, 2008
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Posted: 2010-10-27 05:50 am   Permalink

friggin sweet tom............

 
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Tiki Russ
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Joined: Feb 02, 2010
Posts: 37
From: OK/FL
Posted: 2010-10-27 09:47 am   Permalink

I love the character in the skull! Nice!!

 
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Lake Surfer
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Joined: Oct 21, 2002
Posts: 3414
From: Milwaukee, WI
Posted: 2010-10-27 2:06 pm   Permalink

Tom, that's a hell of an awesome carve there. Nice work!

I love how the skull is a part of it all, yet looks like it was done separate and set upon the tiki.
Nice touch with the gouge under the skull!

Overall finish is sweet... a great vintage look to it!


 
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little lost tiki
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Joined: Jun 12, 2006
Posts: 7750
From: Orange,CA-right near the Circle!
Posted: 2010-10-27 3:58 pm   Permalink

very nice,Tom!
eye level!
excellent!


 
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pdrake
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Joined: Jan 13, 2006
Posts: 1769
From: las vegas
Posted: 2010-10-27 4:49 pm   Permalink

i'm buying an extra return ticket for my next trip to floriduh so i can bring it home. hopefully i can get him in a middle seat.

nice job.


 
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AlohaStation
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Joined: Sep 27, 2004
Posts: 2383
From: So FL
Posted: 2010-10-29 10:55 am   Permalink

Thanks for all of the comps. Been at the FtL Boat Show all week, and just catching up.

4WD - Yes, I painted the skull white, but left the tikis teeth natural. The crown and armband are also painted and IMHO the colors look better than the white.
Seeks - He may look rough but he's as smooth as butter.
Lake - The skull looks as if it is actually floating above the crown. Been having fun with the bigger chisels - more coming.
LLT - been trying to figure out a way to have the eyes follow you - I have a few ideas.
Perry - Does that mean your coming for Hukilau?

I'll post a few detail images later. My carving style does not focus on being exact (more spontaneous) and I hate sanding. So there are places all over him where I have left my "fingerprints" (errant chisel marks). These "fingerprints" help express his hand-carved nature and give him a lot of character.


 
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amate
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Posted: 2010-10-30 08:56 am   Permalink

Beautifully carved and finished! I hope to be able to do that one day.

 
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