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Painting???
AlohaStation
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Joined: Sep 27, 2004
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From: So FL
Posted: 2015-12-01 10:04 am   Permalink

I'm a little behind on posting my muddlers, just need to take some photos. in the mean time here's something I just finished over the weekend. Its the beginning of new ideas - this one was practice. Back to palm fronds. Lots of new concepts - just need time to execute them.



 
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MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2015-12-01 8:06 pm   Permalink

Always beautiful Tom, even just a "practice piece". What kind of fronds do you use?

 
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swizzle
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From: Melbourne,Australia
Posted: 2015-12-02 12:23 am   Permalink

That's awesome Tom.

 
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For the Love of Tiki
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From: San Diego, CA
Posted: 2015-12-02 06:48 am   Permalink

Crazy cool carving.

 
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AlohaStation
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From: So FL
Posted: 2015-12-02 10:26 am   Permalink

MDM - I use Royal Palm fronds. They are the largest we have in the area. Not me (just an image off Google), gives you a sense of size.



 
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TheBigT
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From: Fabulous Houston
Posted: 2015-12-02 12:09 pm   Permalink

WOW.

 
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hang10tiki
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Joined: Jul 18, 2010
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From: Las Vegas
Posted: 2015-12-02 9:44 pm   Permalink

Awesome
They are hard as heck to cut down
Can't imaging carving into 1
Awesome and hats off to ya
Keep up the great work


Jon
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AlohaStation
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From: So FL
Posted: 2015-12-03 10:11 am   Permalink

Hang10 - these fronds fall off on their own - no labor required (and the homeowners don't mind you taking them). They are surprisingly moist when the fall off - I like carving them both wet and dry (you get better detail when they are dry, but they are easier to cut when wet). Palm fronds are surprising good carving material. It carves just like palm. Knives are the tools of choice.

 
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AlohaStation
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Posted: 2015-12-09 07:45 am   Permalink

A new muddler in progress. This is carved in mahogany and has posed some interesting challenges. The grain in Mahogany has a tendency to swirl - this has a definite swirl to it. I'll be carving along nicely when all of the sudden the grain changes direction.


 
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AlohaStation
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From: So FL
Posted: 2015-12-09 10:06 am   Permalink

Some process pics...


First is to trim the stock wood


Then place it on the lathe and get it round


Shaping and sanding


Carving


 
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hiltiki
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Joined: Jun 10, 2004
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From: Reseda, calif.
Posted: 2015-12-09 10:38 am   Permalink

You make it look so easy to make, love how it looks.

 
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TheBigT
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From: Fabulous Houston
Posted: 2015-12-14 2:17 pm   Permalink

cool, i didnt know u did any wood turning.

 
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AlohaStation
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From: So FL
Posted: 2015-12-15 08:47 am   Permalink

BigT - I started carving because of wood turning. Many moons ago (around 2001) I was hanging out with buddies drinking in a garage. We started working with his lathe making pens (alcohol and power tools are a great mix). While making the pens I looked at it and decided to try carving a tiki (at the same time my day job required me to do several tiki themed illustrations - hence inspiration). First one was rough but I continued, and decided to buy my own lathe. Then a drill press, then a band saw, and so on... I've always loved working with power tools - this grew into a love of hand tools. While making pens I met Benzart and he got me hooked on the Hook Blade. Its been an evolution and I continue to find new things to do and try. Pens and Pencils, Letter Openers, Pepper Grinders, vessels, and now muddlers - the opportunities are endless. I strongly consider myself a student and will always be open to learning new things. The lathe started it all!

 
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AlohaStation
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From: So FL
Posted: 2015-12-15 10:50 am   Permalink

Here's an update...



 
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AlohaStation
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From: So FL
Posted: 2016-01-05 11:22 am   Permalink

I was asked to do another Marq muddler. I found a piece of wood in the pile that was marked "Spanish Cedar" (I think I got it from Benzart), this stuff was a dream to carve. This could be considered my fastest carving so far - I carved it while on my holiday road trip (approx 80mph). Waiting to finish...



 
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