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The big Swizzle
AlohaStation
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From: So FL
Posted: 2007-06-29 6:04 pm   Permalink

The masks are sabal palms. There are some surface cracks that will add some cool character to the masks. I needed something for my back patio and these will fit it perfect - approx 5'. The masks like blood! Two serious jabs from splinters have drawn the juice. The end of my day off, I sat down and completed this little guy (resurrected from my scraps). All he needs is to be finish sanded and sealed. I might make the curly q's deeper? The bird on his head was unintentional, but very welcome. He's kind of a mix of a whole buch of stuff in my head - Enjoy.



 
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FreddieBallsomic
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Posted: 2007-06-29 6:24 pm   Permalink

The masks r killah! I'm REALLY likin this last guy. He seems to me a mix of so many different tiki gods/forms.. Pretty damn unique... Great as always, Bro.!!

 
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wplugger
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Posted: 2007-06-30 05:11 am   Permalink

Tom,
Your masks look great. Blood thirsty?
No pain No gain so they say.
I like seeing you try something differant.


 
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AlohaStation
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Posted: 2007-07-09 5:10 pm   Permalink

Here are the masks completed. Not thrilled with the way they turned out - but they look great on the patio! I didn't spend a whole lot of time on these carving or finishing. As the log dried out they started twisting. It will be interesting to see how they weather. C & C's always welcome.



 
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congatiki
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Joined: Jun 01, 2004
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From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2007-07-09 5:57 pm   Permalink

Don't be too tough on yourself...I think they're cool. You do such a high level of carving
that I am sure you feel you have to push yourself to doing better and better and better.
Often it's just fun to wack something out in a hurry and get the rush of quick results.
Am I right?
I like 'em.
I gotta go watch Prince Fielder in the home run derby.


 
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T_birdman
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From: San Gabriel Valley-SoCal
Posted: 2007-07-09 10:34 pm   Permalink

Hey bro, I'm new here but you're wrong about them, they look really great! I know at a certain level you get a bit critical on your own work, but I'll be happy with my good work when it looks like your bad work! You're all master carvers in my book!

The Birdman

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AlohaStation
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From: So FL
Posted: 2007-07-10 1:16 pm   Permalink

Thanks for comments. I don't HATE these guys. They just aren't some of my favorites - the warping has a big deal to do with that. It was nice to knock them out quickly. No overthinking, ultra-focusing, or sweating the small stuff - chop sand and finish!! You are right about getting back to the basics - however I feel there is still a fews steps up before I can accept any titles (other than Weekend Warrior). Its been hard to find time to carve lately - Hot as blazes and any shade is swarmed by mosquitos - so I sit in my garage at night with the door closed (average temp is 90+). How long till winter?? More to come...

 
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finkdaddy
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From: Wisconsin
Posted: 2007-07-10 1:30 pm   Permalink

Wow, I don't check this thread nearly enough. I really like the last guys, especially the spirals on top. They look familiar, no? Looks like we both draw influence from a similar source. Your pieces always have sort of a light-hearted happy quality about them. It's very nice to see!
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mieko
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Posted: 2007-07-10 4:16 pm   Permalink

The warping is hard to see in the pictures, they both look really good. If you want some better weather to carve in, come on out to San Diego. 70-75 degrees here all week.
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Benzart
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2007-07-10 4:25 pm   Permalink

Ditto all above. I would not have known about the warping, maybe it's just you who is warped (sorry about that!) I think they are Great. You Know there are pieces of wood where heavy detail is useless to do. These are perfect patio tikis.
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AlohaStation
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From: So FL
Posted: 2007-07-10 5:41 pm   Permalink

Thanks. If you look at the picture the top of the heads are flat against the wall. Then look at the chins - they are turned almost 45 degrees.

Fink - inspiration comes from everywhere. Some places are just better than others. I have done the curly q's to a few of my newer tikis, so you will be seeing more.

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JohnnyP
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Posted: 2007-07-10 6:36 pm   Permalink

They look great--warped or no--I can's see any. I would rather carve in a 90F+ degree garage than have to deal with 10F in the garage in winter. A little sweat beats the heck out of frozen numb fingers and toes.

I agree with Finkdaddy, you do have a happy style that is always pleasant to look at.



 
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FreddieBallsomic
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Posted: 2007-07-11 5:23 pm   Permalink

I think the masks look great, Tom.. I think they R gonna look killer where U said you were puttin' 'em. I think twisting and cracks just add to the character of the piece.. U gots any new pics of the birdbust?? Maholla~ fB

 
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AlohaStation
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From: So FL
Posted: 2007-07-24 6:16 pm   Permalink

Here is the finished "Birdman" - no relation. I need some better photos, because the camera was automatically focusing on the background. Once I figured it out I lost the light. Oh well. He is carved in Black Walnut and about 7" tall. More to come.



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Posted: 2007-07-24 10:56 pm   Permalink

Lookin´good!

 
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