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The big Swizzle
AlohaStation
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Joined: Sep 27, 2004
Posts: 2383
From: So FL
Posted: 2008-03-09 6:31 pm   Permalink

Holy Crap!! I take a couple of days away from the computer and come back to a ton of great stuff. This was a very productive weekend.

Well, I promised some Glamour Shots of The Birdman and here they are. He is carved in Mahogany, 45" tall and weighs over 50lbs. He can be hung on the wall or left asa free-standing piece. This was the first piece from my large wood score a few months ago. This was the one piece that didn't fit into the wood shed, so I started carving it while it was still a bit wet. Some cracks have formed but they seem to have stabalized (plus I think they look really cool). I didn't carve down to the heartwood as much as I wanted too, but there were a lot of lessons learned on this guy and the wood. I still have a large stash of mahogany and you will be seeing more in the future!

Enjoy!!



 
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Paipo
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Joined: Jun 22, 2006
Posts: 1886
From: Aotearoa / NZ
Posted: 2008-03-09 7:42 pm   Permalink

WOW....really impressive. Good to see you haven't lost your touch with the big stuff either.The wood looks absolutely beautiful!
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seeksurf
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Joined: Sep 27, 2007
Posts: 2144
From: Buckley, WA
Posted: 2008-03-09 10:55 pm   Permalink

Dam he looks fantastic Love it the carve the colors. Yes Sir,
MUM-UM NICE!

Give us a larger PIC!
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AlohaStation
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From: So FL
Posted: 2008-03-10 06:22 am   Permalink

For a larger image you can go here and click on the image.

http://tflounder.deviantart.com/art/Birdman-final-79586664

I have a lot of large logs, including a 10 footer that I stripped this weekend. More big stuff to come.


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FreddieBallsomic
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Joined: Aug 08, 2005
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Posted: 2008-03-10 06:45 am   Permalink

The detail of the bird is just great... The eyes have it!! He looks mean as hell,,,Alfred Hitchcock style~

 
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Flat Black
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Joined: Feb 14, 2008
Posts: 116
From: Chicagoland
Posted: 2008-03-10 07:21 am   Permalink

It's like the evil bird is controlling the dude. He's doing the birds bidding.

Okay maybe that's stupid, but that was what I got from it.

This is great by the way, and I didn't release it was so big. Very cool.


 
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Babalu
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Joined: Nov 19, 2006
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From: Lemon Grove
Posted: 2008-03-10 07:56 am   Permalink

Dang Aloha!! The Birdman is over the top fantastic! Bowana has given me a nice chunk of mahogany to play with...your Birdman is big time inspiration to dive into it.
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Tahitiki
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Joined: Jun 11, 2004
Posts: 324
From: San Jose
Posted: 2008-03-10 08:03 am   Permalink

It's an amazing carve, I like the stain job a lot. WOW!!!

 
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Mustang Island Tiki
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Joined: Feb 16, 2008
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From: South Texas
Posted: 2008-03-10 08:27 am   Permalink

Quote:

[i]I have a lot of large logs, including a 10 footer that I stripped this weekend. More big stuff to come.




Knowing what mahogany sells for by the board foot here that is a treasure trove of wood ye got there mate!


I love carving mahogany!


Do you get that from a supplier or do you own a tropical rain forest somewhere?


=chuckle=


I would love to be able to carve a piece that big someday with that wood!



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greentikipat
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Joined: Oct 08, 2006
Posts: 325
From: st. pete fl
Posted: 2008-03-10 12:03 pm   Permalink

aloha a.s.!those different tones are a treat for the eyes. the curves are so smooth, too. awesome job! can't wait to see the really big one.

 
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AlohaStation
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Joined: Sep 27, 2004
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From: So FL
Posted: 2008-03-11 1:55 pm   Permalink

Thanks for all the compliments. This guy was a lot of fun to carve. Finishing him was a struggle - or should I say sanding him. With the hard wood every little scratch shows!! The colors didn't come out as I envisioned, but still looks great.

M.I.T. - thanks for the inquiry. Mahogany actually grows here in South Florida. A few months ago I scored a pile when a shopping center clear cut their parking lot!! Check it out, I have only used one piece so far!!



 
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Benzart
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Joined: Jan 09, 2004
Posts: 10397
From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2008-03-12 1:20 pm   Permalink

Aloha, I can't believe how excellent you are getting with the Fine Detail. Can't wait to see what comes out of that wood pile!

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MooneyTiki
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Joined: Sep 28, 2005
Posts: 578
From: Jensen Beach,fla
Posted: 2008-03-14 10:12 am   Permalink

WOW!!!!!!!Once again your tikis are More amazing with each carving!!! Can't wait to see whats next,Aloha, Mooney

 
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AlohaStation
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From: So FL
Posted: 2008-03-14 5:44 pm   Permalink

Thanks goes to the St. Lucie Crew - I know you have as much of this wood as I do. Anything in the works?? Posting a little "Pocket Tiki" that I just finished. He still needs a clear coat. Its a crappy photo, sorry.



 
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teaKEY
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Joined: Nov 09, 2004
Posts: 3683
From: The thumb !
Posted: 2008-03-14 7:13 pm   Permalink

your title made me think of this..




Nice bird tiki. Could have passed as a Crazy Al surf tiki a week ago. Bird's cool


 
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