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The big Swizzle
Mustang Island Tiki
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Joined: Feb 16, 2008
Posts: 24
From: South Texas
Posted: 2008-03-15 12:08 am   Permalink

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On 2008-03-11 13:55, AlohaStation wrote:
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!!





This part of Texas the best I can do for a tree "on the hoof" is some pretty nice mesquite. It will dull a knife or chisels faster that you would think is possible in the known universe but it is well worth the effort. The wood is beautiful and holds great detail. Also, if the carving goes south you can always barbeque with it!!!

If I am feeling especially masochistic I will start a mequite piece and let ya all see what it is like. For every day fun kinda carving I like a good chunk of basswood.

I have my "very first tiki" I am wanting to post up once I pry the digital camera away from my wife. It isn't anything "holy tiki-erffic" like alot of the first rate pieces you and others have been putting up but it is a start. Just be gentle on me sensibilities is all I be askin of ya'all!



Mustang Island Tiki

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JohnnyP
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Joined: Nov 23, 2005
Posts: 1692
From: Attica, MI
Posted: 2008-03-18 1:08 pm   Permalink

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On 2008-03-14 17:44, AlohaStation wrote:
Its a crappy photo, sorry.





Happy subject though!
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seeksurf
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Joined: Sep 27, 2007
Posts: 2144
From: Buckley, WA
Posted: 2008-03-18 2:59 pm   Permalink

Nice! I think the small detail stuff is harder than
a semi large subject.


 
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MooneyTiki
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Joined: Sep 28, 2005
Posts: 578
From: Jensen Beach,fla
Posted: 2008-03-29 05:32 am   Permalink

BUMP to cool of carvings to slip back, Aloha ,Mooney

 
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AlohaStation
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Joined: Sep 27, 2004
Posts: 2383
From: So FL
Posted: 2008-04-04 07:34 am   Permalink

Thanks for all the input everyone. I just back from spending a week in Orlando with the kids and trying to catch up. There is some really cool stuff being produced. Not much tiki happening here. I have a super secret project that I'm working on for a TCer so I'm not posting any images without their permission. Here is a sneak peak of me milling some of the Mahogany. 6 months after being cut and it is still a little wet - but beautiful!!



 
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MooneyTiki
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Joined: Sep 28, 2005
Posts: 578
From: Jensen Beach,fla
Posted: 2008-04-05 05:12 am   Permalink

Alohastation I'm looking forward to your next project even if your keeping it a secret. I hope you had fun in O-Town. My wife and our kids and myself did a quick 3day trip to ftwilderness and disney alot of fun. My 3yr old son loved the inchanted Tiki. Hs eyes were as big as basketballs and laughing all the way. Looking forward to meeting you and everyone at Benzarts Chop in May,keep up the Sweet Art my friend, Aloha, Mooney

 
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AlohaStation
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Joined: Sep 27, 2004
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From: So FL
Posted: 2008-04-06 6:11 pm   Permalink

OK - my super secret project has been given the green to post images - so I will be posting progress shots as it goes. Here's where I started today with some roughed out shapes. When I was finished they are much further along.



 
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MooneyTiki
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From: Jensen Beach,fla
Posted: 2008-04-07 1:49 pm   Permalink

Can't wait to see the wood come off! Aloha, Mooney

 
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seeksurf
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Joined: Sep 27, 2007
Posts: 2144
From: Buckley, WA
Posted: 2008-04-07 9:40 pm   Permalink

Right On Aloha! the 3 guys are coming along really nice.

 
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Tahitiki
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Joined: Jun 11, 2004
Posts: 324
From: San Jose
Posted: 2008-04-08 5:43 pm   Permalink

looks pretty good already!!! can't wait to see more.

 
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AlohaStation
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From: So FL
Posted: 2008-04-15 6:26 pm   Permalink

After seeing some of the work spaces here, it has motivated me show mine.





Not as nice as some - but it is my Fortress of Solitude. Much of my time carving is spent sitting in the garage with the door open enjoying the night air. You can see my box of dowels on the floor - right next to it is my secret stash of wood in the colored containers. The red cabinet is the command station. it holds most of my chisels, gouges, and the mysterious "box of rejects". I will have an update later this week on the Trio.


 
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Tiki Diablo
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Joined: Jun 24, 2002
Posts: 1916
From: socal
Posted: 2008-04-15 9:00 pm   Permalink

I'll take a picture of my spot later.

 
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seeksurf
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Joined: Sep 27, 2007
Posts: 2144
From: Buckley, WA
Posted: 2008-04-15 10:43 pm   Permalink

Very Modest work space. Looks very close to mine, but
I have less tools.


 
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JohnnyP
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Joined: Nov 23, 2005
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From: Attica, MI
Posted: 2008-04-19 5:44 pm   Permalink

Nice shop, it would be nice to work in a garage that never gets cold. It would be hard not to play with that lathe though.


Any update on the three amigos?

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AlohaStation
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Joined: Sep 27, 2004
Posts: 2383
From: So FL
Posted: 2008-04-20 08:12 am   Permalink

The workspace is modest but boasts an almost complete woodshop. Chopsaw, tablesaw, router table, drill press, bandsaw and yes, the lathe. The lathe really got me started into wood carving, but it hasn't seen much use lately. I have been having problems with some new tools and exchanged them this week - so more stuff will be coming soon. My wife caught me in the back yard yesterday after the day at the beach. All I was doing was enjoying the afternoon with a cool drink - she got mad??




Bablu's mug from the recent swap. I think there's a whole in it, because my drinks seem to disappear!!

I have not had a whole lot of time to carve because I am heavily involved with another hobby. Mountain biking - yes - in an area that has no HILLS (much less mountains). After hurricane Wilma the local MTB trail was destroyed and it has been almost 3 years since the trail has been open. The past year a small group of us have been fighting to reopen the trails and just 2 weeks ago it happened!! 2 miles are open and we have another 6 to go. Wplugger and I are trying to work out a deal with the park to obtain trees in exchange we will be allowed to put the tikis in the park. I'm not sure we will ever see pictures here because Will doesn't post images of his stuff (wink, wink, nudge, nudge) more on that coming.

I have been carving on the Trio, heres the update requested. i'll be working on them later when the temperature drops a little (too cold - too hot, garages are fickle). Enjoy



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