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The big Swizzle
TheBigT
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Joined: Feb 27, 2006
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From: Fabulous Houston
Posted: 2009-01-26 11:05 am   Permalink

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On 2009-01-26 09:58, AlohaStation wrote:
The Cypress was a surprise to me. I had never carved it before and was shocked at how well it carved. Thanks to Benz for his advice. The pieces I have are very fresh so I'm letting it dry a bit before finishing. There will be more to come. I still need to contact the Seminoles in reference to getting more (they are the only ones legally permitted to cut the stuff). I would love to get a big piece of this!! Wish me luck.



Didn't know it was so rare. Good luck!


 
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TikiMango
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Joined: Jun 17, 2008
Posts: 798
From: Satellite Beach, FL
Posted: 2009-01-26 2:55 pm   Permalink

Greet looking stuff!

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On 2009-01-26 09:58, AlohaStation wrote:
The Cypress was a surprise to me. I had never carved it before and was shocked at how well it carved. Thanks to Benz for his advice. The pieces I have are very fresh so I'm letting it dry a bit before finishing. There will be more to come. I still need to contact the Seminoles in reference to getting more (they are the only ones legally permitted to cut the stuff). I would love to get a big piece of this!! Wish me luck.



Is that a State or Country regulation?



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Pupule Tiki!


 
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nickyr2009
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Joined: Jan 02, 2009
Posts: 12
From: South FL
Posted: 2009-01-27 07:18 am   Permalink

Nice work on the new Moai! I've been checkin out this site for a year or so. I've always liked your style. I like your bigger carvings myself. the size just tends to give the piece power. Just started carvin myself and I'm trying to work out a Moai with a personalized style to it. When i get one going I'm gonna try a few Ku's. You mentioned the Mai-Kai? You carve in S FL?

 
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AlohaStation
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Joined: Sep 27, 2004
Posts: 2383
From: So FL
Posted: 2009-01-27 09:53 am   Permalink

Mango - The regulations about Cypress were passed on from Benz. I believe that Cypress has been deemed a "native species" by the state of FL. That means that there are strict regulations for the commercial cutting/sale of Cypress. The Seminole tribe doesn't have to adhere to state regulation on their own land, so they can cut and sell it. Sable/cabbage palms are also protected, so be careful if you go to cut a live tree.

nickyr - Yep. I live just north of Ft. Lauderdale and visit the Mai Kai whenever I can. If you like my big stuff - keep an I open as I will be posting some progress pics of a 14' rootball that I am working on!! Give me a shout and maybe we get together for a Carving Jam.


 
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AlohaStation
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Joined: Sep 27, 2004
Posts: 2383
From: So FL
Posted: 2009-02-14 5:07 pm   Permalink

Here's a bit of a switch. I did this tiki for the Summer Swap in 2007...
http://tflounder.deviantart.com/art/Summer-Swap-64655143

Got a message from a guy in Romania. Yeah - Romania! He was inspired and created the following.
http://scottytat2.deviantart.com/art/carving-112854999

Holy crap thats not gonna come out! I think Tiki Lee has that one in a less permanent location.


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FreddieBallsomic
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Joined: Aug 08, 2005
Posts: 631
Posted: 2009-02-14 5:34 pm   Permalink

Yo, Tom... I always knew you were non-removable in the tiki carving industry!!! Its a killer piece!!!! Props all around~~

 
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Benzart
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Joined: Jan 09, 2004
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2009-02-15 2:35 pm   Permalink

I guess they're gonna Like that one for a LONG Time! Way to Inspire Tom

 
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AlohaStation
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From: So FL
Posted: 2009-02-22 5:52 pm   Permalink

Here's something I have been sitting on for a while. This was carved from a piece of Cypress. Its the first full tiki that I've carved in cypress so I wasn't really paying much attention to detail. The result is a cool expression and a tiki loaded with character. Here are the glamour shots.



 
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drasticwagon
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Joined: Dec 27, 2008
Posts: 263
From: DFW , Texas
Posted: 2009-02-22 6:20 pm   Permalink

That's Awesome , Nice background for it too.

 
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Tahitiki
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Joined: Jun 11, 2004
Posts: 324
From: San Jose
Posted: 2009-02-22 8:10 pm   Permalink

Sweet carve dude!!!

 
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Jungle Trader
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Joined: Jan 04, 2003
Posts: 3754
From: Trader's Jungle Outpost, Turlock, Ca.
Posted: 2009-02-22 9:02 pm   Permalink

That's an excellent carving. Very good photography as well AS. You should consider entering those images in a photography contest. Maybe Grog could convert them to "Velvet". Sweet!!

 
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big daddy
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Joined: Oct 02, 2008
Posts: 325
From: houston
Posted: 2009-02-22 9:11 pm   Permalink

beautiful carve. you couldn't ask for a better background if you paid for it yourself. great sunset for a great carve.

bd


 
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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: 2009-02-22 10:04 pm   Permalink

Nice personality on that one!
I like it when they come to life like that!


 
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surfintiki
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Joined: Sep 30, 2004
Posts: 1576
From: S. Chatham, MA
Posted: 2009-02-23 07:24 am   Permalink

Dang! That's so colorful it looks like a cartoon...Ahhhh how I miss those Florida skies. How big is he Tom? Looks 3 footish? Just a good classic carve, with lots o' personal style! Excellent!

 
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TheBigT
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From: Fabulous Houston
Posted: 2009-02-23 08:52 am   Permalink

Glamour indeed! Nice color, interesting base. Got any closer shots? So what color stain do you put on Cypress?

 
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