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AlohaStation
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Joined: Sep 27, 2004
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From: So FL
Posted: 2009-02-23 5:31 pm   Permalink

Thanks for the great comments - the background is my backyard. Homegrown, tropical and dry as a bone at this time of the year. The Bird of Paradise is blooming and I wanted to do more with it. The photos were interesting - I started at twilight and kept coming back every 10-15 minutes till I got the right light. The really nice ones were taken when it was actually dark out and the light ones were taken at twilight. Contest - no. I may offer prints if anyone is interested?? I don't like doing closeup detail, because then you can see all of the flaws. Here is the full rotation and other fun photos for everyone to see more. The wood checked in the perfect spots after I was finished carving - almost like I planned it that way!!







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Benzart
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Joined: Jan 09, 2004
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2009-02-23 6:19 pm   Permalink

Yo, Tom, That Cypress Really makes you look Great! Nice wood and Incredible work. I remember lots of Nice ccarves with that wood, you need to get as much as possible.
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TikiMango
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Joined: Jun 17, 2008
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From: Satellite Beach, FL
Posted: 2009-02-23 6:32 pm   Permalink

A very nice creation, plenty of character (and the perfect lighting didn't hurt either)! The cypress is kind to you.
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drasticwagon
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Joined: Dec 27, 2008
Posts: 263
From: DFW , Texas
Posted: 2009-02-23 7:21 pm   Permalink

Nice Job Sir.

 
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Lake Surfer
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Joined: Oct 21, 2002
Posts: 3414
From: Milwaukee, WI
Posted: 2009-02-23 7:56 pm   Permalink

Beautiful work, Tom.

Classic Aloha Station style, with some great wood tones in there.

Envious of the backyard... just a whole lot of cold snow here for another month... no tropicals until June!


 
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pdrake
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Joined: Jan 13, 2006
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From: las vegas
Posted: 2009-02-23 8:11 pm   Permalink

tom, that's really nice. i'd like to add that to my collection.

hope you're doing well my friend.
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laojia
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Joined: Feb 04, 2009
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From: Metz Lorraine France
Posted: 2009-02-23 9:16 pm   Permalink

Really well, even without the background setting. The relationship between the size and details is a great work....very smooth..

 
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seeksurf
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Joined: Sep 27, 2007
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From: Buckley, WA
Posted: 2009-02-24 5:16 pm   Permalink

Wow! this guy is the bomb! Nice classic AlohaStation look
great expression Fantastic!
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big daddy
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Joined: Oct 02, 2008
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From: houston
Posted: 2009-02-24 8:37 pm   Permalink

aloha

great optical illusion you used there. when i say it at night or twilight the piece appeared 6 to 10 ft tall. yeah closeups show all the flaws and the only person that sees those flaws is the person carving. don't be so hard on yourself, the piece looks great.

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TravelingJones
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From: Eastern Shores of Western Civilization
Posted: 2009-02-25 5:38 pm   Permalink

YOU do wood...GOOD!
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Aweulekuula
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Joined: Feb 11, 2009
Posts: 94
Posted: 2009-02-25 6:32 pm   Permalink

I love the combination of the warm grin and the folded hands. It just gives the tiki such an inviting and even "homey" feel, very warm. Awesome work!

Aloha!

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AlohaStation
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From: So FL
Posted: 2009-03-26 12:13 pm   Permalink

Has it really been almost a month since I last posted. I guess I should get off my ass and start to share some of the stuff I've been working on.

First up is an illustration that I have been playing with for some time. Just for fun.


I have some wood stuff done that just needs to photographed. Coming soon.


 
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surfintiki
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Joined: Sep 30, 2004
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From: S. Chatham, MA
Posted: 2009-03-26 3:35 pm   Permalink

Quite Awesome Tom. I want to be in that scene right now!

 
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Benzart
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2009-03-26 5:03 pm   Permalink

Cool Stuff AS, her Pendant matches her bellybutton!
About time you showed up around here, we thought you were off cruising the tropics or sumpthin'.
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AlohaStation
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From: So FL
Posted: 2009-03-31 7:00 pm   Permalink

I spent a lot last week surfing which is rair for South Florida. Mostly choppy wind blown crap but it got me in the water. And unlike my northern TC brethren the air was in the 80s and the water is the mid 70s - beautiful. Well I promised some wood stuff so here goes.

This is a tiki that I'm not happy with. Carved in Cypress and stained with Dark Walnut. Bad choice. The Darks are too dark and the lights are too light. Oh well, there's no changing it now. Let me know what you think.



Next is another chunk of cypress finished with a different stain. A blend of several cans, so I will never be able to get this color again. It kind of has a green tint to it. Started carving but never had a plan and this guy just kind of emerged.



I've got a couple of pens that are almost finished as well but they need a few more coats. I should have those to show this weekend.


 
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