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A-A… Some Stuff I'm Working On
Tikiwahine
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Posted: 2005-07-12 4:12 pm   Permalink

Woah, he's looking sooo awesome AA, so precise. I love his short stature, like a menehune ku (mene-ku-ne)?
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Benzart
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Posted: 2005-07-12 5:02 pm   Permalink

Heeeeaaayy,that wise crack about the butt crack is all true. Aaron this guy Already has a cute butt so there.
Jones, Welcome to TC. Did you look thru the "Carving Post" at the top of the Creating Tiki page? there is all sorts of lessons there to be had for the taking.
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Aaron's Akua
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Posted: 2005-07-12 10:08 pm   Permalink

You're all too kind!

Spermy, mahalo my friend. Glad to see you're back from the islands (physically). As soon as your jack of all trades wife Laura is through with you, we expect to see many tikis from the both of you.

Rodeo, my secret is lazers. You'd be amazed how fast you can carve a tiki with a lazer. Really though, it's the pull saws.

Raffertiki, hats off to your "Boai". Thanks for the comps too!

BambooBen, I don't know about halfway art. I've got lots of half finished projects, but they're all "Honey-dos".

Funny story: A co-worker of mine lives in HB. Lately he's been taking a shortcut to work. He's like, "Man I was driving by this place in HB. There's these crazy looking people with a tow truck & a giant palm tree, and they're cutting this log right on the truck with a HUGE chainsaw like this big!" (arms spread wide). So, I'm deducing he must be talking about Bamboo Ben's. And I'm also deducing that giant palm's got something to do with the back pain? Am I right??? Get better, man. No one likes a bum back.

Benz, YOU are the master of master carvers. I'm still feeling decidedly beginnerish. But THANKS!!!

Surfintiki, funny you should mention parting tools. I only had a 90 deg, "V", which isn't the greatest parting tool. But that will all change shortly. I've spent my last few lunch breaks conferring with Ben and ordering tools. Trust me, if you come across 500 clams to spend on tools, call Ben. He'll have it spent for you in no time. Love ya, Benzie!

By Friday I should have a new Foredom 1/8 hp reversible flex shaft power carver, motor hanger, reciprocatng handpiece, flexshaft rough out chisels for the recip, some Kutzall rough 1/4" shaft burrs, a new power sharpening kit, + a few other choice tools. AAAAAAIIIIIIEEEEEEE!!!!

Hewey and Mr. Gambino, mahalo for the kind words and encouragment!

Welcome, Jones. Just jump right in. You can do your sketch right on the log and start carving - it's all good. I do my sketches in CAD and plot them full scale, then cut out the paper for templates to transfer the lines to the log. If I didn't do CAD or have access to a large printer, I'd probably sketch the side view on the log, then use trace paper (onionskin), cut it out, then flip the paper around backwards and use it for a template on the other side. That way both sides match exactly. It's also good to level both log ends first and use a grinder or chainsaw to smooth down amy big bumps or irregularities on the outside of the log. Keep a centerline sketched on the log as you go, and you will keep everything tight. But don't get hung up on any of this. Just carve and post pix - we'll all help you out as you go.


8 FT, It's for a neighbor and will go up on their balcony, so it'll be safe. But I know what you're talking about. Any tikis in my front yard will be chained, lagged, or cemented in. I don't want to be the next guy posting on the "Stolen Tiki Alert" post!

Thanks Tikiwahine, but this is Mr. "Lono". "Ku" will be up soon, though. Hey, I saw your post - I just knew you'd get started here in the Creating Forum, you've been loitering for awhile! And don't forget, we all know about that chisel set you've been hiding!

Ben, your tikis have the nicest asses on TC!! Mr Lono's looking a bit square in the hindquarters, but he'll get some back soon!!!

Stay posted....

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Jones
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Posted: 2005-07-13 06:05 am   Permalink



Guys thanks for the great tips. I'll post some pics when its

done. Again thanks alot !!!


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Thanatos
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Posted: 2005-07-15 7:43 pm   Permalink

As always your stuff looks great. Been wanting to carve but 90+ weather and 90+ humidity... I am soaked in 5 minutes. So atleast I got your stuff to look at!
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Palama Tiki
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Posted: 2005-07-17 07:01 am   Permalink

Beautiful, A-A, just beautiful, and he's not even finished!

 
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Benzart
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Posted: 2005-07-28 7:34 pm   Permalink

AA, What happened to this guy,








Have you finished him and posted it and I Missed it?

Have you stopped work on him?

From frustration? have you just been tied up learning how to use all those new tools and not worked on him??

will you start working on him again soon?
He was looking like Prime Rib there. I know he is hard but You can do it!!

I want the quiz answers on my desk tomorrow morning when class starts and don't be late!
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Aaron's Akua
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Posted: 2005-07-29 4:08 pm   Permalink

Thanatos & Palama: Somehow I missed your replies & the post sunk. Thanks for the comps though! I’m sure the weather’s been rough for you guys. It’s been pretty hot here, but not like Florida I’m sure.

Prof. Benzart: Sorry I’ve been tardy to class. I got hung up with some redesign, new tools, and my dog ate the homework. But here’s Lono with a bit more progress to show…



I just finally got the chance to try out the new Foredom today. You’re right, this tool is awesome! And the reversible drive really is helpful.



Old cheap Chinese burr on the left, new Kutzall Extreme burr on the right. No comparison.





I decided to change the headpiece a bit from the traditional Lono model that I was using. Still got the side view cutouts to complete.



Added some hair design in the back…





Here’s the new Weecher reciprocating handpiece, which I also just tried out today. These are really awesome and I’d recommend them to anyone. It just slices through wood like butter with no mallet. Very easy to control too. It only reciprocates when you apply pressure, and the foot pedal for the Foredom adds more control by allowing you to control the tool speed.



More progress to come. Lots more to do, just give me a couple more weeks…

Cheers,

A-A

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teaKEY
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Posted: 2005-07-29 4:27 pm   Permalink

I LIKE THE HAIR. Usually I don't like the back of some headdresses but I like the back of this one. Nice idea with the hair, its a first time I have seen something like that.

 
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Jungle Trader
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Posted: 2005-07-29 4:55 pm   Permalink

Dats tight braddah!!

 
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The Sperm Whale
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Posted: 2005-07-29 5:38 pm   Permalink

Aaron-
Cool progress Bro!!! I can't wait to see more. Depending on how I feel on Sunday (after Dr. Z's party) I might actually have some time to either mess with one of those AAC blocks or start on a log!! Anyway your LONO is really starting to look pretty damn cool!!
Later,
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Chongolio
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Posted: 2005-07-29 5:59 pm   Permalink

Woah!!! Aaron, that Ku is looking terrific. Dig the cool hair too. Those new tools look like some fun new toys too. Are you taking all that stuff with you to the park on lunch hour?
Thanks for postin' up da pics.

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Octane
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Posted: 2005-07-29 6:16 pm   Permalink

AA the prgress is looking excellent, i really can't wait to see the guy finished. like the others have said the back of the headdress/hair looks like a great design and i can't wait to see it all carved out.

thanks for the update and the info on the new tools.


 
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Benzart
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Posted: 2005-07-29 6:28 pm   Permalink

Aaron, I guess you are excused, but don't let it happen until the next time.
Your Lono is Really looking cool. I agree with everyone else, the hair, or dreadlocks look Fantastic. Very nice detail the way you have it all tied up. I also see the makings of a cute little butt there. You're makin' me proud.
Can't wait to see more progress, thanks for sharing.
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Posted: 2005-07-29 6:33 pm   Permalink

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I...have found the art for my tattoo.


 
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