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Hewey's wood thread - Making a Paipo p20
Luigi
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Posted: 2008-12-02 9:29 pm   Permalink

Why, Hello kind sir. I thank you for the compliment on my work. I'm still new to the tiki world...uh ...I'm trying to think of how to finish this sentence...uh... tiki... look foward to seeing your work

*side note* No, I am not a total spaz
*side-side note* Yes, I am a total spaz
** But not realy though... but yes..no

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Posted: 2008-12-13 06:36 am   Permalink

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On 2008-11-28 23:25, hewey wrote:
Hewey's log, 29 November 2008:
Yeh, Im still alive. Basically my life's been completely turned upside down over the last year. Funny how tiki stuff take's a back seat whent the proverbial hits the fan eh? Anyway, just letting you know Im still kickin around, and I hope to get back into the carving side of things again soon Hewey






WELLL?
Wheres the new wood carvings with all those LOGs? C'Mon, lets get busy
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hewey
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Posted: 2010-02-26 04:19 am   Permalink

*Hewey coughs as he blows thw dust off this old thread...*

Been a while since I played with my wood, so thought I'd have a go and take some pics to share

Well for something different I'm going to make an Alaia, which is a traditional Hawaiian surfboard, like the one pictured below.


Alaia's are pretty hard to surf, so Im not even going to bother trying so for that reason I just bought a cheap sheet of butted pine from the local hardware store to make this. It will be for displaying in my tiki room or chucking on the roofrack of an old car (when I get one ).

Im also doing a 4 foot Paipo (basically the bellyboard equivalent of the Alaia), that will be made out of Paulownia wood, which is a much better wood for making a board.

Project start on the Alaia, butted pine plank.


The end of this Alaia gives you a good idea as to the profile and rails on these boards.

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Posted: 2010-02-26 3:27 pm   Permalink

Cool! I can't wait to see how that turns out.

 
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Posted: 2010-02-26 4:13 pm   Permalink

about time. and that is a cool mug

 
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Posted: 2010-02-26 4:31 pm   Permalink

Hey dude give me a buzzzz i got some big logs of camphalorill "forgive my spelling"
your board looks cool


 
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Posted: 2010-03-03 02:54 am   Permalink

During the week I got my 4 foot Paulownia board blank from Surfing Green, which is for making a Paipo (bellyboard cousin of the Alaia), which I actually plan on surfing. They threw in a bonus blank too, which has a weaker grain, for nothing. Given I'll only be surfing little stuff I dont think the weaker grain should be too much of an issue

The 3 board blanks together, for now Im just going to make the bigun.


I traced the shape for the board off the computer screen, then drew up a quick grid pattern


I then transferred that to baking paper, and cut out the template, laid it on my pine board, and weighed it down with the first thing I could find, being model cars


Trace it, flip it over and trace it again. This ensures the sides are equal


Finished shape


In the shed for cutting. Only had one saw horse, so the other end was balanced on my log pile (drying them out to carve)


Starting to shape up Sides need a little work to tidy up, but given its just a wall piece Im not too concerned



The logs in the garage I got on the weekend just been, so I sealed them up with some candle wax, the burner certainly helped the process




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Posted: 2010-03-03 03:44 am   Permalink

Hes back .........
Hey dude looking good


 
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Posted: 2010-03-03 07:11 am   Permalink

HEWEY!!!!

 
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Posted: 2010-03-03 10:17 am   Permalink

Hewey - Quick Q about the wax. I understand the purpose is to seal in the moisture but when do you take it off and how long do you dry the log prior to carving? I have to large pines drying out in my garage and all I did was spray ALOT of spray varnish on each end. If moisture is trapped in there, won't it have to escape eventually and split the wood? I'm new to TC so I appreciate the insight. Good luck with the board.

 
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hewey
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Posted: 2010-03-03 1:39 pm   Permalink

Hey Puti. This is the first time I've done this, so I'm hardly an expert. My understanding is the splitting occurs when the wood dries out too quickly. With the ends sealed, it slowly evaporates out through the bark, but in a slow controlled way. My woodworking mate who told me about this reccomended I leave the wood to dry out for 2 years before cutting, so this gives you an idea of how long it takes for a log of this size. When the wood is dry simply cut an inch off each end (which I'll need to do to make the base flat anyway), debark it, and carve up a tiki! I think the advantage of the candle wax is it gives a nice solid barrier to the moisture escaping. With something like the varnish, being end grain and with the wood drying out its going to need a LOT of varnish to seal it properly. Plus you get to play with a burner!
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Posted: 2010-03-03 3:53 pm   Permalink

I'm digging the real retro board!

 
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Posted: 2010-03-05 9:01 pm   Permalink

I wasnt happy with the shape of the fish tail rear end so I lopped it off, so it now looks more like a traditional Alaia. I then rounded off the edges a bit, and gave the rails some shape too (although not much, given it wont be a rider so its not critical).



Once I'd done that, I decided to wack the bejesus out of it, just for kicks. As luck would have it, a hammer and a tyre iron were close at hand


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Posted: 2010-03-06 01:01 am   Permalink

Now that the shape was sorted, time to engrave a Tangaroa face. First of all a quick sketch.

Yup, looks good.

Trace

And carve. I wasnt completely happy with how it turned out, cutting across the grain gave pretty messy cuts

So it hit it with a burner

I them sanded the face a little to knock off some of the burnt bits. And to give the wood some more colour, I sprayed a little red primer then wipped it off straight away, only doing a dinner plate size at a time.


Next I went over it with some black paint, using a paint brush to get it into the knocks and dings I made, then wipe it off again.



For comparison I lined the offcuts up next to it to illustrate the colour difference


Still need to add the black to the back, then its time for some clear varnish.


 
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Posted: 2010-03-06 06:34 am   Permalink

Hewey! Take that bugger surfing anyways!!! That'll give it a nice worn in look!!
Very cool man, love it. Get a picture of it hanging on your wall when you're all done.


 
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