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GMAN
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Posted: 2005-11-01 5:29 pm   Permalink

Sam, Moondance, and AA,

Glad you like the sawfish and the dark mahogany stain. The weather sucked here today and I couldn't take any good pics of it outside. I hope I can get some better shots before it goes away.

AA, I'm glad you like the finishes I'm doing. I did a bit of furniture refinishing a few years back and learned a few neat things. I've also found a few cool products that take a lot of the work out of it.

The megalodon tiki left with the UPS man on Saturday heading to South Carolina. I was sad to see it go. Now the dark mahogany sawfish and the tall "V" cut cedar tiki (the one without the tribal design) will be heading off to Hawaii. I posted the real big cedar tiki with the pony tail and TALL headdress on eBay last night. There's a link to the auction at the bottom of my string on the Tiki Marketplace forum. I'm gonna hate to see it go too, but it has to. If you know anyone who might be interested, let 'em know.

I'm doing a tree job tomorrow night after work and should have a bunch more cedar to stash in the garage, although it will need to age for about a year.

I'll be working on the big sawfish over the next few weeks, so stop back by.

-Gman
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GMAN
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Posted: 2005-11-01 5:35 pm   Permalink

Art,

Nope, the shark is still as was. I've been carving for everyone except myself. Maybe I can work on it during my vacation - maybe not. I put some highlight stains and a first top coat on the tiki with the "V" cut and design. It still has a few coats of finish and some sanding yet to go until it's done. I'll post a pic or two when I'm happy with it. Thanks for posting.


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Polynesiac
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Posted: 2005-11-01 6:52 pm   Permalink

great looking saw fish carving - very stylized and super smooth. I agree, that would look great in a tiki bar...maybe add some polynesian style tattoos...very cool stuff, gman.

we have a palm here in so cal (maybe other places too?) that the fronds have little spikes on them and resemble the rostrum from a saw fish. I have (what looks like) a young mexican fan palm that has the spikes, so I don't know if it's a "juvenile" protection strategy or if it's a different species...but those would look cool too.

great carvings - I dig the dark stain too. looks fierce.

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hewey
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Posted: 2005-11-01 9:55 pm   Permalink

Cool dude! Love the saw fish. Very cool. Maybe take some pics outside so the features are more defined? Love it
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Benzart
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Posted: 2005-11-02 01:41 am   Permalink

Excellent work. I would Love to see a whole school of these hanging on a wall. Love it!
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alohabros
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Posted: 2005-11-02 09:19 am   Permalink

... very nice...

 
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GMAN
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Posted: 2005-11-02 3:45 pm   Permalink

Polynesiac, Hewey, Ben, and Alohabros,

Thanks for the kind words. I'll keep trying to carve and post pieces that you guys will find interesting.

I went out tonight after a hard day of fisheries management and dropped a troublesome cedar tree for a friend. I've been working from two that fell on his property in a hurricane last year. This one was hanging over telephone and cable lines and I was a bit nervous about being responsible ($-wise) if I took the whole show down. We also needed to lay it down between my friend's fence and his pool. I put a good notch in it and we tied a control line on it up high and tied the other end to his jeep. As I worked the back cut, my friend put tension on the line with his truck. When it started to go, I signaled to him to move forward, and it went down perfectly, nice and slow, and controlled.

I cut six nice sections to make tikis out of and cut several of the branches up to make tap handles. Too bad I can't use any of it for like a year, but hey, I have four big sections of the dry stuff still to carve. I painted the ends of this new stuff and stacked it in the garage. Happy Happy - Joy Joy!

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Moondance
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Posted: 2005-11-02 5:39 pm   Permalink

Sounds like you have a nice stash going there GMAN.
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GMAN
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Posted: 2005-11-04 4:28 pm   Permalink

Hey all,

I wasn't able to get any better pics of the sawfish before the new owners took delivery. They will send pics of the sawfish and the tiki in Hawaii when they can. When I receive pics, I will post them here. Thanks for all the comments these last few weeks. I've been working hard and churning out a lot of carvings lately. I'm all caught up now, I think, and I'm looking forward to slowing it up a bit and carving and painting over my upcoming vacation.

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GMAN
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Posted: 2005-11-10 7:00 pm   Permalink

Hey folks,

I did another tree job last night. It was mother of a palm tree, tight up against a screen room over a pool. The owner wanted me to drop it within a 6 foot wide area to miss his screen room, hedges, and another younger palm tree. His house was built in 1921 and this palm was enormous. I had to climb to the top rung of an extension ladder and reach over my head just to set a control line on it. I used nearly 75 feet of one inch line (and a Dodge diesel truck to pull). Also, the top of the palm was all tangled in oak branches that could have pushed tree over onto the screen enclosure. I was worried to say the least. Anyway, I got it down exactly where he wanted it (I got really lucky) and nothing was hurt but my head and shoulder. As the tree pulled out of the oak, I got slammed with 3 and 4 inch diameter branches raining down on me. One slammed my hardhat and another hit my shoulder. I thought I broke my dang collar bone. For the most part I got out of there with a little cash to buy supplies with, and only a smashed hand. I closed my right hand in my truck door and munched my fingers up good. I likely won't be carving until mid next week so stop back by them.

Also, as I come across trees that need removing, if you are looking for some special pieces of wood, give me a PM and I'll see if I can help you out. This last tree was a queen palm, so I didn't keep any of it.

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Posted: 2005-11-10 7:14 pm   Permalink

Sounds like you got beat up pretty bad over there. What kinds of different wood do you come across? Mahogany grow over there?,or Boshofia?

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Posted: 2005-11-10 7:17 pm   Permalink

Ben,

I mostly see palms, cedar, and oaks. I usually know what I'm gonna take down a few days before hand so I can try to give you a heads up if it's something neat. If I run into a cool exotic hardwoods. I'll save you all I can - I'll deliver it too!

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Palama Tiki
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From: Lake Wales, Florida
Posted: 2005-11-11 05:31 am   Permalink

nice job on the sawfish, Gman... i like the stain process you are using now.

 
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Posted: 2005-11-11 1:33 pm   Permalink

Thanks GMAN, such a deal.
I'd be glad to have you over even without the wood.
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Davez_tikiz
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From: Riverside, CA
Posted: 2005-11-11 9:09 pm   Permalink

Makes me wish I lived in Florida! G... glad you're not too banged up... be careful!

 
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