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finkdaddy
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Joined: May 11, 2004
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From: Wisconsin
Posted: 2005-11-27 07:54 am   Permalink

It was really hard for me to see my pendants leave my house, so I can't imagine a full-sized tiki as cool as yours leaving home! I suppose you should sell though. If you meant for him to stay he wouldn't have been for sale to begin with, right? Move on, upwards and upwards.
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PalmCityTiki
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Joined: Jun 15, 2005
Posts: 229
From: Palm City, Florida ( no really)
Posted: 2005-11-27 2:42 pm   Permalink

I say finish him the way you want to. If you like it, the customer will too. I have compromised on a couple of tikis and felt disappointed that my vision and goals weren't accomplished. But you r gonna do what u want any how.

( Voice in your head) Stain him, Stain Him, STAIN HIM.
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tfisherart
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Joined: Oct 08, 2005
Posts: 179
From: Satellite Beach FL
Posted: 2005-11-27 4:03 pm   Permalink

G-,
Beatiful piece, I had a tourist stop in front of my driveway today and give me a $100.00 for a unfinished rough piece. He said he wanted to finish himself. Take the money and skeeedattle.
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capotiki
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Joined: Jul 16, 2005
Posts: 122
From: capistrano beach ca
Posted: 2005-11-28 7:14 pm   Permalink

SHOW ME THE MONEY!!!That sale will definitely lead to many more!!!Get back to sanding and slap on the clear coat.Done deal.The best form of flattery is cash on the barrel head.Capo

 
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artonsafari
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Joined: Sep 26, 2005
Posts: 24
Posted: 2005-11-30 2:45 pm   Permalink

Hey Gus,
Progress is looking good. I like all the detail.
I'd take the money and make another.


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GMAN
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Joined: Jul 14, 2005
Posts: 2999
From: My Island
Posted: 2005-11-30 3:55 pm   Permalink

Hey all,

Thanks for the replies everyone. I've discussed my thoughts with the tiki, and he understands that he'll have to leave soon. I'm working on getting his things together. I haven't finished him out yet as the interested fellow has not contacted me back. I will try to reach him this week, but after that the piece goes up for grabs and will be listed on my website.

-Gman
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hewey
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Joined: Sep 14, 2004
Posts: 4283
From: Sydney, Australia
Posted: 2005-11-30 6:53 pm   Permalink

Man, you now its a good sign when past buyers are coming back with new ones. Cash is always good, and if you look after people, they will tell others how cool your are, and you will have lots of good tiki karma.

BUT, you should follow what you want to do in your heart. Youve already got a day job to pay the bills - this carving is supposed to be for fun, not stressing about making others happy.

If it was me, I would stain in clear for myself anyway. I reckon you should make small changes for customers, but if one wants something too different - find another artist (or charge an enormous pain-in-the-ass tax )
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JohnnyP
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Joined: Nov 23, 2005
Posts: 1692
From: Attica, MI
Posted: 2005-12-05 5:03 pm   Permalink

Now that you've decided to sell that last really cool guy, what's your next project.

Did you ever get a chance to finish that shark? I've been waiting to see that one finished.

Did the owners of that sawfish send you the pics they promised?

I've been asked to carve a large bull dolphin, I might actually make a sale! I remember you said you used to carve a lot of fish, any words of wisdom?

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GMAN
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Joined: Jul 14, 2005
Posts: 2999
From: My Island
Posted: 2005-12-06 1:36 pm   Permalink

JP,

I was going to keep that last tiki because it holds some meaning for me (read pain), although it is/was for sale as they all are and all have been.

I have not been working on the shark and it has taken a back seat to some recent commissioned carvings. I hope to get back working on it soon.

The sawfish and Gman tiki are heading to Honolulu (sp?) in a container ship and will meet up with their new owners soon. I'll post pics as I receive them.

As for carving a bull mahi, there are several ways to do it. Depending on your selection of wood, I would find a 10 - 20 inch diameter log (strong dry pine, oak, or something else workable) and cut a 48" slab off one of the sides. Not a complete half of the log, but more like a third. Cut the profile with a sawsall (or sabersaw), Using the thick round edge as the display side/body and work the thinner edges in as the dorsal and anal fins. Flatten the round side a bit as the fish isn't round, but kinda flat. Be careful around the tail as mahi have long narrow caudal fins and the direction of the grain will cause them to be brittle. Using a chainsaw, sawsall, angle grinder, and a dremel, you should be able to knock out a nice bull dolphin in one day easy. Sand it up and hit it with a stain/poly mix and you are done.

If you can't pull it off, send them my way and I'll bang one out and give you a cut We can do that!

I haven't been posting my current work here because I've been working on marine life carvings and not "tiki".

Next up is a full body Maori, but it will have to wait until I catch up and finish some other carvings.

-Gman

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Moondance
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Joined: Jul 29, 2005
Posts: 389
From: Bucks County, PA
Posted: 2005-12-06 4:00 pm   Permalink

Hey G!
Could you possibly send me some photos of the "other carvings"??
Please, please, please!!!!
You are one of the most well rounded carvers here.
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JohnnyP
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Joined: Nov 23, 2005
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From: Attica, MI
Posted: 2005-12-06 4:32 pm   Permalink

Thanks for the tips Gman. It looks like I have a project this weekend . I'll post progress pics. I agree with Moondance--post some of your other carvings.
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Moondance
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From: Bucks County, PA
Posted: 2005-12-06 4:43 pm   Permalink

Gman-
Why not start a Carving thread to post all of your fine artwork. I wouldn't think anyone should mind.
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GMAN
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Posted: 2005-12-06 5:20 pm   Permalink

JP,

PM me if you run into trouble or want to talk on the phone. I'll be carving this weekend, so I'll be available.

-Gman
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GMAN
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Joined: Jul 14, 2005
Posts: 2999
From: My Island
Posted: 2005-12-10 3:42 pm   Permalink

Hey all,

Here's the last posting for the Marq/fusion carving. The new owner is picking him up tomorrow. I hope he likes his new digs.



























In between putting coats of spar on the Marq today, I worked on a sawfish for Pristidae. This one will be heading to Virginia. I hope he's diggin' it.







Thanks for looking.

-Gman


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hewey
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Posted: 2005-12-11 05:51 am   Permalink

Cool tiki carving Gman, the new guy looks great with the clear coat. Your marine carvings fit in with the tiki them, so keep givin us them shots too
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