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GMAN
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Posted: 2005-09-09 5:50 pm   Permalink

Thanks everyone, I appreciate all the feedback.


-Gman



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Moondance
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Posted: 2005-09-09 5:56 pm   Permalink

Another fine piece of art by Gman. The dog looks whipped!

 
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GMAN
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Posted: 2005-09-09 6:02 pm   Permalink

Moondance,

I just sent you a PM.

Yeah, Earnie is part lounge-hound. All he does is sleep. Although, he does walk over and give me kisses when I refuel the saw.....

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PalmHarborTiki
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Posted: 2005-09-09 6:42 pm   Permalink

G, Very cool Tiki. I sure wish I could work that fast. If you want to get logs from the Pinellas dump just tell the guy at the gate you need firewood. They have a small pile of firewood about 100 feet from the BIG LOGS. They don't check to see where you're from.
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GMAN
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Posted: 2005-09-09 9:26 pm   Permalink

PHT,

I have to be so exact in everything that I do at work so it is totally therapeutic to be able to come home and just hack at something and not try to be surgically precise. I like to work fast when making tikis (my body hurts too much to stand over something for days on end), that's probably why I prefer a chainsaw. If you keep your chain good and sharp, you can remove an amazing amount of wood quickly. I have a good selection of chisels, a dremel with all the goodies, and tons of other tools, but when it comes down to starting a carving, all I want to do is use the chainsaw. And I don't want to use dime-tip carving bars and special carving chains. I use the same bar and pitch chain that I use to cut trees and brush on my hunting land. Go figure. I know, I'm weird....but hey, I have a blast!

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Aaron's Akua
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Posted: 2005-09-09 9:54 pm   Permalink

Aloha, GMAN. Your tikis are great, keep up the excellent work. For the eye inlays you might try some porcelain tile. I've used this material in the past and was pretty happy with how it worked out. If you want something really bright go to a pool tile supplier. Or for a more muted or earthtone color just look around for whatever looks good. Peronally I like to use tile with blotchy or variegated colors, because it seems to blend better. You can get a cheap tile saw, or just go to Lowes & get them to cut it for $0.25 per cut, which is not bad if you're going to go with a triangular shape. The cut edges will be white, but you can paint them, and then inset the tile so the cut edges don't show much.

You can also go with some type of natural stone tile. I'm going to use some tumbled travertine inset eyes for my current tiki as soon as I get around to that part.

Good luck, PM me if you have questions - but it's pretty straightforward.

Aaron
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Capt'n Skully
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Posted: 2005-09-10 11:04 am   Permalink

That Cedar really shows up bloody red- Is that from the freshness of the wood?? Almost a shame to not let it show... Nice work!
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GMAN
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Posted: 2005-09-10 12:18 pm   Permalink

Capt.,

I was thinking the same thing as I was sanding it. I wonder what else would look good? The wood is wild....it has all sorts of nobs and curves on the backside. It has lots of character. I went into this carving intending to use an ebony stain. Does anyone have a better idea? The one thing that will bother me is that the red is not even in the cuts, even though I was carful to make my cuts equal depths. The center "red" wood is not evenly distributed inside the log.

Here are some more pics I took as I was sanding....

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PalmHarborTiki
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Posted: 2005-09-10 5:09 pm   Permalink

I like the colors as they are, looks real natural like those cool Tikis made from Monkey Pod (whatever that is)
Cheers G, keep up the good work.
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GMAN
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Posted: 2005-09-11 11:05 am   Permalink

ARRRGGGGG! This is the most sanding I've put into a tiki EVER! 60 grit....100 grit....120 grit......150 grit.....220 grit.....and I'm still not happy with it! I guess that's why I prefer to leave them just chainsawn for the finish!!!

AND, I still can't decide if I want to go with an ebony stain or a clear varnish. Now I'm leaning toward the clear varnish. The light wood will turn ambery and should look real warm with the bright red core. I have the materials to go with either finish, and I'm at the crossroads now....It's nice to have options, but this sucks!

I'll post pics tonight.

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Posted: 2005-09-11 1:18 pm   Permalink

Man, look at this wood!!!!



I couldn't stain over it.

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Posted: 2005-09-11 3:42 pm   Permalink

Ben, Capt., AA, Moon, and everyone,

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rodeotiki
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Posted: 2005-09-11 4:08 pm   Permalink

I love the color of that wood . Wow , I wish I could get some here. Maybe put some cuts in the center of the eyes like some of your previos carvings . I think they would look good if the red color showed thru.

Just my 2 cents ..
Looks good no matter what you decide
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Moondance
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Posted: 2005-09-11 5:05 pm   Permalink

GMAN
Good call on going with the clearcoat. That's just my opinion as I love the natural look of all woods. Your work is incredible.
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Benzart
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Posted: 2005-09-11 5:13 pm   Permalink

I think you should have stained it but either way it is a dynamite carving. How tall is this guy? Show us some more I know you have hiding up there..
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