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Carving Post
Lake Surfer
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Joined: Oct 21, 2002
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From: Milwaukee, WI
Posted: 2003-03-06 11:31 am   Permalink

This little guy was carved from a 7 foot pine driftwood log I found on the beach...


I found it quite easy to carve and my chisels are fine...I usually carve basswood for the ease of carving but I like the pine better for detail work...

I think if you carve... take the time to work with many types of wood if you can, you may discover some new things... I've been working with ash for my tiki lamps... a wonderful wood for detail work...
good score Polynesian Pop!

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PolynesianPop
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Corona, Ca
Posted: 2003-03-06 11:39 am   Permalink

Thanks LS. I talked to Chiki last night and he told me the biggest factor I'd need to worry about is splitting. Looks like you had that unfortunate experience first hand!

One more question -- Should I be concerned about the sap? Per Chiki, I can try carving it now and seal it as much as possible afterwards. However, I'm afraid that the logs might be full of sticky sap and I don't want to gum-up my chainsaw.



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Chongolio
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Joined: Oct 02, 2002
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From: The Coast of Kauai
Posted: 2003-03-06 1:32 pm   Permalink

I have wondered about the sap factor also. I had a friend who's truck was crushed by a big cypress during one of the storms a few months back. Needless to say he has lots of cypress logs lying around his property now. But they look like they would be a sticky mess to carve.
He tells me it would be no problem, but I think he just wants me to help him clean up his property. P-pop since you have so many you could do some experimenting with them. (pruning seal, tung oil etc.) Hey Basement, impart upon us some more of that wisdom you have so much of.
I am going to go down to the beach now to check out a driftwood log my Wahine spotted a few days ago.

Chongolio


 
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Basement Kahuna
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Joined: Oct 14, 2002
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From: Jawja Province, Isle of North America
Posted: 2003-03-06 9:47 pm   Permalink

You got me as far as cypress goes. I've carved some things in pine. I have four huge 19" diameter 7 1/2-foot logs in my carving pile right now.

 
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Kentiki
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From: Miami
Posted: 2003-03-07 07:36 am   Permalink

There is a guy who does tikis out of cypress in the Fla. Keys (Islamorada). I couldn't tell what kind of detail you could get out of cypress. They were all carved pretty roughly with a chainsaw, etc. Didn't look too sappy, but then again, they were coated in some kind of stain & sealer.

I wanted to offer to buy a log to carve, but didn't. It looked like a fairly promising carving wood.


 
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Doctor Z
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Joined: Aug 01, 2002
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From: The Hale Moana Lounge, Torrance, CA
Posted: 2003-03-07 08:16 am   Permalink

There's a guy in Gulf Breeze, FL (eBay seller name: "tigrman") who does some nice carvings out of cypress planks; I don't know if he does full poles or not. I picked up an excellent 6 1/2' plank from him a few years ago, but I haven't seen anything else by him recently. Maybe the same guy?
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Jungle Trader
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Joined: Jan 04, 2003
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From: Trader's Jungle Outpost, Turlock, Ca.
Posted: 2003-03-07 7:37 pm   Permalink


Here I give you..........."The Bastard" in leiu of the thread on the bastardization of tiki. As you can see, it's an amalgam. What the hell is an amalgam you ask? ..........Nay seriously brethen, it's name is Lanakila. I am considering cutting it's nostrils off..........but once I do that, they're gone, can't get 'em back.

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GECKO
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Joined: Jun 01, 2002
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From: South Sea Arts Honolulu
Posted: 2003-03-09 9:25 pm   Permalink

great job jungle trader and lake surfer! keep dem comin! hey poly wen you gon finish your tiki? I herd you talk story about it plenty. so? you neva start em yet? Hula Hula, you still carving?

gecko


 
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PolynesianPop
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Corona, Ca
Posted: 2003-03-09 9:42 pm   Permalink

Gecko, the tiki is finished. I'm pretty happy with the result considering its my first one. Maybe I'll post pics sometime (when I find the courage...)


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GECKO
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From: South Sea Arts Honolulu
Posted: 2003-03-09 9:57 pm   Permalink

PP, F courage! jus post em.....well, I still have my very first tiki to this day that i carved and i wouldn't post it so i guess i know what ya mean. so, post it! hehe

wassup with your boy Hula? he must be marinating.


 
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Jungle Trader
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From: Trader's Jungle Outpost, Turlock, Ca.
Posted: 2003-03-10 08:26 am   Permalink

PP, it's cool. The first 2 I carved were so bad I threw one away and the other I gave to a friend, I couldn't believe he even wanted it. Of course, I'm not saying yours will be that bad, it's just interesting to see all the different styles and the evolution of a carver.

 
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mrtikibar
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Joined: Jul 07, 2002
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From: Neskowin, OR
Posted: 2003-03-10 1:23 pm   Permalink

PP,
My first tiki is to the point where it's pretty much done. A photo will be posted soon. What the heck.


 
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Tiki Diablo
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Joined: Jun 24, 2002
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From: socal
Posted: 2003-03-11 12:24 pm   Permalink

You guys post away. The first tiki I carved looked like a chewed-up no.2 pencil. PolyPop post bro, post!

 
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Lake Surfer
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Joined: Oct 21, 2002
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From: Milwaukee, WI
Posted: 2003-03-11 12:41 pm   Permalink

Just finished up another one of my tiki lamps for a customer outside of Detroit... here's a little peek...



 
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PolynesianPop
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Corona, Ca
Posted: 2003-03-11 2:55 pm   Permalink

OK guys, I'll drink some of that Pumpkin Beer tonight to see if I can grow some balls. So far, only those that have visited me and my 3 tiki mug collection have seen it.


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