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Basement Kahuna
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From: Jawja Province, Isle of North America
Posted: 2003-04-08 01:32 am   Permalink

If I don't win, Cookollosu The Great jumps in! (I had to borrow Geck's Aka to have something to fight with!)

 
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tikifreak
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From: Jacksonville Beach FL
Posted: 2003-04-08 05:21 am   Permalink

Sweet Base & Geck. You guys are awesome. Killer stuff.

T.F.

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Basement Kahuna
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Posted: 2003-04-08 10:33 am   Permalink

Kiegs would definitely know. I'd ask him. I think Bill Westenhaver's wood of choice was apparently swamp cedar, which had a rich grain and finished in that trademark Witco style. Cookollosu is white pine, which is very easy to work with, but you have to get the sapwood off.

 
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Basement Kahuna
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Posted: 2003-04-08 10:42 am   Permalink

I just noticed, Gecko, but you 'swingin a homemade priest-carver mallet? That's cool!

 
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keigs20
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Posted: 2003-04-08 10:50 am   Permalink

Damn thats nice BK,
Tiki freak- it is easier to carve cedar when it is wet. Then throw some clear sealer or prune seal on the ends so it does not crack as bad as it dries. Then you can burn it for a dark tiki or sand it smooth and stain it for a lighter tiki. It will still crack or check a little but from what Bill says will out last a palm tiki by far in the weather.


 
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Chongolio
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Posted: 2003-04-08 11:10 am   Permalink

O.K. Thats it, I am putting my hammer and chisel away and going surfing.
B.K. nice work. How could you part with that big ol buddy. That is too cool. It was interesting seeing all the notes you make to yourself on the wood. You did a tiki that is chainsaw free, let see you do one red marker free. Ha!
Gecko your work is looking better and better with each post. I like really like the panels you posted last week. Very creative.
I started on a cypress log that was part of a thick branch that smashed my buddies car a while back, but the wood is not cooperating. I am not sure if it is too wet still or what. My chisels are sharp, but the wood really wants to splinter and peel.

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PolynesianPop
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Posted: 2003-04-08 11:18 am   Permalink

Gecko/BK, killer work as usual! I'm going to give my first full-bodied tiki a try this weekend since I've been able to acquire some logs over 3 feet.

Any tips you can pass along?

I have a feeling I'm going to have a little trouble with the body since I've never done that before. I'll post progress pics like last time.


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Cultjam
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Posted: 2003-04-08 11:26 am   Permalink

Two thumbs way up BK.

 
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tikifreak
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Posted: 2003-04-08 12:02 pm   Permalink

Thanks KEIGS and Base......Is it lighter or heavier than palm? Just curious.......Does it stain alright?

T.F.


 
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keigs20
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Posted: 2003-04-08 12:16 pm   Permalink

tiki freak I have never carved palm so I dont know how heavy it is but I know a three foot piece of cedar that is about 9 inches weighs about 25-30 pounds depending on how dry it is. Also I have never stained cedar but have seen stuff Bill has sanded and stained and it looks really good.

 
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Basement Kahuna
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From: Jawja Province, Isle of North America
Posted: 2003-04-08 3:58 pm   Permalink

Thanks, everybody! Polypop, the only thing I could tell you is to remember you're carving "in the round" of the log, and that by varying the depth a bit you can use that to your advantage. Bodies are basically round, but just keep proportion in mind always. And take your time....take weeks if you have to and work at your own pace until it's everything you want it to be. I think people put way too much emphasis on speed. Leroy Schmaltz said that patience is a tiki carver's greatest attribute. Oooooooommmmmmmm

 
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mrtikibar
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Joined: Jul 07, 2002
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From: Neskowin, OR
Posted: 2003-04-08 8:58 pm   Permalink

Nice photos Kahuna. A Bk Whopper (with cheese.) That is quite an achievement. Keep em coming.
Gecko, the inlaws are now on Maui. I tried to divert them to Oahu and Mariana's but they are there for golf and reading. What's a tiki nut to do? Keep posting your wonderful carvings.
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tikifreak
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Posted: 2003-04-08 11:13 pm   Permalink



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Basement Kahuna
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Posted: 2003-04-09 10:38 am   Permalink

'Lookin good...

 
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GECKO
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From: South Sea Arts Honolulu
Posted: 2003-04-09 12:05 pm   Permalink

bk,tf lookin cherry. Just gotta clean tangaroa up and he will be ready 'fo his finnish.











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