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MaD-TiKi
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From: TiKi HeLL
Posted: 2003-04-17 11:50 am   Permalink

Thanks for all the info Poly-Pop, They are cutting down pine trees across the street to build new houses so I will go over and see if I can cut a few four feet logs. Do I have to seal the top and bottom before I start to work or wait and seal it all after I'm done?

Bk, thanks for your info also. How hard is it to get the layer of sap off? I don't think we have any white pine around here so I will just try the pine I can get. I have a few drawings ready to go, so I can wait to get started. Thanks guys for all your help.

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PolynesianPop
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From: Corona, Ca
Posted: 2003-04-17 11:58 am   Permalink

MT,
Go get those logs!! I've been carving pine lately because my buddy just cut down a 45 year old pine tree and saved me a bunch of logs. So needless to say, I've got pine coming out of my ass right now.

To answer your question, I sealed the logs AFTER I carved them.


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Basement Kahuna
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From: Jawja Province, Isle of North America
Posted: 2003-04-17 12:00 pm   Permalink

It wouldn't hurt to seal both ends ahead of time. Use Deft clear sealer (you have to saturate with this) or a good pruning seal, such as Spectracide. Logs lose 85 % of their moisture through the cut ends. This slows the drying and therefore slows the cracking and checking.

 
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Chongolio
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From: The Coast of Kauai
Posted: 2003-04-17 5:14 pm   Permalink

Great job on the shelves Tikitony. Those came out looking very sharp. Mad-Tiki, your carvin' is too bad ass for birds, you should make it an alligator feeder! Just watch the fingers!
BK, Mahlo for the draw blade and planer tip. I have been using a 1" chisel up to now to get the bark off and have never thought to use a planer.
Here is my new garden tiki named appropriately enough Kupukupu hulu (Fern hair.)

Kupukupu is made from the tree that smashed my buddies truck.

I made a bowl in the top of his head using charcoal embers.

It was very tribal and interesting technique to use, but It took awhile to do and I smelled like smoke for three days. It also caused a few cracks. After the hole was burned out, I sanded it and sealed it with pruning seal then gave the whole log the tung (oil that is.) After that I drilled a drainage hole and filled it up with soil and a fern. And there you have it.
A few things had me....stumped, but overall I am happy with the way it came out and I had a lot of fun making this one.

Thanks for peepin'
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Tikiwahine
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From: Victoria, BC
Posted: 2003-04-17 5:36 pm   Permalink

Aloha Chongolio,

I love the technique you used to burn the spot for the fern. Is that stump-turned-tiki still in the same place as it was when it was a tree?

Up here on Vancouver Island our beaches are full of all sorts of driftwood, many still tree size(too dry maybe?). I've been thinking of trying my hand at carving, and we have pleanty of cedar! I was wondering if anyone has tried Douglas Fir? I seem to remember fir being a softer wood, since my parent's house had floors of it.

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keigs20
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From: WA
Posted: 2003-04-17 8:17 pm   Permalink

Bk, Polypop, madtiki, thanks, I too am no master. When I think I am doing ok Bill brings me back to reality. Wish I had half the talent and artist eye he has. He can not only carve a piece of wood but brings it to life. His attention to detail is amazing. I dont think that can be taught. Must be a natural talent. Maybe many years of trial and error. Maddtiki I always carve my initials and date on a piece so it is not mistaken for Witco. There are a few pieces I forgot to sign though. Everyones stuff looks great. A nice variety, makes us all masters no matter what anyone else thinks.

 
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Basement Kahuna
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From: Jawja Province, Isle of North America
Posted: 2003-04-17 10:02 pm   Permalink

Here's Cookollosu's new home for now....He may go to Hukilau to keep us drunks company in our swank hotel room at the Holiday Inn Beachfront!

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Chongolio
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From: The Coast of Kauai
Posted: 2003-04-21 6:19 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2003-04-17 17:36, Tikiwahine wrote:
Is that stump-turned-tiki still in the same place as it was when it was a tree?
-Tikiwahine


No, the log I used is at my pad now. I have the tiki sitting on a old stump that is in my backyard.
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Lake Surfer
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Posted: 2003-04-27 01:34 am   Permalink

New guy... ready for staining...!

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Basement Kahuna
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Posted: 2003-04-29 2:13 pm   Permalink

Nice stuff, Lake..Is it Basswood?

 
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Lake Surfer
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Posted: 2003-04-29 3:54 pm   Permalink

Aloha B.K.!

Yes, more basswood, but a better chunk than some other ones I've had. I've noticed that basswood varies depending on what part of the tree you cut from. I'm going for the newer growth lately, the grain seems tighter packed and doesn't chip and crumble as much...

Mahalo for the compliment!


 
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Jungle Trader
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From: Trader's Jungle Outpost, Turlock, Ca.
Posted: 2003-05-04 7:51 pm   Permalink

Here's my latest, named him Bad Hair Day

 
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keigs20
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From: WA
Posted: 2003-05-05 12:21 am   Permalink

Here are a few totems I just finished for some fellow TCers. I hope they dont mind that I posted pics.




 
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Jungle Trader
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Posted: 2003-05-05 07:44 am   Permalink

Hey Keigs, what kind of wood is that? I like it.

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PolynesianPop
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Posted: 2003-05-05 07:48 am   Permalink

Hey guys, stellar work as always! Got some more logs here I've been wanting chop into, just haven't had the time. Need more practice if I want to get as good as some of the folks here.


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