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Johnnyp Tut 2/19
makutiki
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Posted: 2005-12-04 1:33 pm   Permalink

That snow pic look´s like it could have been taken here in Sweden.... Remindes me of that picture in Book of Tiki, Alhoha Holidays NY! Tiki´s look good in snow too!!
Great work, love it!

/Makutiki Swe.


 
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turbosickboy
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From: Malmoe/Sweden
Posted: 2005-12-04 1:47 pm   Permalink

Really great stuff you got there... hope to see more of it soon

 
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Benzart
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Posted: 2005-12-04 6:40 pm   Permalink

I'm with Aaron, it seems like here you are one day and the next you have a whole beautiful yard full of Awesome carvings. I Love it and your work is really top notch and like we rarely see here. Like I said before Welcome to TC, com on in and make yourself comfortable. Kick off yer shoes and stay awhile. OH, and don't forget to post more pix on your way anywhere.
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JohnnyP
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Joined: Nov 23, 2005
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From: Attica, MI
Posted: 2005-12-05 5:21 pm   Permalink

Thanks for the wonderful feedback.

Makutiki.
Tikis do look good in the snow. They just freeze their "knots" off.


AA and Benzart
I do have to admit to being a "lurker" for quite a while. We only recently obtained a digital camera of sufficient quality, as can be deduced by my terrible photography. I borrowed one earlier only to find my work's firewall would not let pictures be uploaded out of our office. So I've been enjoying learning all I can from the talent at this site on my lunch breaks.

Thanks to this site I've been challenged to go further in my carving and try new things. Now I've got carving obsession-- thanks for filling up all my free time:) The only problem is I'm running out of room and don't know what to do with them.

Thanks again
JohnnyP





 
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Kono
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From: Orlando
Posted: 2005-12-05 5:27 pm   Permalink

Holy cow! Where'd you come from? (I know...you've been lurking) Great, great carvings. I love that you're doing PNG inspired pieces. I've been getting more and more interested in PNG art and culture lately. Welcome aboard.
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Feelin' Zombified
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From: The Exotic Shores of Lake St. Clair
Posted: 2005-12-05 7:52 pm   Permalink

What the....???

I really need to start paying more attention around here.

Welcome to TC, Johnny P! It's great to see such great carvings and a wonderful backyard in my own home state. My Wife works in Imlay City, just a few miles from you and her co-workers look at her like she's an alien whenever she mentions anything tiki. What do you use for a wood source? Believe it or not, I'm having a heck of a time finding wood (short of chopping down my own tree). I'd love to see more pics of your KU in progress... heck, any more pics you have... those are great!

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JohnnyP
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Joined: Nov 23, 2005
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From: Attica, MI
Posted: 2005-12-06 5:02 pm   Permalink

-Z
You are certainly right about that "they look at you like you're an alien" when you mention tiki around here. It's great to know there is somebody else on this site from MI.

I am lucky enough to have family with wooded property so most of my log stock comes from windfall that is cleaned up, some times it's even delivered. If you call a tree service that is local they can sometimes drop off a load of logs on their way back from a job. Some of them even have a lot were you can pick from. With the gas / propane prices going up it might be difficult to find hardwood as they usually sell it as firewood, but pine should be easy to get. I've used dimensional lumber for some of my carvings. Keep your eye out when you are driving around people throw away scrap lumber all the time.

This is a roof spire inspired from New Caledonia. It was carved from a 2x12 from a discarded shipping crate. I just drew the design around the nails and nail holes. Can't beat free. I don't have a picture of this one finished, I gave it away before I thought to take one.


I'll post the Ku progress pics when I find them. There isn't many of them.

Kono Thanks for the welcome.

JP


 
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JohnnyP
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Posted: 2005-12-09 4:52 pm   Permalink

Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. JohnnyP needs to move me south, far south!!!



 
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Moondance
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Joined: Jul 29, 2005
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From: Bucks County, PA
Posted: 2005-12-09 5:20 pm   Permalink

JP-
I love your creations my friend. You need to take more photos though. I'm a junkie for photos, progress photos especially.
Thanks for sharing,
Moon


 
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Lake Surfer
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Posted: 2005-12-09 9:41 pm   Permalink

Great stuff Johnny... good to see another Upper Midwest tiki carver.
More pictures of tikis in the snow too!

As you said, wood is where you find it... I stole logs from city parks when I first started... had a few run-ins with the cops on some late night raids...
I think there are a few stories on here somewhere...


 
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JohnnyP
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From: Attica, MI
Posted: 2005-12-11 4:01 pm   Permalink

Thanks to Gman and his good advice I was able to hack a bull dolphin out. I don’t think I did Gman justice though.

This is my first sale, I‘m excited to actually sell something, even though it is not strictly tiki.

The starting point. A good sized pine log. That’s a 20 inch bar on the saw for reference. These logs are about 5 years old and the outside sap wood (the outside inch and a half) is pretty much gone. The heartwood is still good though.


Mahi Mahi “caught” in the Great Lakes.


Frontal view. I made the fins much thicker than they should be to give them strength


It needs some clean up work, fine tuning and veining of the fins. It also needs to dry for a few days so I can do the finish sanding.

I hope you enjoy it.
JP


 
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GMAN
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Posted: 2005-12-11 4:12 pm   Permalink

YEAH DOGG! You hit that one right on the button! Dude, that is killer. Wow, I'm speachless. Now, sand it up and GET PAID!

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finkdaddy
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Posted: 2005-12-11 4:13 pm   Permalink

That is so freakin' cool! One of your pieces would sure look good on the wall of the Leeward Lounge...

I may be slightly artistic, but I can't do anything that looks real to save my life. You do it very, very well.
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Moondance
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Posted: 2005-12-11 4:21 pm   Permalink

JP-
Damm, that was quick! I enjoy seeing all type of carvings.
moon


 
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GMAN
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Posted: 2005-12-11 4:52 pm   Permalink

JP,

I just came back to look at this again. It's so good it's silly. I really like how you shaped the mouth, it has a real aggressive look to it. The body and fins look stellar! Is it two sided or is the backside unfinished?

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