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tikigap
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From: Arlingtron Virginia
Posted: 2006-02-15 6:27 pm   Permalink

Tiki # 4 rough out. This one is for a guy I know that just built a 'regular' bar in his basement (I tried to convince him to make a tiki bar, but he wasn't interested). He got a pool table to put down there, and he's follically challenged (bald). So I thought I would make him a little tiki whether he wants one or not, to put in the bar somewhere. The tiki is bald, holding a que stick, and has 2 pool balls for his hind end. I thought of making the tiki have 8 balls, but the wood wasn't big enuf

This time it's made of pretty good wood (red oak I think), but it has that bad gash down the face. I hope it stays together enough to give it to the guy when I'm done, so he can use it for firewood or something. Still learning - got better wood this time, and much better tools (got some new flex cuts and a hook knife!).

I'm calling him ELFTiki (the receiver's initials are 'ELF').

I guess it's a little more than roughed out, but there's obviously a lot of work to go. I was thinking about imbedding red leds in his eyes, and running a wire through him to a 9 volt battery and switch setup. Any suggestions would be very welcome...

Pictures are gone, sorry. I dumped verizon and they dumped my pictures.

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tikigap
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From: Arlingtron Virginia
Posted: 2006-02-21 7:51 pm   Permalink

Another update. The receiver has had some serious back surgery, so I added a copper plate back there. If you look closely, you can see some hair I put on him... it doesn't show well with the light here.

see
http://mysite.verizon.net/gapearce/tiki4.htm for progess pictures, thanks.


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Posted: 2006-02-22 01:03 am   Permalink

Gap, PT wood is a a pain in more ways than one. Hard as hell and toxic. Check out some lumber supply stores for large cedar or redwood posts, they have a natural resistance to bugs, weather etc. along w/a sealer and good top coats should last for yrars and easier to carve.
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Posted: 2006-02-22 04:45 am   Permalink

Tikigap, I'd say you are making steady progress. Like someone said earlier, you have a good "Artistic" eye. The rest will follow with knowledge of tools and how you use them.
This guy shows a lot of imagination, I Love it.
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tikigap
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From: Arlingtron Virginia
Posted: 2006-02-22 07:28 am   Permalink

Thom - thanks for the advice - I initially used PT as a 'test' because I had it laying around... then out popped a couple of carvings! (If you call them that...). So I kept at it. But nevermore!

Benzart - thanks for looking - I can't tell you how much your guidance and encouragement means to me (and I'm sure all else in this forum). I just can't wait for coontiki to come around! I'm very much looking forward to meeting you and I hope some of your talent-dust rubs off on me!

Thanks again everyone... my next tiki will be a real log - no more lumber.

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Posted: 2006-02-23 9:57 pm   Permalink

see http://mysite.verizon.net/gapearce/tiki4.htm for progess pictures, thanks.


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Posted: 2006-02-24 05:52 am   Permalink

Those eyes in the dark sockets just make the piece. The back hardware was a nice personal touch.
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tikigap
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Posted: 2006-02-24 07:25 am   Permalink

Thanks JP - I got the eyes from flashingblinkylights.com - these are the 'flashing rings'. They change colors and are pretty cool - and cheap. I cut the ring part off. I had to buy 25 though - so I have 23 left!
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Posted: 2006-02-26 3:56 pm   Permalink

He's done. Except for the base - he falls over too easily. I'm making a base now out of some curly maple - it's beautiful wood...

see
http://mysite.verizon.net/gapearce/tiki4.htm for progess pictures, thanks.



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Posted: 2006-02-26 4:03 pm   Permalink

Tikigap,

Nice job on that. Are the eyes different colors? One of the pics looked like they were different. Cool idea and a nice clean job. Assemble that bad boy and use what you learned to make your next one even better. Post pics of him all together, if you can.

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tikigap
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Posted: 2006-02-26 5:13 pm   Permalink

Hey GMAN! Thanks for lookin'!

The eyes 'rotate' colors - red, green, blue. They have a watch battery behind 'em. They are random in their color selection. Sometimes it seems that if you turn 'em both on at the same time, then they are in synch. This may be an artifact from my youth, however.

I just put him together (couldnt wait!), so here it is:





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GMAN
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Posted: 2006-02-26 5:32 pm   Permalink

Tikigap,

That is so freaking kool! Man, I want one! I bet those eyes are great in a darkish room. Your friend is very lucky - He's getting a Tikigap original - one of the first available. It's gonna be worth big bucks one day!

I'll check back here often. I hope your next project is as cool or cooler. Whattaya have in mind?

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tikigap
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From: Arlingtron Virginia
Posted: 2006-02-26 6:16 pm   Permalink

The wahini says "don't paint the letters", so that's that.

GMAN. Thanks. I really appreciate it.

This one's in the bag!

Somebody asked how long I've been carving...CONFESSION: I picked up carving because I need something to do with my hands since I quit smokin' 74 days ago.

What do I have in mind? I'm now in research mode, until I go to Coon Tiki and learn how to really carve. That's in April. (READ: I'm outta wood).

Then I'll go up to the farm and get a bunch of dead-and-down black walnut, I hope.


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congatiki
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Posted: 2006-02-26 6:35 pm   Permalink

Hey Tikigap...this guy knocks me out...i laugh everytime i look at the eyes...and i like laughing.
great design....it could be the alcohol and the fact that i'm home alone...but i dig that tiki.


 
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tikigap
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Posted: 2006-02-26 6:49 pm   Permalink

Hey - Thanks Conga!

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