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Benzart
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2006-08-13 6:51 pm   Permalink

T-Gap. he's lookin good. A Little like a Monkeytiki but Cool.Bats are lookin Batty and you are coming right along..
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tikigap
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Joined: Jan 19, 2006
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From: Arlingtron Virginia
Posted: 2006-08-13 7:03 pm   Permalink

Thanks Benz!

I made a lot of progress on him today. I'm finally able to dedicate some larger blocks of time to carving again.

I see Freddimon is a walnut convert now too! I really like that wood.
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JohnnyP
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Joined: Nov 23, 2005
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From: Attica, MI
Posted: 2006-08-14 12:59 pm   Permalink

If all my firewood looked like that, I would live a very cold, but well decorated house. The hammer will look good, but I kinda liked the bottle idea.
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tikigap
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From: Arlingtron Virginia
Posted: 2006-08-25 11:03 pm   Permalink

JP! Walnut burns really nice...

Here's the latest. Meet PineappleTiki.

It is lucky #13 for me.

Head shot - cool grain - layer of black underneath is quite prevalent.


Lookin down in his head - candle or something could go in there.


Closeup of the grain...


Closeup of the head...


Whole guy:

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Benzart
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2006-08-26 05:00 am   Permalink

T-Gap, that layer of Black is really neat. I've never seen black walnut like that before and your carving Really picks it up Very well. Nice piece.
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tikigap
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From: Arlingtron Virginia
Posted: 2006-08-30 11:54 am   Permalink

Thanks Ben! Your piece of walnut was right above this one on the tree. You got the black in there too.

Boy, have I learned a lot in the last few days.

1st - NEVER let someone else 'try their hand' at using sanding sealer on one of your carvings. This way you only will blame yourself if you screw it up. I let someone try, and now I'm sorry I did.

2nd - NEVER hit your piece with sanding sealer TWICE (to fix #1 problem, in this case)

3rd - NEVER use sanding sealer on walnut, period. It isn't necessary.

4th - NEVER apply polyurethane in the direct sunlight at 90+ degrees outside. It dries way too fast, and any micro-bubbles in it won't get a chance to pop before drying.

5th - Find a "profile sander". Porter cable makes a really nice one (#444, made in USA too). I love the sticky sandpaper (that you can get on a roll) for this device. When you wear out the sand paper, (because of the nature of a profile sander), not all the sandpaper is used up. This remaining sandpaper still has a sticky backing that attaches nicely to your fingers, and allows you to hand-sand some hard-to-get-at places. This stuff ROCKS.

I had to sand off two layers of sealer and one of polyurethane. Then I used dental tools to pick the poly out from between his teeth and some other detail spots. What a nightmare.

When carving walnut, Spend as much time as is possible to sand, sand, and sand some more - the first time. Hopefully you'll never have to come back like I did and remove the finish.

I have it sanded down smoother than a baby's ass right now, with no obvious signs of the previous screw up.

I'm looking for guidance on what I should finish it with this time. I've got oil based satin poly, oil based glass poly, beeswax, or tung oil. I tyhink this piece will live outside in the Washington DC suburbs. It can get up to 100 degrees here, or down to 0 degrees. Anywhere from 40% - 90% humidity.

What would you pick? Thanks in advance for any suggestions...


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McTiki
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From: Sunny Florida
Posted: 2006-08-30 7:56 pm   Permalink

Awesome work TikiGap! This carve rocks!

I would go Glass Oil based Poly.

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tikigap
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Posted: 2006-09-05 07:00 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-08-30 19:56, McTiki wrote:
Awesome work TikiGap! This carve rocks!

I would go Glass Oil based Poly.

Mahalo

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Thanks McTiki - I used your suggestion - 4 coats - it came out pretty nice, considering it's history

Here's the finished product:
At the Farm, at night:




Side shot shows back of head as well as eyes:


Stand-alone, with geode:


And with his new 'master':


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Freddimon
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From: Lake Erie Basin
Posted: 2006-09-05 6:32 pm   Permalink

WOW! TG that *thing* is cool! Way more intricate than my 1/3 of the log! Great eyes and overall detailing. Mine is finished with linseed oil and is kind of dull surfaced but natural looking, too. I think the grain colors aren't as varietal as yours as a result of the oil finish, though...

 
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McTiki
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From: Sunny Florida
Posted: 2006-09-05 6:54 pm   Permalink

Nice original Design there TikiGap! Very cool lines and detail. I love the finish.

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tikigap
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From: Arlingtron Virginia
Posted: 2006-09-06 08:14 am   Permalink

Thanks Freddimon and McTiki... that grain and color sure did come out nicely, I thought too. I got the bottom part of the log closest to the stump. Freddimon got the other end, and Benzart got the middle. I cant wait to see what BZ does with his!

I Appreciate the comps! Thanks again!
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JohnnyP
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Posted: 2006-09-06 1:05 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-09-05 07:00, tikigap wrote:

Here's the finished product:
At the Farm, at night:





I love these night shots with tikis all lit up. It really shows off the original style.
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McTiki
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Posted: 2006-09-06 2:07 pm   Permalink

Very very nice!

 
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tikigap
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Posted: 2006-09-06 5:57 pm   Permalink

Thanks to JP and McTiki! Sure am glad that one is done.

 
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kingstiedye
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From: sackatomato
Posted: 2006-09-06 6:17 pm   Permalink

great work, tg! i like the geode in his hands. also, i think the mouth really came out well.
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