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Lake Tiki - 8/23/2013 - Red Cedar
surfintiki
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From: S. Chatham, MA
Posted: 2006-05-13 2:30 pm   Permalink

I love the biggies..woooo yeah.
Do you get a sap problem when you dig into your pine? Our pines out here on Cape Cod are WAY sappy. They sat all winter indoors, I cut into 'em 2 weeks ago, and they're still bleeding sap non-stop. The wood still wet too.
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SCTikiShack
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Posted: 2006-05-15 10:11 am   Permalink

Lake,

Sweet tiki!
It is always so satisfying making the big boys.
By the looks of the log when it had the bark on it, it must have been quite a bugger stripping it.
Using only hand tools probably keeps your neighbors from getting their panties in a bunch.
I had to move my operation to keep mine from acting all passive aggressively towards me.
Hopefully you got some waves over the weekend and it wasn't too stormy.


Keep up the good work,
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Lake Surfer
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Posted: 2006-05-15 11:39 pm   Permalink

Thanks Will! I only have disagreements with the one neighbor... mainly when I'm sanding logs with the angle grinder.


I'm running ahead of schedule on the big order... 7 straight days of rain here have kept me focused.

I rewarded myself today by hacking away at this big 'ol fellow... couldn't stop thinking of it.
The kunckles are are little tore up from carving out the mouth, but it's pretty cool doing it all by hand.









I'm really enjoying this guy... but Tuesday it is back to paying the bills!

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Lake Surfer
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Posted: 2006-05-15 11:46 pm   Permalink

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On 2006-05-13 14:30, surfintiki wrote:
I love the biggies..woooo yeah.
Do you get a sap problem when you dig into your pine? Our pines out here on Cape Cod are WAY sappy. They sat all winter indoors, I cut into 'em 2 weeks ago, and they're still bleeding sap non-stop. The wood still wet too.




Thanks surfin! Sap problems for me depend on the pine I get. The white and yellow has been pretty sap free lately. I've gotten spruce in the past that was pretty sticky.

The logs I'm carving now... especially the big one are a little wet. I like 'em that way though 'cause they are a bit easier to carve through and don't chip as much as dry wood. Problem is they are going to crack and check as they dry out... some not so much some a lot. I deal with it.


 
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GMAN
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Posted: 2006-05-16 05:04 am   Permalink

Lake,

The big guy is looking great. I love the chin! I bet that mouth was a knuckle-buster. Ouch! I can also see where fresh pine could give you a sap problem. This piece is gonna loose a lot of weight quick now that the bark is off. At least it's rainy up there so the humidity should be high? I've been wrapping my carvings in layers of blankets/towels and storing them face down when I'm not working on them. It's very dry down here right now. I keep them in the AC-house now as the garage gets to like 100+ and cracks 'em up bad. Wrapping them up and keeping them cool has really lessened the cracking. The humidity is less in the AC, but I think the heat kills them faster. Maybe give it a try on this guy since you are gonna keep him and make him extra special. If it works for you, it's worth the effort. Good luck with this guy and have fun!

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Benzart
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Posted: 2006-05-16 08:55 am   Permalink

Wow, Lake, This guy is starting out Great. I Love the mouth full of Teeth. Those teeth are Very Respectable and Well done!.
GMAN has a point about covering your carving when not working on it. The old man that helped me learn about chisels started me doing it too. Covering the piece with towels to slow the drying process, Excellent words GMAN!!
LAke, we need Lots of progress shots of this guy if you can.
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Lake Surfer
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Posted: 2006-05-16 10:02 am   Permalink

Thanks Ben and Gman!

Ben, I'm going to give the wrap a try... hopefully keep the cracking down on this bugger.

Man Gman... 100+? I wish! Todays struggle to get out of the mid 50's here in the frozen Midwest has me indoors again. No warmth in sight.
We need summer.

Back to work...


 
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Lake Surfer
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Posted: 2006-05-16 2:51 pm   Permalink

Just can't seem to get away from this guy... that'll make you happy Ben... more updates and pics...

Friggin sun came out this afternoon!! No rain! Had to get outside for some pictures instead of that cave-like studio.

Hard part is over... I've got one half of the face carved out... the other half should be a breeze.





Keep arms and legs away from this guy!



Time for a beer...



 
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tiki5-0
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Posted: 2006-05-16 2:54 pm   Permalink

it's looking GREAT!! keep us updated with pics as you keep working on him. i'm sure he's gonna turn out great. keep it up!!

 
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Polynesiac
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Posted: 2006-05-16 3:14 pm   Permalink

Best one yet, lake! this guy is awesome and has a nice little 'tude going too. He'll definatley bring people over to your table at the shows. Expect a lot of people to take their pictures next to this one - I know I would. Carvin out the mouth by hand like that is my favorite part of carvin. A great way to take out the stress and aggressions of the day. wack ! wack! wack!

Have fun in the sun
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Benzart
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Posted: 2006-05-16 4:15 pm   Permalink

YES, Ben Does Love the extra pic's and work. He is really coming on strong. I can see you are fired up with this guy and it shows. EXCELLENT Work Lake!
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JohnnyP
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Posted: 2006-05-16 5:43 pm   Permalink

He is coming along great. Thanks for sharing more progress pics. Nice to see some sunshine coming this way. We are still in rain.
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Tahitiki
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Posted: 2006-05-16 5:48 pm   Permalink

Very nice. It's going to be a great one.

 
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Lake Surfer
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Posted: 2006-05-16 10:34 pm   Permalink

tiki 5-0, thanks! I'll do my best with progress pics.

Polynesiac, taking out agressions is right. What I love most about the big logs... you can slam away on them removing a ton of material and not have to worrry about breaking stuff off.
Slowing down a bit on the face detail but still nice to work with a big log.

Thanks Ben... I'm super stoked on this guy and can really feel it coming together... channeling the ancients again...

Johnny... thanks... you should get that good 'ol sunshine on Wednesday... man it felt good Tuesday!

Tahitiki... thanks for the support... I'm enjoying the process on this one and may be just a little sad when it is all finished... but there will be a really nice piece to admire long after.


 
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Beachnik
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From: Venice, Ca
Posted: 2006-05-16 11:07 pm   Permalink

Hey Lake,
Excellent work I must say. Just checked out all the pages of this topic and I'm blown away. Your carvings are deep and detailed...inspiring!

You sure hit the jackpot on the logs. I need to scour the streets and alleys of Venice to score some palm wood. I will keep my ears honed for chainsaw noise. Wish me luck!

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