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Lake Tiki - 8/23/2013 - Red Cedar
surfintiki
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From: S. Chatham, MA
Posted: 2009-03-24 2:12 pm   Permalink

YEAH A.S.!!! Come on up here!! HA You'll love it!
Lake, it seems both our spots are doing the same thing at the same time, and at the same temp! Today was "victory at sea" here too...


I like your term "flushed" HA!


 
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seeksurf
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From: Buckley, WA
Posted: 2009-03-25 3:30 pm   Permalink

Whats with the Large Mushroom growing in your driveway?


 
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Lake Surfer
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From: Milwaukee, WI
Posted: 2009-03-25 9:59 pm   Permalink

Surfin... that's serious Victory at Sea going on there... we just had a mini version of that.
I heard some guys went out here on Tuesday but I took a pass at it.
I'm getting too old for the slop.

Seeks, I was hoping to get out Wednesday and do some work on 'ol mushroom head, but the sun never came out and the temperature hovered around 40 all day.

I'm hoping for the sun and at least 50 degrees on Thursday so I can get out and work on it a bit.


 
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benella
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From: Meudon, France
Posted: 2009-03-27 01:20 am   Permalink

This has to be on this page too:



I feel this mega marquesan will be a mega masterpiece !
It would be cool to do a photoshop pix with your mega and my very small marquesan

Mahalo Sir Lake,

Benjamin.


 
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Benzart
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2009-03-27 02:14 am   Permalink

You gonna get High carving that giant muShroom?

 
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Lake Surfer
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From: Milwaukee, WI
Posted: 2009-03-27 10:26 am   Permalink

Aloha Benjamin!

Thanks for the vote of confidence!

Though this guy nearly turned into Mega Firewood a few times yesterday!


Ben, as he takes shape he's looking more like a tiki than a mushroom.

So, on with the update...

We hit a tropical high of 56 degrees yesterday which allowed for a decent day to work on this guy. I was beat after chasing this thing around, and as I said it nearly ended up as firewood a few times.

Its a pretty crappy log, and wasn't my choice for carving wood. It came from the other half of a mini dugout canoe I carved last summer for my in-laws.

My brother in-law had this in his yard and one day came over and tossed it off his pickup in my driveway. So I was kind of stuck with it.

The first problem was the banana curve in it, the second being the structural integrity of the log. It had many bug holes in it and a few sections that had been tunneled by carpenter ants. There's also some funky sections where the grain is tight and where the grain is loose.

But I trudged on, hoping to get something out of it since it was here and was going to reside in the yard anyhow.

First was getting him to stand upright. I thought I had it last time, but had to do some more work on him. And I did some more shaping to get the form better.



With all that done, it was time to prep the surface so I had a smooth canvas to work on.

After a half hour of sanding...



Sanding done, I reached for a Sharpie and sketched out the Mega Marq.



The log still retains some water from the winter, so it has to dry a bit, but I was able to start carving the right side which was dry.
As I mentioned, the wood grain is real funky and crumbles and chips in places and carves smooth in others.

Sanding the detail right after carving does wonders, so I'll continue on and see what I can get out of this log.




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4WDtiki
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From: Omao, Kauai
Posted: 2009-03-27 10:44 am   Permalink

Lake, the curve in that log is really going to add to the look of that Marq, and if it's as crumbly to carve as you say, it'll look that much more ancient! Carve on!

 
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big daddy
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From: houston
Posted: 2009-03-27 10:57 am   Permalink

nice piece of wood lake. like 4wdtiki says, the curve should be really cool looking, a just before striking pose. good luck with the weather. just gives you time for more temple work.

bd


 
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leleliz
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From: NorCal
Posted: 2009-03-27 1:56 pm   Permalink

Yay for another tiki temple!

 
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laojia
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From: Metz Lorraine France
Posted: 2009-03-27 3:17 pm   Permalink

Big work, small work...You're a complete carver! MegaMarq already promises many things and the retail on the doors of the new temple was very successful...The chimney is also very nice...

Good luck for the weather, sharp tool don't like the wet!
J.


 
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surfintiki
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From: S. Chatham, MA
Posted: 2009-03-27 5:14 pm   Permalink

All I can say Lake, is, the megaman looks cool already...so if it crumbles, and frustrates you...it ALREADY looks cool.

 
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Grapa-RuHa
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From: Netherlands
Posted: 2009-03-29 01:52 am   Permalink

That marq is a great new project. I hope the wheater lets you get back on him soon.

 
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Lake Surfer
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From: Milwaukee, WI
Posted: 2009-03-29 12:13 pm   Permalink

Thanks all for the kind compliments!

I awoke this morning to snow.

Yep, Spring in Wisconsin.

Gonna be a few days until things melt and I can work outdoors again.

4WDtiki: I have to agree with you. The "Pre Aged Look."

big daddy: It is an interesting pose to say the least. The challenge was to get it to stand without tipping over backwards.
Good luck with the weather is right, it keeps one on their toes here. Summer one day, winter the next.

leleliz: Youbetcha!

laojia: An all-around woodcarver I guess! It keep things interesting switching it up. I enjoy the concentration of the small detail of the door carvings just as much as swinging away on a big 'ol log. They both offer fun challenges.

surfintiki: I hear ya, and thanks! I made up my mind to just keep plugging away at this guy no matter what the outcome. I'll get some thing out of the log!

Grapa-RuHa: Many thanks, and I also hope things improve on the weather front so that I can get back to working on it. Luckily I planned ahead last week and got it moved into the garage to stay dry and warm. Maybe by the end of the week things will melt off and dry up here.





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Polynesiac
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From: San Pedro, CA
Posted: 2009-03-29 11:08 pm   Permalink

makin some good progress on that marq. Love the clean lines you got around the eyes.

this one really is a monster!

I'm assuming then, that the groundhog did not see his shadow all those weeks ago?

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seeksurf
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Posted: 2009-03-30 4:10 pm   Permalink

Mushroom head is taking shape! Looking COOL!

We has snow this weekend also in the Seattle area! crazy!
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