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Tiki Central Forums Creating Tiki Tiki Carving Lake Tiki - 8/23/2013 - Red Cedar
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Lake Tiki - 8/23/2013 - Red Cedar
Lake Surfer
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Posted: 2011-01-26 2:08 pm   Permalink

Thanks Chris, I appreciate the compliment!

 
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Lake Surfer
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Posted: 2011-01-27 11:13 pm   Permalink

Currently cranking on a pair of Marquesan Poles for Foundation Tiki Bar here in Milwaukee.
They will be a part of the brand new bar expansion.



Carving this Ash log is like carving a 5.5" inch thick baseball bat. Hard stuff!



Two tikis down, one to go. Final size will be 64" H x 5.5" W.




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AlohaStation
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Posted: 2011-01-28 06:25 am   Permalink

Fantastic!

 
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Lake Surfer
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Posted: 2011-01-28 11:26 am   Permalink

Thank you sir! Appreciate the compliment!

I do wish I had some palm for these. It was a 9 hour carve to finish one. With palm, I'm sure it would have been 2-3 hours.

This Ash is so hard that my hands tingle after a while due to the shock. It is like hitting a million baseballs with a wooden bat.

On to the second pole.


 
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kirby
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Posted: 2011-01-28 5:01 pm   Permalink

dude I love the carving , but I have been most impressed for a while by your squeaky clean workshop!! not even a chip on the floor.
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Lake Surfer
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Posted: 2011-01-28 7:59 pm   Permalink

Thanks Kirby!

I actually just swept up before the pictures.

I usually sweep ever half hour or so. Drives me crazy walking around on wood chips, and I end up tracking them into the rest of the house.

The dust, that's another story. That's everywhere.


 
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seeksurf
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Posted: 2011-01-29 9:19 pm   Permalink

DAM I love them poles of yours. And those nice clean strong looking cuts!

 
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Lake Surfer
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Posted: 2011-01-31 12:47 pm   Permalink

Much thanks Seeks!

All done with them except for detail paint... photos soon!


 
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Grand Poobah
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Joined: Dec 09, 2008
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From: Reading, PA
Posted: 2011-01-31 4:23 pm   Permalink

damn that looks great! Now I am really getting jealous. We just dug out from a bunch of snow last week and now we getting ready for ice. I had to go out and wrap some of the yucca trees I have for fear the ice will kill em. I can't work in garage too long as it gets too cold. I love the chisel marks on the ash. Your work really looks fantastic. I have an ash log waiting after I am done with my current carve. Your getting me a little nervous about how hard the wood can be (I know we compared it against maple before...but I can't remember.... I sure hope it is at least easier that that)

 
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Lake Surfer
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Posted: 2011-02-01 10:17 am   Permalink

Grand Poobah, thanks for your kind compliments!

Ash is a very hard wood, somewhat chippy at times, but holds a really clean edge.

Good luck.
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Lake Surfer
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Posted: 2011-02-01 10:22 am   Permalink

Hunkered down here at home while we get pounded with a blizzard. 2 feet of snow before all is finished sometime tomorrow night. 3 days straight of snow. 50 mph winds.

Anyway, the poles are finished and I will be delivering them to Foundation Tiki Bar on Wednesday, probably by dogsled.



64" H x 5.5" W
Carved from Ash





Working on a few other pieces in between trying to keep the driveway passable.
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GROG
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Posted: 2011-02-01 11:39 am   Permalink

Deliver them to GROG.

 
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Lake Surfer
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Posted: 2011-02-01 8:00 pm   Permalink

Grog, the dogs would get awfully tired on that trip, and because of the beautiful, sunny weather you have out there, I wouldn't have any snow to run the sled on.

The next ones are yours for sure!


 
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leleliz
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From: NorCal
Posted: 2011-02-02 6:50 pm   Permalink

Ya know Dave its a good thing you live in the frozen tundra. I am not sure how much carving you would get done if you lived somewhere warm and were able to go surfing in winter

Those poles are super nice!


 
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Lake Surfer
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From: Milwaukee, WI
Posted: 2011-02-03 12:11 am   Permalink

Thank you very much Liz for your kind compliment! Very much appreciated!

I was finally able to deliver the poles tonight, after spending 6 hours digging out from a 2 1/2 foot blizzard.

It was nice to sip a couple of tropical drinks at the wonderful Foundation Tiki Bar with all that snow outside and the temperature at 9 degrees.

That is true escapism, and the heart of the Poly Pop Movement... in the dead of Winter my spirits were lifted by carving a couple of tikis and enjoying a tiki bar in the Midwest!


 
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