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Lake Tiki - 8/23/2013 - Red Cedar
JohnnyP
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From: Attica, MI
Posted: 2007-12-08 4:44 pm   Permalink

That Kona is pretty sweet looking, totally recognizable as both Kona and Lake. I am impressed how you can take something and make it your own.



 
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Barefoot Tiki
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From: West Palm Beach Florida
Posted: 2007-12-09 7:14 pm   Permalink

Hey Lake,
Oh my god did you say 18 degrees? We had a cold snap down here last week and it got down to a bone chilling 67. It was a hot ass day today at 82. I actually got a sunburn today raking leaves in my yard. I would like it to chill off a little but not what you have. The carving is looking sweet. Glad to hear you are busy Tiki money is the best type...
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Lake Surfer
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From: Milwaukee, WI
Posted: 2007-12-10 12:46 am   Permalink

Johnny, thanks much! I've been enjoying your latest creations also. The drum looks like it was quite the undertaking. Hope you're staying warm on the other side of the Big Lake.

Mr. Barefoot, I would gladly take your 67 degrees right now, and Hukilau can't come soon enough so I can see tropical palms and coconuts. Raking leaves here is a distant memory, as whatever is left is buried under 14 inches of snow. But let's think happy thoughts, like maybe we'll have a thaw by Christmas and it might hit 40 degrees here one day.

Thanks for the compliments! I'm digging the whole bar set up you've created! You're branching out into new stuff and that's always great to see evolve.

Speaking of new stuff... The little tiki table nears completion...

I finished up the staining and finish on the outside and started on my idea for the top of the tiki. It will more than likely hold a picture or a vase or something but I wanted to do a little something extra with it.

I did the same concept as I did for my bar top... this time making it look like water, sand and shells sitting in the top of the tiki. The top was routed out to make a depression for everything to sit in. The resin is still drying and by Monday afternoon will have hardened. Hoping for delivery on Tuesday. It turned out pretty cool considering it was the first time I did something like this.










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benella
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From: Meudon, France
Posted: 2007-12-10 06:49 am   Permalink



This one is simply amazing. Wonderful ideas for the top with the shells.
Very good things you've done with the knots that seem to be scars on the tiki's face.

Bravo,

Benjamin.


 
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seeksurf
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From: Buckley, WA
Posted: 2007-12-10 5:01 pm   Permalink

Nice Lake, that is a real Thin Man.

Great idea on the shells hum? I have lots of shells hum?
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Lake Surfer
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Posted: 2007-12-12 12:51 am   Permalink

Benjamin and seek, thanks much! The resin finally set up after a day, but delivery is delayed because of a snow/ice storm we had Tuesday. I had a good day to get some more carving done in between snow removal jobs. I've got two shows this weekend to get more work done for and I'm juggling various Christmas orders.

Sunk the chisels into some more of this cedar I love so much. Various sizes from 8 inches to 21 inches...






 
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seeksurf
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Posted: 2007-12-12 5:09 pm   Permalink

Lake i ran into you on the net before i found TC.
You do some nice work. Are you a full time carver?
What got you into tiki carving? was it the surf connection?


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Lake Surfer
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Posted: 2007-12-13 12:41 am   Permalink

seek... thanks much.

Part time carver and part time Graphic Designer.

I haven't seriously counted but I'd take a guess that I've carved 200+ tikis in all types of sizes since 2002. Blows my mind.

Lately carving has led to doing bar and restaurant interiors. Some personal bars and homes also. Those are fun.
I also sell at tiki related events and various retail outlets.

You nailed it on the surfing aspect. I'm a longboarder and love the scene at San Onofre. A nice mix of surfing, tiki and South Pacific culture influence. Still feels like the 50's there too. After carving my first tiki I was drawn further into the cultures of the South Pacific. I try to stay true to as much of it as I can while mixing in my own style. I discovered Polyneisan Pop Culture further down the road and enjoy it also. That led me here.





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hewey
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Posted: 2007-12-13 04:02 am   Permalink

Nice tiki The resin top is a cool idea.
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Lake Surfer
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Posted: 2007-12-14 01:15 am   Permalink

hewey, thanks!

I delivered it the other day and the receiver was stoked! She has placed an order for a custom made bar with the same top so I'm pretty stoked also.


 
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tok-tok
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From: North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Posted: 2007-12-14 02:26 am   Permalink

The resin thing is a great idea. I watched it before in your postings about the homebar.
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This is a nice pattern on the wood, what kind of stain is it? Did you sand it again afterwards or does it come out as a character of pine? And I guess You used some kind of poly for the sealing instead of wax.



Hope, you can recreate a bit in between.
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Lake Surfer
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Posted: 2007-12-23 8:38 pm   Permalink

Checking back in... I'm finally all caught up after a rush of Christmas orders. Some fun new stuff to show as soon as I get pictures of it.

tok-tok, thanks! The resin is a challenge for me still. I thought I had it figured out but it really wants to keep leveling itself. The surface you pour on has to be completely level. The tiki had a slight lean so there was a little overflow, but fairly easy to deal with.

The pattern you see comes from the natural Yellow Pine grain. Smooth sanding and a little torch work pops it a bit more. The stain is an Early American color.
Satin brush poly with some satin spray over it to reduce the glare. Most customers want the poly coating, though I am steering some towards oil.

Diving into my love for the Kona Style, I finally finished this Ku wallhanging that I started back in June. It got lost along the way and I decided to pick it up again.
A very hard piece of premium board, so everything took a few passes to get to the right depth. 16" tall. It is over in the Marketplace up for sale.






 
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Tiki Terrace
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Posted: 2007-12-23 8:47 pm   Permalink

Hey Lake, nice piece! Will miss you this NYE!

Take care and stay warm!
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Benzart
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Posted: 2007-12-24 1:28 pm   Permalink

Typical Excellent tiki stuff from you Lake, MErry Christmas.

 
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Lake Surfer
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From: Milwaukee, WI
Posted: 2007-12-26 12:20 am   Permalink

Scott and Benz, thanks and Happy Holidays to you both!

About to wrap up a custom order for a fellow surfer. His girlfriend is surprising him this weekend with this and I wanted to do something special for the piece. He's got an A-Frame wave breaking right on his chin. Just have to carve some tapa pattern on his head dress and he's ready for pickup. Very heavy and hard piece of ash, but the finished surface is really nice. Left the tool marks to give this one a vintage look. 24 inches tall.



Got a custom order for Zebra print on one of my Exotica Shields. The customer's living room has Zebra print chairs so these are a perfect compliment. I'm used to doing leopard print, but I've taken a liking to the Zebra too and plan on using it again in the future.



And I just finished up this Tang mounted on a woven background with hand framed bamboo. About 24" high.



I've got 40 feet of custom moulding to carve this week and then I hope to do some work on my Trader Vic's Marquesan pole that I've had for 2 some years.


 
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