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Lake Tiki - 8/23/2013 - Red Cedar
tikimecula
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From: BFE, KS
Posted: 2008-05-11 4:09 pm   Permalink

Damn Lake, you should be good and ready for Hukilau after that run. I Really like the one on the far left.
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Lake Surfer
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From: Milwaukee, WI
Posted: 2008-05-12 1:09 pm   Permalink

You guys are are too kind, thanks so much for your compliments!

I was going strong for a while there and now I've got a little setback.

I was playing some Ultimate over the weekend and I dislocated my patella again. I've done it twice in the last three weeks.
That's not that big of a deal, carving doesn't involve the knee much and I can rehab my way out of it. Its just that when I popped my knee I fell to the ground and
put my right hand out. That's the hand I wield my mallet with. I came down on the thumb joint and sprained my thumb.

Crap.

Well, over a day the swelling is starting to go down and I've got it taped. Its amazing how much you need a thumb for. I am going to give it a go with the small mallet and try to grasp it with my fingers and palm and keep the thumb taped. At least I've got use of my left hand, the one I write with and carve detail with.

I don't know what it is with me and hands/fingers.


 
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Lake Surfer
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Posted: 2008-05-15 11:44 pm   Permalink

Well, it took a few days to figure out how to work with this thumb but I'm about 80%. I've carved 7 tikis this week and its Friday, so that's not too bad. Here's one of them...



Swelling has gone down but there are tendons that need to repair themselves. The thumb is going to stay in this brace for a few weeks.

Its amazing how much we use thumbs for, you don't realize it until you can't use it. But I figured a way to grasp the mallet in my fingers and my palm.

Pressing on... I've got a show at the end of the month!


 
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hodadhank
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Joined: Dec 28, 2005
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From: Mission Beach, CA
Posted: 2008-05-16 12:35 am   Permalink

Two thumbs up!

 
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Benzart
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2008-05-16 02:13 am   Permalink

Nice job there on the thumb Lake and Excellent job on the tiki. It's a bitch to be hurting like that when you have so much to do. Take it easy a bit and get better.
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tikimecula
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Posted: 2008-05-16 06:28 am   Permalink

Knockin out the good stuff with only 4 fingers and your palm.... That's dedication.
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benella
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From: Meudon, France
Posted: 2008-05-16 06:41 am   Permalink

Too bad for your thumb, hope you'll heal as quick a possible.
The tiki is very nice, I love the chisel texture.

Benjamin.


 
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Lake Surfer
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Posted: 2008-05-16 10:11 pm   Permalink

Thanks guys for the compliments and well wishes!

I think the tikis are telling me I have enough carved for Hukilau... I took a jab at my hand with a Flexcut gouge tonight... slipped off the wood.

Yep... the hand with the bad thumb.

Time for a break!


 
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Benzart
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Posted: 2008-05-17 08:41 am   Permalink

Yes I think it's time to Back away from the tools for awhile. I'll have you covered with a piece of Koa!
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Lake Surfer
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From: Milwaukee, WI
Posted: 2008-05-20 12:12 am   Permalink

benz, nice talking with you, and thanks for setting aside some of that Koa for me. Look forward to seeing you in a few weeks and I hope you guys get a little rain to douse the embers.

Whew. I've been carving my butt off non stop since last October. I think I have enough for Hukilau. Time for a little break.
If it ever decides to warm up here in the Midwest I can get out in the backyard and do some landscaping. I also have an eight foot tiki to finish up after I return from Florida.
He'll be taking up residence in an esteemed place in the yard.

The gouge I put in my hand is healing up nicely and I've regained a bit of flexibility in the 'ol thumb. Still wearing the brace, but I should be good to go within a few weeks.

As I put in for my R & R, here's a formal look at the goodies I'll have with me in Fort Lauderdale...





 
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MooneyTiki
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From: Jensen Beach,fla
Posted: 2008-05-20 04:06 am   Permalink

Aloha Lake!
First, sorry about your hand my friend. I hope all will be well with it.
second , Holy cant catch my breath !!!! Your collection of carvings look Great!
Looking forward to seeing you at the Hukilau! Bring your surfboard! If you have time coming down or back if i'm not on shift I'll take you to a couple good spots.
Also, give me a call 772-631-1075. I see that you are into surf music! I have a collection of over 100 CD's from all over the world. All instro!!!


 
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congatiki
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From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2008-05-20 04:34 am   Permalink

Great looking collection LakeS. Time to take a break and heal up.
Your recent "flatwork" is tremendous, should be a real hit at Hukilau.


 
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surfintiki
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From: S. Chatham, MA
Posted: 2008-05-20 06:34 am   Permalink

Lake I can't wait to see it all!

 
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seeksurf
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From: Buckley, WA
Posted: 2008-05-20 9:39 pm   Permalink

Incredible Lake love the fly-er. Take well on that thumb my friend.

 
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Lake Surfer
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From: Milwaukee, WI
Posted: 2008-05-20 10:38 pm   Permalink

Thanks guys for all your support!

Mr. Mooney: The thumb is getting better. I've been wearing the brace most of the time but have been able to begin rehabing it. I don't have the range of motion yet, but it'll get there. I'm counting the days until Hukilau... it has been really chilly here the last 2 months, abnormally chilly, so I'm looking forward to warm temps and sunshine. I will have my surfboard in tow, hoping to pick up some swell along the way. After Hukilau, we will be making our way up the SE Coast all the way up to Wrightsville Beach, NC. If there's a ripple, I'll be on it. Its been a very flat spring here on the Great Lakes also. I'll give you a ring before we head down, yes, I love the surf music, usually with lots of reverb! I'm looking forward to seeing all the work you have been creating also, especially your carved panels. They look spectacular!

Conga: thanks much! I'm a big fan of your work also. We've both come a long ways and I think that's pretty cool considering how isolated we are from any sort of tiki scene.

surfin: looking forward to seeing you in Fort Lauderdale! A little surf talk will get me through those long vending days.

seek: thanks man! The thumb is being well taken care of.


 
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