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Buzzy's work: Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'intrate
Bay Park Buzzy
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Joined: Apr 07, 2006
Posts: 3028
From: West Bay Park, San Diego, CA
Posted: 2009-03-12 9:34 pm   Permalink

Today's sunset:



Typical boring one for this time of year. I didn't even bother to wait until it hit the horizon. Working that extra hour since daylight savings time is real nice. The days keep getting a little longer too!

First up is some old business:


Here are some nicer pictures that I took of my batch of clay work that came out of the last firing at Babalu's

First, is the Lucky O'Buzzy's Irish Tiki Pub St patrick's Day Luau Chugger mug



Which just so happens to be available on ebay right now!

Click here for the link




Next up is Maori Mini Scorpion style Sippy Cup II



Some Hei tikis


This one was my favorite


This one turned out pretty good too


Two more pendants:


Cool glaze on this one




And finally, a little army of guys


Group shots, just for fun:




Most of this stuff will be available on Buzzy Night at the Tonga Hut Art show next month
Tonga Hut Art Show



Click here for info






Now on to my current work...

I started another piece today

First I cleaned a stump:


then I made a 90 degree cut and a couple other critical slices:



And I had a chair!:


Now I had to start to make it a nice chair

I narrowed the top, cleaned up the back part and made it a bit more comfortable


Next was making the chair/drum leg parts by making the necessary cuts:

Front:


sides:

I ran out of day at this point. More fancy it up a little work tomorrow!

Quote:

On 2009-03-11 15:00, Lake Surfer wrote:


I think I know where it is headed to if I am taking Ben's clue the right way... it will find a great home there.




Yo Lake! Yep, you're probably right...I was trying to pretend like it was a super secret project that I couldn't talk about. I always wanted one of those type of jobs.


Sssssh! I'm almost done...
Buzzy Out!

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big daddy
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Joined: Oct 02, 2008
Posts: 325
From: houston
Posted: 2009-03-12 10:24 pm   Permalink

damn buzzy,
how many people you got working for you? or did you just hire martha stewart to do everything while you sit back and sip a nice refreshing adult beverage of choice? the sippy cup is pretty cool and that chair looks like it's gonna be reeeaaal comfy to sit back in and watch the sun go down. i really need to go electric cuz these chisels are wearing out my hands and arms. great stuff buzzy.

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laojia
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Joined: Feb 04, 2009
Posts: 948
From: Metz Lorraine France
Posted: 2009-03-12 10:54 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2009-03-12 22:24, big daddy wrote:
damn buzzy,
how many people you got working for you?



You did not know Buzz was the "stakanovist" of tikis!


 
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Cammo
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Joined: May 18, 2006
Posts: 1974
From: San Diego
Posted: 2009-03-13 07:04 am   Permalink

"or did you just hire martha stewart to do everything while you sit back and sip a nice refreshing adult beverage of choice?

Yes.





 
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Benzart
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Joined: Jan 09, 2004
Posts: 10397
From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2009-03-13 08:36 am   Permalink

Damn Buzz, Your ceramics are Really getting Cool, I Really Love your favorite Hei-Tiki the best but the rest are excellent too. Glad to see you not slowing down!
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JenTiki
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Joined: Jun 16, 2006
Posts: 2345
From: Home of the best rum collection in NC
Posted: 2009-03-13 10:46 am   Permalink

Hi Buzzy! I'm so excited that I'll be sitting in at least one of your chairs at Frankie's just nine days from now! I'll be sure to get a pic or two! Can't wait to see you in August! Things will be different this time, and I'll have my car, so I'll want that long-awaited tour of the House of Buzz!

 
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Bay Park Buzzy
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Joined: Apr 07, 2006
Posts: 3028
From: West Bay Park, San Diego, CA
Posted: 2009-03-13 9:55 pm   Permalink

Today's sunset:


Today I worked on the chair that I started yesterday

I began by cleaning up the legs and started to do the drum/seat part



Then i carved a tiki into one of the legs...


and later carved a matching one on the other leg



After that, I decorated the band around the middle and cleaned up the drum/seat part




Before I ran out of day, I squeezed in one more tiki on the drum

Just a little bit more to do now...

Quote:

On 2009-03-12 22:24, big daddy wrote:
damn buzzy,
how many people you got working for you? i really need to go electric cuz these chisels are wearing out my hands and arms. great stuff buzzy.




I used to have a full crew but they all quit when they found out that unemployment paid them better. Funny you should say that after I'm still exhausted and in pain from holding a heavy chainsaw most of the day yesterday. The noise wears out my ears too.

Quote:

On 2009-03-12 22:54, laojia wrote:

You did not know Buzz was the "stakanovist" of tikis!



Thanks for bringing that Stakanovist history lesson to my attention. I definitely see how I could be compared to him. Neat story. Now my comrades, Make a lot of tikis like me and become a national hero.

Quote:

On 2009-03-13 07:04, Cammo wrote:




I need to get one of those House of Buzz personalized orange work suits. It should be the new outfit of the new tiki stakanovist movement.

Quote:

On 2009-03-13 08:36, Benzart wrote:
Glad to see you not slowing down!




I had to slow down for a couple days last week because I hurt myself in a glaze jar opening episode, but I thinki I'm fully recovered now. Damn clay glaze! That clay is dangerous!

Quote:

On 2009-03-13 10:46, JenTiki wrote:
Can't wait to see you in August! Things will be different this time, and I'll have my car, so I'll want that long-awaited tour of the House of Buzz!



Hey Jen! Great to hear from you again. Me and Kiva are looking forward to your visit.

She'll give you the tour. It's going to be fun! Only five more months!


At the House of Buzz, You don't wipe your feet before you come in, you do it before you leave.
Buzzy Out!










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RevBambooBen
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Joined: Nov 12, 2002
Posts: 7911
From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2009-03-13 10:51 pm   Permalink

see you weekend after next...

 
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Bay Park Buzzy
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Joined: Apr 07, 2006
Posts: 3028
From: West Bay Park, San Diego, CA
Posted: 2009-03-15 11:59 am   Permalink

I missed yesterday's sunset by a couple seconds:

I was concentrating on carving when it snuck by me

I awoke yesterday fully intending on finishing the first of the two chairs by darktime. Here is my documentary of my attempt of completing my goal:

I started out picking up where I left off the evening before. I carved the two panels on the sides of the seat/drum part.

I wanted to emphasize more rounded than linear designs on this chair


The front was now finshed and it was time to move on to the back. I started this process by drawing out a rough sketch on paper and then redrawing it out correctly on the log. I messed up a lot more than I planned and it took about an hour to draw it out. That put me seriously behind and put my finishing that day goal in jeopardy.
Here he is all drawn out:


At this point I had about three hours left. that meant I had to bust some ass to get it done

Meanwhile, Pat was over working on his newest tiki:


Close up carving action:


Yesterday's tutorial included a talk about how at times the ancients are looking over the shoulders of today's tiki carvers(in select cases), making sure the carver is showing proper respect and diligence in his tributes. To help him understand this concept fully, I had the big guy looking over his shoulder to catch anything I missed:




Here is where Pat finished his day of work:




After the chair back was drawn, Pat looked at it a didn't think I could get it done by the end of the day. I set out to prove him wrong. I channeled the Stakanovist work ethic and carved on for the pride of my country! Follow me now comrades as I work with speed and pride!


To optimize my carving, I had to have the most functional and efficient workspace possible. Let's tour the work environment now

I leaned the chair against the low deck I have adjacent to my workspace. It's too big to carve comfortably on the table or sawhors, so on the ground it stays:






I have the rough sketch and my most used tools in close reach:





The rest of my tools are within arms length away at all times:

When I carve the face, I sit on the log horsey riding style, and when I carve the body, I sit on the milkcrate pictued





Close to my other hand are other often used items. Here we see my sander, sandpaper, and stencils all close by





Last, I have my straight edges, rulers, and sharpening stuff:



The key is to have everything you need right there. Helps to keep up the momentum and stay in the "carving zone" mentally.

Here's the tiki pretty much roughed out with about an hour or so left in the day:

I was confident I could get it done by my goal at this point.

A little more work and it was pretty close to being finished. Sun was down, but there was still light...






A final surge and it was done! In time!




I like how the band of the drum merges with the tiki arm:







Here's the first chair next to the table, with a couple mugs for scale

I'm liking the way they look together!

From a different view:


One more chair to go! Starting it today, in fact.

Quote:

On 2009-03-13 22:51, RevBambooBen wrote:
see you weekend after next...



Yep...


Buzzy Out!



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RevBambooBen
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Joined: Nov 12, 2002
Posts: 7911
From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2009-03-16 06:38 am   Permalink

AWESOME!

 
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little lost tiki
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Joined: Jun 12, 2006
Posts: 7749
From: Orange,CA-right near the Circle!
Posted: 2009-03-16 08:05 am   Permalink

MOST EXCELLENT on the chair table set BUZZBOY!



 
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Bay Park Buzzy
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Joined: Apr 07, 2006
Posts: 3028
From: West Bay Park, San Diego, CA
Posted: 2009-03-16 10:46 pm   Permalink

Today's sunset:


Chair #2 day:

It started with this big, fat, ugly, heavy, and dirty log I picked up yesterday:

First step was taking the fronds off with the draw knife and squaring the ends, leaving just a couple extra inches of wiggle room

After that, I cut out the seat and back part

Before I drug it back into my work area, I took the rest of the stringy bark off of it

Here it is, back in the work area and totally cleaned and ready to go, next to the other one


Next, I sized it down, shaped the back rest part,and rough cut out the legs



Last thing i did before the day quit on me was to start on the seat/drum part



It's not as exciting as the other one yet, but it will get there



Quote:

On 2009-03-16 06:38, RevBambooBen wrote:
AWESOME!



And it's all only going to get better!

Quote:

On 2009-03-16 08:05, little lost tiki wrote:
MOST EXCELLENT on the chair table set BUZZBOY!



Thanks LLT! More to come...

Something different: I'm going to work on a chair tomorrow.
Buzzy Out!

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Cammo
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Joined: May 18, 2006
Posts: 1974
From: San Diego
Posted: 2009-03-17 5:22 pm   Permalink

Why does Kiva always look so unimpressed?!

She always has an "I've seen it all, I'm Dame Kiva, Matron of the Arts" smirk on her little doggie face!





 
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Tahitiki
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Joined: Jun 11, 2004
Posts: 324
From: San Jose
Posted: 2009-03-17 6:47 pm   Permalink

Awesome chairs, I can't get over how fast you are.

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Cammo
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Posts: 1974
From: San Diego
Posted: 2009-03-17 10:12 pm   Permalink

"Awesome chairs, I can get over how fast you are."

He means he CAN'T get over how fast you are.

I think...


 
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