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Buzzy's work: Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'intrate
Benzart
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2009-08-02 06:13 am   Permalink

Buzzy, you are a Wild man with these drums, it's obvious you carve to a different beat, but wuah ever it is, just keep on doing it.
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Bay Park Buzzy
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Joined: Apr 07, 2006
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From: West Bay Park, San Diego, CA
Posted: 2009-08-02 12:35 pm   Permalink

I came indoors a couple days ago to do most of the work on the little pahu


After I did all 32 cut outs, i started to hollow it out. I started on the top:


Then after I get to a depth of at least half way in the log, I turn it over and make another hole to try and meet it. For this I use the 1" 90 degree parting tool.

It gets softer the closer to the center and the deeper you go. (That's what she said!) Now I'm a little more than 1" deep with only 4 small cuts.

A second pass bisecting the first cuts I made and I'm 2.5 -3" in already in just a couple minutes.
A few more cuts like that with the same tool and I'm in 4-5" wiith just a couple more to go

Then I smooth out the sides and try to make room for another star pattern cut in the deepest center


About two inches more and I break through to the other hole.

Now it gets real easy to finish the hollowing

I made the cut outs deeper than needed so when I hollowed it they would open up

The source I used for this one left the bottom portion like this, but I'm going to fancy it up a bit like the bigger one

I did the rim next:


And here it is next to the bigger one

I was looking at some of these for sale lately on line and holy s#!^ they're a lot of money!

Some more in process pictures for Tony:
We're in the very critical drying and curing stage now. It has to be constantly monitored and checked to ensure that it dries evenly. To do this, I set up a shade to keep the sun off the outside of it so it doesn't dry too quickly and split

I lean it so that the sun shines on the whole of the inside:

About every half hour I rotate it 90-180 degrees. Should only be about 4-5 more days of this. Meanwhile, I'll start sanding it and adding the last few details to it.

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On 2009-08-02 06:13, Benzart wrote:
Buzzy, you are a Wild man with these drums, it's obvious you carve to a different beat, but wuah ever it is, just keep on doing it.



Yo Bennie! thanks for stopping by. I'm going to head out in a little bit and see if I can't track down the new issue of Tiki mag. I can't wait to check your Featured Carver section. I'm glad you made it based upon your impressive carving skills and long time contributions to this tiki scene. I hear the guy in the next issue only made it because he's so handsome and good looking. At least you will maintain the mags credibility until the next issue comes out, this winter.
About the drums: the different beat I'm carving to is all the questions I have in my head about what would happen if I did this or that to it. How is it going to sound, feel, play, and last? As long as I don't know the answer, I need to find it out. That's what drives me: Having questions and finding their answers.

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On 2009-08-01 16:33, tikithomas08 wrote:
awesome stuff as usual buzzy! you should try carving some bongos next



There have been some discussions in the past about bongos...I kind of have an idea I might want to try. Right now I'm doing a couple smaller test drums to see how thet sound. If I can get a good sound out of a small drum, then the next step is bongos.

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On 2009-07-31 12:39, TheBigT wrote:
Man Buzzy, this one came out really awesome. Look at that. NICE!




Thanks BT! I'll probably have the head on it by Wednesday. I hope it sounds as good as it looks.

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On 2009-07-31 11:31, 4WDtiki wrote:
Maybe we need a thread for haikus about Buzzy!



If I wasn't still behind on delivering the prize from last year's sunset contest, I'd turn it into a contest. I'll keep that in mind, however...


Buzzy Out!




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martini kings
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From: anthony marsico
Posted: 2009-08-02 1:41 pm   Permalink

cool buzzy. thanks 4 the update.
lots o fun!
tony


 
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Cammo
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Joined: May 18, 2006
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From: San Diego
Posted: 2009-08-02 2:58 pm   Permalink

you should try carving some bongos next...

Aren't bongos basically two pahus connected with a 2x4 nailed between 'em?


 
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hiltiki
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Joined: Jun 10, 2004
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From: Reseda, calif.
Posted: 2009-08-03 07:46 am   Permalink

Buzzy your work is looking great as usual, hopefully I can see it in person at the Oasis if I can make it there on Sunday.

 
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little lost tiki
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Joined: Jun 12, 2006
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From: Orange,CA-right near the Circle!
Posted: 2009-08-03 4:03 pm   Permalink

Cool!
Hey kids!
Free Tiki
for whoever wants to row out there at midnight!


 
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Cammo
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Joined: May 18, 2006
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From: San Diego
Posted: 2009-08-06 07:08 am   Permalink

I don't think Buzzy will be posting for a while. He told me he's going into "Tasmanian Devil" mode until Oasis, meaning if you actually see him most of his arms and legs will be blurred swishes that little scaps of paper and dust form a swirling vortex around, with chisels sticking out once in a while, and wood chips exploding out from the center.

He's now like a 24-hour human wood chipper set on "High", no pun intended.


 
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Bay Park Buzzy
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From: West Bay Park, San Diego, CA
Posted: 2009-08-06 11:26 am   Permalink

Yesterday's Sunset:


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On 2009-08-06 07:08, Cammo wrote:
I don't think Buzzy will be posting for a while. He told me he's going into "Tasmanian Devil" mode until Oasis...



I've been in Tasmanian Devil mode working on these damn Scrubs and Brady Idols. This weeks production run:

This has turned into a whole new business for me this summer. I've found that when you offer a quality product at a reasonable price and provide wonderful customer service, you tend to move a lot of units.
Tasmanian devil mode looks like me sitting at my computer writing the the following lines: "Yes I still have them available. They are $ each. My paypal is..." Then I Tas Devil into my truck and try not to go postal while waiting in the post office line a few days a week.

Between the Scrubs and Brady production runs, I did some some finishing detail work on the little Pahu:



I've been staring at the Martini kings drum for a few weeks now and yesterday I decided that the lettering needed to "pop" more. I went about deepening the background. It definitely gave it the pop it needed. It creates better shadows now
One side of the drum:


The other side:


I have two letters to do today that I ran out of daylight on yesterday. After that, two rings of details to carve on the top and and bottom of the bell and I'm done.( That tiki in the background is Pat's, and it's his first commission. He had a little run in with the draw knife last week but got back up on the horse after he fell and is right back at it. Someday Pat will make a carving thread and show all the work he's done this summer.)

I also did the initial work on the rim:

from here I'll finish it by hand so it's done right. If the Martini Kings don't want this drum, I think I can still change the letters to say "Martin L. King", and try to sell it to an public school in the disadvantaged part of town. They're flush with federal funds, these days.

In very special other news:

It's Kiva's Birthday today! 15 years old, full of tumors and cancer, but she's still rolling on!
We will celebrate by going to the Weinerschnitzel drive thru where I will order her her own $3- 2 chili dog/chili fries meal.
Long live Kiva!

Buzzy Out!



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TheBigT
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From: Fabulous Houston
Posted: 2009-08-06 11:41 am   Permalink

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On 2009-08-06 11:26, Bay Park Buzzy wrote:
This has turned into a whole new business for me this summer. I've found that when you offer a quality product at a reasonable price and provide wonderful customer service, you tend to move a lot of units.



For some reason I thought this would end with something like, "..people still don't buy." Glad it's working out for ya.

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If the Martini Kings don't want this drum, I think I can still change the letters to say "Martin L. King", and try to sell it to an public school in the disadvantaged part of town. They're flush with federal funds, these days.



Uh, I think they're gonna like the drum.

HB, Kiva! 15?! Woosh!


 
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GROG
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Joined: Jun 21, 2006
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From: Tujunga
Posted: 2009-08-06 11:41 am   Permalink

Happy Birthday Kiva!!!!

Drums are looking sharp, Buzzmeister.

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kustomtiki
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Joined: Oct 28, 2003
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From: La Mesa
Posted: 2009-08-06 2:58 pm   Permalink

Cool drum Buzz,see you at Oasis!

 
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jab tiki
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Joined: Jun 23, 2008
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From: San Diego, CA
Posted: 2009-08-06 3:52 pm   Permalink

Happy Birthday K!!!!!
Kick Ass work Buzzz.
Hope to see you guys soon.
-johnny b

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Tiki Diablo
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Joined: Jun 24, 2002
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From: socal
Posted: 2009-08-07 10:00 am   Permalink

Drums are lookin' sweet Buzz.

 
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martini kings
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From: anthony marsico
Posted: 2009-08-07 10:25 pm   Permalink

hey buzzy,
yea ! the lettering is really poppin now. good call. luv it!
tony


 
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Bay Park Buzzy
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From: West Bay Park, San Diego, CA
Posted: 2009-08-10 7:47 pm   Permalink

A couple sunsets:



I spent the last few days working on the Martini King's drum. Here it is right after I carved in the last of the details:






Then I spent two straight days just sanding it. Here it is right before sunset yesterday. I still had about two more hours of last minute sanding to do at this point

It's hard to tell from the photos, but I made the sides square. the arms and ears break out of the flat plane and keep the original arc of the log. It makes for a real neat corner/edge detail




And now, here it is stained!:



I'll oil it all up tomorrow. I'm also going to do a little hide shopping.

Here's the original sketch of the drum that I used as my working drawing:

It was designed by Squid, who provided me with that drawing. I changed the thickness of the nose because when I scaled out my working drawing, I was concerned with the width of the eye brows up where the indentation of the pedastal/bell is. With the way the grain changes, it would have made it a little weak. That's a part where the drum will be lifted and handled, so I had break off concerns there as well. To solve this problem, I made thelargest circles around the eyes and the eyebrows a little thicker. To balance it out, i also made the nose twice the width of the eyebrows. The lips and letters were also thickened a bit from the original drawing. They too were a little bit thinner than I was comfortable with. If it was a tiki I was making, I would have kept everything as close to the original as possible. Since the drum will be lifted, carried, moved, and played....many, many times, I made those changes for the durability factor.

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On 2009-08-06 11:41, TheBigT wrote:
HB, Kiva! 15?! Woosh!



Oops! I checked her vet records. Kiva's now 14. Almost 100 in dog years...

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On 2009-08-06 11:41, GROG wrote:

Drums are looking sharp, Buzzmeister.


Colorado says his drum is the favorite thing he now owns. I told him you liked it too, when it was yours...

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On 2009-08-07 10:00, Tiki Diablo wrote:
Drums are lookin' sweet Buzz.



thanks TD! Half the battle is won. Now to get them sound good as well...

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On 2009-08-06 15:52, jab tiki wrote:
Hope to see you guys soon.
-johnny b


you'll have to call in sick one of these days. zaya just cleaned the whole house. I can actually have people over without worrying they'll call social services or the health department on me.

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On 2009-08-06 14:58, kustomtiki wrote:
Cool drum Buzz,see you at Oasis!



Make sure you introduce yourself to me...
Just follow the sound of drums until you find me. this is what I look like, just in case you forgot how handsome I am:



See you all there! I'll be packing up and leaving on saturday morning at 8:40. Not much time left...

Buzzy Out!




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