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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: 2006-07-26 11:10 pm   Permalink

Zaya: It's your fault!!!
I'm sorry to let all my loyal followers down the last couple of days. The computer hasn't been working too well and I keep losing my signal. To top that off, it has been way too hot to do anything outside the last few days. I've been purposely avoiding my next carving project. Somehow, I got subcontracted to carve a tiki without my approval. Paid in advance too, so I couldn't really refuse it. My objection: I have to carve an exact copy of the worst tiki I ever made. Grumble...Drew it out today-will carve it tomorrow, but no pictures because it was bad enough the first time....
I'm also resting up. I have 11 tikis on order and I need to start busting them out real soon. It's been too hot to really make it enjoyable to prep the logs right now, so I've been waiting until it cools a bit...
And I have 4 tikis to sand and finish...
Stickers too? Don't get me started...
I did set up a couple of parties, so for you guys to not think I have been slacking the last couple days, I'll show you some pictures of just another day at the office...
At the Playboy Golf tournament....

We set up 5, 10' by 10' tiki bars and huts around the course. Benzart said that my job rethatching the Luau hut was a job "Everybody" would want. I agreed until this job...Everybody REALLY does want THIS job. It's been a good month for THOSE type of jobs...

This is hole #1. They get you all liquored up before you start and then tempt and distract you with scantly clad models

They parked a couple of mid life crises mobiles next to the huts. I do not know what kind of car that fancy import job is. I would have been stoked to see a 1968 Dodge Hemi Dart though

Another car...

I don't have pictures of the other holes, but one of them was from a high end tequila company, and the other was Steinlager...Here is the free swag I walked away with from those two holes. The tequila retails for over 100 a bottle...

I also got a stupid looking playboy golf hat that I already lost and an autographed copy of this month's playboy.

In between setting up and tearing down the golf course, I made enough money setting up a sports bar themed back yard party to buy my girlfriend a fancy pants woodburner...

We threw all this together from scratch the night before the party. I spent the evening searching the rafters of my garage for all my old beer signs and lights, sports banners, and designing a custom bar logo sticker for the windows of two structures we built for the party.
Here is one of the two structures

The walls are plywood with a false brick pattern, set 12 feet high. The baseballs on top are actually foam cooler lids with hand painted stitching on them. We also had soccer, basketball, and tennis balls like this. The 21 and over sign used to be on my bedroom door when I lived in a "party house" by the beach. The banners were from the first few Holiday Bowls that my Grandparents took me to when I was little. Right now Grandma is rolling over in her grave...The beer signs came from when I was in high school and worked at a liquor store. The sign in the window was my first custom sticker logo and is back lit.
There was another bar we set up, but one of the guys I worked with got sick and I had to drive him around in my air conditioned truck until he felt better,so I didn't get a picture of it...
the family that threw this party was way happy with the end result.That's how you throw together a theme party in 10 hours...
It was super hot this day and I sweat out 8 pounds in about 5 hours...All I did was surf today and sleep. You guys are all caught up now and I hope I didn't cause you any worry.
At His Busiest to Buy His Babe a Wood Burner Buzzy Out!



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rodeotiki
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From: calgary
Posted: 2006-07-26 11:24 pm   Permalink

Great pics Buzzy


And the big shiny yellow mid life crisis car is the new lamborghini gallardo spyder.
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Benzart
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2006-07-27 05:30 am   Permalink

Hey, Hey, Hey,, anOther one of those jobs that most of us can only Wish for. Very well done. Don't drink that tequila, it's poison and must be disposed of properly. I can do that for you, so just send it on over, but pack it well so it doesn't break and leak poison all ofer the place.
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tikimecula
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Joined: Apr 27, 2004
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From: BFE, KS
Posted: 2006-07-27 7:22 pm   Permalink

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I would have been stoked to see a 1968 Dodge Hemi Dart though



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Bay Park Buzzy
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From: West Bay Park, San Diego, CA
Posted: 2006-07-27 7:33 pm   Permalink

I changed my mind about posting this project because I found out why another copy of one of my tikis was required. At first, I just thought someone wanted a crappy, cheap tiki. The design of the original was largely defined by a large scar that the tree service did prior to my receiving the log. The design was not tiki at all, more like a messed up face on a log piece. I guess that someone saw it as something different. He looked at it and saw half of a bench. All that was needed was another side of the bench, hence the need for an exact copy of my worst tiki ever...
This is kind of the idea. I put bamboo in front to cover the white boards that I placed there for illustrative purposes

I started by making a log the exact same size as the original. My Ryobi planer had the speed and precision to form this log in moments. The next step was to redraw the original design in exact scale. I used a combo of rulers and stencils for this. It was harder the second time, because the first time I just free handed it. I rough cut it with the chainsaw and then cleaned it up with a gouge

It's close

Sanded it down to match

It's like an attractive woman in the early spring. Looks great, all she needs is a little tan to be perfect...


Oh no! I just realized that I'm one of those assembly line, same design, chainsaw carvers. I suck! I hope I fail...

This is the final idea (I do not have to do the bench top. Cheapskates!)

Looks like crap with that white wood. Pretend it's the coolest color ever

I'm going to make another one, but make it good this time. It's a good idea; too bad it isn't my best work. I guess the important thing is that the person who spent his money on this liked it. What do I know anyway? I'm just a backyard carver...
Bench Maker Buzzy Out!




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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: 2006-07-27 7:55 pm   Permalink

Tikimecula: I'm a Barrett-Jackson junkie. I've recorded the last few years worth of auctions commercial free and I watch them all of the time. There was this one time i was so happy for this guy who bought a car, I started to tear up and almost cry because I was so happy for him fullfilling his dream. Personally, I like 68-72 Dodge Darts, and especially the Dodge dart Swingers with the white vinyl roof. My grandma had one for me and was waiting for me to turn 16 and it was to be my first car. I looked forward to that car for years. A year or two before I was 16, California passed some dumb assed new smog law, and it couldn't be transfered to another owner. She sold it to a family in Mexico so it could blow the somg it makes back up here anyway. I love Mexico; It's like the wild, lawless old west of California, but my first car turned out to be a station wagon. It was formerly owned by a gardener who spilled concentrated bug poison in the back seat. He had to drill a hole in the floor to drain it out. If you rolled up the windows, you got a headache from the poison fumes. At least I had a car to fit my surfboards in and be able to lock them up. My next car was the next model year of the same Dodge Colt station wagon. This one was the deluxe model, in that it had a luggage rack...
If I win the lottery, this is what I will buy:

I'll actually buy a few, ship them out to my tiki island compound, and let my VIP guests and residents drag race them on my own quarter mile track...

The back of that car looks great: guess that makes me an ass man. Or more likely, just an ass...
Big Plans Buzzy Out!



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tikimecula
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From: BFE, KS
Posted: 2006-07-27 8:10 pm   Permalink

My first car was a 67 Dart, I Loved that car! About 3 weeks ago I bought this.




It is actually my second 69 Road Runner! I sold my last one about 5 years ago, (Been kicking myself ever since)

(It's Soon to be a HEMI car)


 
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Posted: 2006-07-27 8:22 pm   Permalink

Cool bar work man! And good on ya for buyin the girl a burner
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Bay Park Buzzy
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From: West Bay Park, San Diego, CA
Posted: 2006-07-27 9:03 pm   Permalink

Tikimecula: One word-SWEET!
Hewey: Next project is a sticker pack meant to go your way...Mug kit, window stickers, ...the works.
Buzzy
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From: Reseda, calif.
Posted: 2006-07-27 9:08 pm   Permalink

Buzzy the tiki that you call your worst ever is actually quiet attractive, it has personality and a different look to it.

 
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Bay Park Buzzy
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From: West Bay Park, San Diego, CA
Posted: 2006-07-27 9:33 pm   Permalink

Hiltiki: Funny you should say that. I am always amazed that when people see my stuff, everyone has a different favorite one. Especially awhile back when I had close to 30 tikis around my place. People would come over, and each person would pick a different favorite one. Rarely would two people have the same favorite. I keep waiting for more than two people to like any single piece of my work. I'm trying to design that one slam dunk piece that everyone will love, and I'll keep making that one over and over again for my career. If I could just find that one design...
The original piece that I carved was made with two others that were similar shaped. The other two were higher priced and sold early on on saturday at Tiki Oasis. this one was super cheap and sat there for the whole weekend. It was also the last of the quick tikis that I made that did not sell. There was one person out there who liked this design, and somehow, he found it, and wanted another. The cool thing is that it gave me an idea for a bench...
Buzzy
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congatiki
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Joined: Jun 01, 2004
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From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2006-07-28 04:41 am   Permalink

Hey Buzzy...another cool thing is that you are carving tikis and people are giving you cash to
own them....and you are going to Playboy golf outings...you are a prolific carver and it's
always fun to look at your chizzlin'....now let's see another six or seven more by the end of
the weekend!


 
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Bay Park Buzzy
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From: West Bay Park, San Diego, CA
Posted: 2006-07-31 3:08 pm   Permalink

Conga's right. It could be worse...None of my stuff could sell. I just wish people would ask me for my best effort, not my cheapest. Some day i'll have the skills to match my ambitions. So I'd better quit complaining about the heat and get to work.
Last week it was in the 90's all week, and the week before that, and the week before that. I've lived in this house for 12 years and it's never got above 100 once. It got to the ninties about 4-5 times in all that time(spent most summers out though)
My high low for the last week was 56-94

It's finally cool enough to work for extended periods. right now=

Ah! Perfect. It's cloudy, so I cannot work on evening out my emerging farmer tan, so I guess I'll finally finish this one...

I just took a break from carving out the neck and the back. There was something I just didn't like about those two areas. I usually just move on after I "finish" carving a piece, but I went back and fixed this one before sanding. I was going to sand it right now, but looking at that picture, I think I need to deepen the eyes. See, that's why I don't make it a habit of going back and working on "finished" pieces...Oh well, the only other thing on my plate today was getting rid of my farmer tan. No sun-so I got some time to spare to work on los ojos...
Still Working On This Piece I Finished In May Buzzy

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Posted: 2006-07-31 6:45 pm   Permalink

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On 2006-07-27 21:03, Bay Park Buzzy wrote:

Hewey: Next project is a sticker pack meant to go your way...Mug kit, window stickers, ...the works.
Buzzy





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Bay Park Buzzy
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From: West Bay Park, San Diego, CA
Posted: 2006-07-31 7:21 pm   Permalink

Hewey:
Still learning the delicate art of sticker peeling...

That other one must have been beginners luck or something!
I'm practicing on some letters and stuff...
Soon, soon. The night is young...
Buzzy
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