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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: 2010-04-01 9:37 pm   Permalink

A couple sunsets





Tiki season kicked off last weekend at the Tonga Hut Parking Lot sale featuring Kingstiedye's mugs and the Hula Girls with Hiphiphula at the bar. Here's my vending spot:


Kingstyedie sets up his Sloppy Seconds Booth:


Next door neighbor, the esteemed sculptor Bowana:


The Tiki Magazine signing and Buzzy Month Meet and Greet part of the event:



For more pictures of the event
click here.

After the sale, Bullet came down and stayed a few days. He got the standard three day House of Buzz visitor's package. Highlights of his stay included: a trip to a closed store in OB to buy some hide for some finished drums I have; a visit to the Freaky Boutiki Gallery at the Freak Factory in Mission Beach; a visit to the Center of the Universe, Babalu's Clay jams studio, featuring a guest apearance by local home tiki bar builder Matt Reese; a little decor shopping for the new tiki room; a survey of quality local eating establishments; evening Seaworld fireworks shows; and of course, lots of quality time playing with Poki:

I told Poki to be on her best behavior while he was here. However, she stole his slipper and hid it under the couch, and she stole a cigarette from behind his ear and chewed that up too. Despite those small incidents of petty theft and destruction of property, they remain good friends:

Bullet brought down a bunch of his books so I got out my camera and got a poor man's version of his Maori library. I got a bunch of pictures like these:




Thanks Bullet, and if that wasn't enough...

Bullet gave me a couple mugs as gifts. He didn't think I had enough in my collection.
I got the Elvis and TikiG mugs now!:

thanks Bullet! We all had fun while you were here. Come back anytime!

Now for the small
Tiki update:

Finished shot of this Moai:


I started the next big conga sized drum. I got the initial hole all the way through while Bullet was here:

It needs to dry a little and I need to get a mug for reference for it before I do any more. most of the crappy part of it is done now.

I used the "gopher log" for this one. Now the finished piece will have a cool back story too. After I squared the end of the log, there was a little left of it that the gopher hollowed out left at the end of the log. I just extended his hole all the way through. So legally, the gopher gets credit for helping with this piece.

Wildlife Rescue Update

Today, Poki and I were on a walk, and we found a new friend sitting in the gutter. At first, I thought it was a toy. Then it moved...It's not like Florida here, where these things are all over and you just run them over with your car when they're on the road. This guy was someone's pet, and obviously lost, so me and Poki cut our walk short and brought our new friend "Boxsi" home:


Found: One Box turtle. Corner S. Morena Blvd and Baker St. Please contact Buzzy if you lost this turtle:



Quote:

On 2010-03-29 21:17, RevBambooBen wrote:

missed you last week...

Sorry.



You guys almost lost me forever. this bear was tracking me the whole time I was there:

I was afraid to get out of the car. Now he knows my scent and I'm afraid to go back! There's like hundreds of bears out there...

Quote:

On 2010-03-26 22:21, big daddy wrote:
are you sure poki is tired? it looks more like poki is auditioning for a calender spread.



Outtake?:


Quote:

On 2010-03-26 21:55, Cammo wrote:
Buzzy really should do a post on these matches.



Poki will eventually eat all the matchbooks as she finds them lying around. Here she is about to take out my Disneyland collection:



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On 2010-03-26 20:19, tikigodz wrote:
By the way I need some tutorials on some chiars? Any links?


Let me check on that. It's been hectic here since before the sale. I have one roughed out in the yard I'll take a couple shots of tomorrow or so...


I'll try to have some tiki stuff to post next time.
Buzzy Out!




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TheBigT
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From: Fabulous Houston
Posted: 2010-04-02 09:42 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2010-03-26 20:05, Bay Park Buzzy wrote:




SUPER cool. Also, cool how you discovered the hidden face in there along the way.

Quote:

It took me many drafts, many revisions, amd a lot of time, but I finally got the faces drawn out



That's exactly what happened to me last weekend. Spent Sat and Sun afternoon drawing the face on a new tiki. This even after planning it out on graph paper first. Sheesh...


 
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amate
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Posted: 2010-04-05 10:50 am   Permalink

That last image is brilliantly designed and well executed. OUTSTANDING!

 
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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: 2010-04-06 11:50 am   Permalink

Recent Sunsets:




When I carved the last drum, I had a bunch of waste pieces that I took out from between the legs. It was nice wood, but in real small strips. I milled them to usable shapes and have started carving some little pieces out of them.
Here's the pile of stock

And here's what I get them to before I start to carve

I clean them up on a table mounted belt sander

I got my job carving at the hotel again this summer, so this year I think I'll actually make some stuff so that I'll have something to sell when I'm down there. Last year, I was so busy with commissions that I really had no time to make anything to sell there. So this year, I'm going to try and have some stock.

I've been carving these quick little guys from the palm scraps This is some damn hard carving! Definitaly not the basswood experience. It is kind of fun becuse of the challenges of these small pieces, but it kind of sucks because there is only so much that you can do detail wise before the wood crumbles away

These guys are about 6" tall and barely sanded




These guys are about 4" tall


I haven't decided whether they are pendants, staues, or a combo of the two yet...
They each take about 35 minutes to an hour to carve.

Quote:

On 2010-04-02 09:42, TheBigT wrote:
That's exactly what happened to me last weekend. Spent Sat and Sun afternoon drawing the face on a new tiki. This even after planning it out on graph paper first. Sheesh...



Measure twice, cut once... OR is it draw it out twenty times, and then cut once.... I'm sure there's a a good ol' days saying that's appropriate for this part of the tiki making process.
I guess your tiki will only be as good as you draw it up, so that's probably important to spend a lot of time on it. It's easier to fix a pecil line than a 2" deep gash!

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On 2010-04-05 10:50, amate wrote:
That last image is brilliantly designed and well executed. OUTSTANDING!



Thanks Amate! It was all luck on this one!

I'm also still doing the crappy part of a new drum today. Just squaring the ends and gridding it out for now. No pictures because it justb looks like a log with pencil marks on it.

Buzzy Out!



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tikigodz
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Joined: Oct 12, 2009
Posts: 439
Posted: 2010-04-06 4:21 pm   Permalink

WOW BUZZ Great idea for scrap pieces!

Looking Great!!


 
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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: 2010-04-06 9:43 pm   Permalink

Today's sunset:



Since winter's officially over, I got the factory carving area set up for a summer of use today:


Quote:

On 2010-03-26 20:19, tikigodz wrote:

By the way I need some tutorials on some chiars? Any links?



Here's a quick run through of the roughing out part:

Chair Tutorial #1

I take as wide and nice a log as I can find. They need to be dry too, because you dont want crappy, cracked furniture from a wet log drying too fast.
You need as much ass space as possible. I try for at least 12-13 inches. 15-16 is ideal, but that starts to be a big log. I find that I can get more ass depth by inverting the log(That's what she said!):

This also allows for the back to actually lean back, as opposed to leaning foreward. this is crucial for comfort.

I want it to be 38" tall in the end, but I also want some error room because the chainsaw isn't exactly a precise tool with the blind cuts we'll have to make later on. I leave 2" extra on it. The plan is to have one extra inch on top, and one on bottom to fix any misscuts while making the seat part.


I cut the seat level 2" above where i want it to be. This way, if i do the seat cuts perfectly the first time, all I have to do is cut two inches off the bottom of the log and all the rough cuts are correct. If the saw wanders while making the seat, I can move the seat level down a max of two inches to remove the mistake.


the first two cuts are just a right angle:

This is hard because you have to make the two cuts meet and you cant see how close you are. It's real easy to make a mistake here. That's why we leave extra material on it...

Now we'll do the back of the seat. It can be left just a right angle, but that's not comfy. Next step is to round it out


the black line is the original 90degree cut. first cut was the red one in the center. Next cuts were the two red angle cuts.

The final back rest should be an arc like the final red line in there. You do this with chainsaws, chisels, and grinders.

Then after all that, all you have left to do is the carving...

It looks easier than it is!
Buzzy Out!


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Benzart
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2010-04-07 04:48 am   Permalink

And Buzzy keeps Buzzing along, making more and More cool tiki stuff, Never ending, never quitting, Always work, work, working.
Excellent stuff Buzz!


 
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hodadhank
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Joined: Dec 28, 2005
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From: Mission Beach, CA
Posted: 2010-04-07 5:04 pm   Permalink

I LOVE POKI! Bring her to West Bay for a tummy scratch!

 
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tikigodz
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Posted: 2010-04-07 5:18 pm   Permalink

Buzz that is freakin awesome!!!!!

 
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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: 2010-04-09 10:52 am   Permalink

All these sunsets look the same to me these days:



Pretty soon the fog will come and change all this sun sameness

After cleaning my garage, I've started on my sanding pile this week. I sanded and stained this split Kanaloa guy yesterday:


Today's plan is to do the skinny arm guy with the big eyes, if I have enough time after working on the drum

I also made two more scrap wood mini tikis:


I'm not fully confident with the first log I cleaned and hollowed for the drum. It might be a little to "soft" for this style of drum. I can still use it, but not for what I had planned. So, I cleaned up a new, and hopefully better one yesterday, as well as another log for another drum idea I have in the very near future:


Other than that, I've just been hanging out with my dog. And I still have that stupid turtle, which the dog is afraid of...

Quote:

On 2010-04-07 04:48, Benzart wrote:
Never ending, never quitting, Always work, work, working.




I'm always doing something, but it's never WORK! Work is four letter word. I'm actually trying to do more carving than the rest of the TC carving thread carvers combined. At this current rate of mine, all these other guys are really going to have to step it up so I don't have it so easy.

Quote:

On 2010-04-07 17:04, hodadhank wrote:
I LOVE POKI! Bring her to West Bay for a tummy scratch!


Damn Poki runs away and hides every time she thinks we're going in the car. I'll have to start taking her to dog beach and swing by soon...

Quote:

On 2010-04-07 17:18, tikigodz wrote:
Buzz that is freakin awesome!!!!!



No problemo...


Let's see what kind of trouble I can get into today.
Buzzy Out!

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Bay Park Buzzy
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From: West Bay Park, San Diego, CA
Posted: 2010-04-12 11:36 pm   Permalink

The last few days worth of sunsets:




Tiki update

I have this guy about 90% sanded now.

I want to do the rest in sunlight, but my daylight working time has been filled with this project

A little tiki drafting to get the footprint


then I carve out the footprint outline and continue it up the log

After blocking it out with the chainsaw I used the draw knife to do this part

I get it about this close on this stage


then I work on the top of the legs where they meet the pedestal


End result:


Next step was to start the bell:

I'll probably go another inch in on the base of the bell

I do the tapering of the bell with the drawknine as well. It's hard on the arms and elbows, but its faster and cleaner than chiseling it to that point

and just for fun, and to fill some time, I'm fooling around with this slice that I took off of a log this afternoon

the planer and circular saw got it to here

I'll do the rest with the sander later on


Buzzy Out!








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Creative Chimp
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Posted: 2010-04-13 06:44 am   Permalink

damn buzzy your an f-ing machine!!!! imagine if you cloned yourself how much more product you could pump out........great work. and thank you for putting progress shots of your work on TC. helps us newbies like myself get a grasp of carving

Buzzomatic 2000 tiki machine.........everyone should have one in their tool shed.
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furball
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From: Oregon
Posted: 2010-04-13 11:52 am   Permalink

Killer work and great progress shots Buzz. I like seeing the pre-drafting you are doing. So clean and precise.

 
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TheBigT
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From: Fabulous Houston
Posted: 2010-04-14 6:49 pm   Permalink

You are the drum king, man. And the chair king too.

Oh, have u realized your turtle "boxy" appears to be a red ear? Water turtle..



 
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Beachbumz
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From: Kihei, Maui
Posted: 2010-04-14 7:00 pm   Permalink

Ya Buzzy ~ Mahalo's for all the progress shots of your work, great for us newbie carver's... I really wanna try making one of these drums, just have to wait for da log to dry.. What type of leather should I get to do the head when I do start and finish one sometime??
Aloha


 
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