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Buzzy's work: Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'intrate
Tahitiki
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Joined: Jun 11, 2004
Posts: 324
From: San Jose
Posted: 2010-05-21 08:25 am   Permalink

The new drum is way cool buz.


 
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TravelingJones
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Joined: Mar 11, 2006
Posts: 916
From: Eastern Shores of Western Civilization
Posted: 2010-05-23 06:50 am   Permalink

Braddah Buzz... YOU are Champion of the Chisles, Lord of the Logs and the Barney of the West!!! San Diego Tiki Factory is in FULL PRODUCTION this year... choppin' out all da excessive wood and creating a stronger, lean and efficient tiki for our planet! YOU sir, are a PATRIOT!

VOTE for BUZZY 2012!
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Naneki
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Joined: Dec 06, 2006
Posts: 125
From: Behind the 8 Ball in Ventikitura County
Posted: 2010-05-25 12:36 pm   Permalink

Hey Buzzy

Tiki Log Bob arrived safely. He's happy in his new home. Here's a picture with his big brother Te. (Don't worry Log Bob lives inside.)




Thanks.

Nancy


 
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TikiG
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Joined: Jun 17, 2008
Posts: 1560
From: Riverside, California
Posted: 2010-05-25 1:29 pm   Permalink

Buzzy: The demigod of tiki drums!

Thanks for posting the drum-in-progress pics. Man, someday I'm gonna get off my ass and attempt to carve one of those myself (better yet, I'll just buy a Buzzy drum and leave it at that.)

Talk to you around town sometime soon. G
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Bay Park Buzzy
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Joined: Apr 07, 2006
Posts: 3032
From: West Bay Park, San Diego, CA
Posted: 2010-05-26 02:39 am   Permalink

Sunsets to warm things up;



I've been away from this thread for a few days while I was adding new stuff to this gallery thread:
All kinds of new pictures of just finished pieces

I'll repost them all here when i have time.

I finished carving, sanding, and burning the new big drum. Tomorrow morning I'll do the rim and then it's stain time.

Introducing, for the first time in public, the official Tiki Caliente Drum:


I incorporated several different relevant sources into the final piece

For instance, the three tikis I carved on the legs are my "tribute" versions to this one by the Tropics pool:


The original tapered too much at the chin, so I had to put the foot under the tongues for stability.


The logo was a carved rendition of Doug Horne's event logo.

Carving this rated high up there in the stuff I've done difficulty scale

His original used the black lines on the letters as shadows to give the illusion of depth. I didn't need fake shadows on my letters because I was planning on carving them raised from the background, but I wanted the logo to look as exact as possible. So, I carved them out with the outline of the letter and shadow, and then went back and added the shadows with the trusty Optima 1 Dual woodburner. The tapa patterns on the frame were carved out first, then I went back and burned in the recesses with the woodburner. They should all be seen under the stain.
When I stain it, I'll do the background in a red stain, and do the outer images in a darker wood than the bell of the drum. Basically, I'm trying to get it like the original.

For the back of the drum, I used some elements from the Tiki Caliente 1 mug that I borrowed from Tiki-Kate

Thanks Kate! You'll have your mug back safe and sound real soon...

and because...

I didn't have enough room to really fit the A-frame the same way it was on the mug, I used this post card as a source for the carving:


The end result: palm trees, flaming tiki torches, and the A-frame

I couldn't do the usual finer details in th ecarving on this part because it's where you handle the drum the most. Smaller details would work, and i would have done them, if it was only going to be looked at.This piece is going to be functional: played and moved and handled, so I had to take that into consideration and carve and sand it with soft edges and duller details.

Now let's turn our attention to the inside of the drum:

Because of the way everything was configured on it, I was able to make the bell part a little larger than it appears from the outside view.
These lines show how it was hollowed out to make a bigger sound chamber:



After putting the head on, when I was testing this drum a few days back...(Here's a video of that and another one of my drums being played)


...I noticed the air/sound wave blowing out the hole in the bottom of the bell when I hit it. Kind of like a blast of air



that got me thinking...

What if I carved the mouths all the way to the hole that runs through the center of the drum?
The two red zones are where I then carved the mouths back through to the hollowed out center chamber

It was only about an inch away so it was really nothing hard to do

I shined a light through the center and snapped this picture to show the new air hole

I made one in each mouth.

Why?

#1 It might help the sound

but more importantly

If you take a burning incense cone and place it inside the drum at the bottom of the hollowed part on a fire resistant surface, then the whole drum chamber will fill up with smoke as it burns away. Then when you play it, the air forced out by the sound wave will blow the smoke out the holes in the mouths that connect to the center of the drum's hollowed part
Like this(in theory):

So while you're playing the drum, the tikis will be breathing out puffs of smoke in time with your playing

That would be even cooler if they could blow smoke rings!

I'll be back to answer old posts soon.
I need to rest now.
Buzzy Out!















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BigAndyB
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Joined: May 10, 2010
Posts: 54
From: Liverpool, UK
Posted: 2010-05-26 04:57 am   Permalink

hey Buzzy thats one insane drum!! amazing work, look forward to seeing it all stained up and with skin, you should definately post a vid of him being played with some incense burning inside how did you hollow out the inside of the drum so accurately keeping a 1 inch thickness? i've just carved out a short tiki head lantern, but being straight-sided, it was fairly easy with the chainsaw, although terrifying as i came closer to the edge..

 
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4WDtiki
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Joined: Aug 03, 2004
Posts: 1968
From: Omao, Kauai
Posted: 2010-05-26 05:23 am   Permalink

I'm pretty much speechless on this drum, Buzz. Somehow you do things with palm that shouldn't be possible, yet there's the photographic proof!

 
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AlohaStation
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Joined: Sep 27, 2004
Posts: 2382
From: So FL
Posted: 2010-05-26 06:14 am   Permalink

Spectacular! Can't wait to see it finished.

 
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MadDogMike
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Joined: Mar 30, 2008
Posts: 8801
From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2010-05-26 06:21 am   Permalink

SWEET!!! Amazing carving job. Smoke rings, hmmm? Check out "vortex generator" or "smoke ring generator". Involves a chamber and a membrane like a drum head. I once made a smoke ring generator 4x4 feet that was part of a stage volcaco, blew giant smoke rings.

 
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Tahitiki
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Joined: Jun 11, 2004
Posts: 324
From: San Jose
Posted: 2010-05-26 06:59 am   Permalink

Smoke??? how cool is that.
This drum is the coolest!!!


 
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TikiG
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Joined: Jun 17, 2008
Posts: 1560
From: Riverside, California
Posted: 2010-05-26 07:22 am   Permalink

Smoke rings? Awesome Buzzy.

I used to have a smoke ring generator years ago. It had a donut shaped exhaust valve, kinda like a miniature extrusion die. I think you would require a better source of smoke than an incense cone - like a small Halloween smoke machine hidden inside (but then you would have an electrical cord to deal with not to mention having to pour smoke generating liquid into a reservoir and such...bad idea?)

It can't be too far off into the future when you come up with a way to tune (tighten) the drum head material uniformly around the perimeter.

Anyway Buzzy I tell you man, I'm awestruck one day with your skills and then come back a day later and you up the ante on me!! AWESOME DUDE!

The Buzzy tiki-drums get better with every new attempt

Take Care, G
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GROG
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Joined: Jun 21, 2006
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From: Tujunga
Posted: 2010-05-26 10:16 am   Permalink

You da MAN!!!!

 
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hodadhank
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Joined: Dec 28, 2005
Posts: 1689
From: Mission Beach, CA
Posted: 2010-05-26 11:25 am   Permalink

Really great work Buzzy!

 
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Babalu
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Joined: Nov 19, 2006
Posts: 2511
From: Lemon Grove
Posted: 2010-05-26 11:36 am   Permalink

SMOKIN' HOT Master Buzz!!




 
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tikigodz
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Joined: Oct 12, 2009
Posts: 439
Posted: 2010-05-26 6:32 pm   Permalink

That Is truly GENIOUS Buzzy!!!

 
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