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Buzzy's work: Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'intrate
Bay Park Buzzy
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From: West Bay Park, San Diego, CA
Posted: 2006-04-15 2:40 pm   Permalink

Hi Mom,
Happy holiday weekend(UFC 59: Reality Check, oh yeah, and early Happy Easter).I got your message earlier but I can't call you back right now, I'm outside carving, hoping that it will not rain again today. I brought my current work inside during yesterday's storm to work on it (I would not advise others to try to do this if your living room is nice.) The dog was mad because she was trying to sleep and my malleting kept her awake. It is her room I'm working in after all. She went back and slept in my bed though. Now I'm afraid I lost my living room and bedroom to her. Maybe at least I'll get the couch back for people to actually use. Anyway, here's some pictures of yesterday's progress and I'm glad that you and Pop enjoy reading my posts.
Love, Buzzy.
P.S. I know that it may look like I did some of the rough cuts on the body in these pictures with a chainsaw, but don't worry, it just looks that way. I got rid of my chainsaw right after the accident, just like I promised you that I would.



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Bay Park Buzzy
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Posted: 2006-04-16 01:02 am   Permalink

The Continuing Adventures of Buzzy, wherein Buzzy explains the process of tiki #13:
So now I'm going to take this carving process on like the legendary Bruce Lee. Bruce was never constrained by the limitations of a single martial arts style; rather he invented his own system of jeet kun do, where he studied the best aspects of every single style of traditional martial arts and kept or incorporated only the aspects that made sense or worked for him. Anything that he didn't think would work in a real fight situation was simply disregarded and not incorporated into his system. His strengths came from the best of the combined knowledge of all who ever preceded him. It is with this methodology that I now, with tiki #13, fully implement the carving system version of Jeet Kun Do.
To be a JKD carver, I must carve every different style I find appealing or innovative. I must learn from every style and method that makes sense to me in my personal development. To achieve this, I must now carve as many different styles as I possibly can. I will not center on one style or make a run of similar pieces. To be able to one day do anything, I must first attempt everything. I am now Buzzy, a mere white belt karate carver, who will study hard and progress and one day become a black belt. Here I go trying to move up the ranks now...
I was going through my tiki reference album looking for inspiration, and having a hard time of it. My friend was over and he pointed to a picture that had several tikis in a row carved by the same artist. He said to me, "All these are kinda cool lookin'. You should try one like this." I thought-well I should, I might learn something. When I first started compiling images, the aforementioned picture was one of the first that really inspired me to become a good carver. When I saved the picture, it was not with the intention that I would copy one of this carver's works. Rather, I saved it because it was the first example of a carver that had a distinct and personal style that I found in my initial research. I looked at it longingly, hoping that one day someone could pick one of my works out of several in a room and go "Oh cool, that looks like a Buzzy! Is it real?"
For the piece that I did, I didn't pick one work and replicate it closely. I tried to replicate the style and motifs that this carver used and come up with something that I guess you would say "in the style of" or "inspired by" the original artist, not a replication of something he actually produced.(oh yeah, scavenger hunt hint-the carver I'm talking about has a wide spread presence on this very site-this one's easy)
Okay, now that I got all the wordy philosophical stuff out of the way, here's that part that has words and pictures about actually making something:
It's a 2'9" mexican fan palm, 6 1/2" diameter and lacking any variation of fiber color, it's a very pale yellow throughout. None of the usual darker fibers are in this particular log. Here it is drawn out


This one was the first one that I carved in one sitting. I also did it at night. I hope the neighbors couldn't hear me. It went fast. the next morning it looked like this:

I tried really hard to make the eyes perfect globes. This was one aspect that was not in any of the original artist's work. I just wanted to try to carve a rounded sphere the right way. They were finally much rounder than this after I used the dremel with the sanding drum

this is the first draft of the mouth

I left the mouth the original way for about three weeks. Every time I looked at it, something just didn't look right to me. I figured that it was because I tried to carve a piece in the style of that one guy and I wasn't that guy, I was just me. I grabbed my chisel and reworked it. I thought it looked like a dorky walrus and I needed to change it. A little cosmetic dentistry, a blow torch, and some clear polyury stain saved this piece for me in the end. No one would confuse it for one done by the original artist, but someone might say, "Hey look, someone tried to copy one of (censored)'s tikis. That one's stupid though, it looks like a walrus."

Now being Jeet Kun Do Buzzy, I not only had to replicate the results of my teacher( in this case the original carver-my white belt sensei), I also felt I needed to copy the methods of my sensei. Since I do not yet own quite fancy tools and a workshop like my sensei, I did the best I could with what I had on hand, In this case a blond female to do my sanding for me, just like sensei does:

What I learned:
1. I am now a sponge who needs to be filled with all the carving knowledge I can hold.
2. Being a white belt at anything sucks-I need to train!

Well, to you who finds yourself reading this now or in the future, I hope you learned something from me reading this post. I really don't know anything though. There's this guy named benzart around here and he seems to know just about everything. Stop wasting your time here and find his thread. You'll learn something from not only a black belt in the art of carving, but like a tenth degree something black belt at that. I bet when benzart was a white belt, he was actually carving all night, not sitting on a computer talking about his junky white belt carvings like I do....Good night future readers, I NEED TO GO AND TRAIN MORE, right now. I won't be a white belt for long.
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Benzart
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Posted: 2006-04-16 06:36 am   Permalink

Buzzy, your work is really looking Great and your Posts describing yout trials and tribulations are rally Awesome. Thanks for taking the time to entertain us so thoroughly.
As far as the Chainsaw event, if one were to find the statistics, the #1 part of the body to be injured by the Chain Saw would be the Head or Face. Seems that most kick backs find the face in the way.
Be careful and Keep on Carving.
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Bay Park Buzzy
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From: West Bay Park, San Diego, CA
Posted: 2006-04-16 5:17 pm   Permalink

I was over at my parents house for Easter and I ran across this painting that I did a few years ago. I completely forgot about it. It was for an assignment in a beginning painting class at SDSU. If I properly recall, this would be my first oil painting. I wasn't even aware of tiki and oceanic art at the time. The instructor told us she wanted to observe our technique and pointed to a pile of National Geographics and said that we had to pick our source from them. After she shot down my first 5-6 proposals, she "let" me do this one. The original picture had a row of statues in it and I really wanted to do all of them in a descending perspective, but she told me to just concentrate on one figure and keep the composition simple. I learned in college art classes that if you do your work exactly like the teacher suggests, you will be rewarded with an "A". This was back when I thought a high GPA might help me later on at some point in life. So far it hasn't. Why do they place so much emphasis on it then?
This painting was done with oil on stretched canvas and measures 2'x3'. I think I might make a bamboo frame for it out of some giant bamboo that the tree service recently provided for me. Anyone out there ever make a bamboo frame? I'd like advice if you have it, please.

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Bay Park Buzzy
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Posted: 2006-04-16 5:26 pm   Permalink

Moving right along with the current project. It should be done tonight or tomorrow...
Here's yesterday's progress


If you guys don't hear from me for a couple days, don't worry, I'm fine. The computer that I've been so graciously loaned this week needs to go back to its owner now, so I'll check in when I can. Buzzy out...but not for long.
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Benzart
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Posted: 2006-04-16 6:50 pm   Permalink

Well Buzzy, You are doing a darned good job., but zi know this carver goes by Gary and he could help you out a lot. He actually taught BigBenzart most all of what HE knows which werent very much. It took some time casue he said thar bzart fella were kind of slo and had a hard time So if this G fella helpewd this Benzart kid, then he can help you, don't chathink?? I'll introduce you guyz later.SOK??
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PockyTiki
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From: central MA
Posted: 2006-04-16 7:36 pm   Permalink

wow slick work ya got there Buzzy! I'm enjoying your style. I also liked that oil of yours, yeah you should go back and shove some tikis into that teachers face. See what she says then.
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Posted: 2006-04-16 8:03 pm   Permalink

BUzzy, while you are "Computerless" for a couple days, finish your carving. than come over and finish your story we're getting Antsy, wanna see it turn out good.
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Bay Park Buzzy
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Posted: 2006-04-19 12:50 am   Permalink

Other than some sanding and a lot more sanding, this one was finished yesterday.

It took me three tries to get the chest down far enough so that it looked reasonable. For this, I used a chainsaw and sanded away the deepest blade marks. It will look fine after finish sanding.

I rough cut the body with a chainsaw. Then I got it closer with a 2" flat chisel. I finally went over it with a manual hand planer?(cheese grader looking tool with handles on both ends for teeter totter shaving of the corners down to graceful curves-I don't know the actual name)I wanted to make sure that when I looked at it straight on, I could see the indentations on each side where the back of the knee is. the planer worked perfect for this and I was quite pleased with the results.

I spent a good deal of time after I got the body to look right finishing up the face and the mouth. I bought a new set of flexcut gouges a couple weeks back and they made all the difference in making the details as well as helping with the material removal in the back of the mouth. Any imperfections left at this point will be removed or fixed during my final sanding. My dremel tool will come in handy for doing this.

I can't wait to stain it and see how it finally turns out. It's always an adventure and I'm almost done with this one...
NEXT!

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Bay Park Buzzy
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From: West Bay Park, San Diego, CA
Posted: 2006-04-19 02:16 am   Permalink

After finishing the last piece, I spent the evening fine tuning a couple things that were waiting to be completed before I finish sanded them. These pieces were done before I had purchased a set of gouges and there were a couple details that I couldn't do without the new tools. I left the carvings in limbo until last night, and now they are only a sanding and staining away from being completely done. I usually wait until I get about 3-5 finished pieces before I sand. Then I go on a 2-3 day non-stop frenzy of sanding and staining until all are done. Usually, I would stop right now and start sanding because I have 6 pieces finished. But this time I think I'm going to make three more before I sand them. Right now I have three logs left out of my "old stock." These last three are several months old(5-6? since the tree was cut down) and are so far the driest logs I've used since the first one I ever carved. I really like them about this age. Ideally, I would use them in the 3-5 month range because they cut just a little bit easier. But these three logs are the last that I have that are stripped and ready to go. All my other logs are only about two months old. I figure since these are at least a month away from being ideal, I'll just power through the last three in the next week or so, sand and stain everything in about a week of nights and then it will be serious log prep time for about a week. But for now, I'll just pull my focus back to my next project.

Once again, this one starts on a Mexican fan palm, 5'4" tall and 8 1/2" in diameter. I first sketched it out with chalk to get a general sense of where everything should be. I use chalk because it's easy to wipe off quickly and it contrasts with my final lines, which are done in pencil, which will cut down on the confusion when I'm doing my final layout. If the preceding was confusing to you, don't go back and try to reread it, just look at the pictures...

Here is the whole body chalked

After I chalk it out, I move it inside the house and sit down and look at it for a long time. I'll go away from it a couple times and then come back to it, each time trying to find problems in the composition and what can be improved from my initial rough layout.
This is the face after final adjustments, done in pencil. You can see how close my initial freehand sketch is to the final one pretty well in this picture.


I draw the body after I carve the face fully. This is in case there are any sudden surprises with the log after I cut into it. I don't want to lose the time drawing out the body if the log has a problem and I have to end up throwing it away or scaling back my ambitions. It has never happened to me yet, but when it does, I am going to say, "I'm glad that I didn't waste my time drawing the whole body" and I will not be as mad as I would have if I did. Then it would all be worth it and make perfect sense.
I will start carving it tomorrow, and as always, will keep all of you well informed of my progress...


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Posted: 2006-04-19 05:24 am   Permalink

Nice step-by-step procedure Buzzy and on top of all that, the Tiki Looks Great. an't wait to see this one unfold. I like your idea about getting a bunch and sanding them all til it's done.. Get the dirty work put off until the last minute and do them all while you are covered with log dandruff. You may be onto something.
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Bay Park Buzzy
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Posted: 2006-04-19 9:33 pm   Permalink

I bought a couple new tools today: A stubai 1/2" 60 degree tool and a stubai 1/8" deep veiner. These new tools, along with a recently purchased flexcut long handled six piece starter set were what I used for today's work. I managed to get in a few hours of carving before sunset and was happy with the progress so far.
Here are the photos:



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Bay Park Buzzy
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Posted: 2006-04-20 12:27 am   Permalink

I managed to get in a couple more hours on my current project this evening.
Here are some dramatic, shadowy photos of the progress:


I'd like to take the time to thank everyone for being so supportive of my efforts. I promise that tomorrow I will answer all who have written to me that I have not answered or thanked directly in the last few days. I'm sorry that I've neglected doing so yet. I'd do it now but it has been a very long day...Talk to you all soon and keep carving!

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Posted: 2006-04-20 10:55 am   Permalink

I think you are past the white belt carver, man.

And I wouldn't like the chainsaw or Franklin.

Ask the Crow about him.


Reduced to a Sparrow.


Sorry to get off subject .
It's always great to see new carvers and tikis in here.
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Bay Park Buzzy
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Posted: 2006-04-20 7:30 pm   Permalink

Sunset. This means another day is coming to a close.
Here are some shots of today's work:

close ups:



I'll check back in later tonight; I just wanted to stop by for a second and say "Hey!" to you all.

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