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Buzzy's work: Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'intrate
GMAN
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Posted: 2006-04-20 7:47 pm   Permalink

Franklin is a bad dude, but the Snowman (Monson) is THE man!

Nice job Buzzy. You have covered a lot of ground in a very short time. Just be careful, don't push it, and rememeber not to carve tired - that's when really bad stuff can happen (not only to your carving, but to you as well). Respect the saw and it will respect you.

Carve safe,

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Bay Park Buzzy
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Posted: 2006-04-20 9:04 pm   Permalink

As promised, I'm taking this time to respond to all who have taken interest enough in my work to contact me. First, I would like to thank who have contributed to the tools thread. I have found this to be most helpful to me in many different ways. If you are a carver and have not checked that thread, I highly recommend it.
Now for other ramblings and responses:
GMAN: Monson is a force to be reckoned with, that's for sure. He did lose to Liddell back in 2000(UFC 29). He's better and stronger now but I just do not see him being champion anytime soon. Too much talent out there...I do respect the saw, believe me, I do! Today's work, as tired as I was when I did it, fortunately required no sawing today. While we're talking about this, is that safety long john looking thing expensive? Also, does it deflect the blade or shed fibers to clog and stop it? It might be worth looking into ...
Alientiki: As far as I'm concerned, the UFC is NEVER off topic!! I will keep posting about tikis too, as long we're all still here. But in the meantime, there were about three seconds in Franklin-Louiseau fight where I thought that Loiseau was going to shock the world after he stunned Franklin. But then Franklin got up and, well you know...
Benzart: I think that you never tried sanding several pieces at the same time because you actually, unlike myself, sell your stuff. If I had customer waiting for a piece, I'd probably sand that sucker up while I was carving it just to get check in hand as soon as possible. On the serious side, I also let them accumulate over time to further dry. I'm always surprised when I get deep into some logs that are quite old and they are very wet inside. I'd like them to be dry as possible when I finally seal them. I'm still experimenting with ideal times to start each step in the process. There's always something else to worry about, it seems. Also, I have a Hard Arkansas abrasive stone that I use to sharpen my flat chisels. Should I be using this on my long handled gouges? They look like yours from the tools thread-the ones with the mirror shine that you referenced. Or should I get something better? And if it's not too much trouble, what technique should I use to sharpen them(Side, angle, frequency, etc.) Thanks in advance, again.
Pockytiki: She would dismiss my tiki work because they don't come from Classic Western Civilization traditions. She wanted thick paint and heavy, socially controversial subject matter only. I ended up with an A in her class because I went to her art exhibit and started painting just like she did-Sloppy with about $35 in paint o the canvas.
Benzart: Yes, I would like to meet Gary. Tell me more...
Johnny P: I read the safety thread after my accident. If I knew about it back then, I'd have taken some pictures to share (and scare)
Mctiki: Thanks, it's always nice to hear complements...
TikiG: Where you been? Oh yeah, probably working on that scavenger hunt. Did you find the influence for #13 yet. You should start on that one. I think it might be the easiest to find. His stuff is all over this site...
Well, I think that catches me up for now. Hope to hear from you all soon.

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GMAN
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Posted: 2006-04-21 05:03 am   Permalink

Buzzy,

The chaps I wear are designed to bind the saw and stop the chain from turning. I believe they are made of many layers of Kevlar. Go to www.loghomestore and see what their wrap around chaps are going for - I think they were like 80 bucks? While you are there man, getcha a hardhat with a face screen and ear protection. A hat like that might have protected you from that last attack. Find some steel toed shoes also. It's all very inexpensive gear when you compare it to emergency room bills and plastic surgery..... Good luck.

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AlienTiki
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From: MAUI No Ka'oi
Posted: 2006-04-21 12:17 pm   Permalink

UFC and Tkis, now I might post here on your thread all the time.

I watched Quinton "Rampage" Jackson put the beat down of Liddell so you never know with these guys. So who do you like UFC 60, Gracie or hughes? It will be epic I'm sure.

I don't want to answer for Benzart, but A good honing guide makes short work of sharpening.

Some would argue to do it by hand (if you know how) will give a better edge. I use a guide.
Heres a good resource.
http://www.antiquetools.com/sharp/index.html

It sounds like your getting a nice edge already.
Good luck.








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Bay Park Buzzy
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Posted: 2006-04-21 3:51 pm   Permalink

The Story of Tiki #14 or more appropriately titled "Buzzy Fights Back: The Story of How Buzzy is Motivated in His Carving by The UFC.(In this chapter, I try to justify the continuance of the mentioning of the UFC on my thread by rhetorically providing examples of how the UFC and carving are inextricably entwined with one another within my addled brain. I'll show a bunch of pictures too, so if you do not care about the UFC, scroll down until you see a picture of three logs. By this point in the chapter, I will have shifted from fighting to carving. Everyone else, read on!

Last Saturday, Heavyweight Tim Sylvia beat Andrei Arlovski for the title. The last time these two met, Sylvia lasted less than a minute. After avenging his previous loss, he immediately called for a rubber match between the two, and then he called out former champion Frank Mir. Had Mir not recently lost to Cruz, he definitely would have faced Sylvia next. After Sylvia ruins Monson(my prediction) hopefully Mir will have beaten anyone, so that Sylvia-Mir 2 becomes a reality. Sylvia's desire to overcome his previous defeats caused me some further reflection on this matter. I think back to other great champions and their motivations. After Light Heavyweight Chuck Liddell beat Randy Couture in their second fight, he immediately called out Rampage Jackson. Rampage is the only fighter to have beaten Liddell and not had him return the favor later on.(on Rampage's website, he said he's signing on with the UFC cause that's where the $ is. $ and Liddell)Liddell wanted to remove the only black mark on his record after avenging his only other losses to Horn and Couture. Welterweight champion Matt Hughes was disappointed recently when George St Pierre beat BJ Penn. He would have rather faced Penn, he said, because he already beat GSP and had nothing to prove. His main concern was beating someone who had previously beaten him. All these champs, the best in the business, want to right their previous mistakes. They draw upon it for motivation and are inspired to better themselves. Going into each loss, I'm sure that they believed fully that they would win. They would have to. At that level you have to think that you are the best, or at least capable of being the best, to ever have a shot at actually being the best. I never heard a champion say before a fight, " I'm actually not ready for tonight and I don't like my chances, but I'm gonna go out there and hopefully get lucky and somehow win."
Some day I want to be a champion. A champion carver. Right now I'm working my way up through the circuit. I've already had a couple of losses early on, but I've learned from them, become better from them, and have moved beyond them. Well, actually, there was one fight that I previously lost and want a rematch. I feel like tiki #5 was a battle in which I lost. It did not turn out the way I wanted it to and I now wanted to make it right. To one day become a champion, I must do this now.
Tiki #5 was done on a bad log and it was the first time in my life that I had ever even touched a chisel before. I had no technique or instruction at all. I just hacked into it. Looking at it, I noticed several big mistakes that I couldn't believe I did not notice while in the process of making it. The most obvious error was this huge gap in the teeth where I measured incorrectly. If it isn't drawn right, it will not be carved right. You do not become the champ by luck; you need to work, hard, to become the champ. Here is my work.
It started with a Mexican Fan Palm, 22 tall, 5 1/2 in diameter.
I used the one in the middle

Here it is drawn out. I changed the teeth on this one because I liked the bigger tooth look

Details of how well I draw it out before carving:


I carved this one in the garage, at night. Here it is I after one layer of removal. The line carved below the eye will show the highest point of the cheek and face.

I taper it down by hand with a chisel from this point to the mouth

I was still carving the whole piece shallow first, top to bottom.


Then I would go back and redo the whole thing deeper

Here are a couple close ups of the grain of the wood.

I use the 1 flat chisel and scrape it by hand this smooth

It takes very little sanding to get this surface perfectly smooth

I did the eyes last. Here it is close to being done


This looks good at this point. The planer lines and any other flaws will be taken care of when I sand it.

I find that it is easier to remove these last fibers with a sander when it is drier. If I take them out now, the sander would clog with damp material. Or trying to remove them with a blade may leave a scratch that you will have to sand out later anyway .I do not have a problem leaving them a little rough like this. It will look fine after sanding;it just looks rough now

Sanding will fix all these tool marks quickly and easily later on

Finally, here it is a few weeks later, sanded and stained


I think I improved this one on this attempt a great deal from my first attempt. I was happy after it was done because it looked so much cleaner and better balanced than my first try. This was my first visible evidence of how much better I had become since then. Just wait until the rubber match to follow(tiki #29). Hint: I win again!


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Bay Park Buzzy
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Posted: 2006-04-21 7:35 pm   Permalink

Another sunset, another set of pictures...


I spent a couple hours working on the legs and lower half today.

More to do tonight. I'll check in later...
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Bay Park Buzzy
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Posted: 2006-04-22 1:47 pm   Permalink

I spent another few hours refining it last night. I mainly used a 2" flat chisel and a hand planer to soften the edges. The carving and shaping part is only a few hours away from being finished. I will probably be able to finish it this afternoon. The next step will be to place ornamental designs all over the chest, chin, and crown.

the back still needs some work

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Bay Park Buzzy
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Posted: 2006-04-24 1:08 pm   Permalink

Finally finished this guy. I'm going to wait until after sanding(and more research)to add the fine details.

Here it is in the sanding line

here's my next project, a 5'4" mexican fan palm. It will be a Kane based work. I made one similar to it last month(third from left above)I am going to use the same design for the headress but add another 16" to it and and make it much more complex.

here is the old one with the new one behind it. I already cut out the top in the pattern of an X.

like this

I worked on it last night and this is how it is now

more later...I need to get to work!
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Loki
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Posted: 2006-04-24 1:37 pm   Permalink

Buzzy...you are a carver on steroids...i dont know how you do so many, but it sure is fun to see all the styles you are coming up with. Wish I had your energy. Keep it up, were watching.

 
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Bay Park Buzzy
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Posted: 2006-04-24 2:45 pm   Permalink

In progress, using a 60 degree gouge and a 2" wide flat chisel

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Bay Park Buzzy
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Posted: 2006-04-24 6:35 pm   Permalink

I am taking a break right now to watch UFC Unleashed. It features several old matches with Royce Gracie. Watching these fights, I cannot help but think how bad Matt Hughes is going to whip him next month. I kind of feel sorry for him. He should have pulled a Jim Brown and retired on top. After I watch him struggle to beat Kimo, I will get back to this...
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Benzart
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Posted: 2006-04-24 7:34 pm   Permalink

Buzzy, I think you need medical attention, you have something wrong, you're stuck in tiki High gear and can't get out. Happened to me once and I nearly died before they pried the chainsaw out of my hands. Seriously, you are creating some awesome tikis and I Don't think you should slow down. Hang on and Let 'er rip.
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rodeotiki
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Posted: 2006-04-24 7:41 pm   Permalink

Your making the rest of us look bad. Are you carving in your sleep too? Amazing work and your thread is fun to read.
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Posted: 2006-04-24 10:19 pm   Permalink

I agree you are a very interesting man and your work is nice and it is fun to watch the transition. Keep it up. I know I want to check out your work every time you post them here.

 
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Bay Park Buzzy
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Posted: 2006-04-25 12:09 pm   Permalink

Here is last night's progress. This is a lot of repetitive work, but it's starting to get where it needs to be...


I like to thank all who have commented recently. I'll get to all of you soon, but for now, back to work...
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