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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: 2006-11-29 1:31 pm   Permalink

Got some buddies hanging out with me today:
Mr. Spider's lunch time


This little bluebelly was sunning himself on a log I was going to move

I'm never lonely...

From the Urban Jungle, Buzzy Out!
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Bay Park Buzzy
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From: West Bay Park, San Diego, CA
Posted: 2006-11-29 2:44 pm   Permalink

Update:
Eyes need to be level

arms need to come down more

Little guy, lots more to do...

Buzzy Out!
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Bay Park Buzzy
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From: West Bay Park, San Diego, CA
Posted: 2006-11-29 5:08 pm   Permalink

Today's cloud free sunset is brought to you by Senior Santa Ana



Real close to being done. Now I just need to look at the pictures and find my mistakes


The round parts of the headress are now offset


I think i saw Lake Surfer's evil doppelganger out on the bay at sunset tonight. Hey Bay Surfer, you know you're a mile away from the waves, right?


Mr. Spider is` still snacking...


Photo Gallery Thread Buzzy Out!
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Bay Park Buzzy
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From: West Bay Park, San Diego, CA
Posted: 2006-11-29 5:32 pm   Permalink

I just received a piece of ficus

I want to carve a tiki in the rounded bulge part, leaving the bark on around the carved tiki.

It was pie shaped, so I cut it down and was left with a practice piece.

Carves real well with the chisels and hookknife, but it is damp. Should I wait until it is totally dry to cut into?
On search "ficus" I saw that AA, Alohastation, and benzart tried this type of wood.

Any advice guys?

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hewey
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Posted: 2006-11-29 6:05 pm   Permalink

I like the style of this guy man
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hiltiki
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From: Reseda, calif.
Posted: 2006-11-29 8:08 pm   Permalink

The advice would be don't wait, go for it, what is the worst scenario???? But who am I and what do I know about anything to give you advice.....

 
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Aaron's Akua
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Posted: 2006-11-29 8:53 pm   Permalink

Hey Mr. Buzz-Park. I think you'll like the ficus. Carve it quick, sand it & seal it though, 'cause it likes to crack as it dries out. At least mine did. The grain gets this nice spaulting effect, so you may want to clear coat it.

Is that your log for this weekend? See ya there, bud!
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Bay Park Buzzy
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From: West Bay Park, San Diego, CA
Posted: 2006-12-01 03:52 am   Permalink

AA: I haven't decided what I'm bringing to the gathering this weekend. I'm kind of between projects right now. I'm looking forward to checking out the angle grinder stuff you and 4wd are planning on bringing. See you there...

Dr. Shadalbophadappoha: I still have not not been able to get rid of that problem that we talked about at our last session. It seems the compulsion is even worse now. I'm still trying to turn every piece of wood I see into a tiki form. Why just tonight, I tried to go to bed, but I noticed that a piece of Ficus was sitting in front of me. It was wedge shaped. I wanted to make it into a tiki, but I remembered the technique you taught me to overcome my urges. Well, that didn't work. (Do you offer refunds?)First I told myself that I would just make it round and stop. After it was round, I drew a Lono on it. Then, I noticed the Lono looked like one of those Easter Island Guys. Then it just happened. You were right, however, when you said most of my other problems stem from my tiki making affliction. Like my insomnia, messy house, constant internet postings...

The other day I almost ran off the road looking at a palm tree...

I wanted to carve it so bad...

There are three palm stumps in PB, next to a school fence.

It's probably against the law...

but I want to carve those into tikis.

Let's see if this ficus will crack
Psychosis Buzzy Out

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Benzart
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2006-12-01 04:18 am   Permalink

You were right about the Lono looking like a Moai, and a darn good one at that.
I can see you really DO have a problem. No piece of wood is safe around you. My experience with Ficus was always great. I could carve it fresh with no splits and it finished beautifully.
I think you should switch doctors. Raffertiki knows a good one.
Keep bringing on the sunsets
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Matt Reese
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From: San Diego
Posted: 2006-12-01 05:48 am   Permalink

Sounds like you're getting ready to do some clandestine urban beautification. I've seen those stumps by the school. Very tempting....very tempting.
Cheers.


 
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Bay Park Buzzy
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From: West Bay Park, San Diego, CA
Posted: 2006-12-01 5:08 pm   Permalink

Alrighty. Let's get what you all came here for over with so that you can get on with your busy lives:

Ok. I'm going to start talking tiki now, so all of you who came here for the sunset, quietly leave...
Thank you.

MattReese: There's also this waist high stump a few doors up the hill on the right from this park in Rolando...

Speaking of public trees...
Any you SD Guyz: Seen that dead tree on the right, right after the Sea World Exit going north. Dibs. Just have to wait until they catch that guy who was lighting all of them on fire last year. Hate to get taken down for that. "It's the Bay Park arsonist, but he's changed his MO. This guy does all kinds of sick things to those trees. You should see the death camp for trees he has in his yard. We need to make sure he gets the maximum sentence allowable by law"

Benzart: Yes, this ficus is fun. Been hitting it with the mallets, hand gouges, and hook knife so far. It's sloooow going because I'm just doing a lot of playing, learning the wood.
I took a little off of it this afternoon:


Close up of the grain. I'm surprised when I look at it and it doesn't look like palm...


Spent part of my day doing log prep for tomorrow:
One, or two, lucky attendees will get the log on the left at the carving party:

I'm doing one of those, "I wonder if..." things with the log on the right. I hope the good wood is thick enough to pull this off.

Buzzy Out!

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Bay Park Buzzy
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From: West Bay Park, San Diego, CA
Posted: 2006-12-01 11:55 pm   Permalink

Now he has a body and a fancy decorative backdrop:



Bonus post sunset picture just because you stopped by



Bonus Photo Buzzy Out!

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AlohaStation
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From: So FL
Posted: 2006-12-02 10:15 am   Permalink

Buzzy just read thru your thread. Your right that log's grain doesn't look like palm.

Ficus - Good and bad things to say about that stuff, 1. Carve it when moist because that stuff dries to a very firm wood. 2. Ficus tends to grow over itself and that results in dead spots in the wood - use caution. 3. It has a beautiful grain and is a great carving wood - sometimes. All this is from messing with the hurricane, fallen trees of 2004-2005.


 
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Bay Park Buzzy
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From: West Bay Park, San Diego, CA
Posted: 2006-12-03 4:59 pm   Permalink

Sunday Sunset

Worked on the tiki I started yesterday at the carving party a little

This log is just about ready...


Carving party pictures

click here

Burnt Out Buzzy Out!

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Bay Park Buzzy
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From: West Bay Park, San Diego, CA
Posted: 2006-12-04 11:19 am   Permalink

Spent some time sanding that piece of ficus last night. Just need a couple of touchups in light that allows me to actually see what it is that I am working on



It's soooo smooth, I cannot believe it


I think I got lucky with this piece of wood.

Now the question is: Should I stain it clear, or dark?

I am open to thoughts, opinions, and experiences on this matter.

I like This Ficus Wood Buzzy Out
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