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Buzzy's work: Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'intrate
hiltiki
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Posted: 2006-04-30 01:01 am   Permalink

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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: 2006-04-30 11:41 pm   Permalink

Wow, looks like it was busy around here for a while I went computer down. I've been having problems with my free wireless signal that I borrow from the neighbor the last couple of days. I did a couple of posts on thursday night and they were not able to be transferred to this site and were lost forever. Oh well. It was only a couple hours lost. On Friday, I cleaned out my garage and turned it into the ultimate sanding/staining station. I managed to clear an indoor work space that runs about 7'x12'. Plenty of room. I was going to carve my last chisel ready log before I stained all my stuff, but I was all fired up on my workstation and jumped right into sanding them all. So far I have completed 4 of the 8 that need to be finished. The light in the garage is poor for pictures so I'll get some first thing in the morning. Now on a more personal note...
Benzart-As always YOU RULE! Thanks for the continuing comments and correspondence, not just on my thread, but throughout this site.
GMAN: Riggs eh? Did you ever see him fight when he weighed 300lbs? I'd like to see some old footage of him at that weight. He's fighting Mike Quick at the next UFC. I also heard he got knocked out by Nick Diaz in the hospital after their last fight. I've watched that fight over and over and still cannot see how Diaz lost. Too bad they were not filming at the hospital, sounded like there was a clearer result there. If I had to guess by looks, I'd say you're a Muy Thai type guy. Am I right?
Congatiki: My great grandparents were from Sheboygen(sp). I remember them bringing summer sausage out here for Xmas. Thanks to you too, for the encouragement, and keep warm out there
Hiltiki: You rule too! Thanks for your comments and support also.
Tiki G: Antarctica- It's definitely a possibility. The no competition part would be cool, but business might be slow in the off season. Do any cruise lines go there yet? On second thought, with global warming and all, I should establish myself there right now. It will be the new tropics in no time. Fire up the SUVs folks, I'm going to Antarctica!
OK- more later, I just wanted to check in and tell you guys how much I missed you all while I still have a signal

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Bay Park Buzzy
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From: West Bay Park, San Diego, CA
Posted: 2006-05-01 12:03 am   Permalink

I tapered all the rectangles into trapezoids on my latest. All 157 of them. It pretty much took all day. I kept asking myself if doing all these extra embellishments were worth it while I was working on it. I didn't have an answer for myself until I was done. After I walked away from it and came back and looked at it for the first time, I decided it was worth all the extra work. It is now awaiting sanding. Here are pictures I took right before finishing the carving part of this one:



It was a lot of carving doing these details and it was essentially doing the same task over and over again. Not the most exciting day, but some are like that.
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Bay Park Buzzy
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From: West Bay Park, San Diego, CA
Posted: 2006-05-01 01:15 am   Permalink

I need to catch up with my saga, so here is the story of Tiki #15, started in Jan 06.

It was a single comment. On a thread. Somewhere here. If I would have missed it, who knows how my development would have been altered. I just heard the right thing at the right time. I do not remember who said it to whom, but the gist of it was my motivation for the next several pieces of work. Someone mentioned to someone, which I just happened upon and read at complete random, that his work was cool because he did whole bodies, and no one did whole bodies anymore, only faces. I didn't bother to try to validate his claims, it really didn't matter if it was true or not. What did matter was that it planted the seed in my head to work on full bodies to see if I could do them. I had done only 3-4 whole bodies at this point and none were complex at all. I was still trapped in only carving on the front half of the log or making those bodies that are less than anatomically realistic and more of a representational depiction of a body. In other words, I felt like I needed to step up my body work a little bit.
I did not try anything too complex for this attempt. I just wanted to kind of work things out by going for it and seeing what I could learn and what I would have to improve upon in the future. I'm kind of laughing upon reflection of this one because I intended to do a whole body instead of just a head, and when I look at it, I notice that it is 28 inches tall, and 21 inches of it are the head, with seven inches left for the body. At least I tried though.
This one was done on a Mexican fan palm. The tree was very tall and old and the tree service brought me the whole tree. This piece was from the bottom portion and was very hard and dense. The fibers were extremely fine and firm and they had a beautiful orangish tint to them. Most of the bottom of the tree was like this. About half way up the tree, the logs started splitting down the center. Every log past a certain point up the tree was like this. My tree removal expert informed me that perhaps the log split when it fell. That made sense to me. If the tree was cut down in one shot, it might have bent and split under its own strain of weight. The tree service now cuts down my trees in sections and lowers them with rope so this will not happen again. A good 20 feet of tree got turned into stain and tool "testor" logs from that one.
Now for the visual aid part with all the pictures.
It started with a 28" log, 8 1/2" in diameter. It's the one on the right:

Drawn out

the three lines guide the mouth. The top and bottom line show the mouth boundaries while the center line is used for chainsaw reference. I cut exactly to this line with the saw and finish it to proper depth by hand, later

here it is after just starting

It was January, so it got dark at 4:30, and I moved it inside and deepened it a little

here it is after starting the crown details

little more work. I was still using only flat chisels at this time and did not know how much easier it would have been to do with a nice set of gouges

here it is when I thought it was done

I thought that the details detracted from the face and made the piece too convoluted. After looking at it for a couple weeks and never being happy with it, I removed the crown detailing. It immediately improved the piece and drew the viewer's eye back to the face, rather than the messy crown. Here it is stained:

Even though I did the whole body on this one, it was not really the result that I had in mind when I started it. I wanted a longer and more precise body. I guess that I'll have to leave myself more room next time. This one did, however, provide me another learning experience. The more I know and learn, the easier this gets.
What I learned on this one:
1. You can carve it too much and mess it up
2. You can "uncarve" something
3. It's never too late to change your mind
4. 7" isn't enough room for a whole body
5. Sometimes simple and plain works for a design





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Benzart
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2006-05-01 04:56 am   Permalink

More excellent workm from Buzzy, I really Love your Attitude and committment to your carvings, Unbeatable. Just keep up the great work and don't stop the narrations. Thanx.
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Bay Park Buzzy
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Posted: 2006-05-01 12:23 pm   Permalink

I'm going to post these just a couple at a time because my wireless is still on again off again:
Four more finished


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Bay Park Buzzy
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Posted: 2006-05-01 12:31 pm   Permalink

This one was stained with an oil based Red Mahogany and covered with two layers of poly


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Bay Park Buzzy
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Posted: 2006-05-01 12:34 pm   Permalink

Two coats of clear for this one. The yellow tint will turn tan in a couple of days.


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Bay Park Buzzy
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Posted: 2006-05-01 12:38 pm   Permalink

I used a water based rosewood stain for this one and covered it with two layers of poly




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Bay Park Buzzy
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Posted: 2006-05-01 12:44 pm   Permalink

For the base I used a dark walnut stain. The figure was done with an amber poly stain.





Back to work!
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GMAN
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Joined: Jul 14, 2005
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From: My Island
Posted: 2006-05-01 2:13 pm   Permalink

Buzzy,

Those carvings look great man! The staining really accentuates your work. I like the guy with the arm bands. Too kool!

Yeah mang, I watched a lot of Thai boxing when I was in Thailand, but when it comes down to it, I'm a striker. I like to stand and do my thing, that's where I am the most comfortable. I've been on the ground, and the ground and pound is also available if things go that way - but I would rather stand. One order of elbows....to go!

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Bay Park Buzzy
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From: West Bay Park, San Diego, CA
Posted: 2006-05-02 5:43 pm   Permalink

I just finished this one about an hour ago:


Right now I am waiting for another one to dry so I can put on another coat of clear poly. I should be done with it by sundown. More later.
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Bay Park Buzzy
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From: West Bay Park, San Diego, CA
Posted: 2006-05-02 7:06 pm   Permalink

Finished this one now too:


I cannot wait to get a chisel in my hand again-it has been five days in a row of no carving.
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Bay Park Buzzy
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From: West Bay Park, San Diego, CA
Posted: 2006-05-02 7:26 pm   Permalink

sanding line before and after


I almost have enough now to make a fence around my property. Here's a good 5'x 8' section:

just a few hundred more to go...
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The Sperm Whale
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Joined: Aug 23, 2004
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From: Lakewood California
Posted: 2006-05-02 8:09 pm   Permalink

Those Tiki's look great all together. You can really crank those guys out. I must admit they look good standing by themselves but when i see a bunch of Tiki's all together I really get excited!! Are you vending at Oasis this year?? Are you planning on selling any of them? If you are let me know I might be interested. Anyway thanks for sharing - I can't wait to see what you will be doing next.
Later,
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